DIY How to Placenta Encapsulation - fight postpartum depression
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Published on Apr 15, 2012
WARNING!!!!! this video is GRAPHIC!! you will see a real placenta and blood.
The maternal side of the placenta is the side that was attached to the mothers uterine wall. The fetal side of the placenta was where your baby lived.
Place the placenta in a colander (not a strainer) and allow the excess blood to drain into the sink, or into another bowl for plant fertilizer. Place the placenta on some newspaper. With a pair of kitchen scissors, remove the umbilical cord from the base of the maternal side. Following along the outer edge of the fetal side, trim off the amniotic sacs. You may need to pull them off a little bit. If any are left on the placenta, it isn't a big deal. You can keep the sacs for burying ceremoniously, burn them, or flush them. Turn the placenta over to the maternal side up and remove any blood clots and calcifications
Cut the placenta as thinly as possible, using a pair of kitchen scissors. Start on one edge of the placenta and cut thin long strips. Once you have cut the entire placenta into strips, cut it in the opposite direction into small cubes and place on your cookie sheet or dehydrator tray. Cutting the placenta into these small cubes dries them faster and makes them the right size to place in your grinder post dehydration. Evenly space the pieces on your cookie sheet or dehydrator tray with the umbilical cord.
The idea behind dehydrating the placenta is to not add heat, but to slowly remove the moisture from the placenta over a longer period of time. Drying time varies greatly depending on the amount of placenta, oven vs dehydrator, how large your pieces are cut,humidity where you live, temperature used etc.
Turn on your dehydrator to a medium/low setting. Some dehydrators have foods you are making instead of temperatures, the "jerky" setting is roughly 160°F (so just slightly cooler than the oven method). If you are raw, please select the
temperature that works for you.
Dry the placenta until fully dry. Generally this is between 6-14 hours. Rotating the trays and flipping the placenta pieces a few times can speed the process. It is also helpful to run a small fan in the space where you are dying to increase air flow. To check to see if the placenta is full dry, try to break a piece in half - if it gives and bends it isn't ready, if it cracks or snaps, it is. You want to remove all moisture so that bacteria doesn't grow, so if you aren't sure, keep it in a longer. It should not be pink on the inside once fully dry.
If you are sensitive to smells now is a good time to light some incense, or put some essential oil on a cotton ball close by. Some people find the smell of the grinding placenta strong.
Place ¼ the total amount of dried placenta (and any dried blood) into the grinder. Run for roughly 2 minutes or until a fine powder. Pour into a bowl. Continue this way 3- 4 more times until all the placenta is ground. Once all the placenta has been ground, grind it again all together. You can often hear pieces of calcification clicking around. Run the placenta until as fine as possible. Letting the
grinder cool down between long runs will save your grinder in the long run.
Place the placenta powder into a shallow bowl and get ready to encapsulate it.
If you are using a capsule filler, please follow the directions in the box. Trim finger nails and wash hands in hot soapy water. Or wear gloves and use a capsule
filler. Open a size 00 vegetable capsules. With the larger end in hand, scoop the placenta powder into the capsule. Tap to press powder gently in, and fill a bit more. Place the smaller end on top, firmly press to ensure the capsule is closed, and place into your dark glass jar. Continue until all the powder is gone. Makes roughly 80-200 capsules depending on the size. .
Store your placenta pills in a cool dark place in your dark glass jar. Ideally placenta pills are consumed within 9 months of birth, although they should last a lot longer. If they are full dried, they should last indefinitely
Some of the benefits of consuming placenta include:
-Stabilizing hormones, reducing your chances of postpartum depression and assisting in
treating PPD (Post Partum Depression)
-Reduction in postpartum "Baby Blues" which is not classified as depression, although
can be very alarming.
-Reduced feelings of anxiety
-Increase in milk supply, and also to help bring in milk faster.
-Decrease postpartum bleeding
-Helps uterus return to pre-pregnancy state
-Replenish lost vitamins & minerals (iron) due to pregnancy and birth (the freezing
process will destroy vitamin B complex but all other vitamins remain intact)
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