I've had several inquiries on the process of encapsulation. I figured it would be best if I made a separate post with instructions for those who plan to do it. It's really quite simple!

The benefits of placenta encapsulation include:

  • Decrease in baby blues and postpartum depression.
  • Increase and enrich breastmilk.
  • Increase in energy.
  • Decrease in lochia, postpartum bleeding.
  • Decrease iron deficiency.
  • Decrease insomnia or sleep disorders.
  • Decreases postpartum "night sweats".

        The placenta's hormonal make-up is completely unique to the mother. No prescription, vitamin or herbal supplement can do what one placenta pill can. How amazing is that?

The theory is you are replacing the hormones you lost during the birthing process. Each woman's placenta is unique to her hormonal make-up. Also the first born male placenta is the most enriched.

Supplies Needed:
Steamer for stove top
Fresh ginger and lemon
Cutting Board,
I recommend disposable cutting boards from Cut N Toss
Capsules, 150-200
I use a Nesco American Harvest
Food Processor or Coffee Grinder
Sanitizer and bleach

1. First take placenta, place in colander in sink. Rinse under cold water removing and blood clots.

2. Place on cutting board and severe cord at base. It may bleed a little bit. If you prefer to to the raw method you would thinly slice the placenta after you have cleaned it. Laying the slices on dehydrator trays(or in the oven), keeping the temp below 118F to preserve maximum nutrients and keep enzymes intact.


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2. If you are steaming it on the stove, wrap placenta membrane fetal side around placenta into a ball. Place lemon & ginger in water in steamer. Put placenta in steam basket and cover. Steam on medium for about 15mins on *each side*. Bleed whiling steaming. Slice up placenta into thin strips at this point. If you are using a low oven to dehydrate your placenta, set oven to lowest temp. It takes 12-24hrs to dehydrate depending on method used.

Bleeding the steamed placenta

Steamed sliced placenta. Try to keep all strips uniform in thickness and length so they dehydrate evenly. I would then cut these in half again. Slice as thinly as possible.

3. Preparing dehydrator, lining trays with parchment paper for easier clean up. Place in dehydrator for about 12-24hrs

My dehydrator, Nesco American Harvest.

4. Using a strong grinder, grind placenta strips. I hear magic bullet works well. You may need to break dehydrate strips in half prior to grinding. I broke a coffee mill this way and had to "donate" my food processor to the cause. During the grinding process add dried herbs if desired. Per mother's request I will add one of the 3 herb blends I offer; "Mood Boost", "Iron Boost" or "Milk Boost". The blends have 3-4 herbs in them. I add about 1/4 weight of herbs of the total placenta volume. A little goes a long way :O)
I would also encourage you if you to try the herbs prenatally individually to make sure you dont have any adverse reactions to them prior to adding them to your placenta powder. Otherwise you may end up wasting your placenta pills if you had herbs to them that cause an adverse reaction - that would be a bummer!

5. Fill capsules. One placenta will yield *about 125-175 capsules*. You can use The Capsule Machine or Cap M Quik, it can be done by hand. I use capsule size "00". There are smaller size capsules available. The picture to the top is just placenta powder and herbs blended together.

The picture below is placenta powder blended with herbs.

6. Store capsules in refrigerator, they will keep indefinitely. How many to take in the PP period depends on the mother and her needs. I recommend 3 capsules twice a day for two weeks. If mom has a history of PPD I recommend 2 capsules three times a day for a full two weeks. The following week she can cut back her capsules to once a day or two capsules twice a day.

If mom is feeling run down, fatigued, low supply or emotionally fragile increase dosage. You can always take more a few months down the road if you need a "pick me up".

Containers they are stored in with instructions and benefits listed

7. Sanitize everything once while at mom's house. Spray with bleach solution and soak in hot water. Soak again in bleach solution and boiling water when you return home overnight and then run through dishwasher. I spray everything with a bleach solution and a Simple Green disinfectant cleaner. Make sure you spray work surface area too. You can lay out old newspapers, card board or a large garbage bag under work surface to help minimize clean up.

Where to find an  "Placenta Encapsulator"
Google Maps Placenta Directory
Placenta Benefits Specialists
International Directory


Also email doulas and homebirth midwives in your area to ask if they offer this service or know someone who does.

To offer Placenta Encapsulation as a service its not regulated you take a training course, belong to an organization or be listed in a directory.



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Sep. 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM

 Hi Jonayla, Please look through the previous comments. Im sure I've answered this question before :O)

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Sep. 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Hi.  I recently encapsulated my placenta & had done so recently for a friend as well.  I took lots of notes from different sources.  One of them mentioned not taking the pills if you were sick with a virus etc.  What is the draw back to taking them if I have a cold, if any?  I much prefer to take them as they do seem to help me in many ways, but dont know the reasons for not taking them if I am sick.


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Sep. 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Luvya, It depends on how the placenta was prepared if they are advised not totake them when sick. If the placenta was prepared TCM the theroy is that it can make the illness "settle in" and become more rooted, harder to overcome.  I dont have any stories from my own personal clients to confirm if this is true or not. 

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Oct. 15, 2012 at 4:35 PM

They are finally ready!!! I've been working on the book alone now for about 5 months. I can't wait till the books arrive this week!

Deluxe here

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Nov. 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

couple questions:

is there any research that shows any human benefit to placenta encapsulation?

isn't there risk of food-borne illness given that you're storing cooked meat at room temperature?

don't all the proteins, hormones, and other beneficial substances become denatured/destroyed during the cooking/freezing process?



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Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I tried to message you but I was unable to and the site link isn't working.  Can you please tell me which herbs you use in your 3 blend options?  Thanks :)

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Dec. 20, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Hi, this is the second time I am using your instructions. You're a saint in my eyes. I encapsulated my own placenta from my third birth just less than 6 months ago and it helped me so much. Now I am doing it for my sister. I don't know how open she is to taking the pills, but I told her I'd do it anyway. I'm hoping she decides to at least give it a try and then notices a difference. If not, oh well. It's worth the try. I just know that I cried the day my pills ran out. Next baby I will be having someone make me a smoothie right after and then doing the raw method of encapsulation. Hopefully, I will have an even healthier (and maybe larger) placenta next time. Anyway, I was wondering if you have any info about how to tell how healthy the placenta is. I mean, mine did not look as pretty as the one you have pictured. My sister's looks even uglier than mine. I know they are placentas, so they are not meant to be really pretty or appetizing, but the one you have pictured here looks like what I imagine a really healthy placenta looking like. Does the look change a lot if you wait a few days before encapsulating? Any info about that would be awesome. Thanks.

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Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Thank you for posting this! I suffered from PPD after the birth of my first daughter and was told about the benefits of consuming the placenta after this next birth. I am really excited to try it, and being a chef, I decided to save some money and try the encapsulation myself! This article was really helpful, but I can't find information on the benefits of keeping the placenta raw vs steaming the placenta. Is there much of a difference? Any articles, information or advice is appreciated! =)

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Jan. 14, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Thanks s much for posting this. I was wondering if one can still use the placenta if one has gestational diabestes or are there any precautions with that? Your insighst are much appreicated.


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