Angela Harris Master Herbalist

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How to Capsulate Herbs and Herb Formulas

You can save money by buying herbs in bulk (by the pound), in their powdered form, and putting them in capsules yourself. I suggest you use a by-hand capsule machine like “The Capsule Machine” made by Pure Planet Products (see sources). This capsule machine holds 24 capsules of the “00" size for you to fill. Most of the other capsule machines that are available at this time are almost worthless and very frustrating to try and use.

If you are capsulating a formula of herbs, just combine the herbs in the proper amounts, mix thoroughly and capsulate.


How to make Extracts or Tinctures

The basic rule is 4 parts liquid to 1 part powdered herb, or 4 parts liquid to 2 parts cut or whole herb.

Glycerin based extract:
2 parts Vegetable Glycerin
2 parts Distilled Water
1 part Powdered Herb (or 2 parts cut or whole herb)

Mix ingredients together in clean glass bottle with lid. Store out of the light. Shake 2 times a day for 10 days to 2 weeks. Strain through clean, unbleached muslin. Throw away herbs and keep liquid in a light-proof bottle. This will store for approximately 3 years.

Apple Cider Vinegar or Alcohol Extract:
4 parts Apple Cider Vinegar or 40 proof Alcohol
(like Vodka)
1 part Powdered Herb (or 2 parts cut or whole herb)

Mix ingredients together in clean glass bottle with lid. Store out of the light. Shake 2 times a day for 10 days to 2 weeks. Strain through clean, unbleached muslin. Throw away herbs and keep liquid in a light-proof bottle. This will store for approximately 7-10 years.