So you are interested in placenta encapsulation. Maybe your own mother consumed her placenta, maybe you had a friend who recommended it, or maybe one of those Kardashian women inspired you. Whatever the reason: you likely know the benefits to encapsulation and are looking into encapsulating your own placenta. There are lots of options to chose from when having this done and lots of different information out there. This is the method I was taught to follow by an experienced and knowledgeable midwife and through trainings with two highly respectable encapsulation specialist training organizations. However, this simple blog is not a substitute for knowledgeable, professional care that you can get with a local, trained, encapsulation specialist. I highly recommend seeking professional care for your placenta. They will have knowledge far above this tutorial and will have access to tools that you may not. If you can't afford to hire someone or don't have access to this professional service, well, that might be why you are here. I'd like to help you along the way.
Here is what you'll need to start:
1) A sharp knife
3) anti-bacterial soap
4) steamer pot
5) silica gel packs
6) fully submersible grinder
7) stainless steel colander
8) one-time-use bowl
9) paper towels
10) parchment paper
12) saran wrap
14) trash bags
15) spray bottle for 1:10 bleach solution
16) jar for capsules
17) one-time-use cutting board
19) paper plates
20) capsule machine
Not pictured: dehydrator
The first step..
Prepare your work space and tools. You should have an empty space with NOTHING you don't need. Have all dishes and tools put away and be sure to have a trash bag propped open. This process should only be done in an area that can be properly sanitized- this means all areas. Counter tops, cabinets, back-splashes, floors, faucets, etc.. Make a 1:10 bleach solution in the spray bottle and then spray all work surfaces with it. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, watching to make sure it does not dry. Re-spray as necessary. If you are preparing in the TCM method have your pot and steamer basket ready with your lemon, ginger, and chilies already inside. Have your dehydrator ready and set aside with parchment paper cut to size for lining the trays. To begin the actual process put on gloves and rinse the placenta. You'll want to get rid of any blood clots or other messy stuff that might be on it.
Next you will want to dry the placenta and make the print if you are going to (additional supplies needed for this). After this rinse again and place the placenta inside your steaming basket (TCM method only). Steam the placenta for your preferred amount of time. When the placenta is done steaming always remove it by bringing the pot to your next surface. Allow the placenta to cool. While it is cooling you can wash the strainer, steamer, pot, and lid with the anti-bacteria soap. When the placenta is cool cut it into the thinnest pieces possible. Align the cut pieces on dehydrator trays and begin dehydrating. If your dehydrator has temperature settings you should begin dehydrating at 160 degrees and lower it after 2 hours. You should NEVER attempt dehydrating in an oven; always use the proper equipment or you risk burning the placenta and killing the nutrients/hormones. Your placenta should be fully dehydrated after 12-24 hours. You want to be sure that ALL moisture has been removed from the placenta. Since you cannot over-dehydrate something, err on the side of caution here if you are unsure when it is "done".
Once the placenta is inside the dehydrator you'll start the most important part: CLEAN UP. This can be the most tedious and time consuming part of the process. First wash all tools with the anti-bacterial soap and lay out on a white towel. Spray everything (including the strainer and pot we already washed) with a 1:10 bleach solution. You need to make sure it stays wet for 10 minutes so you might need to re-spray. After 10 minutes re-wash all of the tools with regular dish soap. Repeat the sanitizing process for all work surfaces and take out any garbage.
After the placenta is fully dried (usually the next day) you can begin the final process. First, prepare your work space again. This means making a new bleach solution, clearing all tools and counters, and sanitizing the work space again. I also line all surfaces with saran wrap. Once everything is ready you can remove the jerky-like pieces and place them in your grinder. Grind until you have a semi-fine powder. Now you will be ready to begin encapsulating! You can fill your capsule machine with empty capsules and then fill them with powder. I like to do this process on paper plates to be sure that no powder is wasted. Continue filling capsules until all the powder is used. This part of the process goes quickly and you should finish with anywhere between 50-200 capsules.
Last step: clean up again. You'll want to wash the capsule machine and grinder with anti-bacterial soap and again soak in the 1:10 bleach solution. The saran wrap that was laid down should be balled up and thrown away and all work surfaces should be sprayed with the bleach solution. Again, they need to stay wet for 10 minutes so you might need to re-spray a few times. At this point your capsules should be placed in the designated jar with a pouch of silica gel.
Now we are finished! Store your capsules in a cool, dark place and always make sure you keep the lid on tight. If you are storing your jar in the fridge don't forget the silica pack. After six months move your capsules to a baggie in the freezer.
Disclaimer: This tutorial is not meant to replace professional encapsulation service. Theresa Rivers is not a pharmacist, pharmaceutical representative, holistic practitioner, herbalist, or medical doctor. Benefits of placenta encapsulation are supported by ongoing research but have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This tutorial written by Theresa Rivers is not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Individuals who choose to utilize this tutorial take full responsibility of their own health and for researching and using the remedies. Theresa Rivers makes no guarantee as to capsule efficacy. Always speak to your care provider regarding any questions about placenta encapsulation.