Placenta capsules are an easy way of ingesting your placenta to obtain its benefits, as stated my previous blog. However, there are multiple ways to consume your placenta. This blog is aimed to describe the common consumption methods that yield beneficial capsules, tinctures, raw smoothies, and even desserts.
I believe that keeping an open mind during your learning experience with placenta consumption will be a key in normalizing its natural abilities. I also understand that opinions will differ and placenta consumption is not for everyone.
All methods of consumption should take place in and on a properly cleaned work place using either disposable or disinfected equipment. A trained placenta specialist should be able to thoroughly talk you through their steps of each process.
Capsules are created after cleaning, drying, a grinding of the placenta. The three common encapsulation methods are as follows.
Raw Method - The placenta is cleaned, prepared into thin slices, dehydrated, ground into powder, and placed into capsules.
Basic Heated Method - Like the raw method the placenta is cleaned, but before slicing the placenta into thin strips it will be steamed for a short time. Once steaming and slicing is complete the placenta will be dehydrated, ground into powder, and placed into capsules.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - The placenta is prepared the same as the basic heated method. The only difference is that as the placenta steams herbs and spices are added.*Note that TCM is best prepared with the help of a herbalist to ensure the herbs and spices are best suited for you and your body.
This is likely the most common way to consume your placenta in its raw form. A smoothie can be prepared by your placenta specialist or birth team at your bedside using just a small piece of placenta, berries, and leafy greens. Many have said that the benefits are immediately felt and that they prefer smoothies over capsules.
*Future blog: Testimonies and research*
In addition to the immediate postpartum smoothie, you can also prepare pre portioned pieces and freeze them for easy and timely beneficial use.
Tinctures can be utilized long term, after your capsules are gone. A tincture is made up of placenta and 100 proof alcohol. After fermenting for a minimum of six weeks you are able to utilize it or save it for your first postpartum period or even menopause years down the road.
One interesting fact that I found quite intriguing during my education through IPPA, was that your biological mother or biological daughter could also benefit from the use of a tincture. Utilizing it during adolescence or menopause for added energy or hormone stabilization.
Desserts such as chia pudding or chocolate truffles can be made to curb your sweet tooth during PMS or your period. These delectable desserts contain placenta powder so be sure to indulge on one at a time.
What is the best method?
One method is not better than the other. In fact, each method holds the same or similar benefits. The Raw Method, however, tends to hold a higher hormone potency.
The decision is yours, placenta consumption is a personal choice and dependent on your needs, beliefs, and opinions. Speaking with your placenta specialist may help you make a decision as they will offer guidance and unbiased support.
Placenta consumption, including capsules, are not intended to treat, relieve, or prevent any symptoms, diseases, or ailments. Results may vary person to person.
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Samantha Martin is a professional doula and childbirth educator from Big Lake, MN. She comes from a loving family and is the oldest of six children. Although she has yet to start a family of her how she very much enjoys guiding expectant families through they're journey into parenthood.