Make Your Own Herbal Capsules

As I’m sure you’ve learned in my intro to herbal remedies post, we use a ton of natural remedies around here, so I decided early on that I would need to make our remedies as economical as possible. There are some times when we pay top dollar for the very best ready-made version of things, but usually we can save a lot of money if I buy the supplies and make my own. Filling my own capsules with powdered herbs or other natural remedies is one of the ways I am able to do that. I can get hundreds of capsules made sitting cross-legged on our living room floor while my hubby and I watch a movie in the evening.

When I first got started, I just bought a bag of empty capsules from the local health food store, poured the herbal powder into a bowl and filled each capsule individually. It took all evening to get just a couple dozen made. It also left my nails discolored and I got herbal powder all over the place. Before making capsules again, I ordered the right tool and it made such a difference! :-)

What You’ll Need

What To Do

  1. Assemble your capsule machine according to the package directions (you might have noticed that the machine I have is a bit different from the one available for sale at this time, so go with the instructions you get with your model).

    Top of the capsule on the left, bottom on the right.

  2. Open a capsule and put the long end in one of the machine’s holes. Put the short end (let’s call it the “top”) in a bowl.

    Fill the machine with the bottoms of the capsules.

  3. Once each of the holes are filled with the bottom part of each capsule, use a spoon to scoop some of your powder (in these photos, I’m using bentonite clay for my detox!) in the middle of the machine.
  4. Use something flat (I used an old Starbucks gift card- cleaned!) to spread the powder back and forth, closer and further. Repeat until the capsules are full.

    Spread the powder around to fill each capsule.

  5. Use the “tamper” to slowly and gently press the powder down. Please don’t do this quickly or the force of the air will actually cause finer powders to fly up out of the capsules. Ask me how I know this. ;-) Keep repeating the adding of powder and tamping down until the capsules are full.

    Tamp down the powder and repeat filling and tamping until capsules are full.

  6. With my model, I have to turn the end pieces around so that the piece holding the capsules slides down a tiny bit. That way I can put the lids on the capsules.

    Carefully put the lids on the capsules.

  7. Press the lids down one-by-one on each capsule until you feel them softly “click” into place.
  8. After all the lids are secure, you can lift up the piece holding the capsules and pop them out. Be sure to store them in an air-tight container.

    Here is one batch of capsules.

    Although it may appear to be a lot of steps, it isn’t something that requires your full attention and it really doesn’t take very long. For the amazing savings I get by making my own capsules (often for only 20-30% of the price I would pay for ready-made at my local health food store!) it is worth that little bit of time.

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Do you make your own capsules? Would you be more inclined to use herbs if you could make affordable capsules yourself?

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21 comments to Make Your Own Herbal Capsules

  • Thank you for this post! I have never made my own capsules, but have always wondered about how to do it. Over the last year we have transitioned into using pretty much all natural remedies. This post made it look so easy to save money and make these remedies at home. Thank you – I have already bookmarked it for future reference! :)

  • This is so cool. I wonder if I could make a prenatal of sorts like this?

    • Actually, my pregnancy tea blend would be very nutritious and I would think it would be a great prenatal if it was powdered and encapsulated… in fact, maybe I’ll plan to do that next time around, too! Great idea, Debra!

  • With Natalia and Christopher we spent at least $50 a month on supplements… Some months it was closer to $100. We hope to get pregnant again soon, and that is not really an option now.

    • How exciting!!! I know what you mean about not being able to afford it all. We’ve had to prioritize and just get a few things at the top of the list, many times. This makes everything much more affordable. :-)

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  • You are officially my hero! I love making my own herbal caps. But it takes SO LONG to do it by hand. I never knew these machines existed! I’m so excited! I’m getting on in the morning. You’re making my life a happier place!

  • Jill

    Thank you for the information. I was wanting to make some capsules with the herb Kotu Kola…How does one know what the right dosage is? For example: If I filled one capsule with the powder of the leaf, (ground in coffee grinder) How many milligrams would be in the one capsule? Most Kotu Kola supplements that you buy in a health food store say 400-500mg per capsule. How do I determine this dosage when making my own capsules and how many per day are safe to take?

    Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Jill,

      It depends entirely on whether or not you pack the powder down with a tamper and, if so, how much. For some herbs, I can fit 3 or 4 times the original amount in the capsules if I pack them down well. To decide how many to take, I usually start with just one capsule and see if our symptoms seem to require more. :-)

  • Kayla

    Do you have a recipe to make a multivitamin? thanks!

    • Kayla

      Or just Different filler recipes for these? Thanks!

    • Sorry for the delayed reply, Kayla. It’s a really good question. I’ve been thinking about doing some research and creating a few recipes like that. I think I’d include nettle and red raspberry leaf, because they have such a great vitamin and mineral content. Along with those, maybe peppermint for digestion, turmeric for any inflammation and siberian ginseng because it helps the body deal with stress. I hope that helps! :-)

      • Kayla

        Thank you! I think if I mix the nettle and red raspberry that should give a wide enough range of vitamins and minerals. I may throw some alfalfa in there too :) I think I just needed someone to confirm what my thoughts Thanks again

  • Hi, I was wondering how you do the Benonite Clay capsules for detox. Do you just take 2 a day for so many days? I would love to do this with my Detox regime. I love reading about the capsules you make , my family just got me one that I have been wanting for a while!

    • Hi, Sarah! I like to take two capsules at night right before bed. The only things to remember are that you want to have plenty of water with them and get plenty of fiber through diet or supplement to make sure to keep it all moving through. ;-) Psyllium husks are a good option, if you need more fiber.

  • colin alexander

    What mechanical equipment would you recommend to crush nuts (specifically bitter kola nut) into powder to enable it to go into capsules

    • I honestly have no idea for that, since nuts tend to have such a high fat content. Perhaps a blender, then store them in the fridge or freezer so that the oils don’t go rancid? It might even work better to freeze them first, then put them through a blender or food processor. That way they would stay cold and hard, rather than getting too difficult to work with. Please do share if you come up with something that works!

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