White Chestnut

What is a White Chestnut Good For?

Over the years there have been many remedies given for pushing negative thoughts aside, but white chestnut is not one that you hear about often. It is considered to be a remedy by many people, and not just a mythical potion. This plant is coined mainly as a plant that rids one of worrying rather than negative thinking, but there are also groups of people that see this plant as a spiritual remedy as well. It is also known to potentially help other ailments as well. This article will give you some information on what a white chestnut is, and where to find the remedy you are seeking.

What is a White Chestnut?

Another name for the White Chestnut is Horse Chestnut or Aesculus Hippocastanum, or is sometimes also called a buckeye, but is very different from the Ohio Buckeye plant. This is actually a flowering plant that is used by many in holistic medicine. This plant is known for its ability to help clear the “mental clutter” that many experience when they are under stress or feeling worried about things in their life. Family members of those who have obsessive compulsive behavior have looked to this plant as relief for others.  As a result many have seen improvement, but those behaviors are still so ingrained in the individual they are hard to completely eliminate.

Other uses for this plant include healing from venous problems, in which the heart doesn’t readily return blood from the legs to the heart. This condition can be related to many other conditions such as varicose veins, pain, swelling of the ankles, itching and cramping of the legs at night. The extract itself has been used a natural solution for hemorrhoids as well. As you can see, this type of chestnut isn’t limited to the caplet form, but has been process for use in topical solutions as well.

How Does it Grow and Where Can You Find It?

White Chestnut is a flowering plant, and grows in tree like structures. It grows pretty quickly, and can grow exceedingly tall, nearing well over 100 feet in height.  The plant will typically bud and begin major growth within three to four weeks. The flower actually opens rather quickly as a result of the sun melting the outside resin of the plant, releasing the bloom. Once it blooms, it does release a small nut that has a polished appearance and is brown in color. The nut will usually have a small scar-like space where it has been attached to the inside of the seed-vessel which is a rather large green husk with short spiney needles. Once it opens and releases the nut, it falls to the ground. This is the short life-cycle of the plant.

This plant has a horseshoe like marking on its branches, which is possibly why it’s also known as the horse chestnut. Although this plant is believed to have originated in Europe, near the Balkan Peninsula (Greece and Bulgaria), it can be found in Canada and the United States today. These trees can grow in virtually any soil, but they do prefer the sandy loam type soil. Because of the type of tree it is, and the environment it grows it, is not really used for lumber. This tree is mainly known for its beauty, and for its medicinal purposes.

White Chestnut is definitely one of the most unusual plants known to man, simply because it is known for the use of its fruit and for the use of its bark. Because it is so useful, it is amazing that it isn’t used more often.