If you are a budding and aspiring herbalist, your endeavors tend to go past just using herbal teas and purchasing over-the-counter herbal remedies. As you study and seek, you are learning just how much of your health you can take control of, and just how much you can provide for yourself by way of preventive and non-emergency care. Making your own medicine capsules can be the next step in your journey toward a healthy body and pocketbook.
Being the aspiring herbalist that I am I also want to be able to take care of simple issues for myself when they surface, without feeling like a slave to the grocery store or the doctor’s office. Don’t get me wrong–I am not recommending skipping the doctor altogether, or at all. However, if you are like me, you understand how your body manifests specific conditions, and this is what makes it possible to treat these issues at home, or prevent them altogether. (But by all means, see the doctor if you aren’t sure what your bodily symptoms are telling you.)
This week was a weird one for me–lots of anxiety. If you’ve been following me for very long, you know that I am perimenopausal, and have been for about 6 years. Because I do suffer from this, and because I am a firm believer in not taking prescription drugs for this condition, it’s important for me to be able to quell the anxiety on my own in a gentle way. In a past blog post, I shared three natural anxiety busters that I use regularly, with valerian root being my most effective. Since writing that post, I have learned how to make my own valerian root capsules, which I’ll be sharing with you today.
How to Make Your Own Medicine Capsules
What you’ll need:
The Capsule Machine (I use size “00”, more about sizes at the end of the post)
Gelatin capsules (sometimes you can find cheaper sets like this one here)
Powdered herbs of your choice (link to valeriana officianalis, the herb I used in this post)
What you do:
Before you get started, you’ll need to connect the large part of the base of the Capsule Machine to the stand, which is sort of like a rectangular frame. The flat part should be facing upward and the base fits right into it.
Use the green card to sweep the herbs over the holes and into the the capsule bottoms. (If you have too much herb in the cavity, carefully guide the excess out of the opening in the corner and back into your bag of herbs.)
Release the base and remove the cover. Your filled capsules should be in the cover, reconnected and ready to remove. Press on each side of the cover (there is a flexible piece of plastic which will push capsules out) and store.
More About Capsule Sizes
- I prefer to store my capsules in a mason jar with oxygen absorbers like these. For extra freshness, I use my Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer similar to this one with the wide mouth jar sealer attachment. (You can also use the regular mouth jar sealer attachment if you prefer.)
- The size “0” capsules are standard sized (about the size of a nickel) and will hold 400mg to 800mg of herbs. The “00” sized capsules are 50% larger than the standard size “0” capsule, and will hold 550mg to 1100mg of herbs. The density of the herbs, as well was whether or not you use the tamper to compact the herbs into the capsules will determine the dosage of your capsules. If you do use the tamper, your capsules will obviously be a higher dosage. (Source here.)
Do you make your own capsules? What are your favorite herbs to use?
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