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#31 of 45 Old 12-29-2007, 03:09 AM
 
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http://www.geocities.com/virtualbirth/placenta.html


this was the recipe i used- however, when i did it i realized it isn't a recipe because they didn't tell me how much ginger, what KIND of pepper (I used one whole jalapeno) and how much lime to use (I cut a whole lime into wedges) and I used half of my ginger root so I'd have some leftover for food cooking.

that said; If i had it to do over again i would have only encapsulated half of it for on-the-go use and the rest of it i would have cut into teeny tiny chunks to swallow frozen, like a pill.

i am hearing that it has no flavor at all, and the strawberry smoothie thing works well.

baby is 3 weeks now and no ppd for me. i find that i "feel" when it's time to take one and my dosage is decreasing slowly, it went from taking 10 pills a day to now i'm onto like 4 a day. 2 at breakfast and 2 between lunch & dinner.

absolutely no PPD even in the face of some huge legitimate sudden real-life stresses
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Tell me more about placenta and milk supply. Because I always thought this was the craziest thing I ever heard of, but I'd eat chicken poop if it would enable me to EBF my next baby.

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Does anyone have any more information about encapsulating? I read that cooking/drying the placenta kills off some of the benefits. It seems like a lot of work too.
It wasn't too much work in my opinion. I bought an encapsulating machine from this website: http://www.lef.org/, the cheapest I could find, $8 plus $5 s&h, then found some veggie capsules on ebay for cheap. Then steamed my placenta, cut it into pieces, baked it on the lowest setting my oven had, then ground the pieces in the coffee grinder and filled the capsules. I did it all in one day and it probably took an hour of work. The long part was it baking in the oven and I didn't have to do anything, just wait. Try it!
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I had severe ppd with my son 7 years ago and am expecting #2 in June. Am planning to eat my placenta, but read in a previous post that you shouldn't eat it if you are on medication during labor. I'm hoping for a med-free birth, but you never know. Would this include an epidural or antibiotics if I'm B-strep + ?

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nak and haven't read all the responses yet... but wanted to add that with my placenta, dh cut it up into little pieces and froze them. Then, I popped the frozen placenta pieces like pills every so often. I took them with milk (from my own goats) or water. Never got PPD and had lots (maybe too much) energy.
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Interesting that you can use it for menopause. I should ask my mom if she wants some of mine!

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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Wow, there are a lot of brave (& smart!) women out there !!:

I have not been able to bring myself to down my placenta...so 7 months later, it still sits in the freezer. Does anyone know how long it can stay in the freezer for and still retain it's goodness?
Is there an "expiry date" in the encapsulated form?
Which state would allow it have a longer "shelf life"?

Thanks to anyone who has the answers

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Wow, there are a lot of brave (& smart!) women out there !!:

I have not been able to bring myself to down my placenta...so 7 months later, it still sits in the freezer. Does anyone know how long it can stay in the freezer for and still retain it's goodness?
Is there an "expiry date" in the encapsulated form?
Which state would allow it have a longer "shelf life"?

Thanks to anyone who has the answers

Colleen
I don't know how long it stays good. Mine was in the freezer for 6 months until I encapsulated it. I haven't taken any capsules yet b/c I don't feel I need to but I figured it would be good to have them for the next baby until I encapsulate that placenta. I won't wait as long though. They say the capsules last forever frozen so why wouldn't the placenta last a few months frozen?
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directly after the birth of dd2 i ate a peice of placenta.
i had one of my midwives take a chunk off, after examining it, then i held it under my tongue for a while, then swallowed it. it tasted like blood. and was the consistency of jello pudding.
the rest i had DH slice thin and dry on a low temp in a dehydrator, three days later when it was done her used a coffee grinder to mill it fine, then we capsulated it and i took three a day for a few weeks, then down to two a day for a few weeks, then at 3mo i went down to 1 a day, and now at 5mo i only take them when i need them. if i am feeling ppd-ish i take two with a big glass of water and a snack.
it helps alot!

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rellorba...thank you for your reply...

I have noticed that there are several recipes for cooking the placenta, but wondering your process after frozen. Would you be able to break down the stages of what you did to encapsulate?
i am guessing: - thaw, dehydrate in oven (for how long?), Do you add spices/anything?, fine grind in coffee grinder, put into capsules somehow....
am I on the right track?

Pretty cool that the encapsulated form keeps indefinitely in the freezer!

Thanks again

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I just had to go with the research I could find online. I followed the "recipe" for Dehydrating your placenta" on this website except I didn't add anything extra like they say to and I dehydrated on my lowest oven setting.

I got the 00 encapsulating machine from this website and I found the 00 veggie capsules for cheap on eBay. The encapsulating part was kind of messy. The first few times were a breeze and then I started having some problems. Maybe it got jammed from excess crumbs and I should have cleaned it out. That part also smelled the worst to me because I had to be in such close proximity to it.

Steaming and dehydrating weren't as awful as I thought it would be. Grinding it in the coffee grinder was easier than I thought but it let the aroma out and I couldn't take the smell for too long. Thankfully that part went quickly.

Then I put all the capsules in a ziploc bag and into the freezer it went! I don't know if this is everything you wanted to know so feel free to ask more questions if you need to! Hope I helped!
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i didnt steam mine. i wanted to keep all the hormones, and those are one of the things lost in high heat.

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Another use...

I had my placenta encapsulated (after I ate a smoothie) and saved a couple dozen of the pills. I just had a pg loss and they're helping in the recovery from that as well. Just thought I'd share.
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Rellorba....

Thank you for your details! I have ordered the encapsulating machine with capsules...I have high hopes on being able to stomach the process!

Another placenta question: Have you heard of other reasons why to injest a placenta other than for hormonal issues (ie postpartum dep./menopause)?

Thanks again!
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