What the Heck is Placenta Encapsulation?

You’re sitting at a cafe with a friend happily chatting about prenatal yoga, the new food that’s making your stomach churn, and how all of a sudden strangers won’t stop touching your belly. Suddenly she leans over to you with a weird smile on her face and whispers "Are you going to have your placenta encapsulated?”

“Wait… I don’t get it. How does the placenta, a giant mass of organ, get converted into pills?”

Let me paint you a picture (and trust me, it's not as gross as it seems)...

So you’ve just delivered your beautiful new baby and you told your healthcare provider to save your placenta. It is resting in an airtight container in a small cooler packed with ice or at home in your refrigerator. The placenta encapsulation specialist is on their way to pick it up.

What happens next?

The placenta encapsulation specialist brings your placenta to their workspace or to your home and gets to work. Note: be sure to hire a specialist who follows proper protocol and sanitization methods (post coming soon).

This is me processing a placenta!

This is me processing a placenta!

They usually follow one of two different methods - the Raw Method or the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM, for short) method. (If you'd like to see pictures of the entire process, click here)

Both methods have their own advantages. If you are considering hiring a placenta encapsulation specialist, make sure to know ahead of time which method you prefer so you can inform your encapsulation specialist.

The TCM method is based on the belief that after delivery your body is cold and empty and needs healing warm energy. The specialist steams your placenta, oftentimes with lemon, ginger, and chili peppers, which all promote heat in the body. The specialist then slices the placenta thinly and arranges  it in a dehydrator to allow it to dry for 12-24 hours.

The Raw Method is based on the belief that cooking the placenta removes valuable nutrients. The specialist bypasses the steaming method and goes directly into slicing and dehydrating the placenta.

Once fully dehydrated, the specialist puts the placenta strips into a grinder and grinds it into a fine powder. The powder is then poured into empty capsules, dusted, and put into a container ready for you to consume!

What about you? Did you have your placenta encapsulated? Let us know your thoughts below!


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