Suppositories are waxy pellets containing essential oil or fine powder. They are used when oral medicine is likely to be broken down during digestion before reaching the intended site. Suppositories are inserted into the rectum or vagina, where they melt at body temperature. The herb is then quickly absorbed into the bloodstream via the delicate mucus membranes.
- 20 ml soft soap
- 100 ml glycerine
- 80 ml industrial alcohol or methylated spirits
Lubricate the mold by filling each section with this mixture. After a few minutes, pour off the lubricant, draining well and leaving the rest to harden. Then fill the mold with the suppository mixture. The unused lubricant can be stored in a clean glass bottle for future use.
Steel molds are available from specialty suppliers or can be ordered through the local health food store. Disposable, and ones holding up to 24, are available.
To make molds at home, use cooking foil and press around an object about 1/2 inch in diameter and an inch in length. A sewing thimble is ideal.
Suppository Mixture #1
- 20 g cocoa butter
- 10-30 drops essential oil or 5 g finely powdered herb
Melt cocoa butter in a saucepan. Remove from heat and add the essential oil. Stir well and pour into lubricated molds. Let sit for about two hours. Open the mold and carefully remove the suppository. Store in a cool place. Storing in a container lined with wax paper is effective for up to three months.
Suppository Mixture #2
- 15 g gelatin
- 20 ml glycerin
- 30 ml herbal infusion or diluted tincture
Mix together and pour into lubricated molds. Let sit for two or three hours. Open the mold and carefully remove the suppository. Store in a cool place. Storing in a container lined with wax paper is effective for up to three months.
- 1/8 ounce each powdered Witch Hazel leaves or bark, garlic, Goldenseal, Comfrey root
- 1 ounce cocoa butter
Melt cocoa butter in a saucepan and stir in the herbs until the mixture thickens, but still workable. Form into small cylinders about 1/4 inch in diameter and an inch long. Lay on a plate, cover with a paper towel, and refrigerate to harden. Place in the rectum when needed, not to exceed three times a day.