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JorgieGirl's Avatar JorgieGirl 02:35 PM 01-05-2010
I have been on the lookout for someone who can encapsulate this next placenta but living in a small town, not very close to the big city anymore, I've come up with nothing.

The placentabenefits website doesn't offer their DIY kits anymore, plus they don't ship to Canada even if they did.

Does anyone have any info or resources for someone who wants to do this on their own?

1babysmom's Avatar 1babysmom 08:56 PM 01-05-2010

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JorgieGirl's Avatar JorgieGirl 09:00 PM 01-05-2010
oh, wow, thank you! I'm so glad it can be done for so cheap and by myself. I'll have to head to the natural food store to pick up some capsules.
cocoanib's Avatar cocoanib 10:46 PM 01-05-2010
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I know that someone here has links to a few blogs about people doing it themselves. This is how I did it, though...

I removed all the membranes and the cord, then I steamed it (I will not steam it next time...some of the instructions I read recommended steaming, others didn't...I didn't choose to do it for any real reason, I just did But next time I will skip that part). I did that for just a short time, then I cut it into smaller, thin slices to dehydrate it. (again, I will skip this next time and just blend it up) I dehydrated it in my oven at 200 degrees and it only took like 4.5 hours to dry enough to "snap". Then I put it in the food processor and then the coffee grinder (to get it as fine as possible). I filled my capsules (size "00" I believe) by hand, with a straw. I ended up with about 130ish capsules total (and actually didn't use a small part of the placenta that I'd left in the bag, but by that point I figured no way was I going to keep going ). Total cost was about $6 (just the cost of the capsules) and it took me about 5-6 hours total.

Hope that helps!
Awesome!
I was going to have this done, but it was too expensive, so I figured I would just freeze chunks and do smoothies.
I would love to encapsulate part of it, if I can though.
You make it sound so easy! maybe I can do this.

I have a couple questions.
Why won't you cut it up before dehydrating next time?
I have a dehydrator, do you think that would work as well?
Was there a smell or odor while the placenta was dehydrating?
1babysmom's Avatar 1babysmom 10:53 PM 01-05-2010

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Nicole730's Avatar Nicole730 11:36 PM 01-06-2010
How many capsules did you take? 1 a day until they ran out?
organicpapayamama's Avatar organicpapayamama 01:25 PM 01-07-2010
I was in a similar situation. There was only one specialist in my area but she was a mw and unless she is my mw she doesnt do it. So I had no one to do it for me. I contacted the placenta benefits site and they said that if no one is in your area you CAN buy the DIY kit. I ordered it and got it in the mail a few weeks ago even though its not listed for sale on their site. You have to email them to ask to buy it. Its on a case by case bases. Its states that on their site.
http://shop.placentabenefits.info/products.asp?cat=10
scroll to the bottom of that page and it tell you how to order.
JorgieGirl's Avatar JorgieGirl 05:38 PM 01-07-2010
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Originally Posted by organicpapayamama View Post
I was in a similar situation. There was only one specialist in my area but she was a mw and unless she is my mw she doesnt do it. So I had no one to do it for me. I contacted the placenta benefits site and they said that if no one is in your area you CAN buy the DIY kit. I ordered it and got it in the mail a few weeks ago even though its not listed for sale on their site. You have to email them to ask to buy it. Its on a case by case bases. Its states that on their site.
http://shop.placentabenefits.info/products.asp?cat=10
scroll to the bottom of that page and it tell you how to order.
The thing is, I'm in Canada and they don't ship here.

Either way, I'm pumped to do it myself this other way...so much less expensive! That works for me!
cocoanib's Avatar cocoanib 09:15 PM 01-07-2010
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Cutting it felt a little weird...kinda cannabalistic. I just think it would be so much easier (and likely retain so much more of the "good stuff") to just blend it raw and pour it out to dehydrate it. I think a dehydrator was what was recommended to use, I just didn't have one at the time. I do have one now and will probably use it for the next time. There was a slight smell at first but it wasn't really that bad or that strong, and it could have just been from while it was steaming. I did it while DH wasn't home so he couldn't complain about it the whole time. I've heard the smell is comparable to liver, but I've never had liver so I can't say.
Thanks for the info

Dh actually offered to drink the first smoothie with me, so I guess he's really a cannibal.
cocoanib's Avatar cocoanib 09:18 PM 01-07-2010
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Originally Posted by organicpapayamama View Post
I was in a similar situation. There was only one specialist in my area but she was a mw and unless she is my mw she doesnt do it. So I had no one to do it for me. I contacted the placenta benefits site and they said that if no one is in your area you CAN buy the DIY kit. I ordered it and got it in the mail a few weeks ago even though its not listed for sale on their site. You have to email them to ask to buy it. Its on a case by case bases. Its states that on their site.
http://shop.placentabenefits.info/products.asp?cat=10
scroll to the bottom of that page and it tell you how to order.
I'll see if they let me get it. Is it worth it? What all does it include?
ColwynsMommy's Avatar ColwynsMommy 12:04 AM 01-08-2010
How on earth would you dehydrate (in an oven) a placenta puree? I mean.. huh. Would you line a baking pan with tin foil? Or just scrape it out? Huh.

I'd really like to do this.. I would have done it with Fiona but there was a heat wave immediately after her birth and the thought of cooking placenta in my already steamy kitchen was just.. yuck.
1babysmom's Avatar 1babysmom 12:17 AM 01-08-2010
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JennTheMomma's Avatar JennTheMomma 01:14 PM 01-08-2010
My Midwife and her assistant are going to help me encapsulate my placenta. I've seen a few recipes online, they are all pretty much the same.
evdakia's Avatar evdakia 02:57 AM 01-22-2010
You may want to check out this directory of independent placenta preparers:

http://www.avoidthebabyblues.com
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