Filling empty capsules yourself at home can be a great way to get a steady supply of dietary supplements without spending a fortune. You need to prepare several ingredients, such as the type and size of the desired capsule along with the herbs that will be used as filling. Filling empty capsules by hand does take a lot of time, but is much cheaper. If you have enough money, buy an empty capsule filling machine to speed up the capsule filling process.
Method 1 of 3: Selecting Materials
Step 1. Opt for vegetarian capsules if you have dietary restrictions
Vegetarian capsules are made from populus tree. This is a great option if you have dietary restrictions other than vegetarian food. Vegetarian capsules are guaranteed kosher, kosher, and gluten-free.
You can buy vegetarian capsules at your nearest health food store or online
Step 2. Take gelatin capsules if you are not on a diet restriction
Gelatin capsules are made from bovine gelatin. However, you will not taste the distinctive taste of beef! These products tend to be less expensive than vegetarian capsules.
Go to a health food store for gelatin capsules or buy them online
Step 3. Choose a size 0 capsule for the standard dose
Empty capsules are available in a variety of sizes, but the most common size is 0. This size can hold up to 500 mg of filling.
The density and size of the filling powder will affect the amount that can be put in the capsule
Step 4. Choose a size 1 capsule if you want a smaller pill
Size 1 capsules are slightly smaller than standard size 0 capsules. This makes them easier to swallow.
Size 1 capsules can hold 20% less filling than size 0 capsules. Take this into account when choosing a smaller capsule
Step 5. Ask the nearest health professional for recommendations for filling herbal capsules
Consult a health professional before taking supplements. Depending on the health problems you have and the recommendations you get, your supplements can help strengthen your immune system, reduce swelling, and aid digestion.
- Cayenne pepper is an antioxidant. Although this is still being studied, the content in it has the potential to relieve nausea and overcome bacterial infections. Putting it in capsules can provide health benefits without burning your mouth.
- Ginger can help you deal with common ailments, such as colds, sinus congestion, and headaches. The content of ginger can also overcome digestive disorders.
- Oregano oil (which is usually extracted from the marjoram plant) may provide pain relief.
- Turmeric can lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Method 2 of 3: Filling Capsules by Hand
Step 1. Place the capsule filling in a bowl
Pour the filling into a bowl. If you are using several fillings at once, put all the fillings in a bowl and mix until evenly distributed. You may add too much filling for the number of empty capsules to be filled. Simply put the remaining unused filling in a resealable plastic bag and store in a cool, dark place.
Step 2. Pull the empty capsule and separate the top
Capsules are sold whole. To separate them, hold the bottom of the capsule with one hand, then gently tug at the top with the other. If you have trouble pulling it off, twist the top of the capsule a few times until it comes off. Place the top in a safe place.
The top of the capsule is usually shorter and wider than the bottom. This allows it to cover the bottom of the capsule when put back together
Step 3. Scoop the prepared herbal mixture with the bottom shell of the capsule
Using the bottom capsule to scoop out the herb mixture is the easiest way to fill the capsules while preventing mess. Fill the bottom capsule to the brim.
Before filling the capsule, make sure your hands are clean. You can also wear protective gloves
Step 4. Reunite the top of the capsule with the bottom, then press
After filling the bottom of the capsule, slowly reattach the top. Grasp the bottom of the capsule gently with one hand, then use the other hand to squeeze the top of the capsule until it slides in.
Step 5. Store the capsules in a cool and dark place
When finished filling each capsule, place the capsules in a secure bag or jar with a lid. Place the container you are using in a cool, dark place.
- Make a supply of enough capsules for a month or two at a time. Moreover, the capsules may expire before they can be consumed.
- If you live in a humid place, place the silica gel pack in the jar with the capsules. You can buy silica online or stock up on the packaging found in shoes, medicine packs, and other products.
Method 3 of 3: Using a Capsule Filling Machine
Step 1. Choose a capsule filling machine based on the size of the capsule used
Each capsule filling machine only works for a certain capsule size. When selecting a machine, make sure you choose a product that can accommodate your preferred capsule size.
You can buy capsule filling machines at health food stores and online. The price is around Rp. 200,000
Step 2. Place the base of the machine on the stand
Place the base of the machine on its built-in stand to keep it secure while you fill the capsules and put them together.
The capsule filling machine also has a special case for inserting the capsule top and a stand
Step 3. Insert the bottom of the capsule into the base of the machine
Separate the capsules. Place the bottom 1 of the capsule in the groove on the bottom of the machine. Do not insert more than 1 capsule bottom in each groove.
The bottom of the capsule is longer than the top. This allows the top to slide and cover the bottom when the capsule is put together
Step 4. Pour the filling into the hole at the base of the machine
Pour the filling into a measuring cup, then pour it into the hole containing the bottom of the capsule.
Step 5. Flatten the filling onto each bottom shell of the capsule
Capsule filling machines are usually equipped with a plastic card that serves to fill the capsules. Once the stuffing is poured into the holes at the base of the machine, you need to level it out. Use a card to sweep the filling powder into the capsule holes so that it enters evenly. This method will make the capsule completely filled.
If the machine doesn't have a card, you can use a hard, clean piece of plastic, such as a credit card, to spread the powder
Step 6. Use the included tamper to compact the capsule filling, if necessary
If you are unable to fill the capsule on the first try, use a tamper to compress the capsule filling and create more space. Align the tamper head with the opening in the capsule shell, then press gently to compress the filling in each shell.
A tamper is a flat plastic device with a "tooth" protruding on one side
Step 7. Repeat the filling process if you used a tamper to compact the filling
Pour the filling back into the hole that holds the bottom shell of the capsule, then use a card to spread it evenly into the hole.
Step 8. Insert the top shell of the capsule into the top of the machine
The top of the machine has an opening for inserting the top shell of the capsule. Gently press one top shell of the capsule in each opening. The shell will remain firmly fixed in the opening even though the engine is reversed.
Step 9. Align the top of the machine with the bottom, then press down
Remove the base of the machine from the stand. After that, gently turn the top of the machine so that the openings in the top and bottom shells are parallel to each other. Press the top of the machine until it stops compressed. At this point, the capsules are well fused.
Step 10. Remove the top of the machine and remove the fused capsule
When you remove the top of the machine from the base, you will see the bottom of the capsule protruding above the machine. Press the top of the machine to remove the finished capsules.