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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Making Homemade Herbal Capsules

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If (IF) obamacare has been responsible for ANYthing good, it has made people want to (have to) start living more frugally and to take better care of their family's health needs. Weather you use medicinal teas, tinctures or, as we will discuss today, make your own herbal supplement capsules, it's always good to take charge and to know everything ~ and to be able to pronounce everything ~ that goes into our bodies.

Many of the ingredients I have given you for the medicinal teas or tinctures can be used in a much smaller amount for homemade supplements. However, many people prefer to have a single ingredient in their capsules. 

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Empty capsules come in several sizes, the most popular being "0"/500 mg, "00"/750 mg, and "000"/1,000 mg ~ "0" being the smallest most people use (although there are smaller sizes) and generally, the one that most store-bought bottled herbal supplements use. You may purchase them made from gelatin (made from a "clean" beef source and are usually kosher), or vegetarian (usually made from a poplar tree cellulose).

 Google ImagesMaking the capsules can be, honestly, a little tricky until you get the knack of it. Once you do it a few times, you'll have mastered the technique and will make less of a mess each time. :-) There are basically 2 ways to fill your capsules: 1) put your prepared (crushed, pulverized, crumbled) herbs in a small bowl and simply scoop the largest end of the capsule through the herbs, tap a couple times to settle the ingredient(s) and place the other half of the capsule on and squeeze together. 2) most health food markets have a "capsule machine." This is especially good if you are making more than . . . say . . . 20 capsules at a time.  

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If you are interested in good over-all health homemade supplements, try: 

Thieves Oil Wellness Supplement

~2-3 drops Thieves Oil (an essential oil blend with MANY uses, you can find my original recipe HERE)
~4-6 drops EITHER safflower oil or grapeseed oil
~use "00" capsules
~~Take 1 per day

Thieves Oil Antibiotic Supplement

~10 drops Thieves Oil
~6 drops Oregano Oil
~2 drops Frankincense Oil
~use "00" capsules
~~Take 2-3 per day for duration of illness 

Other supplements are ~

Pain Relief Herbal Supplements

~see some of the pain relief herbs listed in THIS POST and decide which fits your need
~fill your capsules
~~ALWAYS begin by taking ONE herbal capsule at a time until you adjust your dosage to fit you needs

Vein and Circulation Supplement

~cayenne powder, enough to fill approximately 1/3 of the capsule
~ground ginger root, a large pinch
~fill a "0" capsule
~~take 1-2 per day 

Echinacea Supplement

~crumble or pulverize dried echinacea root
~fill a "00" capsule
~~take once per day for on-going immune support OR 2-3 times per day to shorten the life of a cold or flu

Gentle Anti-Inflammatory Supplement

~licorice root powder
~fill a "0" capsule
~~take as needed; no more than 6 per day. May take for: digestive problems (gas, reflux, GURD, indigestion), peptic ulcer, constipation, canker sores, inflamed joints, arthritis, hoarse cough

Constipation/Irritable Bowel Syndrome Supplement

~psyllium husk powder
~fill either a "0" or "00" capsule
~~take as needed; no more than 6 per day.

Allergy Supplement

~nettle, dried
~fill either a "0" or "00" capsules
~~take 2 capsules once or twice per day. Nettle helps with: hay fever, asthma, gentle detox and mild diuretic, anemia, heavy mentrual bleeding, anti-inflammatory

Eye Health Supplement

~bilberry, crushed or pulverized dried berries
~fill "0" capsules
~~take up to 4 per day. Bilberry is an antioxidant and is widely known to help protect the eyes from tissue damage and prevents cataracts, helps heal the intestines from inflammation, helps circulation, varicose veins, bruising, blood flow,  helps with bladder and urinary tract infections; works BOTH as a mild laxative and to stop diarrhea

Headaches and Migraines Supplement

~feverfew, dried
~fill half or whole "0" capsule
~~take 1 or 2 per dose, no more than 4 per day. 

Taking charge of your own health ~ and that of your family ~ is a wonderful way to love your family and save time and money. Do some research and find out what other herbs may work for you.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><
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1 comment:

  1. You possess great knowledge and how grateful we (your readers) need to be that you are willing to share it with us. I had no idea that there was so much out there to be able to make our own! You are now (once again) "pinned", my dear!


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