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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Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM

great journal!  Voted popular

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Wow Mtnmama, that is a quick dilation! Did they give you any pitocin during or after your birth? That couldve contributed to the large clots.

Red Raspberry Leaf is a great nourishing herb for women and the reproductive system. Good for menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause. It tones and strengthens the uterus and aids in decreasing the chance for PPH (postpartum hemorrhage).

Have you tried any natural remedies to help with fibromyalgia? I wounder if acupuncture would help. I'm certain there are herbs you can take. Look into the book Herbal Healing for Women by Gladstar.

Hope that helps! HUGS!

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Jen who did your placenta?

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I wish I had done this =( but didn't learn about it till a while after DD was born.

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I don't think it is gross the wwwwwway our food is hard to buy and be nutitious this seemd cool     love the heart shaped cord   good info. for other peoples  

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I'm not planning on having a kid anytime in the near future, but when we do decide to do it, how could I go about discussing it with my husband and family? I know for a fact that he would automatically be grossed out if I even mention it. I've always heard of putting it in capsules, but the visual aid helps more than any words can. I had severe PPD and suicidal thoughts after I had my daughter. I was miserable for the first six months of her life, and it's only slightly started improving after a year.

Like I said, I'm not always into the natural living stuff, but if doing this with my next kid could help or even prevent those horrible feelings I had (and maybe give me another shot at breastfeeding, which was painful and terrible with my daughter), then I'm willing to give it a try.

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:54 PM

awesome! voted popular :-) I am DEFINATELY having this done. Too bad I missed the boat on my son. I think it would helped me tremendously.

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Jen I will be happy to provide this service for you as your doula


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Feb. 22, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Wonderful journal. I posted popular!!

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 1:06 PM

LOVE IT! Thanks!

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