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.

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 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) warming method and the 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.

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.

Raw placenta capsules should be stored in the fridge for the first 6 months and in the freezer after this.

 

Price £160


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

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) capsules – bringing warmth

TCM preparation is the oldest-known and commonly-used recipe for postpartum placenta capsules. In this method, the placenta is steamed with green chili, ginger and lemon. These are believed to provide heat or yang energy that will promote circulation, support grounding of the mother and the absorption of nutrients postpartum. The combination of steam, chilli, ginger and lemon are believed to be energetically warming bringing ‘yang’ warmth to the ‘yin’ open, empty space left with the mother after delivery of the baby and placenta.

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. Some experts recommend taking the capsules with a glass of white wine to aid diffusion throughout the body.

Note that due to the ‘yang’ warming properties, TCM capsules should not be taken when you have a fever, flu, infection or cold. You can order a tincture to take at these times if you wish. The tincture will last indefinitely and is a great and long lasting compliment to TCM capsules.

Price £160


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 Family Remedy

The essence can be used by you and your family (including children). An essence captures the fundamental qualities or 'soul' of the placenta. This remedy can be used for comfort of both you and your child in times of transition or change, for example when a child starts nursery, you return to work, etc. The essence is useful for times of general and hormonal imbalance, stress, teething, colic and minor illness.

Preparation of an essence captures a distilled version of your placenta creating a long lasting essence which is 2ml of placenta essence in spring water. The essence is prepared over a period of days and involves exposure to sun and moon light. 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.

 

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. It is also a great compliment to TCM warming placenta capsules as it can be taken when you have a fever. The tincture is a highly potent formulation and is not suitable for children.

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. Not suitable for children.

Price £60


This price includes preparation of the tincture and delivery to you.

 

Placenta balm

Placenta balm is the perfect natural remedy for baby nappy rash and other inflammatory skin conditions as well as non-specific itching. Balm can also be used effectively with new mothers to assist wound healing including C-section scars or perineal tears. You can use the cream on sore or cracked nipples but should wipe it off before breast-feeding.

Placenta contains DHEA (a natural steroid prohormone) and cortisols which can help to heal wounds and infected skin. These are easily absorbed through the skin making a placenta balm an effective remedy. Placenta balm is a natural and homemade skin care product. Ingredients include calendula oil infused with placenta, beeswax and lavender essential oil.

Price £30

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 organic 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.

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

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