Placenta encapsulation has grown in popularity and is starting to appear more frequently in the media and mainstream conversation. Many well know women such as Mayim Bialik, Alicia Silverstone and January Jones, have chosen to encapsulate their placentas to support themselves through the 4th trimester.
To me the idea that the organ that enables your baby to live and grow inside you can also support you over the postnatal period makes perfect sense. Mother Nature’s own support package to see us through the period after the baby is born.
Literally thousands of women are talking about the positive experiences they have had after consuming their placentas.
So what are the benefits?
Consuming the placenta can:
- Help to balance your hormones
- Replenish depleted iron levels
- Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state
- Reduce post-natal bleeding
- Increase milk production – this has been proven in many studies dating as far back as 1918.
- Reduce the risk of postnatal depression
- Increase your energy levels
The most important nutrients found in rich supply in the placenta include:
- Iron – essential for oxygen absorption in the cells
- Vitamin B6 – aids in the making of antibodies
- Vitamin E – for healing damaged skin cells
- Oxytocin hormone – essential for facilitating birth and breastfeeding
- Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) – responsible for reducing stress levels
- Cytokines – Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing and replacing damaged cells and tissue
For a review on the latest research conducted by the Jena University in Germany you can check out this link https://www.placentanetwork.com/preliminary-results-placenta-research-jena-university/
Ways to consume your placenta
There are many different things you can do with your placenta in order to consume it, you can make a smoothie, have your placenta dehydrated and encapsulated both from raw or in the style used in traditional Chinese medicine where it is steamed with ginger, chilli and lemon for their balancing properties. You can have tinctures made to support you through menopause and when your monthly cycle returns, creams, balms and homeopathic remedies for both you and your baby and of course if you wish you can eat it too.
Placenta encapsulation is by far the most popular method and you can expect to pay from £180.00 upwards for this service.
You should always check that whoever you use to make your remedies has received proper training, and holds relevant and up to date health and hygiene certifications. Safe preparation of your placenta is incredibly important as with anything else you consume, if the correct guidelines are not followed, you could become ill and a reputable placenta remedy specialist will be more than happy to share their safe practices and proof of certification with you.
I would recommend placenta encapsulation to every expectant mother; my personal experience was fantastic.
Articles written by Donna Taylor, owner of Mandala Placenta Remedies based in Leicestershire.
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Donna is married and lives with her husband, 3 sons, a dog, and a Giant African land snail, when not working she loves taking Kundalini Yoga classes and walking with the family in the beautiful woodlands near her home.
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