Many people are not aware that Dr. Christopher’s Formulas are available in bulk. We sell quite a bit of the bulk formulas and often people will email saying, “I just bought _____ formula, what do I do with it?” It is always best to have a plan when you buy any bulk herbs.
Powdered herbs can be capsulized, mixed into juice or water, or made into a poultice. 1/2 tsp. is about equal to two ‘0’ sized capsules. Some formulas taste ok in juice, but many are strong and people find them hard to get down. Capsulizing would be the thing to do if you can’t handle the taste of herbs. A 16 oz. bag of powdered herbs will make 1500 ‘0’ sized capsules, which is equal to 15 bottles and is the common size in majority of the Christopher products. If you have a hard time with the smaller capsules the 16 oz. bag will make 1000 ‘00’ sized capsules. We sell empty capsules as well as a handy capsulizing machine. Be sure to order the capsules that fit the machine you have or are going to buy, as they are not interchangeable.
Cut herbs are used to make extracts, syrups, teas, ointments and oils. I make my own BF&C oil/ointment using coconut oil as the base because I have problems with the ointments that have bees wax in them. Coconut oil is healing in itself, so making BF&C ointment (Complete Tissue & Bone Formula) with it makes it even that much better! The downside is that it is liquid over 76 degrees, so we have to remember to be careful not to spill when we open the jar it in the warmer weather.
It is easy to make the ointments, oils, extracts and syrups. I am making BF& C Ointent here, and Dr. Christopher's cut BF&C formula 16 oz. bag fills a little less than half of this gallon bottle. Rule of thumb is to fill the bottle 1/3 to 1/2 with herbs and then fill the rest of the bottle with oil. I was able to use about 3 1/2 quarts of coconut oil and then I put it into my dehydrator at 105 degrees. I will stir it about three times a day and keep it heated for about 48 hours. You can go anywhere from 12 to 48 hours. I do the maximum to extract everything I can out of the herbs. If I lived in a warm climate I would just leave it outside for a few days, but since we are in Utah and the nights are below 76 degrees I find it best to use my old dehydrator. This amount of ointment will last my family about three years using it liberally. I strained it after it cooled a bit and bottled it into two jars. I keep it in my basement which is cooler. Coconut has a long shelf life and I have never had a batch of my home-made BF&C ointment go rancid.
BF&C cut is commonly used to make a fomentation, which is a concentrated tea that is soaked in a flannel cloth and wrapped onto the area that needs healing. Some people opt to use the ointment or oil vs going through the work and mess of making a fomentation, both work well.
Learn how to make all kinds of herbal preparations in the Herbal Preparations and Natural Therapies book and DVD set, it makes a great gift.
You can find Dr. Christopher’s bulk formulas at Herbs First.
Have a great month!