Make Your Own Herb Supplements
Buying herbal supplements is expensive. Besides price, there is also the question of the quality of the herbs, the age of the herbs (how long have they been sitting around, losing their potency), and where the herbs were grown and in what kind of soil.
As an herb lover, I have always been suspicious of any health product sold in stores. It is in my nature to question everything and, while I am sure that there are many quality herb supplement companies, I don't have the time and resources to be 100 percent certain of the condition of the herbal supplements available. The only way I can be certain of the quality of my herbal supplements is by growing my own.
Growing Your Own Herbs
Growing herbs is a fun and healthy activity. Many herbs can be grown in pots on a sunny windowsill or on a sunny patio. If you have a small patch of earth to garden, you can grow many more herbs. If none of this is available to you, consider renting a community garden plot or asking a friend or relative for a small patch of herb to garden.
Easy Herbs to Grow
Caraway Seeds (Carum carvi)
Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale)
Elecampane Root (Inula)
Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare)
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Marshmallow (Athaea officials)
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
How to Grind the Herbs
After you have grown, picked, and dried your herbs, you will need to grind them into powder form.
Mortar and pestle. This is the old fashion way to grind herbs. It does not take electricity for you to grind your herbs this way, but it can be a time consuming process.
Magic Bullet. Many people have been successfully using the Magic Bullet to grind their herbs into powder form.
Food processor. A simple food processor will grind your herbs.
Coffee grinder. Another popular item that people are using to grind their herbs into powder form.
The capsules you need to make your own herbal supplements can be bought online. The capsules are inexpensive and can be bought in bulk from places, such as Amazon.com.
Capsule Filler Machine
Filling capsules by hand is tedious work. Capsule filler machines are inexpensive and speeds up the process of making herb supplements.
Storing Your Supplements
After you have made your supplements, you will need to store them properly. Store made capsules in a dry containers, just as a glass jar. Keep the supplements out of the sunlight to prevent deterioration of the vitamins and minerals in the herbs. The supplements should also be stored in a cool area of the home. Cool, dark, and dry are the three necessities for keeping your herbal supplements safe.