Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Making capsules

There are some herbal remedies that just work better in capsule form.  Bentonite Clay is one of those.  It's not an "herb", though I still consider it one of my "home remedies". 

Here's what the Bulk Herb Store has to say on the clay, "Its highest power lies in the ability to absorb toxins, impurities, heavy metals and other internal contaminants. Bentonite clay's structure assists it in attracting and soaking up poisons on its exterior wall and then slowly drawing them into the interior center of the clay where they are held in a sort of repository. To state it another way, Bentonite is swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound."

We have mostly used it for digestive type issues.  It simply gets rid of any stuff you don't want in your digestive system.  If you think you ate something bad, have stomach cramps or diaherra etc... try bentonite clay.  My only problem with it is that you can dissolve it in water but it's kind of, well, "clay" like to drink.  I much prefer to take a capsule or two instead of a teaspoon. Typically we would take it for a day or two (2-3 times a day) till the symptoms are gone.

That's where this fabulous capsule machine comes in.   It's easy (once you follow the instructions, follow link for a complete step-by step) and you can make tons of capsules for your family for a fraction of the cost of pre-made ones.  Bulk Herb store sells the Bentonite powder for $4.50 per 1/2 pound.  I can't even begin to predict how many capsules that would make but 100's for sure.  With a quick search, the cheapest I could find was around $8 for 120 capsules and they weren't even pure clay.  It was $11 for the "pure" bentonite clay ones. 
Store the unused capsules in an airtight jar
Here's the box it comes in

Has a "squisher" part and "holder" part
Just follow the instructions with the box and give them a squeeze as you take them out
 I wish that I had a miraculous story to tell you and I SHOULD HAVE!  On our trip to Mexico 2 years ago I ate something bad, I could tell.  My stomach got worse and worse until I was up all night sicker than I have ever been.  I'm quite sure it was food poisoning.  But did I have any Bentonite clay with me, NO.  Never again, I will ALWAYS travel with a few capsules, just in case!

I store the made capsules in labeled ziplock bags
Be sure to check out all the testimonials on the Bulk Herb page, as many have had miraculous results using it as a poultice for all kinds of bites and stings too.  We prefer to just not get stung, but will have to remember that if we do.  I'm pretty good at avoiding bee's!
Almost finished Turmeric capsules, all they need is the squeeze

And once you have the little capsule maker you can use it for many herbs.  Another one I do is Tumeric root. This one also would be tough to take a teaspoon of, but as a capsule it's no problem.  I'd do 2 3X a day, but see what works for you.  It's a great anti-inflammatory.  Try it instead of ibuprofen next time!

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