I don’t like tea. I hate the taste of tinctures. And I’m terrible at chefing (but trying to get better). You could understand how these are ironic traits for an employee of The Herb Companion (I garden. That’s what makes me helpful).
So when my boss offered to share an immune boosting tincture with me for this terrible cold, I grimaced. It was disgusting (no offense, KC). But, then I remembered a product sample on our shelves – CAPSULINE – and wondered if that could do the trick.
I dropped a pipet of tincture into a Capsuline flavored capsule (G-Cap, which are grape flavored empty gel capsules) closed the pill and swallowed – problem solved! So, I used it for Meadowsweet to treat my heartburn (read my blog: Healing Heartburn [and yes, it's working]) then, I started thinking of other uses – powders, crushed herbs, other medicines, etc. Because tinctures are liquids, you obviously can't fill them in advance, so sitting at a restaurant table filling a drug capsule with a mysterious brown liquid is bound to cause a few eyebrows to lift. But it makes for a great prank.
When we first got the Capsuline flavored capsules, I winced at their display of “100% Bovine Gelatin” – not appetizing. Searching their site, I found that the gelatin is Kosher and Halal certified and inspected, uses natural dyes and comes only from BSE-free (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) countries. Bascially, from cows that are not mad. Fish gelatin and vegetarian alternatives are also available, made from Kosher-certified preservative free materials that do not contain starch, sugar, corn, soy, wheat or dairy!
You can even get DOGCaps and CATCaps in various meat flavors, to make giving meds easier (and taste better) for all your animals.
Way healthier and animal-friendly than the meat I consume in my daily diet – (chefing [or fancy cooking] is the next goal on my action-item agenda). I think I can give up hot pockets, but I just can’t do tea.*
I really recommend Capsuline flavored capsules - specifically the G-caps! It’s much healthier using fresh herbal tinctures or powders from your local CO-OP, rather than those preservative-packed supplements. And they come in other flavors too: Strawberry, lime, berry, orange …. coffee.
* When people say something is "...not your cup of tea..." I sigh and respond, "I don't even like tea."