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aka Bohnenhülsen (Ger), Common bean, Green bean, Haricots blanc (Fr), Kidney bean,
Navy bean, Pinto bean, Snap bean, String bean, Wax bean

(Phaseolus vulgaris)

Annual plants common to gardens everywhere in vine and bush form. Fruits are green or yellow pods containing the seeds which vary in color according to variety.

HARVEST: Pods before beans are ripe; dry beans when mature.


Pods effective (at the rate of 9 to 16 lbs per week!) for lowering blood sugar levels in cases of mild diabetes (with doctor's knowledge).
Pods said to be useful for dropsy, sciatica, chronic rheumatism, kidney and bladder problems, gravel, uric acid accumulation (gout), loss of albumin in urine during pregnancy.
Pods can be used dry, but are not as effective as the fresh.
Decoction made from the beans has been used over a long period of time for difficult cases of acne.
Bean meal has been applied directly to the skin for itching, eczema, and eruptions with the skin being washed every 2 to 3 hours with chamomile tea and fresh meal applied.

!All others buy commercial preparations and follow directions carefully!
DECOCTION = 2 to 3 handfuls of dried pods (cut small), with 1 quart of water; boil 3 hours; 1/2 to 3/4 quart taken per day.

See: Bean Recipes

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