Category Archives: mucuna beans

Mucuna as a Natural Dopamine Supplement

The mucuna I have been taking is not helping. Comments?

“I have grown fava and mucuna here at the farm. My bean of choice is fava personally. Mucuna is powerful and gives extra strength and energy when needed desperately. Fava is like a gentle support that works and you hardly know you’ve taken anything.. I’m just functional.

I usually take tincture upon rising and didn’t yet this morning. Holding my right hand over the mouse..I have a slight tremor (my right hand is not usually the one that is effected…PD is already on both sides, but as long as I take tincture when I feel my neck pain coming on or my left arm stop swinging…I have NO Symptoms. It’s great.

If the mucuna you tried didn’t work, may I suggest trying the mucuna from Swansons Health products in capsules. 800-437-4148. They are in Fargo, ND.

My friend takes 2 in AM/Lunch/supper She is taking tincture thru the day also….but has had PD awhile.

How long have you been diagnosed? If l-dopa doesn’t help, your symptoms may be from another cause.

Check out the book Natural Therapies for Parkinsons Disease by Dr. Laurie K Mischley. You may find what you are looking for there.

God Bless

Aunt Bean

Greenhouse Means Fresh Fava Beans and Mucuna All Year Long

A neighbor has given us an 80 ft long tall hoop greenhouse!   We have to move it to our land/ dig a water line and one for electricity for it, which will be a lot of work, but what a blessing. This way , we can grow fresh food year round and even grow papaya trees….which I’ve been studying for PD nutritional support also.

God is good!


Aunt Bean

Harvesting Mucuna Beans

Things are going well. Just planted a 50 foot raised bed of two rows of fava bean. Now there are hoop frames in place so they can be covered if the temperatures drop to 26 degrees. I really feel like they could grow here year round with a few nights  of protection in the winter.

I started harvesting the mucuna beans we have growing up the backside of the barn. Shelled and steamed them and tried one.  It tasted so good that I ate another one (no discipline!) Well, it was a bit too much…I’ve found that one very small one is about right for me and holds me a long time. (probably 1/2 of a full sized one would be enough). I think I will try to tincture them…not sure how yet.

The chickens have a fenced area in back of the barn now. We dug potatoes and peanuts and still need to dig sweet potatoes. Need to dry some more comfrey leaves and make echinacea tincture yet and cook up some more kushaw pumpkins to freeze for pie.   Then, perhaps I can slow down here and enjoy making music with friends and at the nursing homes in the area…they enjoy the music so very much.

That’s all for now…enjoy the fall weather and beautiful colors all around us.

Blessings  …….Aunt Bean

Mucuna Bean and Fava Bean Harvest

We started harvesting mucuna beans yesterday. The vines have gotten to at least 14 ft tall up the back side of our barn. Some of the vines reached the top and turned the corner, starting around the side !

The beans pods are very hard to open, which is necessary in getting the beans out. I preyed and cut on them with a knife and each one took a couple of minutes (a bit time consuming and hard on the fingers).   The next bunch I tried steaming the whole bean pod and then opening them up. That was a bit faster, still not easy…but the beans were already steamed and ready to pop out of their inner rubbery covering when it was done. So, that will be the method of choice for the next batch I pick.

I ate 2 steamed beans in place of a fava tincture dose. They definitely worked, but may have been a bit more than I needed…I was ready to wrestle tigers, but I got a lot of work done in the next few hours, with no bad effects.

Today I tried just one bean in place of tincture. My tapping was not as quick, but I am completely functional on one. So, time will tell if the mucunas will be grown next year…they are a lot of work when it comes to shelling them, unless I can find an easier method. But, they work.

I have harvested several batches of fava plant tops now and a few beans. Have had a little trouble with aphids on the plants on the farm, and will probably have to make a point of spraying them with mild dish soap & water every week or so to avoid plant damage. Have started making raised beds to cover and try to grow favas all winter. Will let you know if this works…….


Aunt Bean