I recently got an email from a one of my oil peeps asking me this, "I make a real mess when I make up capsules. Any tips?"
Here's my response:
As I've used the oils I've learned to appreciate the ease and quick effect of (except with the really HOT oils --oregano, cassia, clove etc.) simply putting two drops under my tongue, then holding it a few seconds then taking a sip of water (sometimes I gargle with it) and swallowing. I do this with Frankincense, Protective Blend (when needed), Cellular Complex Blend (rather "warm" but I can do it), Digestive Blend etc.
I actually take Cellular Complex Blend every morning and Frankincense every evening in this manner.
Two drops is all -- usually right out of the bottle since I can feel the drops hitting, but sometimes I'll use an eye dropper.
When I make capsules I always use an eye dropper.
I add my oils, then almost always (especially with "hot" oils) add a drop or two of Digestive Blend oil to capsules and then always fill the rest of the way up with olive oil. With heavy-hitting oils, follow up with lots of water and a bite to eat. A handful or raisins or dollop of peanut butter is great to push the capsule all the way down!
When I make my own capsules I limit the number of drops to about 2 - 5 total of essential oils at one time. Over a 24-hour period, it's a good idea to top out at no more than 24 drops.
And don't forget, empty Veggie Caps are cheap! You can buy 160 of them for $4 through your wholesale customer account with my preferred essential oils company.
Some people worry about cross-contamination with using the same eye dropper between oils when making capsules, but I don't much. I squeeze and squeeze (usually onto my wrist) and make sure as much residue as possible is out of the eye dropper before moving on to the next oil, but I don't worry much about it. You could always pull up some clean water into the eye dropper between oils and either squirt it into your mouth if it's not hot or just into the sink or on your wrist even - so as to not waste even a tiny bit.
I keep a screw-on eye dropper in Myrrh. It is so thick it plugs up my bottle and doesn't clean out of eye droppers well.
I've also moved to buying capsules when possible -- this is more expensive than making your own though. I love these softgels: Seasonal Blend, Protective Blend, Digestive Blend and Detoxification Blend capsules. Cleansing Formula softgels, although we think of it as a cleaning oil for the gut, is actually a great emergency oil blend to have on hand for emergencies as it has the big gun oils in it. So I always keep it on hand!!
Here's a nice little tool -- a little wooden capsule holder -- https://www.aromatools.com/Wooden_Capsule_Holder_p/9574.htm. I've never done it but I've heard if you make capsules up in advance and be sure to add Olive Oil to them -- they will not dissolve if you put them in the refrigerator. I've never tried it though. If you do, let me know!!
Hope this helps!
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