The Best Herbs For Making Capsules At Home

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Herbs For Making Capsules At Home


Making your own capsules is an easy and satisfying way to start supplementing with herbs. Most of the herbs listed here have been researched to a good degree and display a wide range of potential uses.

Herbs have served as a source of natural medicine and nutrition across cultures for an incredibly long period of time. Many animals have even been documented actively seeking out certain plant species in order to combat potential ailments.

Different regions of the world provide a plethora of diverse herbs that can help to fight specific conditions and contribute to the maintenance of good health and optimal biological functioning. A large portion of modern medicines contain ingredients that are derived from the constituents of certain plants.

Fortunately, we now live in a world of interconnectivity, making it easy to obtain almost any herb available on the market. This makes it possible to start implementing herbal medicine into our own lives as the first line of defence against ailments, as well as a treatment option for existing conditions.

Obtaining herbs in their dried, unprocessed forms gives us the opportunity to make our own medicine, increasing our self-sufficiency and skillsets. There are many ways to consume herbs and therefore, numerous methods for making them into medicine.

Brewing teas and eating herbs raw are the most basic methods of intake.Creating extracts and essential oils is a slightly more complex process that requires some knowledge and extensive equipment. Capsules are another great way to safely and efficiently administer herbs.

WHY SHOULD YOU USE HERB CAPSULES?

Why Should You Use Herb Capsules?

Making your own capsules can serve as an easy, efficient and simple way to start creating your own herbal preparations. Making your own capsules does not take much time at all, considering you have a few pieces equipment on hand.

Taking capsules is a convenient way of consuming an herb that requires no preparation after the initial batch has been created. All it takes is a glass of water to wash them down with; and some people don’t even require that when consuming them!

HOW DO YOU TAKE HERB CAPSULES?

How Do You Take Herb Capsules?

Herb capsules can be stored for quite a while and used on demand. Many people simply elect to swallow a few capsules as a part of a daily routine, or when needed. This all depends on the type of herb being administered. Some people may be put-off by the idea of capsules because of the prospect of swallowing them whole.

For these individuals, capsules can simply serve as a helpful way to store herbs that doesn’t require weighing out a dose. In this case, you can take apart the required amount of capsules and empty the contents into teas, soups, smoothies and juices.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CAPSULES

How To Make Your Own Capsules

Making capsules is an easy and quick process, considering you have a capsule machine. A capsule machine will allow you to make a large number of capsules within a short period of time. You will also need some empty capsules that are of compatible size with the machine you are using.

In order to maximise the amount of herb that fits into each capsule, you will need to use a powdered product. You can either choose to purchase powdered herbs, or process dried herbs at home using an herb grinder.

To begin the process, place the half capsules into the empty slots of the capsule machine. Next, pour the adequate amount of powdered herb into the machine and sweep it into the capsule halves.

Attach the other side of the machine that houses the other side of each capsule. Your first batch of capsules has now been created. Put them into a labelled bottle and load up the machine for the next batch.

BEST HERBS TO USE

There are many herbs to choose from when making capsules and every person will have more use for some herbs than others. Here are some of the herbs we believe to be the most useful and intriguing.

VALERIAN

Valerian

Valerian is a perennial flowering plant that belongs to the Valeriana genus of the Caprifoliaceae family. The plant can reach 5 feet in height, displays pink or white flowers and is native to Europe and Asia. The name of the herb is derived from the Latin word “valere,” which means to be healthy and strong.

Valerian contains numerous mechanisms of action, including sedative and antiseptic effects made possible by just a few of the many biochemical components within the plant. These include alkaloids, sesquiterpenes and flavanones.

Due to its sedative qualities, Valerian is traditionally used in combination with other herbs to combat sleep disorders like insomnia. There is scientific evidence to suggest that Valerian may assist in this domain.

Other traditional applications include combatting anxiety, psychological stress, headaches, migraine, upset stomach, depression, mild tremors, epilepsy, ADHD and chronic fatigue. Just because the herb has been used to treat these disorders does not necessarily mean there is scientific data to confirm its effectiveness.

AFRICAN DREAM ROOT

African Dream Root

African dream root, known by its scientific name Silene undulata, belongs to the Silene genus of the Caryophyllaceae family. The herb is short-lived and perennial, featuring flowers that open at night and close during the day. The root has been traditionally used by the Xhosa people of Southern Africa to induce lucid dreams.

Indeed, it is classified as an oneirogen, a substance that coaxes lucid dreams. The word oneirogen is derived from the Greek “oneiros” meaning “dream” and “gen” meaning “to create.” The root is reportedly used by Xhosa shaman during initiation processes.

Lucid dreaming is the process of becoming consciously aware that you are dreaming during the dream state. During a lucid dream, the dreamer partially awakens and can begin to control the dream in many different ways. This profound freedom is a desirable state for many, making African dream root a special tool for those looking to achieve lucidity.

DAMIANA

Damiana

Damiana, also named Turnera diffusa, belongs to the Turnera genus of the Passifloraceae family. The shrub is native to southern Texas, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. This plant presents small, strikingly yellow, five-petalled flowers.

Damiana is most well known for its use as an aphrodisiac. Constituents within the plant have been associated with boosting sexual health and performance in both males and females.

Traditional uses of Damiana include the treatment of headache, bedwetting, depression and constipation. Damiana is also smoked by some people who claim it offers a slight high.

Damiana has been studied in decent depth by researchers, with some evidence suggesting it may enhance sexual satisfaction and orgasm frequency. It has also been linked to reducing vaginal dryness in women experiencing sexual problems.

GINGKO BILOBA

Gingko Biloba

Ginkgo biloba belongs to the Gingko genus of the Ginkgoaceae family. The plant is native to China, Japan and Korea and has since been cultivated in Europe and the United States. Ginkgo is a large tree with fan-shaped leaves. This plant gained popularity due to claims that it may help with memory and cognition.

There is quite a bit of evidence to support this, with research showing that certain extracts are as effective as conventional drugs involving the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Further research suggests that Ginkgo may improve attention span and speed of thinking in healthy adults.

ST. JOHN’S WORT

St. John's Wort

St. John’s Wort, known as Hypericum perforatum, is of the Hypericum genus of the Hypericaceae family. The herb is native to parts of Europe and Asia and is a perennial plant. The plant has recognisable star-shaped, yellow flowers and can grow up to 1 metre in height.

St. John’s Wort has gained recognition for its potential to treat depression and anxiety. Other uses may include combatting lack of sleep and loss of appetite. Studies suggest that St. John’s Wort extract helps to improve mood and decrease feelings of anxiety.

Luke Sumpter

Written by: Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter is a journalist based in the United Kingdom, specialising in health, alternative medicine, herbs and psychedelic healing. He has written for outlets such as Reset.me, Medical Daily and The Mind Unleashed, covering these and other areas.

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