Placenta Encapsulation Tutorial

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I previously posted regarding the benefits of consuming your placenta post partum in detail with scientific evidence (see previous blog post for the long details & evidence)

The benefits of placenta encapsulation include:

  • Decrease in baby blues & PPD (Post Partum Depression).
  • Increasing and enriching breastmilk supply
  • Increase in energy (Yay!)
  • Decrease in lochia, postpartum bleeding (Very cool!)
  • Decrease iron deficiency or post partum anemia.
  • Decrease insomnia and sleep disorders.
  • Decreases postpartum “night sweats”.

        The placenta’s hormonal make-up is completely unique to the mother. No vitamin, supplement or pill can equal what the placenta can do. Isn’t that pretty cool? It has also been reported to being made into a tincture to be given to the baby that it once supported during infancy and childhood for a variety of benefits. 

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OK SO NOW I WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO ENCAPSULATE YOUR OWN…
PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION TUTORIAL
Supplies Needed:

Gloves
Steamer for stove top
Fresh ginger and lemon
Cutting Board
Capsules, 150-200
Dehydrator or Oven

Food Processor or Coffee Grinder or (mortar & pestal- if your a fabulous and strong eco warrior)
Sanitizer and bleachSTEP 1. Place placenta in strainer/colander in sink. Rinse under water removing blood clots.Preparing my placenta that supported my son 07/07/12 before processing My placenta that supported my son 07/07/12 ready for encapsulation

STEP 2. *Not for the squeemish* Place on cutting board and severe cord at base. It will likely bleed little bit. 

If you prefer to do the raw method you would thinly slice the placenta after you have cleaned it. Laying the slices on dehydrator trays(or in the oven), keeping the temp below 118F to preserve maximum nutrients and keep enzymes intact.

STEP 3. Begin steaming it on the stove, (I don’t find this an offensive smell, but it can be strong and distinct to some, this may be a good time to send guests and your hubby out for a while and open a window). Wrap placenta membrane fetal side around placenta into a ball. Place lemon & ginger in water in steamer. Put placenta in steam basket and cover. Steam on medium for about 15mins on *each side*. Bleed whiling steaming (stabbing/poking it). SKIP THIS STEP IF YOU ARE DOING THE RAW METHOD

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My Placenta After Steaming/Before Slicing

STEP 4. Slice up placenta into thin strips at this point. If you are using a low oven to dehydrate your placenta, set oven to lowest temp. It takes 12-24hrs to dehydrate depending on method used.  It’s best to slice thin and keep them uniform in thickness and length so they dehydrate evenly. 

STEP 5.  GRIND THE STRIPS.. Using a strong grinder or processor, grind placenta strips. They are going to be very hard. You want to grind them down to a fine powder. You may want to break the dehydrated strips in half prior to grinding, actually I recommend this so you don’t break your grinder/processor which I have heard can happen. This is the time to add/mix in any familiar and beneficial dried herbs if desired.

STEP 6.  Fill capsules. One placenta will yield *about 125-175 capsules*. You can use equipment like The Capsule Machine but I have done mine by hand and it wasn’t too bad. A good capsule size is “00”.There are smaller size capsules available. 

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My Placenta After:        Encapsulated

STEP 7. Store capsules in refrigerator or freezer, they will keep indefinitely. How many to take depends on the mother and her needs. . Typically 1-3 caps 2-3 times a day.. Depending on the herbs you used, and the level of need this should be tailored. Generally most moms start of with the 1-3, 3  times a day- and then taper down after a week or two. If mom is feeling fatigued, low milk supply or emotionally fragile you can increase dosage or take anytime down the road for a pick-me-up. (THIS ISN’T MEDICAL ADVICE or Substitute for Medical care)

STEP 8.  Clean up & Sanitize everything

This post is not medical advice and is not a substitute for seeing your health care provider. 

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