Simple Capsule Medicine from Dried Herbs.

Simple Capsule Medicine from Dried Herbs.

On today’s self sufficiency show we’re going to get hands on with herbs and talk about how to make capsules from formulas of dry loose herbs. So stop reading this and start watching the video.

Oh and here’s some notes that might help:

My Most Requested Herbal Formula.

My Most Requested Herbal Formula.


If I found myself a medic with only three medicines; I would choose these!

First would be Cayenne Pepper; because among many other things it stops hemorrhaging internal or external; like no other medicine. I would choose it over Celox or Quick Clot. It will even help with heart attack; just take a teaspoon in a glass of water.

Second would be this Bone & Tissue ointment; because it brings relief and healing to nearly any pain or wound anywhere on the body.

Third would be a formula or tincture of Cryptolepis Root; because it’s one of natures most powerful antibiotics, often more effective the commercial medicines.

It would be a hard to leave some others behind though.

Tissue Ointment.

It’s a practical prep you’ll use almost daily. It’s effectiveness blows people away. I’ve been studying herbs for years and have learned there’s little that can’t be treated with them; often times better than with modern pharmaceuticals and nearly always with less side effects.

I have never been to a doctor for myself. I’m not saying doctors are a bad. Just that as much as possible I like to trust God and be self sufficient. When my family started growing I found myself worrying. What if something happens. Instead of going out to buy the best insurance. But I did not want the spirit of fear. I decided to learn the principles that healers and homemakers have been using for hundreds of years and invest in simple supplies. For the cost of about three months health insurance, I have a larger collection with hundreds nearly packed herbs, tinctures, essential oils and study volumes.

It’s only recently modern medicine has become a thing we worship. We have become so dependent on drugs and doctors that we barley know how to fend for ourselves. I trust God for my peace and my health, but I’ve found great comfort in using the plants he gave us to treat problems when they arise. Over the past few years I’ve gone from simple pantry herbs to preparing tinctures for serious bacterial and viral illnesses that modern pharmaceuticals are failing to work on.

Much of the world still uses natural medicines due to the massive cost and control in pharmaceuticals. They have not found a way to patent herbs and while goverment tries to restrict them, they are still mostly open. Now there are many good doctors out there, but it often seems modern medicine is less about healing and more about keeping you coming back for more. Not so with natural medicine. I have seen things that I would not have believed 5 years ago and I plan to write more on those if people are interested. It turns out that natural medicine, despite how some would portray it, is not about being a hippie or dancing naked under a full moon. But if you’re into that got for it.

I speak of liberty. But it’s not all guns and activism. It’s being prepared and and being a responsible self sufficient man or woman who knows how to care for their family. the time may be coming soon when we won’t be able to get pills and doctors will not be an emergency room away. I’m not afraid of that. I don’t mean to instill fear because there is no fear in love. I only encourage people to learn. The peace it brings knowing how to deal with sickness and help others is remarkable.

I’m no doctor and I don’t say not to consult one. What I do know is that taking the time to read, practice and collect the materials needed to heal has made my family healthier and helped us trust more in God and less in the worlds system.

Today’s formula.

This formula is not my invention. This is the famous Complete Bone and Tissue blend that was formulated by the late herbalist Dr. John Christopher made as an ointment. It’s one of the most powerful I have found. Frequent his site and get his books if you want to learn a lot about healing.

I rub it anywhere it hurts. Sprains, cuts, wounds, arthritis, bruises. The other day I even used it on a toothache and it worked in minutes. It relieves pain, speeds up healing and restores damage. It can also be made as capsules and combined with the ointment for deeper internal reach with bone problems and more. For that I leave out Comfrey root and use the leaves.

This ointment cream base is my own blend. You can use nearly any base however. Some might like straight coconut oil. Do you own research. You can find many of Dr. Christopher’s formulas listed on their website. I usually go there first when I have a need. This particular formula is so well known in the herbal world that you can even buy it on Amazon. The reviews speak for it.

All the herbs to make this can be ordered from a place like Penn Herb, the oils and base materials can be readily obtained online as well. Make some for yourself or order a jar from Dr. Christoper’s family to try it out. You won’t regret having this on hand. I make it in large batches like you see above, then I store it in these plastic jars. OK let’s do this.

Bone & Tissue; Needed Herbs.

Parts can weigh in at amount desired as long as your ratio is correct. I use loose cut herbs, not powder as it will turn to mush. See below for how much cream base I use. A simple food scale like this one makes life easier. I’ll link each if these herbs to a quality source, but you can get them wherever you like. These are ingredients in parts by weight.

Gavs Ointment BASE:

  • 5p coconut oil.
  • 2p Shea Butter.
  • 1p beeswax.

When this cools it has a medium-firm base. You can also let cool and whip into cream. This works very well. For a bit more of a firm base add 1 additional part beeswax. You can get these on Amazon or at your local store. I like refined coconut oil because it doe snot have a coconut scent to it.

Mixing it up.

I mis the herbs in a 3.5:1 ratio with the oil. So if I have 16oz of dried herb I will mix that blend with about 560z of cream base (by weight).

This methods will work for most ointment recipes. I measure out all the loose herbs and use a blender to cut them fine. I don’t make a fine powder, but I do make sure they are finely cut and blended, especially the hard roots. I will usually shop them fine by tossing them in a blender, just don’t fully powder them.

Next I follow Dr Christopher’s approach placing all the raw ingredients in a baking dish or steel pan and put in the oven at 180 degrees for 8-12 hours, stirring a few times. The low heat will not burn the ingredients, but it will draw out the medicine in the herbs.

When done you will have herbs and need to strain. You can just use a strainer and much of the herbal infused oils will drain out. Then let it cool. I prefer to use a grape press, or run through a auger style juicer (you have to go very slow). You can also use a strainer bag to squeeze it, but you’ll might want a set of heat resistant kitchen gloves like these. After that I still the resulting hot liquid through the fine mesh bag to make it nice and clean.

Depending on how much you press, 1/2-1/3 of the oils will be lost as they soak into the herbs. So from the 560z of base I might get about 40oz of final strained clean ointment. When I have it drained I strain it again through the fine mesh bag mentioned above to make it nice and clean. I then let it cool partly before whipping it with a mixer to make it smooth and creamy.

This may sound complicated but it’s really not bad. Once this is made you can use the ointment anywhere. Kids scraps, acne on the face, sores, pains and aches. You name it. I always tell people, if it hurts, use this. Simple as that. Have the courage to stand for liberty. But also take the time to know how to help yourself, your family and your neighbor. It’s not all guns. Sometimes it’s also roses and other plants. I’m no doctors, so do you own research and learning. But this is what I have found.

— Gav


1: Ointment base tossed din on top of dry herbs. I put in the over at 180 for at least 8 hours. — 2: Strained and pressed, the sediment is cleaned out and I let it cool. — 3: Mostly cooled, I whip it with a mixer to make it nice and creamy. You can also just let it cool fully, it will be harder that way. — 4: Finished product in plastic jars.


A NOTE on Comfrey:
This can also be made as capsules. Commercial blends I have seen leave out the Comfrey in the capsules. Comfrey has been used for centuries, but some studies suggest that in large quantities it could be bad for the kidney. Read about that here. I tend to think that most of the fear about Comfrey is propagated by pharmaceutical companies that do not like how incredibly powerful and efftive it is.

While I use care in regards to internal use of the root, and I feel perfectly comfortable using it externally, if you are concerned you can use the leaf only which has much lower pyrrolizidine alkaloid. You could also leave the Comfrey out of the formulas, but it is one of the most powerful wound healing herbs in the blend. Do your own study, but long story short. This formulas has been used for many decades and it works wonders.


Bottles, Liberty & Herbs! [Practical Patriot]

Bottles, Liberty & Herbs! [Practical Patriot]

gavin seim - mason jars with herbsOh Liberty! That freedom from evil, tyranny and dependency on man that makes us Americans. It’s the opposite of things like Obamacare. Something I not only refuse because it’s lawless and unconstitutional. I don’t need it. So for the [Practical Patriot] post talk about bottles and herbs.

We casually study herbs and natural healing and can deal with most things that arise at our house with faith in the almighty, a simple dose of knowledge and 250 so herbs, tinctures, oils and preparations. All of which probably cost less than an average emergency room visit. Because long before modern drugs, we had plants, medicines that God does not charge patent fees or licensing on.

See I finally  learned that natural medicine is not the sacred ground of liberals and feminists. It’s a true resource we should not let disappear from our homes. Plus many herbs happen to be great for cooking. Something most liberal feminists know very little about 😉

The fine details of the herbs are a story for another day, though I’ll give you some good starter resources below. In today’s quick post I want to talk about storage. Between ordinary wide mouth Mason Jars for dried herbs and foods, to bottles and everything in between, organization keeps things safe, fresh and simple.

I use lots of Boston Round Bottles. Those dark amber GLASS rounds that have been used as long as anyone can remember. Some have caps, some droppers, others misters. If it’s liquid there’s probably a great bottle for it in here. Like mason jars, Boston Rounds are cheap, durable and the Amber variety keep light from things like tinctures, essential oils and other liquids, making them last. They come in sizes from less than an once to a quart or more.

Those little clear Dram vials are great for small preparations and powders like this tooth and gum formula we make for mouth conditions.

The round blue plastic jars are perfect for creams or other small things around the house. We make our own salves and ointments in those.

rinctures in bottles