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How to Make Capsules of Essential Oils

How to Make Capsules of Essential Oils

There are sooooo many reasons for taking essential oils internally (though not just any brand is safe... read more about quality here.) There are so many different miracles that these oils can do for a variety of physical challenges to bring restoration and wellness to all the systems of our body.

There are many targeted, long-term wellness protocols that involve taking some very powerful oils like Longevity, Frankincense, Sacred Frankincense, DiGize, GLF, or Ledum.

Then there are other temporary protocols that may involve taking oils for wellness-boosting, like Thieves, Thyme, and Oregano in the cold weather months.

And of course, you’ve probably heard of many “one-and-done “solutions involving a capsule of DiGize, or Lemon-Lavender-Peppermint, or maybe some hormone-boosting, bedroom-mood-enhancing combos such as Blue Spruce or Nutmeg. ;)

Whatever your needs, you’ve heard it before: “There’s an oil for that!” And if that oily solution involves getting more than a couple drops inside of your system, here’s how to do it.

Making 1-2 Capsules

If you want to make a one-and-done capsule, or, you want to make couple capsules for that day, just combine the oils with olive oil, a 1:1 ratio. Here are some examples:


DiGize Capsule:

  • 2 drops DiGize

  • 2+ drops olive oil

Thieves & Oregano Immune-Rescue Capsule:

  • 3 drops Thieves

  • 3 drops Oregano

  • 6+ drops olive oil

For this method, I only recommend making 1-2 capsules at a time.

That’s because making capsules with olive oil sometimes means a bit of leakage after a while, so I don’t recommend taking a bunch of them to work in a ziploc bag. Your purse and laptop will smell quite pungent.

To make a bunch ahead of time, here’s my trick.

Making Capsules Ahead of Time

Note that the melted coconut oil is in a stainless steel bowl. You’ll need glass or stainless, not plastic, so it can be heated, and because oils and plastic don’t mix!

Note that the melted coconut oil is in a stainless steel bowl. You’ll need glass or stainless, not plastic, so it can be heated, and because oils and plastic don’t mix!


Here’s the trick: By using COCONUT oil, melted first, then storing the capsules in the fridge so they solidify, your DIY pills won’t leak!

For 8-10 capsules (size 0):

  • Warm 1 tsp of coconut oil (not in microwave!) in a tiny bowl by setting it in a bowl of hot water.

  • Whatever your targeted “drops per capsule” are, multiply that number by 8 and add those essential oil drops to the coconut oil.

  • Fill capsules with the mixture using an eye dropper. (If the drops of EO’s are just 2 per capsule, only fill them 3/4 full. If you have a lot of EO drops per capsule, fill them all the way.)

  • Shake to mix, and store in fridge.

Capsule Recipe Examples

DiGize Capsules:

To make 8 capsules with 2 drops of DiGize:

  • Warm 1 tsp coconut oil and add:

  • 16 drops DiGize

  • Fill capsules about 3/4 full.

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Thieves & Oregano Immune-Rescue Capsules:

To make 8-10 capsules with 3 drops of each oil:

Warm 1 tsp coconut oil and add:

  • 24 drops Thieves

  • 24 drops Oregano

  • Fill capsules full.

Significant Discomfort Relief Capsules:

To make 10 capsules with 5 drops of each oil:

  • Warm 1 tsp coconut oil and add:

  • 40 drops Frankincense

  • 40 drops Copaiba

  • 40 drops Oregano (or Lemongrass or Balsam Fir)

  • (fill capsules full)

Where to Buy Capsules

You can buy these at the health food store, but you’re probably going to pay about $12 for 100.

I ONLY get mine at Abundant Health’s site, about $4 for 125. (This is also the publisher of the trusty oils reference guide book & app!) While I’m there, I add on a few packs of roller bottles and nasal spray bottles for my own sinus spray recipe too.

See below for links to various capsule types.

Measurement/Conversion Details

1 size “0” capsule = 20 drops

1 size “00” capsule = 28 drops

1 tsp coconut oil = 100 drops

Capsule Sizes

I only like to use size “0” capsules, because they’re easier to swallow, and I rarely ever need capsules that will hold over 15 drops of essential oil! I get these size “0” capsules here.

But if you do want larger capsules for that volume of drops, size “00” is what you need.

Slow-Release vs. Immediate Release

When I need something instantly, I will use an Immediate-Release (or “regular vegetarian”) capsule. Moisture dissolves them and releases the oils quickly after swallowing. I get mine here.

However - if I’m trying to get these oils deep into my system, say, into my intestines, I will use a Slow-Release (or “design-release”) capsule. These don’t dissolve with moisture, but are designed to dissolve only once they reach the intestines. I get my design-release capsules here.

Hope this is helpful! While we should never underestimate the power of diffusing and applying topically, in those special situations where ingesting is preferred, these guidelines will help!

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