7-Day Pill Cases and Capsule Blends

A lot of people struggle to consistently take their pills. You can set reminders on your phone, put sticky notes on the mirror, stuff plastic bags of pills in your pocket, and so on. We’ve all done it. But the biggest struggle is having to prepare your pills every time you need to take them. With these 7-day pill cases, you can prepare the majority of your pills at the beginning of the week and carry them with you wherever you go!

These brand new 7-day pill cases make taking your pills much easier. Now you can get your medicine and vitamins on the go. The compact style was designed to fit easily in your backpack or purse, and these cases are super easy to use. You may want to consider having multiple cases—one for morning, midday, evening, etc. That way you can stay organized and keep yourself on schedule. The cases come in 10 color options, so you can even pick your favorite style!

We also carry these convenient pill wallets with 2 separate 7-day slots, perfect for your morning and evening pills. They come in green and purple, and each bag is labeled with the day of the week for easy and organized use.

When it comes to pills, essential oils are your best friend. Many oils are safe for internal consumption, but they should still be diluted when used regularly. If you are still unsure of whether your oil is safe to take internally, Modern Essentials lists this information under the Single Essential Oils and Essential Oil Blends sections, as well as on page 52 (9th Edition, Internal Application section). Filling your own capsules with essential oils is a simple way to take your desired oils internally. However, because the essential oils will dissolve the capsules rather quickly, you shouldn’t attempt to make them up ahead of time.

A simple way of filling a capsule is to drop the oils directly from the bottle into the capsule. This does take some hand-eye coordination, and it is easy to drop too many drops or to accidentally get the oil on the side of the capsule, resulting in the user tasting the oil while taking it and causing the capsule to dissolve more quickly.

A more effective and easier way of filling capsules is to use a glass pipette. Simply fill the pipette with oil, place the pipette inside the bottom half of the capsule, and place the correct number of drops inside. Using a pipette also makes filling your capsules on the go much easier. Just mix up a batch of the blend you want to take, and place it in a 5 ml dropper bottle to carry with you wherever you go. You can use the extra sections in the pill cases to carry your empty capsules.

Capsule blends are a great way to maximize your internal use of essential oils. We have created some capsule blends for you to try out. Drop the essential oils into the capsule, and fill the remainder with olive oil. Our size 0 capsules hold .68 ml (10 drops), and our size 00 capsules hold .91 ml (14 drops).

Pain Relief:
2 drops fir
2 drops copaiba
2 drops frankincense
Hormone Balance:
2 drops rosemary
2 drops frankincense
2 drops clary sage
Antibiotic:
1 drop oregano
2 drops basil
2 drops rosemary
Immune Booster:
2 drops Protective Blend
2 drops lemon
1 drop frankincense
1 drop oregano
Weight/Appetite Control:
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop grapefruit
1 drop peppermint
1 drop cinnamon
1 drop tangerine
Acid Reflux Aid:
2 drops grapefruit
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lemon
1 drop Digestive Blend
Tummy Ache:
2 drops digestive blend
2 drops lemon
1 drop orange
Allergy Relief:
3 drops lemon
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lavender
Hangover Relief:
2 drops grapefruit
4 drops lemon
1 drop rosemary

There are endless possibilities when it comes to blending oils for internal use. Find what works for you, and make sure to dilute whenever necessary! Consult our “Capsules and Essential Oils – FAQs” post for more information about using capsules.

EO Life Hack: Fill Capsules with a Dropper Top

Do you get frustrated when you try to fill a capsule with essential oil and end up getting oil on the side of the capsule or accidentally pour in too many drops? A glass dropper top can make filling capsules a breeze! It fits inside the capsule opening and makes it easy to get a single drop out. Now you can get the right number of drops and never have to deal with a capsule-filling mess again!

Also, to make filling capsules even easier, you can pre-mix your essential oil formula and dilute it 1:1 with olive oil in a dropper bottle. That way it is already diluted and ready to use when you need it! Click here for more information about using capsules with essential oils.

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Capsules and Essential Oils – FAQs

One of the best ways to take essential oils internally is with the aid of capsules. Using capsules allows one to not only bypass any unpleasant tastes, but it also enables the oils to descend to the right area of the body before dissolving to allow for greater absorption.

We have been asked many questions concerning capsules, so we want to address the ones most frequently asked.

What oils can I take internally in capsules?

When taking essential oils internally, only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils that are labeled as safe for internal consumption as a dietary supplement should be consumed or taken via a capsule. The label on your essential oil should state whether or not it is safe to use internally. A good indication is if the label lists supplement facts (which looks like the standard nutrition information label). If you are still unsure of whether your oil is safe to take internally, Modern Essentials lists this information under the Single Essential Oils or Essential Oil Blends sections and also on page 52 (Internal Application section).

What kinds of capsules does AromaTools® sell?

AromaTools® only sells empty vegetarian capsules that are made of cellulosic raw materials (phthalate-free hypromellose) and that are vegetarian approved and kosher certified. These vegetarian capsules are made from HMPC (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose), which is 100% plant material consisting of purified water and plant fiber or cellulose. AromaTools® does not carry gelatin capsules. Gelatin is typically created from a byproduct of beef or pork collagen.

AromaTools® sells 2 types of vegetarian capsules, regular and Design Release.

What is the difference between the regular and Design Release capsules?

The main difference between these capsules is the dissolving time. The “regular” vegetarian capsules will dissolve quickly (about 5 minutes) and completely in the stomach. The Design Release capsules are specially designed to dissolve slower than normal vegetarian capsules so that they will reach the intestines before releasing the oils. In fact, Design Release capsules take 50 minutes to start to dissolve and typically finish dissolving 20 minutes later in the intestines. (Note: the dissolving time may be different when using essential oils in the capsules.) This longer dissolving time is achieved through a proprietary formula (containing no added chemicals, solvents, or other coating polymers) that allows the capsule to bypass the stomach acid before dissolving. Another benefit of using the Design Release capsules is that it reduces the potential for bad aftertaste, unpleasant odors, or reflux from using certain essential oils.

So, in deciding which capsules you need, ask yourself the following questions:

  • When/where do I want the capsule to dissolve, in the stomach or intestines?
  • How quickly do I need the contents of the capsule to be absorbed into the body?
  • Do I need to mask the aftertaste or odor of the capsule’s contents?

What is the difference between Size 0 and Size 00?

Size 0 capsules are smaller than Size 00. Size 0 capsules hold approximately 10 drops of oil, and Size 00 capsules hold approximately 14 drops of oil. Here is a diagram for a visual size comparison (not actual size):

How do you fill the capsules?

First, there are 2 parts to the capsule: a skinnier bottom half, which holds the oils, and a wider top half that fits over the bottom half and acts as a cap. To fill the capsule, remove the top half and only fill the bottom half; then cap the filled bottom half with the empty top half.

A simple way of filling a capsule is to drop the oils directly from the bottle into the capsule. This does take some hand-eye coordination, and it is easy to drop too many drops or to accidentally get the oil on the side of the capsule, resulting in the user tasting the oil while taking it and causing the capsule to dissolve more quickly.

A more effective and easier way of filling capsules is to use a glass pipette (also known as an eye dropper). Simply fill the pipette with oil, place the pipette inside the bottom half of the capsule, and place the correct number of drops inside.

If you are taking capsules with essential oils often, you may want to make up your capsule formula in a glass dropper bottle for easier filling. Creating your own capsule formula is also a great way to make sure it is properly diluted.

Capsule holders also come in handy when filling more than one capsule. You can find a variety of capsule holders at AromaTools®.

Important things to keep in mind when using capsules:

  • Dilution of essential oils is still important. Many people place a few drops of oil in the capsule and fill the rest of the capsule with olive oil. As mentioned above, if you are using capsules with essential oils often, you can fill a glass dropper bottle halfway full of your essential oils and the other half with olive oil so the oils are already properly diluted and ready to use each time you fill a capsule. If giving essential oil in a capsule to pregnant/nursing women or to children, it is best to give smaller amounts of oil with higher dilution. Remember, a little goes a long way! Also keep in mind that some oils may not be advised for babies and young children to use internally. Consult Modern Essentials for recommended dilution amounts based on these factors.
  • Follow label warnings or ask a healthcare professional. Pregnant or nursing women and children may be cautioned against ingesting certain oils. It is always wise to check label instructions for warnings and recommended use, or consult with a certified health care professional for further questions.
  • Take smaller amounts more often. When taking essential oils internally, it is more effective to take a few drops every few hours rather than more drops at one time.
  • Swallow the capsules immediately after filling with essential oils. These capsules are designed to dissolve fairly quickly when filled with liquids (typically within a few minutes); so if you are using essential oils in these capsules, they need to be swallowed immediately after filling them.

What are things you have learned about taking essential oils in capsules? Or what oils do you take in capsules? We would love to hear about your experiences!