Can the fava bean tincture be made without alcohol? I get migraines from alcohol and also it is processed in the body as sugar which is contraindicated to Lonnie Herman’s protocol.
What blood test did she say to have before using tinctures from fava beans
I think the tincture can only be made using brandy, so it crosses the blood brain barrier, but if you put amount needed in a coffee cup and pour boiling water over it….the alcohol evaporates leaving the ldopa in the water. ldopa is water soluble.
Blood test is called G6PD.
Do you know of anyone that sells the fava bean tincture? My husband was
recently diagnosed with PD. He is not taking any prescription meds as he is
concerned over the side effects and has heard the longer one is on them the
less effective they are.
I don’t know of anyone who sells the fava bean tincture. It gets harder every year to get enough made for myself. My fall crop….5 lbs of fava beans all died in severe heat and very dry weather. So, being a farmer, we are subject to good conditions and poor. Good crops and possibly no crop. There are companies that sell fava dopamine capsules, but off hand I can’t think of company names. You can buy organic dry fava beans that are sprout able and follow the recipe in the download -able booklet for sprouting the beans to eat, and for making fava sprout balls. Another option is to try mucuna puriens. You can purchase them from many sources. They are also a bean that contain natural ldopa. Eating papaya also helps. Fermented papaya does even more…if you can’t manage to ferment your own…it can be purchased under the brand FPP . It is a dry powder . I hope this helps and I have answered you questions. God Bless and guide you.
We are harvesting grapes right now and started wondering if we could make our own grape seed extract. Finally hit on something that was easy. We washed the grapes, threw them in my vita mix blender. It juiced it, we poured this thru a strainer and let it drip out Put the juice into peanut butter jars and froze it for future use. The rest (seeds and skins) went into the dehydrator on parchment paper to dry. The dried product was ground into powder and I am taking a half teaspoon a day. Somehow…I think it is making a difference in how I feel. Actually woke without pain 2 days in a row. Just thought it might be helpful for anyone else harvesting grapes right now. My fall fava did not come up…so 5 lb of beans were lost. Hopefully , there is enough tincture and bean pod powdered to get me thru til the spring crop. May God Bless you my brothers and sisters with PD.
Love , Aunt Bean
Success with last experiment. Harvested fava beans. Shelled the washed beans, and steamed the pods for about a minute til bright green. Then, threw the pods in food processor and chopped them up. Spread them out on dehydrator mesh trays and turned it on to 125 degrees for at least 14 hours til completely dry. Next I powdered them in coffee grinder. I have been able to take one and a half teaspoons In the morning and my symptoms didn’t start showing up til after 4 pm and once I was ok until morning. I put the fava powder in with my morning supplements and let it stand about 20 minutes to rehydrate. It WORKED for me.
Hope this helps someone.
Love, Aunt Bean
By the research done by some chemists on the favas in testing for strength of l-dopa. They have a larger amount of l-dopa at 4 days of sprouting. This begins at the time they are put to soak for 24 hrs. Then drain/ rinse and let drain. I let mine stand in a colander then and rinse/ drain 3 times a day. At the 4th day time point , I steamed them and chopped them fine, placing them in brandy / just covered for a month and shaking them each day. (It is better to shake 3 times a day if you can remember)
Sprouts are not the same as pods. The green pods have different qualities and effects. Small bean pods with little baby bean seeds are said to have about the same l-dopa as green mature pods with full size beans. So, I let the grow to maturity, shell out the beans for steaming and eating, then brake the bean pods and grind them in the food processor to small pieces. Then, I put them in a jar with brandy and do” the shake “for a month . Hope this helps.
The top bud tincture is better for me at night for sleeping. The pods for day , because in taking them at bedtime my sleep won’t come. My pod and sprout tinctures have not yet been tested for l-dopa amounts…so pray I shall someday have someone who will do this so it can be documented. Good Luck with your experimenting with favas.
Love, Aunt Bean
Here is Aunt Bean’s response to one of the questions submitted.
Question about Fava Beans
Hello. My parents bought fresh fava beans today. They chopped the pods, but
my dad says he can not eat it like that. Is the tincture of pods has the
same amount as the tincture of flowers like Aunt Bean is making? Also, what
can be used instead of brandy. Or alcohol preserves beans.
Aunt Bean’s Response
“The mature bean pods are indigestible. They can be juiced and frozen in ice cube trays to use for dopamine supplementation . What is hard is figuring out the perfect dose for each person’s need. We are all so completely different and at different stages of PD. I would suggest trying an ice cube size in a glass of water and taking sips of this to find a good dose. Taking a few sips and waiting 20 minutes before trying more will give you an idea of any changes in your function. Try finger taping with both hands before taking and after 20 minutes. You are the only one who can judge improvement. Also , if the problem is with walking or balance….test those things before and after. Tincturing pods is a long process and this will give you an idea if it will work.
To make the fava bean tincture, the bean pods should be chopped very fine and yes, use only brandy because it crosses the blood brain barrier. If the pods are not chopped fine, they are very hard to squeeze the brandy out of…we have to use a strong press. It is not the flowers that I use for tincturing, but the flower bud that forms at the top of each stem..that is where the ants and aphids congregate…they need the extra dopamine to feel good too perhaps. Also, if the top of the fava are pinched out, the aphids will usually leave the plant alone.
Pinching out the top of each stem is also beneficial in making the plant bushier….and they send out more stems from the base. Thus, more tops, more flowers and more beans. God bless you as you experiment with fava for PD. I have been using them now since Oct of 2009 and still no side effects. I have had to increase my dose each year, but am still only taking about 40 drops 5 times a day. Thus, I am taking about 20 mg times 5 ,which is about (100mg per day). I feel eating a good gluten free/sugar free diet and plenty of exercise is so important. Be active. Be involved with the people and activities you love. For me , it is my husband of 13 months, church and music and gardening. God bless and guide you.”
How to Ferment Papaya
DEAR AUNT BEAN:
I HAVE A PAPAYA GROWING OUT OF MY FLAT BUT ALL I GET IS SMALL, SEEDLESS FRUITS THE IDEA OF FERMENTING GREEN PAPAYA MAKES SENSE TO ME. CAN YOU GIVE ME DIRECTIONS FOR DOING IT PLEASE ?
You can ferment green papaya. I have read that those who make fermented papaya usually use the unripe greener ones. I personally prefer ripe.
!> Wash the papaya with soapy water (if bought in a store to get germs off skin before cutting it) Rinse well and dry
2. Peel the papaya, Cut in rings and seed the papaya (saving the seeds…they are medicinal)
3. put the papaya in a food processor ( after cutting up) and blend to smooth
4. Pour blended papaya into a glass container and add turmeric and cinnamon *I use a teaspoon of each for a large papaya
5. Cover tightly with plastic wrap ..make sure to smooth the top to exclude any air bubbles. It must not be exposed to air!
6. I put a second layer of plastic wrap on top of this to block air getting in as it ferments. Plastic will puff up and will loosen from the sides of bowl and air will contaminate.
7. Let sit room temperature for 5 to 7 days. An unripe or very firm papaya will take longer to ferment than a very ripe one. I cover it with a towel to exclude light also.
When you see puffing of plastic and see bubbles in the papaya or any sign of mold growing. Stop the ferment. If it is slimmy…throw it out. Bacteria has infiltrated.
Clean of any mold (I use a spoon to scoop off any and throw it away. If under the top layer is a good color…you have done good.
Mix salt in this to taste and refrigerate to slow more fermentation and use about 1 or 2 Tablespoons a day to help PD symptoms.
I go one step farther and mix ground flax seed into my fermented papaya and then dehydrate it. *Place parchment paper in you dehydrator and drop cookie size blobs onto parchment and dry on a fruit temperature til completely dry. Then you can place these in Ziplock freezer bags and place in freezer to keep well. I also take these papaya cookies and grind them into powder and put a teaspoon on my morning supplements. This does very well for me. Good luck with your papayas .