Product: Walnut Leaf Powder
Latin Name: Juglans regia
Plant Family: Juglandaceae
Other Names: Common Walnut, Persian Walnut, English Walnut, Royal Walnut of Juipter, Wallnuss, Welsche Nuss, Akschota, Arbre au Sommeil, Feuille de Noyer Commun, Nux Regia, Gland de Jupiter, He Tao Shu Zhi, Hu Tao Ren, Nogal Inglés, Walnussblätter, Walnussfrüchtschalen & Walnut Leaf.
Description: The common walnut is a deciduous tree, native to Central Asia and Northern India and naturalised in Southern Europe which reaches up to 35 metres in height. The leaves are alternate, ovate to lanceolate in shape, oddly-pinnate with 5–9 leaflets, with a central midrib and veined markings, mid-green in colour and 25-40cm in length. The tree has male and female flowers, the male presents as greenish coloured drooping catkins, 5-10cm in length. The female flowers are yellowish-green in colour and are grouped in terminal clusters of 2-5 which form a fruit with a ridged green outer shell.
Walnut leaf powder can also be used to make a natural garden insecticide; add to sprays or use as a powder to deter flying insects. A decoction of the leaf powder can be added to lotions and creams for the skin where astringency is required. The leaf powder can also be used to obtain a natural brown dye which requires no mordant to fix it to fabric, if the dye is made in a pan made of iron the resulting dye will be black. As well as dyeing cloth, this dye can also be on the hair as a tonic and colour enhancer.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.