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Placenta Encapsulation

Traditional Steaming Method


It is the oldest-known and most commonly-used recipe for postpartum placenta preparation. The hallmark of this method is the steaming step. In theory, the process of labor and birth leaves a lot of open empty space, which is considered very yin, or cold. Therefore, one major way we can promote healing during the postpartum period is to add yang energy, via heat.  We therefore incorporate steam using warming herbs into the remedy, and the final result is warming, tonifying, and nourishing for the postpartum mother.


The Process:


1). I start with rinsing the placenta of blood clots, removing the cord, and draining excess blood from the vessels. I always include a cord keepsake at no extra charge.


2). Next, the placenta is steamed over boiling water with organic lemon, ginger, and chili pepper per the principles of the steaming method (note these herbs are in the water and are NOT added to the pills). This step takes about 15 minutes on each side.


3). Once steamed, I slice the placenta into thin strips.


4). I place the strips into a dehydrator at 158 degrees and dry them. Depending on the size it takes between 9-13 hours.


5). After the placenta strips are dry, I grind them finely using a food processor.


6). Once the placenta is finely ground, I put the powder into 00 capsules, the capsules into a glass jar. The whole process, including pickup and delivery, is usually done by the end of the second day postpartum.


** It's important to understand that placenta encapsulation is not always possible. Certain high-risk pregnancies, blood borne diseases, STD's, or bacterial infections make it unsafe to process and/or consume. Feel free to contact me to discuss in further detail.