Amish Style Black Walnut Tincture Recipe – Parasite Cleanse

August 27, 2023 8 mins to read

If you’ve heard about the Amish, you may have heard that they rarely get sick and aren’t plagued by the same disease burden most of the world is. Part of that is due to the annual parasite cleanse that is a normal part of the Amish culture; kids, adults and grandparents all enjoy a yearly detox. Needless to say the Amish know a thing or two about cleansing the body of parasites. This article provides an Amish style, black walnut tincture, enhanced with a few additional ingredients. Check out my other articles for another Recipe of a more traditional Amish Style Parasite Cleanse Tincture that uses Black walnut, wormwood and cloves.


If you’re sensitive to tree nuts, abstaining from the preparation or usage of this tincture is strongly advised. Though we’re utilizing the outer hull rather than the actual walnut, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

Ingredients & Tools:

  • Fresh black walnuts still in the green hulls: 6-7 pieces
  • Vodka (80-proof): enough to fill ⅔ of a quart jar
  • Optional Lemon juice: 2 tablespoons (aids preservation, digestion & detox)
  • Olive oil or Avocado oil: ¼ cup (oxidation barrier)
  • Pao D’arco (bark) 10-20 grams
  • Quart-sized canning jar with lid
  • Protective gloves
  • Small, dark-colored glass bottles with droppers
  • Sharp knife

Optimal Selection of Black Walnuts

Choose fresh black walnuts (ideally one freshly plucked from the tree and in their green stage.) The potency of the tincture correlates with the freshness of the hulls. If harvesting yourself from the ground, ensure they have recently fallen & are still fresh.

Lemon Juice (optional)

Lemon juice acts as a natural preservative due to its acidic nature. It helps extend the tinctures shelf life of by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi. Additionally It enhances the antimicrobial properties of the tincture and provides digestive and detox support.

Olive or Avocado Oil

Provides an additional barrier against oxidation, helping preserve the quality, but it also contains antioxidants that help with overall detox. While the alcohol does preserve the tincture, it may not entirely prevent oxidation over time. Also some compounds are more soluble in fats or oils than in alcohol or water, which may aid in bioavailability of certain compounds.


  1. Protect Hands: Put on gloves to prevent your skin from staining. The hulls can easily stain your skin and surroundings, so use caution while preparing this tincture.
  2. Hull Prep: Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the green hulls away from the actual walnut. Keep the nut for other culinary uses.
  3. Add Alcohol: Fill jar to about 1/2 (leaves room for the Pau D’Arco & ensures that all ingredients are well-submerged.)
  4. Add Black Walnut Hulls and Pau D’Arco: Place your 6-7 prepared black walnut hulls into the jar, followed by the measured Pau D’Arco bark.
  5. Optional Preservation Boost: Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice for added preservation and digestive and detox support.
  6. Secondary Oxidation Barrier: Incorporate ¼ cup of either olive oil or avocado oil as a protective layer against oxidation.
  7. Add Remaining Alcohol: Now fill the remaining space in the (quart) jar with vodka until all ingredients are fully submerged.
  8. Sealing and Storage: Without stirring the mixture, tightly seal the jar with its lid & refrigerate.
  9. Steeping Time: Let the concoction steep. The potency increases with time, reaching optimal strength within 4-6 weeks as the compounds are slowly released into the tincture.

Final Steps:

  1. Straining: Once steeped to your satisfaction, strain the mixture to eliminate hulls, as well as any residual debris.
  2. Bottling: Transfer the clear tincture to small, dark-colored glass bottles equipped with droppers.
  3. Shelf Life: Depending on the freshness of your initial ingredients, the tincture may remain potent for several years, though its efficacy is highest during its early stages.

Risk Information

The idea of using herbal remedies for a parasite cleanse is a topic of ongoing research & debate within the medical community. Parasite cleanses have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic, Chinese and Alternative medicine, as well as many cultures around the world. However the effectiveness and safety of such treatments have not been universally established by western medicine, and there are potential risks involved. If you are unsure of the safety and want to do a parasite cleanse, book an appointment with me as your holistic nutritionist. I can analyze your current medications and supplements, working with your doctor to coordinate a parasite cleanse as part of your tailored nutritional plan.

You should also consult with your physician, especially if you have any health conditions or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also it is best to discuss with your pharmacist to check for any interactions with your existing medications or supplements, as they are more knowledgeable than Doctors. Please see below, some potential interactions, side effects, when one should halt their parasite cleanse & who might want to avoid a cleanse using this Enhanced Amish Style Parasite Tincture.

Who Should Avoid This Tincture

  1. Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women: Due to the lack of conclusive safety data & potential for uterine contractions.
  2. Children: Not recommended by western medicine due to the alcohol content and lack of safety data for pediatric use.
  3. People with Liver Conditions: Pau D’Arco have been associated with liver toxicity in excessive amounts.
  4. People with Blood Disorders: As these herbs can interfere with blood clotting.
  5. People with Allergies to Tree Nuts: Due to the inclusion of black walnut hulls.
  6. People with Kidney Disorders: Pau D’Arco may exacerbate kidney conditions.
  7. People Undergoing Surgery: Due to the potential for increased bleeding, it’s advisable to stop taking these kinds of tinctures well before scheduled surgeries.
  8. Individuals on Medications: Especially those on anticoagulants, antiplatelet medications, diuretics, seizure medications, or immunosuppressives.
  9. Individuals with Autoimmune Diseases: Some ingredients like Pau D’Arco may stimulate the immune system, potentially exacerbating symptoms of autoimmune diseases.
  10. People with Gastrointestinal Issues: Wormwood and other strong herbs can irritate the GI tract.

Potential Interactions

  1. Black Walnut Hulls: May interact with medications that slow blood clotting (anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs) or with diuretics.
  2. Pau D’Arco: Known to potentially interact with anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications, due to its blood-thinning properties. Also, may interfere with certain chemotherapy agents and immunosuppressive drugs.
  3. Alcohol: The vodka in the tincture can interact with many medications and medical conditions. If you’re concerned, alcohol-free tinctures and herbal capsules are also an option.

Common Side Effects:

  1. Digestive Upset: Includes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach cramps.
  2. Fatigue: Some people report feeling unusually tired or fatigued during a cleanse.
  3. Skin Reactions: Rashes, itchiness, or hives may occur.
  4. Headache: Ranging from mild to severe.
  5. Mood Changes: Such as irritability or mood swings.
  6. Flu-Like Symptoms: Fever, muscle aches, chills, and sweating can occur.
  7. Increase in Parasitic Activity: As parasites die off, you may notice a (temporary) increase in symptoms associated with their presence.
  8. Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling or staying asleep.

When to Stop Treatment and Consult a Doctor:

  1. Severe Diarrhea or Vomiting: If it’s causing dehydration or lasts longer than 48 hours.
  2. High Fever: A temperature above 101°F (38°C) that lasts for more than a day.
  3. Allergic Reactions: Such as difficulty breathing, facial swelling, or severe skin rashes.
  4. Blood in Stool or Urine: Any sign of internal bleeding should be addressed immediately.
  5. Severe Abdominal Pain: Especially if it persists or worsens.
  6. Heart Palpitations or Chest Pain: Any cardiovascular symptoms should be taken seriously.
  7. Unexplained Bruising or Bleeding: As it could signal an issue with blood clotting.
  8. Signs of Liver Toxicity: Such as yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, or extreme fatigue.

If you experience any of these severe symptoms, or if the milder symptoms persist beyond a few days, it’s critical to consult a professional for personalized advice. Always consult a professional before beginning any new health regimen.

My Fav Premade Parasite Detox Tincture

I searched far and wide for a good anti-parasite tincture. I had to make sure the tincture had all the ingredients I studied in college that were necessary for a product that would address all forms of parasites….I finally found a product I felt safe to use myself and with my family and clients. It contains everything the Amish use in their parasite cleanse tinctures, plus a few other ingredients. It’s the Rogershood ParaFy Kit for detoxing parasites.


The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any health care agency or government entity in Canada or the United States.

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