Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby. The placenta is dehydrated (using a modified Raw Method) ground into powder, and placed into vegan capsules for the mother to ingest as she sees fit. The ingestion of the placenta is known as “placentophagy.”
The purpose of placentophagy by the mother is to reintroduce the beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, and other nutrients into her body after birth to help restore a more balanced body function, prevent “baby blues” and postpartum depression. It can also help with increasing breastmilk production, shorten healing time, increase maternal energy levels, and provide an overall feeling of wellness to aid in the transition between pregnancy and the postpartum period.
"I had my placenta encapsulated and Melissa made me the tincture as well, and it really helped me heal postpartum.”
A placenta tincture is made by taking a piece of raw placenta after birth, steeping it in 80-100 proof vodka for 8 weeks which creates a long-term remedy. (The essence is stored in a dropper bottle and is typically used after the capsules run out.) The benefits are similar to that of the capsules, and can help ease anxiety and emotional distress, reduce symptoms of PMS, and later in life can be used for menopause.
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