What is Placenta Encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing, dehydrating, and grinding the placenta into a powder to put into capsules for consumption.
Why do it?
The placenta delivers nutrients and oxygen to a developing baby and is full of vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, and iron. The placenta is also hormone rich with progesterone and estrogen.
Data, in a small study, demonstrated that following the preparation process, hormones do remain present in placentas. Researchers have found that levels of both progesterone and estradiol are present at high enough levels that they could cause physiological effects when consumed.
Anecdotal evidence on placenta consumption in human beings is overwhelmingly positive.
Reported benefits of placenta consumption include:
Reduction in postpartum depression
Reduction in postpartum bleeding
Increased Oxytocin (the hormone responsible for postpartum mood stabilization, helps the uterus return to its original shape and size after childbirth; and facilitates bonding between mother and child.)
Decreased stress hormones
Replenished iron levels
Increase in energy
Increase in milk supply
*Disclaimer: On very rare occasions some report feeling jittery, much like feeling over caffeinated, after consuming their encapsulated placenta. Some reports suggest that it is possible for some to experience a decrease in milk supply as opposed to an increase. An adjustment in intake can remedy either of these side effects.
How is the placenta processed?
* Instruction will be provided on how to handle your placenta once it's delivered.
* I will pick-up your placenta and deliver your finished products within 24-48hours.
* I will never process 2 placentas at the same time; therefore, you can trust safe handling.
* Traditional method (my standard method):
Placenta is examined, rinsed, gently steamed, sliced, dehydrated, and ground into powder and placed into capsules.
* Raw method (by request only):
Placenta is processed within 24 hours of delivery. It is examined, rinsed, sliced, dehydrated, and ground into powder and placed into capsules. Sometimes raw method cannot be performed - this will be discussed at length if you request this option.
* Tincture add-on:
A tincture can be made using a small piece of raw placenta (or dehydrated placenta powder) added to a dropper bottle of alcohol to be strained and used after 6 weeks. This allows you to enjoy the benefits of your placenta months or even years after your capsules are gone. Most find this beneficial to use during menstrual cycles, times of low energy, to help balance hormones, reduce stress, and even help with menopause.