In our society, we generally do not give much thought as to what happens to the placenta following birth. Generally speaking, the placenta is regarded as waste, and therefore, treated as such. But what if I told you that the placenta, your very own placenta, is an incredible source of medicine for both you, and your child? What if I told you that you must consume your own placenta in order to experience the benefits of this particular form of medicine? Placenta consumption? Now that oughta’ raise a few brows!
It is called Placentophagy: the act of eating placenta. Most placental mammals participate in placentophagy. Now why would someone want to consume something that is generally regarded as biological waste? Because the placenta is an extremely looked-over source of vitamins, minerals, and a rich source of iron and in a dried form has been an ingredient in Chinese medicines known as “Zi He Che” for centuries. It contains within it the hormones produced by the mother’s own body, such as Estrogen, Prolactin, Oxytocin, Cortisol, and high levels of CRH (Coticotropin-releasing hormone), all of which can help with balancing out the hormones during menopause.
Historically, placenta is prepared raw in smoothies, or cooked in a little garlic and onion, in order to make it palatable. But, the good news is that ingesting placenta just became easier through the increasingly popular form of placenta encapsulation. The placenta is cleaned, washed, dehydrated, powdered, and put into capsules for easy consumption. A woman can do this herself or hire an angel called a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist!
Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation:
* Helps replenish lost nutrients.
* Increases milk production.
* Helps curb postpartum depression.
* Slows postpartum hemorrhage/restores blood following hemorrhage.
* Can be used to sprinkle under child’s tongue in order to assist in separation anxiety.
* Used in prevention of many common complaints associated with menopause, as the capsules can be kept in the freezer for up to 40 years!
Who would have thought?!
In parts of Indonesia and Africa, the placenta is regarded as a baby’s twin and protector of life, and therefore, ceremonially buried under a tree in honor of that child. And if you ever get the chance to visually study a placenta you will see a familiar tree like pattern vein side up. They are beautiful.
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Hail to the incredibly gorgeous life-sustaining placenta!
Image Credit: Placenta Apothecary