08-31-2009, 07:23 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
I've had several inquiries on the process of encapsulation. I figured it would be best if I made a separate post with instructions for those who plan to do it. It's really quite simple!
Pregnancy is taxing on the body, even if the mother follows the best of health regimes. The theory behind placentophagy is that you are returning the nutrients lost during the birth process back to the body to aide in quick and smooth postpartum recovery.
The benefits of placenta encapsulation include:
•Decrease in baby blues and postpartum depression.
•Increase and enrich breastmilk.
•Increase in energy.
•Decrease in lochia, postpartum bleeding.
•Decrease iron deficiency.
•Decrease insomnia or sleep disorders.
The placenta's hormonal make-up is completely unique to the mother. No prescription, vitamin or herbal supplement can do what one placenta pill can. How amazing is that?
Also the first born male placenta is the most enriched.
Steamer for stove top
Fresh ginger and lemon
Cutting Board, I recommend disposable cutting boards from Cut N Toss
Dehydrator, I use a Nesco American Harvest
Food Processor or Coffee Grinder
Sanitizer and bleach
1. First take placenta, place in colander in sink. Rinse under cold water removing and blood clots. You can poke the placenta with a skewer to "bleed it".
2. Place on cutting board and severe cord at base. It may bleed a little bit.
2. If you are steaming it on the stove, wrap placenta membrane fetal side around placenta into a ball. Place sliced fresh 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. 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 6-8hrs to dehydrate depending on method used,
Pretty placenta getting ready to steam, wrapped into ball with membranes
Bleeding placenta while steaming.
Steamed sliced placenta. Try to keep all strips uniform in thickness and length so they dehydrate evenly. I would then cut these in half again.
3. Preparing dehydrator, lining trays with wax paper for easier clean up. Place in dehydrator for about 6-8hrs
Dehyrated Placenta Strips. Anyone for placenta jerky? ;O) Make sure you break this up to smaller pieces so the grind easier.
4. Using a strong grinder (I use a food processor), grind placenta strips. I hear magic bullet works well. You may need to break dehydrate strips in half prior to grinding. I broke a coffee mill this way and had to "donate" my food processor to the cause.
During the grinding process add dried herbs if desired. Per mother’s request I will add St Johns Wort, Red Raspberry Leaf, Blessed Thistle, and/or Alfalfa. I call placenta powder that has been blended with herbs “Power Placenta Pills”, they pack a punch!
5. Fill capsules. One placenta will yield *about 150 capsules*. I use a Capsule Machine to make the process easier, it can be done by hand. I use capsule size "00". There are smaller size capsules available. The picture to the right is placenta powder and herbs blended together.
Encapsulating "Power Placenta Pills"
6. Store capsules in refrigerator, they will keep indefinitely. How many to take in the PP period depends on the mother and her needs. I recommend 3 capsules twice a day for the first week, 2 capsules twice a day for the 2nd week. If mom is feeling run down, fatigued, low supply or emotionally fragile increase dosage. You can always take more a few months down the road if you need a "pick me up".
7. Sanitize everything once while at mom’s house. Spray with bleach solution and soak in hot water. Soak again in bleach solution when you return home and then run through dishwasher. I spray everything with a bleach solution and a Simple Green disinfectant cleaner. Make sure you spray work surface area too. You can lay out old newspapers, card board or a large garbage bag under work surface to help minimize clean up.
Packaged Placenta Pills
Where to find an "Placenta Encapsulator"
Google Maps Placenta Directory
Placenta Benefits Specialists
Also email doulas and homebirth midwives in your area to ask if they offer this service or know someone who does.
To offer Placenta Encapsulation as a service its not regulated you take a training course, belong to an organization or be listed in a directory.
HOPE THAT HELPS!!!
Cindy L. Collins
Last edited by cali4niachef; 03-10-2013 at 05:27 PM.
Reason: added photos