The process of making your own placenta capsules is simple. The traditional Chinese method, in which the placenta is gently cleaned and steamed along with various herbs) is the oldest and most common method done today. It’s also the most trusted method and a lot safer than using raw placenta, which if improperly handled, could be contaminated with bacteria or other nasty stuff. There are however, some very strong proponents of using raw placenta as well. Some believe that the steaming process of the Chinese method destroys the vital nutrients and hormones of the placenta. Both methods work well when properly prepared, but for first timers the traditional Chinese method is recommended. Steaming with herbs is optional but including herbs is believed by some to enhance the effects. The most popular additives are frankincense, myrrh, ginger and lemon. The process usually is done over two days. On the first day, It is washed and steamed and the drying process is started. On the second day the dried material will be ground and put into capsules.
Raw placenta must be chilled or frozen if the process can’t begin within 2 days. If the placenta is not refrigerated, bacteria growth will occur and ingestion of this placenta could cause food poisoning or worse. If a mother has an infection or disease it’s not recommended to keep the placenta. Ciggarettes and illegal drugs also make a placenta unsuitable and it’s not recommended for consumption. The placenta can be frozen for a little 6 months. Any longer and it must be assumed to be spoiled and unsuitable for the encapsulation process. If you would like to keep the placenta frozen you can, but once it thaws you must quickly dehydrate or cook the placenta. Putting it back into the fridge after thawing will cause rapid spoilage.
- Gloves (a brand new pair of dish washing gloves work really well for this purpose because they help you keep a little grip while slicing the placenta)
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife (for removing the umbilical cord
- Food Dehydrator (make sure it has a heating element, thermostat and fan.)
- Blender, Food Processor or Coffee Grinder (coffee grinders cannot be totally diassembled and properly sanitized after use, and would need to be tossed out when you’re done.
- Steamer Basket/Steam Rack/Rice Steamer (any thing you can use to steam food with thats big enough for your placenta)
- Empty Gel Capsules
- Capsule Filler (optional but highly recommended)
- A Placenta (Fresh is best)
Wash the outside of the placenta thoroughly with cold water and remove the membrane. Use a sharp knife and remove the umbilical cord. You can dehydrate the cord and save it as a keepsake if you like. Carefully and gently squeeze the placenta and work the blood inside of it towards the umbilical opening. Try to drain out as much blood as possible. This can be a tricky especially with gloved hands. Rinse the placenta inside and out until its clean and water from the umbilical opening runs clear. Load it up into a Steamer Basket or a good steaming rack and steam for 30-40 min. After placenta has cooled, cut it into thin strips. Cut the strips as thin as you can and not too long to fit into the grinder later, keeping in mind that the strips will shrink some as they dry. This increases surface area and the placenta will dry faster and ensure proper, even dehydration.
We will use a food dehydrator to dry our placenta strips. Load the strips into your food dehydrator and set the temp at 110 degrees. Let the dehydrator run overnight or about 8-14 hrs. depending on how thin your strips are. Another option if you don’t have a dehydrator is to use your oven. This method is not precise and if improperly performed, could produce bad results or even sickness. If you decide to use the oven make sure your temps are stable and even in different areas! After the dehydration process, your placenta strips should be totally dry and crispy. If you can bend it at all then it’s not dry yet.
Now we’re ready to make placenta powder. Load 3-4 small pieces at a time into your blender or food processor. I use a Vitamix blender, very expensive but I’ve had mine for 7 years and it still works great. When using a coffee grinder, you dont want to overload it. It make take a couple minutes to grind into a fine powder depending on the size of the pieces. Make sure your grinder isn’t getting too hot. You may have to let it cool a bit in between loads. You should have a fine powder with no chunks. Now your ready to fill your capsules. We will be using size ’00’ empty gel capsules. I usually buy 1000 at a time because they’re cheap and I fill the capsules with other things too. You can fill your capsules by hand but it can be messy and very tedious. There are a few different capsule filling products
available. I use "The Capsule Machine"
It makes the process 10x faster and it’s easy to use. Just fill up the two plastic molds with your capsule halves, fill them placenta powder, press them together, and repeat until you run out of powder.
The average placenta will provide 150-200 pills, but the number of pills will vary depending on how large the placenta is. The standard dosage is two capsules and it should be taken three times a day within the first 2 weeks. Then gradually lessen the dosage after that period. The capsules can be stored for a long time but must be refrigerated! Placenta encapsulation is an easy and low cost process and the benefits are 10 times worth the effort.