©2005 by Anja Heij
Nature gave us a wonderful tree that provides strength, stability and protection in a number of ways. The black walnut tree brings healing on the psychological and emotional plane, cures the body and nurtures the nervous system. The Walnut tree speaks to me mostly in its ability of helping humans to go through life transitions like retirement, and to remain on the individual soul path they have chosen. Like a heavenly guardian, this tree promotes inner decisiveness to live your life according to your own standards, the courage to let go of outgrown parts of life and the nerve to step into a new, unknown phase. The tree does so in the form of the Bach flower remedy Walnut, which contains its essence.
The fruits from the tree are important food for the nervous system. The nuts contain manganese, phosphorus, copper, potassium, calcium, magnesium, B-vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. They serve people who do a lot of intellectual work, and others who need to boost their immunity. Tea from the yellowish-green leaves or the green husks, or walnut oil, purifies and strengthens the digestion. It is helpful in complaints like bloating, stomach inflammation, diarrhea and worms. The cold tea externally applied may heal wounds, ulcers, eczema or other skin problems.
Psychological Implications of the Walnut Tree and Remedy
How can a tree make someone psychologically stronger? The black walnut tree, Juglans nigra in Latin, is firmly rooted in the earth with a deep main tap root, which makes it difficult to remove it once settled at a certain place. The roots form the part of a plant which has its main influence on the mind of a human being. According to this symbolism, the Walnut brings grounding, inner stability and focus on your aims and goals. The roots spread a chemical substance named juglone, making it impossible for a variety of other plants to grow in the neighbourhood, although other species thrive well under a walnut tree.
The tree seems to make a clear decision about whom she does and does not want to have around in her life. Thus she can help us to make our own choices about these issues. The wood is hard, strong and durable, and the nuts are surrounded by a hard shell. This quality hints at power, protection and inner certainty. The message of the Walnut is to move forward in your unique way, unafraid of uncertainties, while firmly grounded in the knowledge that you form part of the whole of the Mother.
Walnut flower remedy by Bach and Healing Herbs is often used in the following situations:
1. Entering a new, important life phase when the person has difficulty with moving onto this new phase and leaving the old situation behind. In adult life, Walnut could be useful in retirement, when getting married, moving to another place or country, getting another job, loss of a loved one, becoming a parent, or changing religions, to name some transitional situations. Here the remedy acts as a bridge or helping hand from one stage into another.
2. Wanting courage and certainty to take an important step, unhindered by others. The Walnut will supply strength to make the choices you want to make and to stick to your decisions. In the uncertainty that accompanies a new phase we are often susceptible to the beliefs and advice of others, although they may not serve us. Or we tend to hold on to the security of what we have right now. In such cases Walnut helps us to remain balanced and follow your own path, free from past and future, and free from outside influences.
3. A variation on the above is the need for psychic defense. In times of personal re-structuring, great spiritual growth, psycho-analysis, working with subtle energies, or fearing the influence of a negative person, we may need the power of the Walnut for grounding and centering in our openness.
I have given Walnut with success to a woman who felt trapped in a rigid religious system, controlled and despised by a neighborhood practicing the same religion, and depressed because her hardworking husband did not pay attention to her. After several months treatment with flower remedies, of which Walnut was a main one, the woman psychologically broke free from her neighborhood, her self-esteem dramatically improved, the family moved to another home, and she started to work with children at a school. She understood that it was useless to try to change her husband, but that she had to give a fresh and fulfilling direction to her own life.
Romans attributed the Walnut with its great harvest of nuts to Jupiter, God of abundance, positivity and (one's own) philosophy. This tree indeed helps one to take chances and realize new possibilities -- an excellent support for one entering the new adventures and turnings of life that retirement presents.
Editors' Note: See an article about how Walnut essence is used by some acupuncturists here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ANJA HEIJ is a classical homoeopath, naturopath, Reiki Master and spiritual writer. This article originally appeared in RealMagick.com's excellent library of articles. Neither we nor the site owner can find her current site or email address on the web, though they felt she wouldn't object to our reprinting it. If you have any information about her, we'd like to contact her so we can create a link for her -- and hopefully share more of her valuable work with our readers!