Placenta encapsulation, or placenta pills, are becoming increasingly popular with mums.
In this post, we’re going to show you:
- Where to buy it (hint, hint: HERE); or
- How to do it yourself
We show you exactly how we make it and if you’ve got the equipment and stomach for it, go for it. Follow the formula and be creative. But if you want the benefits, without getting your hands dirty, then we can help.
What is placenta encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is a way to turn a women’s placenta into pills. Usually this means the placenta is steamed, dehydrated, ground and scooped into pills within five days of delivery. This method has a strong history in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
How much does placenta encapsulation cost?
Prices vary from $200 to $500, depending on the expertise, the method and the additional ingredients. We charge $370 with free delivery.
What does it do for you?
That depends who you talk to. Private midwives and thousands of mums will tell you about the hormone boosting properties. And the iron. Two things you’re stripped of once you give birth.
Anecdotally, my wife thrived off them. She was sceptical and reluctant, despite pressure from our persuasive private midwife. She went ahead and got them made. And then days after giving birth she demanded trying them. Trying anything. She was completely depleted. Miracusously, the pills rejuvenated her. Emotionally, physically. She was popping six per day and recovering much faster than before. You might call it placebo. She wouldn't.
Scientifically, there is hardly any research. The most compelling scientific article I found had this to say;
“Based on the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for lactating women, the recommended daily intake of placenta capsules would provide, on average, 24% RDA for iron, 7.1% RDA for selenium, 1.5% RDA for zinc, and 1.4% RDA for copper.”
Those numbers hardly make it a superfood. However, maybe the impact can’t be measured in trace metals. Maybe there are other properties. Or am I reaching?
Ultimately, it’s 100% your call. Girlfriends preach it? Give it a crack.
Think it’s bullshit and disgusting? Give it a miss. And stop reading the graphic how to’s coming up :)
Placenta encapsulation: How to
Capture (is that the right verb?) your placenta in a sterile container. A 2L tupperware should do the job. Refrigerate until you’re ready.
Like any red meat, fresh is best. Get onto it asap, although some articles say you can take up to five days to get started.
Rinse the placenta thoroughly. On a chopping board, remove the membranes. During all of this process, you’ll want a really sharp knife. This puppy is tougher than a $2 steak.
Remove the skin textured membranes as best you can.
Set up a steamer. Add your other ingredients (if using), and roughly chop them. For example, a lemon can be cut in four piece, ginger in thumbnail size chunks.
Add the placenta to the steamer with other ingredients and steam until it looks ‘medium’. Brown on the outside, not too dry.
For me, 12-15 minutes feels right on medium high (once water was boiling)
Remove the placenta and cut into stir fry size strips. Not a great description but small is good. No bigger than your thumb, ideally slightly smaller.
Put the placenta chunks into a dehydrator at 45 degrees Celcius for 12 hours.
Ground the placenta into tiny particles. I used a coffee grinder but any tool that grinds thing into powder will do.
Scoop the powder into small capsules. I used 00 size capsules and bought them off eBay. Your local chemist will do the job too.
And that’s it. Dosage is at your discretion but I recommend 2-3 per day. Although consult your medical practitioner. Haha, just kidding. They’ll have no idea!
How long do placenta pills last?
12 months would be an appropriate best before period. Although we recommend consuming them within three months of giving birth.
Where to get your placenta encapsulation?
If you’re in Victoria, we got you. BUY HERE.
Outside of that, Google is your best friend.
If you can get us your placenta here frozen, we can encapsulate it for you.