How I Make Supplements Using a Simple Capsule Filler

Your diet and fitness regime is not complete without the inclusion of ready-to-consume herbal supplements. The downside to buying pre-made ones is the uncertainty of their ingredients and freshness. Making your own capsules allows you to control the content and the potency.

homemade herbal capsules

There is a world of supplements available in health stores and supermarkets. Like many of us, I used to spend considerable money on these supplements every month.

supplement shop

68 percent of U.S. adults take herbal and other dietary supplements on a regular basis.

Now, If I tell you that you can make your own supplement pills at home and at a fraction of the cost, will you believe me?

As I discovered recently, you can easily make your own supplements at home using some of my favorite herbal superfood powders. Or you can really choose any capsule filling of your choice.

Quick And Easy Steps On How To Make Herbal Capsules At Home:

  1. Get the gelatin or vegetarian capsules in the size of your choice.
  2. Choose and mix your herbal powders according to your recipe.
  3. Fill the empty capsules with your herbal mixture using an encapsulation machine.
  4. Close the capsules by putting the tops on the filled bases.
  5. Put your finished supplements in glass jars or an empty plastic bottle.

That is how easy it is to make your own herbal capsules.

Below I will cover each step in more detail, and you can also watch the step-by-step video on how to use the encapsulation machine. 

This method makes the processes so fast and easy as filling them by hand and scooping the herbal powder into the capsule would take so much more time and patience.

This is the easiest and mess-free way to do it.

homemade supplements

You can mix and match different herbs like turmeric and spirulina or choose powders according to your needs.

Why Should You Make Your Own Supplements?

There are various reasons why you may want to make your own herbal capsules, here are some of mine:

  • I can prepare the dosage as I want it. If you think that the full dose of your favorite supplement is a bit too much or too little for your body, you can make a smaller or larger dose of the same. 
  • I didn’t want to spend so much money on my supplements every month. These companies make you pay not just for the supplement, but also for the fancy packaging, advertising, and several other things.
  • As I started making my own supplements, I realized how much money I was saving, especially if you regularly take supplements, you will save a lot.
  • It is so much fun. Just try doing it once, and you will surely love it.
  • And last but not least, I wanted a convenient and unmessy way to take my superfoods when I was on the move, and making my own capsules was a perfect solution.
Great capsule fillers

Healthy food powders make a perfect ingredient for your DIY supplement capsules.

Here is a simple tutorial on how to blend superfood powders and make your own herbal capsules.

What You Will Need To Get Started?

1. Capsule Filling Machine (100 Holes Manual Capsules Filling Tool)

100 Holes Filling Machine Tray Manual Exerice Board with Scraper fit DIY for (0#)

100 Holes Filling Machine Tray Manual Exerice Board with Scraper fit DIY for (0#)

2. Filling Powders of Your Choice

Superfood Powders That Are Great For Making Your Own Supplements

100 Holes Filling Machine Tray Manual Exerice Board with Scraper fit DIY for (0#)

Check the selection of powders here >>>

3. Small and Medium Prep Bowls

HillSpring 3 Sizes of Glass Prep Bowl Sets, Clear Small Pinch Bowls for Salt, Spices and Chopped Ingredients, 1.5oz/2.5oz/3.5oz, Set of 12

4. Sifter

304 Stainless Lab Sieves φ10×5cm Lab Sifter Test Sieve (120Mesh (0.125mm))

5. Empty Capsules

XPRS Nutra Size 0- Empty Vegan Capsules - Vegetarian - DIY Vegetable Capsule Filling - Veggie Pill Capsules Empty Caps (100 Count, Clear)

Selecting A Right Capsule Type And Size

Remember, your encapsulation machine can hold capsules of a specific size, so order accordingly. The most widely used capsules are made from gelatin which is more commonly known as soft gels.

There are also veggie capsules, which are also called veggie caps, and these are made for vegetarian consumption.

Most filling devices take either size “00” which holds approximately 735 mg. or size “0” which holds about 500 mg.

There are also size “000” capsules that hold about 1000 mg. and size #1 capsules that hold about 400 mg.

Check out a selection of different size capsules here.

How To Fill Capsules With Powder?

Step 1: Choose Your Supplement Powders And The Desired Quantity of Each

Start by determining what ingredients you want to use and the desired amount of each. There are two sizes of capsules. The “00” size can hold approximately 735mg of the powder and, the “0” can hold about 500mg.

You will have to choose the capsule size based on the machine you have or vice versa.

The most filling device can hold 24 capsules at a time.

supplement powders

To fill your capsules, you can use fresh and high-quality powders like herbs, protein, amino acids, superfood powders, and so on.

Step 2: Setting Up The Capsule Filling Machine

Setting up the encapsulation machine is no rocket science. It may look a little too technical at first glance, but once you get the hang of it, you will find it fun.

So, start with assembling the capsule as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Place all the plates on a flat bowl or plate. Place a towel underneath to gather whatever powder will spill over. Put the base on the stand.  

Now, separate all the empty capsules and place the caps and bases in the holes of the filler device. The easiest way to find out if you have missed any holes is by holding the cover blocks and the base at an angle. You will see glare, and that is how you can easily make out if you have missed any hole. An even easier way is to use colored capsules.

It is important to ensure that all the bases fit well into the holes completely. You can run your finger over the surface to see if the capsules are sticking up above the surface. If there are any, gently press them down.

supplement capsule filling machine

Step 3: Mix Your Ingredients

Empty your ingredients into a small bowl and stir the ingredients together. Make sure all the fans in the room are switched off because some herbal powders are very light, and even a mild draft or breeze can disturb them. I learned that the hard way, unfortunately. So, pour the ingredients into the bowl very carefully.

Making supplements

Step 4: Sift The Powders Together

You need to make sure that you have a uniform mixture, so sift all the ingredients. Even if you only use a single ingredient, as I mostly do for each batch of my supplements, it is still good to ensure that there are no clumps in your powder.

If you are using multiple ingredients, then sifting would help them blend evenly and ensure that each capsule receives the same amount of each ingredient.

Depending on what ingredients you are using, you may have to blend them multiple times to get a uniform mixture.

When ingredients are sifted together, this helps to combine the powders evenly before you fill the capsules.

Making supplements at home

When ingredients are sifted together, this helps to combine the powders evenly before you fill the capsules.

Step 5: Filling The Capsules

Now the fun begins. It’s time to pour your mix of ingredients over the capsules. Once you have done it, use the spreading tool (it looks like a spatula) to distribute the powder evenly to fill all the capsules. At this stage, remove all the excess powder. There is a small opening at one corner to remove the excess powder.

Now, use the tamping tool to compact the ingredients. You will have to repeat the process: add powder, spread it, and tamp it until all bases are completely filled. You may have to repeat the process thrice or four times.

Step 6: Assembling The Capsules

After you are done filling the bases, take the base block off the stand and put the cover block over it. The capsule caps should be facing their respective bases. Now press the cover block carefully so that the top and the bottom part of the capsule fit together nicely.

When you are done, the capsules will be in the cover block. To make sure that each of them is nicely closed, pop them out into a tray and check each of them individually. This is extremely important if you intend to travel with them.

Woman holding a supplement capsule

Step 7: Your DIY Supplements Are Ready To Be Popped

Rejoice! You have made your very own herbal supplements and at a fraction of the cost. You know what is in there and how much of it. These supplements are made exactly as per your requirements, so you get the most out of them.

The satisfaction you achieve by making your own supplements is unmatched. The whole experience is fun and fulfilling. I just love it.

Step 8: Store The Capsules

Store these capsules in a clean and dry airtight container. Keep it away from direct heat and moisture.

Step By Step Video How to Use A Capsule Filling Machine

Below You Can See How a Manual Encapsulation Machine Works.

The working principle of most manual fillers is the same. Making your own supplement with this capsule-filling machine involves only a few easy steps that anyone can master easily in a short period of time. There is a good selection of these machines available here at Amazon.

Let me know how you got on making your own herbal pills or sharing some of your interesting and effective supplement recipes.

If you need more instructions or have any questions about the whole process, do not hesitate to post in the comment section below.

21 thoughts on “How I Make Supplements Using a Simple Capsule Filler”

  1. Such a clever little idea, I like the fact that I would know exactly what goes into my supplements. However, I have a feeling that the prosses itself could be quite messy, might take a lot of time to clean up afterwards.

  2. There are supplement trends that we’re definitely wasting our money on and maybe even putting our health at risk by taking them. I think that the best way to get the nutrients that our bodies needs is to eat fruits, vegetables, legumes, some grains, and fish or meat, health is not a game.

  3. That is absolutely great, I didn’t realize it would be so simple to make my own supplements. I always thought that I need some sort of big industrial style machinery to press my supplements together and so on. I wish you would have posted this before, like years ago, you could have saved me so much money. I ordered the capsule filler that you suggested, can’t wait to get it. Going to order some superfood powders also now. That is going to be my early Christmas present for me 🙂

  4. That is going to change my life, I am already imagining selling my own supplements 🙂 Could you guys post what sort of ingredients you are using and in quantities. Or is there any place I could find some supplement recipes or something?

  5. I think that the best way to get the nutrients that our bodies needs are to eat fruits, vegetables, legumes, some grains, and fish or meat, health is not a game.

  6. This is a great idea indeed, I also didn’t know that supplements could be created as easy as this, I will definitely try this thing out. I am going to experiment with my pre-workout, will put it in the capsules so it would be easier to take. I got some other great ideas now what I am going to capsule up.

  7. That’s an interesting idea, I did start working out a bit and I got some supplements for the first time this month, and they cost a lot indeed. I am for everything that saves me some money, I will be sure to add this article to my bookmarks!

  8. This seems like a good idea for anyone who needs a very specific diet regimen or plan. But in all honesty, the average person probably doesn’t have to go through all that work making their own supplements.

  9. I have attempted making my own vitamins in the past but I struggle with finding what I specifically want. Vitamin C being a big one. Good thing vitamin C tablets are pretty cheap anyways. I also like maca root but there is no extra strength power available so I have to get the capsules.

  10. Oh man! This is such a curious idea. I’m not sure about investing in the equipment without knowing I’ll use it all the time, but it’s interesting! Especially since there’s a particularly expensive supplement I like to take that I feel like this would be perfect for! I’m gonna do some research and see if it would be less expensive to take it this way.

  11. I had never even thought about doing something like this! Fascinating!

    This might be the answer to my not-being-able-to-eat-enough-tumeric problem. I may give a try to the tumeric powder in your other article and combine it with this – that seems like it would be cheaper than some of the others that I’ve looked up. Thanks so much for the tip!

  12. Yes, in theory, it is a great idea, but finding the ingredients might be a bit problematic. especially if you want to go fully organic. But a great idea nonetheless.

  13. Hey, thank you very much for the tutorial, I filled my first patch of capsules today, I made turmeric and black pepper mix for easy absorption. I love it, can’t taste a thing, easy to swallow 🙂

  14. I have watched the Keto report. I do not think it will provide any wonder for taking up more fat and less carp. As many negative impacts may arise, unless one wishes to take the risk on their health and wellbeing, on the safe side, one shall consider other diets and weight loss plans.

  15. I can see how making your own supplements save money, and I like the fact I would know exactly what goes in them! I will buy the capsule filler, it is cheap enough to give it a try.

  16. This is such a great idea! Buying supplements can get really expensive. Anyone who has been to Holland and Barrett knows what I am talking about. I could actually get most of the stuff I need form Amazon but even that is not so cheap. And to be honest, I had no idea making your own was so easy. Thanks for explaining it step by step, I’m gonna buy this capsule filling machine and try this next weekend. It would be awesome to see people post more recipes here what they have done!

  17. Hey there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok.

    I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.


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Nutritionist, researcher, avid home cook, and writer interested in everything nutrition and food-related. Striving to inform, encourage, and inspire all the readers to make healthy and informed choices when it comes to cooking, food, diet, and nutrition.