Placenta Alchemy

Welcome to Placenta Alchemy, the purpose of this page is to offer you an insight into all the wonderful ways that a Placenta can be used post birth. This amazing organ has been your babies first friend, some would say the internal mother, which has nourished and supported your baby throughout the nine months of gestation. If ingestion isn’t for you then maybe consider a ritual burial to honour the life force that it has offered your child.

Did you know that except for deer, marine mammals and camels, humans are the only mammals on earth who don’t eat their own placenta? While the thought of eating one’s own placenta immediately after birth isn’t exactly an appetising thought fro many, thankfully these day there are alternative options that accommodate easy ingestion of the placenta so that the mother may reap the many benefits that this amazing organ has to offer post birth.

Encapsulation booking

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Placenta can be powerful medicine in the early days of motherhood and the optimum choice for ingestion and preservation is, by far, the encapsculation process. There are two slightly different processes, the Raw method or the traditional Chinese method, which involves steaming, slicing and dehydrating the placenta, then grinding it to a powder and encapsulating in vegetarian capsules.  Mum can take upto 9 capsules per day for the first few weeks of motherhood.

While vegetarian or vegan women may feel averse to ingesting their placenta for ethical reasons, there are some important issues to consider before dismissing the idea altogether.  Your own  body has produced this amazing organ to nourish and support the growth and development of you baby for ten moons with no animal being killed or harmed.  Interestingly, almost all herbivorous creatures in the wild ingest their placenta!

In many cultures the placenta is considered akin to the energetic twin soul of your baby, In Aboriginal traditions, the placenta is viewed as a map (it even looks like one!) When a new soul incarnates on this earth, their ‘map’ is buried in the ground to inform mother earth of their arrival. In preparing your placental remedies, I will reserve a portion of your baby’s placenta for burying in honour of this beautiful tradition..

Benefits of placenta capsules

  • significantly decreased bleeding after birth
  • enriched and healthy milk supply
  • balanced support of essential hormones such as oxytocin and CRH (an important stress reducer) and progestorone, another happy hormone and a major contributor to the over all fuctioning of the endocrine system.
  • replenished essential nutrients (such as vit B6 and iron)
  • decreased stress levels
  • helps with the prevention of post-natal depression
  • a calmed and relaxed state of mind for mum( due to hormone stabilization)
  • boosted energy levels
  • a speedy recovery from birth

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A Placenta tincture is made with a small portion of placenta, it is submerged in alcohol and is kept in a cool dark place to allow it to slowly disperse into the liquid for further preservation. Some of the benefits include hormone stabilization in your postpartum cycles, less bleeding during your menstrual cycles, energy and for menopause years down the road. The female child can also benefit from placental tincture once she reaches her menarche (begins her cycle).  As the tincture matures the remedy strengthens becoming more potent as it ages.

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A homoeopathic preparation of your baby’s placenta creates their ‘constitutional medicine’, preserving  all their strengths and weaknesses into one potent bottle!  This remedy will offer healing on a vibrational level if any problems should arise where nothing else is helping. This energetic ‘blueprint’ remedy can be used throughout your child’s whole life whenever difficult challenges or changes arise, or when illness or dis-ease occur. It can help bring balance and allow healing to spark from within. It can be administered orally or topically, using just a few drops at a time. When it’s running low, you can have some more made from the mother tincture.

Homeopathy was founded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796.  It is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’. Homoeopathic remedies are prepared by diluting a substance in alcohol or distilled water and ‘succussing’ (pounding against the human hand or phone book) 100 times. This process is repeated several times, diluting the substance until all that remains is the energy of that substance.

Benefits of Homeopathic remedy

Using a homeopathic placenta remedy for baby in the first year can help with:
  • colic
  • crying fits
  • teething
  • separation anxiety
  • supporting baby’s immunity

The homoeopathically prepared placental remedy can also benefit the mother by:

  • Improving symptoms of emotional distress, depression, anxiety, sorrow and mourning
  • Improving symptoms of hormonal imbalance

 

Packages

Silver

Nourishment 101
$275
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Placenta tincture
  • Homeopathic remedy liquid or Pillules
Encapsulation booking

Platinum

Cherry on top
$485
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Placenta tincture
  • Homeopathic remedy liquid or Pillules
Encapsulation booking

Please be aware that transport, tolls and postage maybe added to the package price. This will depending on the distance and time required for pick up and delivery, or if tincture are sent four to six weeks post birth

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between TMC and RAW

 

TMC is steamed before dehydration,

Raw is not steamed

The Traditional Chinese Medicine inspired method of preparing the placenta involves steaming or cooking the placenta gently with herbs.  Using herbs is believed to enhance the placentas healing properties. If you are working with Traditional Chinese Herbalist, you may wish to consult with them to obtain specialized herbs to steam with the placenta instead of using lemon, pepper and ginger.

Ginger and black pepper are warming herbs that are thought to lend their properties to the placenta. The ginger specifically acts as a facilitator for energy and good blood flow. (Ginger is the only additive that is considered a “herb” and that will work for almost everyone.)

Using the RAW method of placenta encapsulation skips the steaming or cooking process altogether. Raw food activists believe that cooking or heating the placenta destroys some of the nutrients. Using the RAW method provides a burst of energy up front, but the medicine may lack the longer tonic benefits gain from the heating during the TMC method.

I recommend you go with your intuition, choose the method that you best resonate with. Placenta Alchemy only recommends using the RAW method of preparation within 48 hours of birthing.

 

What is the shelf life of the capsules?

The Dehydration method is a process that preserves the placenta meat. My personal opinion is that it has a shelf life of six-eight months if kept in a cool DRY dark environment. Maybe that life could be extended to a year if kept in the fridge, but it is imperative they are tightly sealed to keep them dry.

I also believe that it’s a remedy that is best consumed in with the first four-six weeks post birth to really reap that full benefits the placenta has to offer. If you are looking for a longer term remedy then maybe considered placenta tincture, which can be used as an ongoing remedy for years.
Can I still have these capsules if I’m having a caesarean?

Yes, if fact woman that have an instrumental or caesarian birth may have high blood lost and can really benefit from the high quantity of iron in the capsules. To inform the Hospital staff of your intentions to keep your placenta remember to include this information on your birth preferences plan.

The environment/surrounding in which the placenta capsules are made, Is it hygienic?

Yes, of course, the area used when processing is sanitized before and after the procedure to ensure the health and safety of my clients current and further, as well as my family.

The placenta is rinsed with vinegar to remove any bacteria and blood clots before dehydration.

How many capsules will I get?

I always smile when I am asked this question, as it is impossible to answer with any accuracy as each placenta is unique in size and shape. I use 00 capsules which are quite large, I get between 120-180 capsules.

What is the timeframe for you to pick up the placenta after I’ve given birth?

I pick up as soon as I can once I know that your baby has been delivered. For more information on timing, pick-up/drop-off and handling procedures please visit the booking form

Placentophagia

Placentophagia — the practice of eating the placenta — has been observed throughout history in many parts of the world. In Western cultures, eating the placenta is often viewed as barbaric, but thanks to new information about the surprising benefits, there has been a recent push among young mothers to eat the placenta after giving birth. While many Western doctors discourage placentophagy with the claim that it carries no inherent benefits, studies have shown that eating the placenta can curb postpartum depression, replenish nutrients, increase milk production, and slow postpartum hemorrhage.

Placentophagia may deter the onset of postpartum depression

The placenta contains high levels of various vitamins, such as B6, which can help curb postpartum depression. Eating the placenta enables the mother to “reclaim” these vitamins and put them to use in her own body. Placentophagia may also increase a mother’s blood levels of a hormone known as CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone), a known stress-reducer. This hormone is normally secreted by the hypothalamus. According to a study performed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “During the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta secretes so much CRH that the levels in the bloodstream increase threefold. However, it was also discovered that postpartum women have lower than average levels of CRH, triggering depressive symptoms. They concluded that the placenta secreted so much CRH that the hypothalamus stopped producing it (http://placentabenefits.info/medicinal.asp).” After childbirth, the hypothalamus doesn’t immediately receive the signal to begin producing CRH again, which can lead to postpartum depression. Eating the placenta can raise a mother’s CRH levels, reducing symptoms of postpartum depression.

Placentophagia may help replenish nutrients lost during childbirth

Human placenta is rich in various essential nutrients such as iron and protein. Placentophagia can help replenish these nutrients, which are often depleted during childbirth due to blood loss. This benefit of placentophagia may be especially important for vegetarian or vegan mothers, who may have slightly lower blood iron levels to begin with. (Many animals also practice placentophagia, presumably for this reason.)

Placentophagia can increase breastmilk production, especially in women at risk for low milk supply

For centuries, the Chinese have consumed the placenta as a way to increase insufficient milk production. In 1954, a study was conducted in which 210 women, expected to have low milk supply, were administered dried placenta. 86% of the mothers noticed a significant increase in milk production (http://placentabenefits.info/medicinal.asp). It follows, therefore, that placentophagy can be beneficial in stimulating breast milk production, even for mothers who are not at risk for low supply.

Placentophagia can stimulate uterine contractions and slow postpartum hemmorhage

Oxytocin is a naturally-occurring chemical in the brain that stimulates uterine contractions that lead to the onset of labor. This same chemical also enables the uterus to contract and quickly return to its pre-pregnancy size, as well as slowing postpartum bleeding. Studies have shown that eating the placenta triggers the release of oxytocin into the bloodstream, enabling the uterus to quickly heal and tone itself after childbirth.

Does placentophagia carry any inherent risks?

Many doctors, especially in western culture, have expressed some concern that eating the placenta may spread disease such as HIV, hepatitis, and other blood-borne illness. However, placentophagia is traditionally practiced only by the mother and not by other parties, so there is no risk of spreading disease. If she has a disease, she cannot reinfect herself, and if she is not currently ill, she cannot become ill from eating her own placenta.

Other than that, there is little risk involved in placentophagia. As with any meat, the placenta must be properly cared for before consumption. Fresh placenta may be eaten raw, but if the placenta is to be stored and used at a later time, it should be frozen or otherwise prepared to prevent bacterial infection.

With birth practices, such as lotus birth, in which the placenta is salted and the umbilical cord is left uncut until it dries and detaches naturally days after birth, ingestion of the placenta is still possible, It can also be encapsulated, a tincture can be made from the dried power, the placenta may be used for other purposes, such as placenta art, or the ritual of burial.

In working with Lynda as my doula, I also took advantage of her placenta encapsulation services, which provided me with not only a surprisingly delicious ‘placenta smoothie’ mere hours after my birth, but carefully and joyously crafted placenta capsules to sustain me during the first weeks and skillfully prepared homoeopathic remedies that will last both my son and myself for our lifetimes.
My first weeks of motherhood felt unexpectedly steady and energised. I feel that Lynda’s placenta preparations were vital to this experience.
I earnestly long for the day when placenta preparations are the standard and not viewed as extreme. We are gifted a sacred food when we birth, and it needs preparation by sacred hands. Lynda has these hands.

Gemma Davis

Naturopath, Folkklore

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