What is a placenta

The placenta is the amazing organ that supports the baby the time before birth. This tree of life does such a good job of nourishing the growing child in the womb and yet in modern hospitals it is regarded as nothing more than “medical waste” after it is born.

Nearly all female mammals regularly consume their placenta instinctively after childbirth. Many cultures honour the placenta, calling it the baby’s backpack, the baby’s first clothes or even the baby’s spirit protector. Some cultures ceremonially bury the placenta so that the child will remain connected to the land and to the community.  Others use the placenta to make medicines that will restore the mother’s vitality postpartum or help return the baby to a state of balance during times of transition.

Still many people consider placentophagy to be a taboo service in the western world; however encapsulation offers a wonderful, potent & easy alternative to raw consumption of the placenta for modern mamas. It is easier to stomach, yet all the benefits are preserved. You can also keep some pills in the freezer for later consumption.

What are the benefits of placenta remedies?

The placenta benefits the new mother by supplying incredibly rich iron, amino acids and essential fats, which we believe is the perfect replenishment following the physical in- and external changes that come with giving birth.

The most important nutrients found in rich supply in the placenta include:

  • Iron – essential for oxygen absorption in the cells
  • Vitamin B6 – aids in the making of antibodies
  • Vitamin E – for healing damaged skin cells
  • Oxytocin hormone – essential for breastfeeding, the production and flow of milk
  • Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) – responsible for reducing stress levels
  • Cytokins – Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing and replacing damaged cells and tissue

Results in the following benefits:

  • Less postpartum depression & fears
  • Increase of milk supply
  • Hormone regulation balances out faster
  • More energy and faster recovery
  • Less pain after birth
  • Helps the uterus to contract
  • Less postpartum bleeding

How is it done?

There are two ways to prepare a placenta. I offer both ways to my clients because for every individual there’s a different way.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Method

This involves steaming the placenta after it has been gently rinsed of blood and looked over for calcifications that require removal. Up until the process begins, your placenta is transported and kept cool to avoid spoilage. Traditionally it is steamed with fresh ginger root, chili pepper, and lemons. It is believed that labor and birth leave lots of space in the body, which might be referred to as “yin” or cold. The steaming of the placenta can add warmth, or “yang.” So providing an optimal balance to the body to promote healing.

After the placenta has been steamed, it is sliced into thin strips and set in the dehydrator for up to 12 hours along with the umbilical cord, which you can preserve.

When dehydration is complete, the placenta is placed into a mortar & pestle to be turned into a powder form. I do this by hand because I believe electric grinders create tense energy/metal energy and can inhibit the true benefits of placenta consumption. From this powdered form, it is dispersed into the capsule machine to make your unique placenta medicine. They are then delivered directly to you within 48 hours of your baby’s birth.

The Raw Method

The raw method of placenta preparation is almost the exact same as The Chinese Medicine way, but the placenta is not steamed before the dehydration process begins. Most who partake in a raw based diet focus on consuming the crucial enzymes that are not present in cooked/prepared foods because they are destroyed by heat.

Dosage and consumption info

Clients should consume 2 capsules up to 3 times daily after meals in the first few weeks postpartum. After that, your capsules can be taken as needed, or you can store them in the freezer for later use.

Your placenta capsules will have an initial odor to them, but they should not smell rancid as long as they are stored properly in a dark amber bottle on room temperature (after 6 weeks in the refrigerator). If your pills begin to smell rancid or spoiled, you should stop consumption immediately.

Other placenta possibilities

Placenta tincture

Placenta tincture is a strong remedy used for emotional, mental and psychological instability. It can be used for treating PMS and menopause. Your tincture is prepared by placing a piece of raw placenta into a glass jar with alcohol for 6 weeks. The placenta is then strained off and pure placenta tincture is placed into an amber glass jar to store. This is not a remedy for every day use. Lasts indefinitely when stored properly.

Placenta balm

Placenta balm is the perfect natural remedy for baby nappy rash and other inflammatory skin conditions as well as non-specific itching. Balm can also be used effectively with new mothers to assist healing of wound healing including C-section scars or perineal tears. You can use the cream on sore or cracked nipples from but should wipe it off before breast-feeding. Balm can also be used effectively to reduce the signs of scar tissue and burns. Stored well, placenta balm will retain its healing properties for up to 12 months.

Placenta contains DHEA (a natural steroid prohormone) and cortisol, which can help to heal wounds and infected skin. These are easily absorbed through the skin making a placenta balm an effective remedy. Placenta balm is an organic, natural and homemade skin care product.

Placenta smoothie

Raw placenta smoothie has immediate benefits to the mother. Smoothie can be prepared few hours after birth by blending a small piece of placenta with organic berries, banana, juice and water. If you have any fruit that you prefer, let me know. To boost immune system after a long and difficult labour or after cesarean a handful of goji berries can be added. Any leftovers of placenta smoothie must be consumed within 24 hours. (Prepared in client’s home only or in a private hospital room).