Thursday, March 27, 2014
Making My Own Supplements
Our next biggest expense is our supplements, and I'm not sacrificing that either. So, one day when I was searching the sale items on Azure Standard I came across a capsule maker, and vegetable capsules. Why not make whatever supplements we can it would be cheaper, so we made the purchase.
The directions stunk, but I figured it out. You can make 24 capsules at one time. Just place the bigger end in the base, on the plate, and the smaller end in the part by the box. Here I was making Hawthron which per another post I am using to control my blood pressure.
I used a 1/2 tsp to put the powder into the capsules. It does not go in easy, but the green flat item in the picture to the right is used to scrap the powder across the capsules pushing the powder into the capsules. The part on top is then used to push the powder down into the capsules. So, you have to scrape and push until the capsules are full. The powder in the picture was enough to fill the capsules.
You should carefully separate the two pieces to see if all the capsules adhered to each other. Sometimes you will have a couple that don't adhere just repeat the process. As you can see the capsules come out nicely. To release the capsules press the flexible piece on the bottom.
Once they are lose gentle take them out one by one, and gently push the larger and smaller pieces together. I purchased the Hawthorn jar at a local organic store for a buck something, and the other one was given to me by a friend which she purchased at the dollar store.
Curios about Valerian, it's a very relaxing herb, aids in pain relief, great for the nervous system, and when used with Hawthorn helps to lower blood pressure.
We had the choice between two different sizes "0", or "00", we chose the "0" which makes a 500 mg capsule. The cost? We paid $17.50 for the capsule maker, and $13.50 for 1,000 capsules, or about that cost. I purchased our herb powder from the Bulk Herb store (affiliate link on right.) However I purchased more herb powder from Mountain Rose Herbs just the other day (affiliate link on right.)
So, basically any herbal supplement that you use which comes in powder form can be made into a capsule. Here is one way we can stay healthy and save money at the same time.
Do you make any of your own supplements?