Black Walnut hulls make a great two-part additive for soap. Not only will they color your soap a lovely nut-brown but are also good for treating eczema.
Black Walnut Hull contains vitamin C, zinc and juglone, a naturally occurring chemical that is antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and a fungicide. Because of this substance, herbalists often use black walnut hulls to treat various skin issues such as ringworm, minor skin infections, and eczema. It can also be used in facial soaps for those who suffer from acne.
To use Black Walnut Hull C/S as a soap colorant, add 1/4 cup cut and sifted hulls to the lye water phase for CP soap, then strain as you add the water to the oil phase. For melt & pour soap, steep the hulls in a small amount of heated glycerin to release the coloring, strain and add to the melted base, drop by drop until your color is achieved.
External use only! The safety of taking walnut hulls internally has not yet been established.
INCI: Juglans nigra (black walnut) hulls
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