A quick guide on how to make olive leaf extract capsules for the enthusiast, or when products are not available off the
shelf such as during a 'flu pandemic.
You will need leaves, a scale accurate to about 1g (a postage scale works well), some small plastic or glass containers with lids that seal and empty capsules.
Tip - Don't leave concentrated powdered extract for long in the open air. It will quickly absorb moisture and turn into olive leaf extract "toffee". If a little moisture gets into the container before it is sealed it all becomes olive leaf extract "rock".
Fill your capsules by hand if you only need a few, or with one of the many simple capsule machines available on the internet if you want a few hundred.
To fill by hand, hold the smaller diameter half of the capsule as shown in the picture and fill with a small spatula.
You will need a small rod with a flat end to tamp the powder down then add more until well packed.
Leave a hump of powder on top when full and then fit the larger diameter part of the capsule over it and push them together until they "click".
You can decide whether to use cheaper animal-based gelatine capsules or cellulose-based vegetarian/vegan capsules, also readily
available on the internet.
(Normally from the same suppliers as the filling machines.)
A good capsule size for swallowing is size 0 and it can hold a reasonable amount of powder.
If you wish to go a little larger to make the capsules stronger size 00 is also good but not quite as easy to swallow.
You now know the basics of how to make olive leaf extract capsules.
Experiment and have fun!