Human placentophagy, or consumption of the placenta, is defined as "the ingestion of a human placenta postpartum, at any time, by any person, either in raw or altered (e.g., cooked, dried, steeped in liquid) form".
The most important nutrients found in rich supply in the placenta include:
Stem Cells and Growth Factors.
Iron – essential for oxygen absorption in the cells.
Vitamins B6 – aids in the making of antibodies.
Vitamin E – for healing damaged skin cells.
Oxytocin hormone – essential for facilitating birth and breastfeeding.
Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) – responsible for reducing stress levels.
Cytokines – Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing and replacing damaged cells and tissue.
So why would you want to eat your placenta?
For starters, it contains these amazing nutrients!
Placenta remedies have been reported by mothers to:
reduce postbirth bleeding quickly
encourage a quick and healthy milk supply
balance hormonal peaks and drops
reduce stress levels
prevent the baby blues and postnatal depression
boost energy to cope with a busy day after little sleep
improve the appearance of skin/hair/nails
Mothers and parents have reported experiencing several benefits after consuming their placenta (as below) but if you don't believe them, just take a look at the research here
Placenta capsules are the most popular way people choose to consume their placenta.
The placenta is washed and either dehydrated raw or steamed with herbs and then dehydrated. The dehydrated placenta is then ground into a fine powder and inserted into empty vegetable capsules. Most mothers take between 1-6 capsules a day, as and when they feel they need them, for up to 6 months after birth.
A smoothie offers new mothers the chance to benefit from the nutrients of the placenta immediately or in the early days following birth.
High concentrations of birth hormones and placenta stem cells in raw placenta can provide a new mother with the energy and nutrients needed to heal faster, produce more milk and feel stronger after birth.
A tincture is made from a thumb sized piece of the raw placenta after birth. The placenta is steeped in high strength vodka for 6 weeks, extracting the energetic healing powers of the placenta changing the colour of the vodka from clear to light brown.
A tincture has no shelf life and is useful for hormonal balancing from PMS to menopause. Recommended dosage is between 10-40 drops a day as and when needed.
Homeopathic remedies offer energetic and vibrational support for both the mother and her baby for many years after birth. A 30c - 40c strength remedy is supplied to offer emotional and physical support for the new mother. A 7c strength remedy is provided for your baby - it is thought of as the perfect 'constitutional remedy' for life, from newborn to adulthood.
I am not a professional homeopath myself, but I can facilitate this service for you directly with the IPEN Homeopath.
ART & KEEPSAKES
An excellent way to cherish the memory of your baby's placenta is to choose an umbilical cord keepsake or a piece of placenta art.
A dried cord keepsake can be included free of charge with encapsulation orders if you want one. It can also be framed for an additional cost. Placenta blood and ink prints are available both framed or as a print only.
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