As more studies come out in support of herbal supplementation, the general population is finding it more acceptable to try taking some Echinacea when they feel a cold coming on or to try talking to their doctor to see if St John’s Wort would help with their seasonal depression. I believe in herbs and have seen time and again that they are effective. Some people might argue that herbal supplements are a little pricey, but they don’t have to be… if you make them yourself!
I just made my first batch of herbal supplements in capsule form. To date, the most popular forms that my herbal medicine would take is tea and tincture (although, I do love my salves!). I heard about the Capsule Machine a long time ago, but realized that I NEEDED to get one when I discovered a post from Frugally Sustainable with her Anti-Inflammatory Capsule recipe. Being the active girl that I am, I can’t avoid the occasional ache and pain, so I really wanted to try treating them herbally. The Capsule Machine is this awesome little device that allows you to fill your own gelatin capsules with whatever herbal powders you like. It is so freaking simple to use! Here is a great video from John Gallagher at LearningHerbs.com on behalf of Mountain Rose Herbs giving you the how to:
Okay, so how is this going to save you some moolah?
By doing it yourself and buying your supplies in bulk (which, let’s face it, the supplies aren’t very big so the “bulk” won’t take up too much room)! Let’s say that you want to get some Echinacea supplements to have on hand during this brutal winter that we’re having.
- You can get a 250 count 400mg bottle by NOW Foods off of Amazon for $13.86 (assuming that you have Prime and don’t have to pay for shipping).
You already saw how easy it is to operate the Capsule Machine, now let’s see how doing it yourself breaks down.
- You don’t necessarily need the Capsule Machine, but using it is SO much easier than trying to fill the capsules by hand without it! So, you have a one time investment of the Capsule Machine. You can purchase it on Amazon with 1000 Geltin Capsules for a total of $25.78. Individually, the machine is $15.78 and you can get 1000 capsules for $12.55 (vegetarian capsules are $17.75).
- You can also get the Capsule Machine at Mountain Rose Herbs for $13.50. Mountain Rose only carries vegetarian empty capsules and they are actually quite a bit more than on Amazon at $34.00 for 1000 capsules.
- 4 oz of Echinacea Purpurea Root Powder is $7.00 on Mountain Rose Herbs. 4 oz should be more than enough to last you through cold and flu season. You really only use about a tablespoon plus a little more of powdered herb for every 24 capsules that you make.
So, let’s see… Yes, you have the initial investment of the Capsule Machine, but after that…
- If you want to use the vegetarian capsules on Amazon for $17.75, it would cost $4.44 for 250 capsules.
- You will not use that whole 4oz of powdered herb, but definitely at least half of it at $3.50.
- Your grand total for homemade Echinacea Purpurea Root Capsules is $7.94.
- It should also be noted that each of the empty 00 capsules holds 700mg, which is almost double that of the NOW Foods sample bottle.