Bean shell is commonly used to treat diabetes and as a diuretic, to maintain the body weight and as a detox. You can drink it as a tea or make a tasty soup out of it!

Beans can be a tasty and nutritious meal, but the shell is where some of the most medicinal compounds are found. In the Balkans, bean shell is commonly used to make tea and soups for its potent benefits on blood sugar and liquids in the body:

Lowers Diabetes


Lowers Diabetes

Bean shell contains a specific substance called Arginine, which has a similar action in the body as insulin. Insulin is necessary for the proper use of glucose in the body. If the body is not producing enough insulin, or it's not using it effectively, the glucose starts building up in the body and eventually leads to diabetes. Apart from the arginine, it contains silicic acid, chromium salts, potassium, vitamin C and various flavonoids which all contribute to the proper functioning of our bodies, keeping us healthy and well balanced.

If you're looking for a good combination of herbs for diabetes or a tasty recipe for a bean shell soup, check out our Preparation/Dosage section for some ideas!


Bean shell can also be used as a diuretic for increasing the flow of urine. This helps keep the kidneys and bladder healthy and prevent or cure any infections. It also clears out the toxic build up in the body that can influence the development of many diseases. Additionally, it is useful for relieving rheumatism and gout as it flushes out the uric acid from the body and joints, which is the main cause of pain in these conditions.

Dosage and preparation:
Tea - Cover two teaspoons of bean shells with a cup of cold water. Put it on the heat and let it boil for 5 minutes. Let it steep for half an hour, strain and drink 3 times a day before meals, unsweetened.

Tea for diabetes: Add 50gr of bean shells to 0.5l of water, boil it for 15 minutes, cover it and let it steep for 3 hours. Drink this quantity of tea during the day in 3 doses, before meals, unsweetened.

1. Tea mixture for diabetes : Mix 10gr of bean shells, 10gr of Nettle leaves, 20gr of Birch leaves and 60gr of Bilberry (European blueberry). Add 3 teaspoons of this mixture to 0.5l of water and simmer it on a gentle heat for 15 minutes. Let it steep for 3 hours. Drink 3 times a day before meals.

2. Tea mixture for diabetes: Mix 40gr of bean shells and 20gr each of Bilberry leaves, Cinnamon and Ground ivy. Take 50 gr of this mixture and simmer it on a gentle heat in 0.5l of water. Let it steep for 3 hours. Drink 3 times a day before meals.

Soup: Apart from the tea, you can make a tasty soup out of bean shell! Take 2-3 handfuls of bean shells and gently cook them in a pot of water until you get a thick soup. You can add any kind of spices, other vegetables or whatever you would like to see in your soup of choice. Bean shell soup has the same anti-diabetic effect and half a liter of it a day, combined with 2-3 cups of the tea can replace 3-5 units of insulin!

The taste: The taste of Bean shell tea is quite mild and slightly sweet.

Precaution: Bean shell has no known side effects and is generally considered safe for human use.

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The common bean is a herbaceous annual plant grown on every continent (except Antarctica) for its edible dry seeds. It is a seed of certain leguminous plants of the family Fabaceae.

The common bean is a highly variable species that has a long history of cultivation, and it was domesticated about 8,000 years ago.

It was originally believed that it had been domesticated separately in Mesoamerica and in the southern Andes region, giving the domesticated bean two gene pools. However, recent genetic analyses show that it was actually domesticated in Mesoamerica first, and traveled south, probably along with squash and corn.

Beans were also carried into North America and were grown by Native Americans there for many centuries. They were carried to Europe by early explorers of the New World, and have undergone about 500 years of additional domestication and selection in Europe.

A few of the bean species also have an edible shell, and in some cases the shell is highly nutritious and medicinally valuable. This is the case with the common bean, or Phaseolus Vulgaris, whose shell is often used in Eastern Europe as a natural cure for diabetes. It is also helpful with encouraging weight loss, maintaining healthy weight levels and as a diuretic, helping you flush out all the toxic matter from your body.