CONSUMING YOUR PLACENTA

Your placenta can provide a rich source of vitamins, minerals and hormones that can boost physical and emotional well-being if consumed after the birth of your baby. Our complete service can create a range of remedies from your own placenta, providing a tailor made supplement for you at a time when you need it most.

 

We specialise in the creation of capsules and other preparations. We have been trained to offer an easy and modern way for new mothers to benefit from their placenta without the fuss of handling it themselves.  We use a professional and safe technique to make capsules by dehydrating, and encapsulating your placenta shortly after birth.

'Amazing service for placenta encapsulation; from first point of contact Letty was very informative and responsive. Turnaround from collection to delivery was super fast and can't fault the service, would recommend to everyone!'

Tara

THE BENEFITS

The placenta contains a range of hormones (including oxytocin, hCG, hCS, progesterone, estrogens, relaxin and CRH) plus vitamins and minerals (including iron, vitamins B6, A, D, E, K, C and B complex). In addition, the placenta contains over 128 growth factors and placenta stem cells. Placenta stem cells are found only in the placenta and are collected after the blood from the umbilical cord is drawn. Stem cells can self-renew or multiply or develop into other types of cells and provide new cells for regeneration of tissue to aid healing. Placenta growth factors have been found to provide the following benefits which are highly relevant after delivery of a baby:

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Pain relief

  • Regulation of the autonomous system

  • Improve circulation

  • Promote wound healing

  • Balance hormones

  • Improvement of intestine environment

  • Protease inhibition

 

For centuries, placenta has been used as a medicine in Eastern and Western healthcare. Different cultures have used placenta to treat a variety of conditions including burns and other wounds, degenerative diseases, fertility, rare genetic diseases, the menopause and metabolic conditions.

 

Today placenta is used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, hair care products, health tonics, and food products and is ingested as well as used topically (on the skin). Many of the products we use contain placenta although it will often be labelled as ‘peptides’ or similar.

 

There is a growing trend for mothers to consume their own placenta for nutritional benefit. A recent study1 reported positive benefits associated with consuming placenta postpartum. Of 189 participants, the study team found the following benefits reported by new mothers:

  • Improved mood

  • Increased energy

  • Improved lactation

  • Alleviated bleeding

 

This evidence supports the wide belief that placenta can offer significant benefits at a time when your body and wellbeing may be depleted.

You can take a look at some of the research that has been collated by the Placenta Remedies Network here

1. Selander J, Cantor A, Young SM, Benyshek DC. Human maternal placentophagy: a survey of self-reported motivations and experiences associated with placenta consumption, Ecol Food Nutr. 2013 Mar;52(2):93-115.

OPTIONS & PRICES

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Placenta capsules

In the period following birth, placenta capsules may be beneficial for preventing and treating post-natal depression, balancing hormones, enhancing milk supply, combating fatigue and increasing energy. We use two methods of preparation for encapsulating placenta: the Steamed (warming) method and the Simple (raw) method. Each method is appropriate for consumption by all mothers and the decision about which type to choose is entirely your own; one method is not better than the other.

Simple (raw) placenta capsules

In this method, the placenta is prepared according to raw food principles and is not heated or steamed before dehydration. After dehydration, the placenta is ground and made into capsules. Your placenta may produce between 80–200 capsules depending upon its size. Dosage in the first 4–6 weeks is 3–6 capsules per day. After 6 weeks, take as needed, which is usually 1–2 capsules based on your milk production, mood, energy levels, etc.

Simple placenta capsules should be stored in a cool, dark place.

 

Price £180


This includes placenta collection from your home or hospital, production of your placenta capsules and delivery to you.

 

Steamed capsules 

The placenta is considered a powerful and sacred medicine, a ‘full of life force’ organ in China and has been documented as a healing medicine for all since 1578. Steaming the placenta prior to dehydration is part of the process for this placenta remedy. This process is used by placenta specialists with great success as an alternative to the simple preparation above, when requested. This method is reserved for  your own personal preference or if there are some specific requirements to, such as meconium at birth. Parents using steamed capsules report a calming effect from this method. 

Following the steaming process the placenta is dehydrated, ground and made into capsules. Your placenta may produce between 80–200 capsules depending upon its size. Dosage in the first 4–6 weeks is 3–4 capsules per day. After 6 weeks, take as needed, which is usually 1–2 capsules based on your milk production, mood, energy levels, etc. 

Steamed placenta capsules should be stored in a cool, dark place.

Price £180


This includes placenta collection from your home or hospital, production of your placenta capsules and delivery to you.

In addition to your Placenta Capsules, any of the below options can be made from your placenta and you can choose a selection to suit you:

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Placenta Essence Remedy

An essence captures the fundamental qualities or 'soul' of the placenta. This remedy can be used to comfort you in times of transition or change. The essence is useful for times of general and hormonal imbalance, stress and minor illness.

Preparation of an essence captures a distilled version of your placenta. You will be provided with a bottle of the liquid and a dropper bottle which you can use to dispense the liquid. The usual dose is 1-4 drops when needed in water. A placenta essence can last indefinitely and will provide a natural remedy for your medicine cabinet.

Price £30


This price includes preparation of the essence and delivery to you. Please note this is in addition to capsules only.

 

Placenta Tincture for Mothers

Placenta tincture for mothers is placenta extract that can be used during periods of hormonal imbalance (e.g. menstrual cycle, the menopause), or anxiety and stress throughout life, as it lasts indefinitely. The tincture is a highly potent formulation.

It is prepared over a six week period and you will be provided with a bottle of the liquid and a dropper bottle which you can use to dispense the tincture.

Tincture dose: 20-40 drops in water 2-3 times per day or as needed.

Price £60


This price includes preparation of the tincture and delivery to you. Please note this is in addition to capsules only.

Placenta smoothie

A placenta smoothie can provide an immediate boost of energy and vitality after birth. The smoothie provides vitamins, minerals and hormones as soon as possible after delivery of your baby help to kick-start the repair and recovery process.

The placenta smoothie is made in your home or private hospital room. A small piece of raw placenta is blended with berries, banana and spring water to make an easily consumed drink. New mothers report a surge of wellbeing and some studies show mothers’ milk coming in up earlier.

Note that a placenta smoothie is not possible if meconium was present in your amniotic fluid.

Price £30


This includes preparation of your smoothie at your convenience on collection of your placenta and all ingredients.

Please note this is in addition to capsules only.

Important note: all processes follow food and manufacturing hygiene guidelines as well as infection control standards for blood borne pathogens.

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'I had my placenta encapsulated after the birth of my second baby and we were so pleased with the service we received; Letty came out at 4am to collect my placenta from the hospital and we received our capsules within 2 days. I am convinced of the benefits of the placenta smoothie and capsules that I consumed; I had plenty of breastmilk, my anxiety was kept in check (after experiencing PND previously) and I felt much less tired than with my first baby, despite having a toddler to look after as well! If I were to have another baby I would use Letty again in a heartbeat'

Amanda