Making Herbal Capsules
Did you know that it's super easy to make your own?
Unlike grabbing a bottle off the store shelf, making capsules at home allows you to know that the herbs you're taking are fresh, organic, and formulated to suit your specific needs. Our capsule machine is easy to use and incredibly easy to clean up. All you need are empty capsules and dried powdered herbs to get started. The box says that the machine, "Fills 24 capsules in as little as two minutes," but, admittedly, it took me about 5 minutes. I did get better at it the more I made though! Fun, convenient, and a breeze to figure out...
We carry two capsule machines—one that makes size “0” capsules and one for making size “00.” The sizes run just the opposite of what you would expect as the largest capsules are the size “00.” I went with size "0" since I wanted to make the average easy-to-swallow capsule. All of our capsules are made from non-GMO and vegetable sources, so they are 100% pure vegetarian.
As little as two Tablespoons of powdered herb will make about 24 capsules. It helps to put the capsule machine base on the enclosed stand, and put this on a plate or a low-rimmed bowl. This way, the extra herb can be captured and used again.
The capsules come with the ends already put together, but they come apart easily. The longer part goes into the base, while the shorter part is inserted into the smaller cover. Since they are clear, it can be a little tough to see the capsules once they are inserted into the machine holes, so pop them in carefully. More than once I tried to put another capsule part inside a filled hole. Wearing my reading glasses and having plenty of light helped!
See How the Capsule Machine Works!
I added powdered herb to the base, swept the herb into the empty capsules with the green card, used the tamper to gently pack the herb, and then continued this process until I had the long side of the capsules filled to the top, but you can use less herb depending on your needs. At this point, I took the base off the stand so it sat flat on the counter. Next, I put the other half of the machine loaded with the short end of the capsules on top of the base so the open capsule sides connected. Then I pressed down until it was obvious that they had fully been pushed together. All you have to do is push down - it's super simple. I removed the top and all the capsules came out filled, connected, and sitting in the cover.
At this point, it was easy peasy to pop the capsules out onto the table. I was so dazzled by the tidy little pile of perfect-looking capsules!
For me, the whole process took about 5 minutes from the time I had the capsule machine ready to go until I was popping the capsules out. A person could likely make a supply of 100 capsules in 15-20 minutes and save a whole lot of money!
Wondering what herbs make great capsules?
You can also purchase organic bottled herbal capsules on our website!
Check out this capsule making video on our YouTube channel!
AUTHOR: Kori is our Public and Media Relations Coordinator. A West Coast native, Kori is a seasoned nonprofit activist and community organizer. Having launched five adult kids, she spends her free time in her burgeoning organic and very urban “farm”—taming Heritage chickens, building top-bar beehives from reclaimed materials, baking, brewing, and preserving.