Using Bulk Herbs
Using cut and sifted herbs
Using powdered herbs
Encapsulating is a main reason to buy powdered bulk herbs. One pound of powder makes about 1000 to 1200 capsules in the 00 size. There are many encapsulators on the market. We sell The Capsule Machine because we feel like it is the easiest and most efficient way to start encapsulating your own herbs. Directions on how to encapsulate the herbs depend on the machine you buy. Instructions are usually included with the encapsulating machines.
Always remember to label and date the storage jars of your capsules.
A bolus is a suppository. A bolus can be made by combining powdered herbs with melted or soft cocoa butter or coconut oil. Use a low heat, don’t allow it to burn or bubble when melting it. Mix the herbs a little at a time into the melted cocoa butter or coconut oil until they are firm and refrigerate for two hours. I have found that a 2:1 ratio is best. Use 8oz of cocoa butter or coconut oil to 4 ounces of powdered herbs. If the mixture is too thin, add more powder. If it is too thick, add some more oil. Allow the mixture to cool enough that it can be handled without causing a burn. Roll out into a long narrow strips and cut one-inch-long pieces. Wrap each bolus individually (in wax paper) and put in the refrigerator to harden. Allow the mixture to come to room temperature before use. Boluses are inserted into the rectum for treating ailments such as hemorrhoids and into the vagina for treating vaginal infections and irritations. Use boluses at night. It will melt with body heat, so take care to protect clothing and bedding. Many herbalists believe that the bolus should be washed away the following morning by douching the herbs out. From my experience I don’t think that it is necessary. They will come out naturally. You will need a sanitary napkin or something to catch the herbs as they drain.
A poultice is similar to a fomentation, except that plant parts are used rather than liquid extraction. They are used to for circulation, appease aches and pains or draw impurities out through the skin, or to assist in breathing depending on the herb chosen. Mix herbal powder with a small amount of boiling water. Apply the pulp directly to the skin, as hot as can be tolerated, holding it in place with a gauze bandage. If the paste is likely to irritate the skin, apply it between two layers of cloth. Poultices need to remain in place for long hours. They are generally more active than fomentations. Once it cools change the poultice. Apply as hot as tolerable. Please make sure you don’t burn yourself.
There are so many uses for bulk herbs. Often times using bulk herbs is the best way to help facilitate healing. By following the instructions above we can empower ourselves to take our healing into our own hands.