Thursday, March 27, 2014

Making My Own Supplements


Southern man has come to me multiple times saying we have to make cuts somewhere. Where? We cut out cable, our cell phones are just for calls, and the cheapest we could buy. I am not going back to GMO junk, and our organic diet is are greatest expense.

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.

Once all the capsules are full you take the piece with the smaller ends on them and press it together with the filled pieces. Both pieces have flexible pieces on the bottom which you push together. You do have to push them at various points to make sure all the capsules adhere to each other.




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?


8 comments:

  1. Hi there! I sure do! It's nice to be able to make supplements where you know exactly what is inside them..... Good for you!!
    :)
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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    1. That's great Crystelle, I agree at least you know what is really in them.

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  2. Wow, I have never thought about doing this. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let's Get Real party!

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    1. Neither did I Gaye until I say the capsule maker.

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  3. Hi Joyce,
    This is the coolest post! I am delighted to learn how to make capsules at home. What a wonderful way to control what you are ingesting and save money too!
    I am so glad you shared this with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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    1. Yes, Deborah it was the best money I ever spent, I love it. Wish I could make all our supplements.

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  4. Love Azure Standard! This is great info. Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop!

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    1. Love the HomeAcre Hop, thanks for stopping by.

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