Bean Acres Farm has changed a bit this year. We have 2 female goats, which we hope are bred. I had the blessing of milking one of them for 5 months and enjoying fresh warm raw milk and making farmers cheese when there was any extra. After breeding…she decided it was time to “wean me” and take a break from milking twice a day. Oh, how we look forward to spring “kids” and fresh milk again. We also have muskovy ducks, chickens and rabbits. We also have 3 outside cats and just adopted an 8 year old shitzu dog . Now we are working on revamping the greenhouse area for starting seed trays and making a shaded greenhouse area for mushrooms. We inoculated logs with Lions Mane spawn and are hoping that they will produce next year.
I am still on no pharmaceuticals meds for Parkinsons, but still use the fava pod tincture made from growing our own organic fava beans to control my symptoms. There is no need for a gym membership here, for I am busy from daylight until dark.
Still doing research on herbs that help symptoms, trying out new gluten free recipes, playing music and entertaining with my husband at nursing homes. God is good.
Blessings to you all with love,
Greetings from Bean Acres.
The cold temperatures have taken the last of the garden produce, but the unheated greenhouse (which is basically an 80 foot cold frame) is sheltering some fava bean plants that may make some flowers to gather over the winter.
The fava flowers seem to have a beneficial effect on anxiety problems. We started a patch of english lavender and ashwaghanda this year. The research on ashwaghanda seems very promising for PD.. I have been taking it in capsule form every other day for about 8 months.Â Fresh root was driedÂ to start tincture, anything homemade is better, so time will tell.
I still am taking a black cumin seed oil capsule daily.Â (Nigella Sativa L.)It is supposed to help all ailments. Also, daily taking a Lions Mane Mushroom capsule , which is supposed to help prevent neuron damage caused by amyloid -beta plaques. Boosts mental functioning and reduces memory loss, promotes nerve regeneration… Helps against depression ,anxiety and chronic inflammation.Â It also helps control blood sugar levels and may reduce diabetic nerve pain in hands and feet. Certain types of cancer cells are killed and it can slow tumor growth. It also boosts the immune system.
Anyway, you all do your own research , if these things look promising to you….try one new thing at a time and give it a month. Take notes and see if you haveÂ improvement. I noticed a change within a week of starting black cumin seed oil.
Well, that is my November 2019 report from Bean Acres. May God Bless and guide you as we move toward a new year,. 2020. It seems impossible, considering I never expected to see 2000.
God is good.Â Eat good organic fruits and veggies,Â get out in the sun and exercise. Smile, laugh , sing.
Love,Â Â Aunt Bean
Hello from east Tennessee.
Aunt Bean here , working hard on the farm. We are trying to create a food forest// permaculture farm here.
I feel really good….eating a lot of okra and fresh fruits, berries, sweet peppers, egg plant, fresh organic eggs (not from here). Still do not have chickens.
Have about 100 trees planted now since spring. Some delicious apples of many varieties that I saved the see from in the Oct/ Nov/ Dec months are now trees nearly shoulder high on me. Three are as tall as me already. Others in poorer soil are still about a foot tall…and may not make it thru winter. Still have holes to dig and more of them to plant. My wrist and finger joints are tender from spreading tree mulch, but happy to finally have it to use..
The road crews cutting around power lines nearby have dropped it here 4 times and there is a mountain of wood mulch! Perhaps in a few years…you can come pick apples and other fruits and berries with me. God is so good.
By the way, I am still doing very well taking black cumin seed oil and recommend it highly. I have energy to keep going all day. Also taking a Lions Mane Mushroom capsule daily to regrow brain cells. Only need to take about 2 droppers of fava pod tincture daily. That dose has gone up and down several times since 2009…..at one point I took it 5 times a day before starting to eat a variety of nuts….the nuts are amazing and good snacks too!
May God Bless You all. Have a great day!
Question: How do you make the fava tincture if not a gardener and only have access to the beans? do you know of anyone that sells the fava tincture?
Reply: You really cannot make the fava tincture I use without access to fresh organic fava beans or growing the plants. You can make a tincture from sprouting the beans, but I would recommend using the sprouted beans to eat instead of tincturing them. Follow recipe in downloadable pamphlet from Robert’s site . When I did an experiment for a couple of days…. it took 15 sprouted /steamed favas (that I had put in ziplock bag in freezer) in the morning and about 6 more about 1:00 in the afternoon ( I think) to get me thru the day with enough L-dopa to function well.
After the favas are steamed, which only takes a couple minutes with fresh beans,( watch for skins starting to get a split in skin) cool them until easy to handle and pop them out of skins by squeezing gently. Fresh beans do not have the same L-dopa amount as sprouted and it may require a cup of them a day to supplement your L-dopa deficiency. I like the fresh beans as is , and like to saute’ onions and garlic and throw the cooked beans in at the end to flavor and warm them. Also to throw beaten eggs on top of the onions, garlic and favas. YUMMMY.
Question: How do you peel the fava bean-that seemed very cumbersome when i tried to do it…what is the time frame necessary to get it in the freezer to perverse the ldopa? Also, how do you serve eat the peeled steamed fava beans?
Reply: The sprouted beans are much more tedious to peel. I usually freeze them with the skins on and peel as needed. I think this also keeps them from getting freezer burn. But, they have much more L-dopa. We like grinding the sprouts after peeled and frozen into a flour and making no bake sprout balls. Hope this helps…
love and blessings! Aunt Bean
“Greetings from east Tennessee.
Things are going well here at Bean Acres. We are planting trees, all kinds of fruit, berries, kiwi, hazel nut, & new herbs. Even trying grafting trees this year.
I am taking a couple of new supplements…black cumin seed oil, and lithium orotate. I have good energy and working hard to get the farm orchard planted. It will soon be time to plant the summer garden plots.
Still doing fine on the fava tinctures and only take a dose when my symptoms present , sometimes just once a day. Other days, if a lot is going on , may take a dose 2 or 3 times (every day is so different). Each day is special.
God is so good. Blessings to you all.
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.Â
Aunt Bean’s Response
“The mature bean pods are indigestible. Â 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 Â and at different Â 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. Â Taking a few sips and waiting 20 minutes Â before trying more will give you an idea of any changes Â in your function. Â Try finger taping with both hands before taking and after 20 minutes. You are the only one who can judge improvement. Â Also , if the problem Â is with walking Â or balance….test those things before and after. Tincturing pods is a long process Â 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, Â 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 Â in making the plant Â bushier….and they send out more stems from the base. Thus, more tops, more flowers Â and Â more beans. God bless you as you experiment with fava for PD. Â 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 Â ,which is Â aboutÂ (100mg per day). I feel eating a good gluten free/sugar free diet and plenty of exercise is so important. Â Be active. Â Be involved with the people and activities you love. Â For me , it is my husband of 13 months, church and music and gardening. God bless and guide you.”