“The placenta, the root of your origin, is a miraculous organ that shares and protects your life. It is the conductor that unites you with your mother and serves as the control panel of the womb-ship that sustains you until you are born. It was conceived at the moment of your genesis…” – Ibu Robin Lim, Midwife and Author of “Placenta, the Forgotten Chakra”
The placenta is the amazing organ that supported baby for the nine or so months before birth. It does such a good job of nourishing the growing child in the womb and yet in modern hospitals it is regarded as nothing more than “medical waste” after it is born. Many other cultures, however, honour the placenta, calling it the baby’s knapsack, the baby’s first clothes or even the baby’s spirit protector. Some cultures ceremonially bury the placenta so that the child will remain connected to the land and to the community. Others use the placenta to make medicines that will restore the mother’s vitality postpartum or help return the baby to a state of balance during times of transition.
Placenta Encapsulation and other products can be made either in your home or at Alexa’s. Service involves collecting your placenta from either your home or hospital, making up your remedies, and delivering them back to you one or two days later.
All processes follow food and manufacturing hygiene guidelines as well as infection control standards for blood borne pathogens.
If you happen to have your placenta in the bottom of your freezer, you can still have it encapsulated!
Last minute enquiries welcome!
The placenta benefits the new mother by supplying incredibly rich iron, amino acids and essential fats which we believe is the perfect replenishment following the physical ordeal of birth.
The most important nutrients found in rich supply in the placenta include:
– Iron – essential for oxygen absorption in the cells
– Vitamin B6 – aids in the making of antibodies
– Vitamin E – for healing damaged skin cells
– Oxytocin hormone – essential for breastfeeding, the production and flow of milk
– Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) – responsible for reducing stress levels
– Cytokins – Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing and replacing damaged cells and tissue
Info regarding the reduction in incidents of baby blues and postnatal depression here.
For more information on the benefits of products made out of the placenta after birth please visit Placenta Remedies Network.
Encapsulation is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique. Capsules are made from your placenta with no added ingredients. With TCM, the placenta is steamed with lemon, ginger and green chilli then dehydrated. The TCM capsules are warming and are considered more ‘slow release’ and stabilizing so great further into the postpartum phase.
The Raw (simple) method is without steaming. It is particularly beneficial for women who are anemic, had blood loss, cesarean section or history of depression. Placenta is dried and ground into powder and put into empty vegetable capsules.
A placenta will make between 75 and 200 capsules.
You can also order half TCM / half raw dried placenta capsules. This provides the option to take raw capsules in the immediate post-partum period and continue with TCM capsules. The cost for preparing 50/50 capsules is an additional £25.00.
Placenta tincture is a strong remedy used for emotional, mental and psychological instability. Can be used for treating PMS and menopause. Tincture is prepared by placing a piece of raw placenta into a glass jar with alcohol for 6 weeks. Placenta is then strained off and pure placenta tincture is placed into an amber glass jar to store. Lasts indefinitely when stored properly and can also be used to success into a homeopathic placenta remedy.
Placenta essence has tremendous power to heal as it stimulates vital force and heals mother and child on energetic or vibrational level. Helps in time of distress and imbalance. Piece of placenta is tinctured in distilled water then strained off and alcohol is added to create half/half placenta water.
It can be used in times of illness, transition, emotional difficulties or hormonal imbalance. A few drops when you’re feeling like you need a lift is very powerful, as is a drop for your child when they are fretful or under the weather. This essence works through the energy of the placenta water and the vibrational properties of it and many women with PND swear by it.
Raw placenta smoothie has immediate benefits to the mother. Smoothie can be prepared within 24 hours after birth by blending a small piece of placenta with organic berries, banana, juice and water. To boost immune system after a long and difficult labour or after cesarean a handful of goji berries can be added. You will not taste the placenta in the smoothie – promise! Any leftovers of placenta smoothie must be consumed within 24 hours. (Prepared for my home birth doula clients only)
In addition to the medicinal uses, another way that we can bring back the tradition of honour and gratitude toward birth and the role of the placenta is to make artistically beautiful prints with it. Some families frame them and display their prints as art or others choose to save them as personal keepsakes. The prints are unique imprints that display the size, shape and general appearance of the placenta and also remind us why the placenta is often referred to as “The Tree of Life.” I offer this service only when you order other products too.
Your placenta powder can be mixed into many different types of creams and emulsions to make an excellent skin healer.
Placenta creams have been used by the rich and famous for many years to combat signs of aging. These creams and balms are ideal to mix with extract from your placenta. You can use your placenta cream on caesarean scars, as a nappy balm, healing cracked nipples and improving skin tone on the face.
Many report that placenta creams and balms can:
This is a natural and homemade skin care product. Ingredients include a rich base cream infused with rose essential oil. Use as a facial cream and on dry skin conditions such as eczema. Stored well, this cream will retain its healing properties for up to 12 months.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Cacao Butter, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil, Rose Esencial Oil, Vitamin E. Cream is mixed with an extract from your placenta.
This is a natural and homemade skin care product. Ingredients include a rich base cream infused with peppermint and rosemary essential oils.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Cacao Butter, Jojoba Oil, Calendula Oil, Sunflower Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Vitamin E. Cream is mixed with an extract from your placenta.
This is a natural and homemade skin care product. It is the perfect natural remedy for baby nappy rash and other inflammatory skin conditions as well as non-specific itching. It can also be used effectively with new mothers to assist healing of wound healing including C-section scars or perineal tears. You can use the balm on sore or cracked nipples, but should wipe it off before breastfeeding. Stored well, it will retain its healing properties for up to 12 months.
This balm is mixed by you with an extract from your placenta.
This massage oil is made with only the purest, gentlest ingredients to help relax you and your baby and moisturise the skin. The combination of tender massage can help strengthen the bond between you and your baby, while grapeseed oil and beeswax and vitamin E can help nourish and protect the skin.
For a soothing experience for you and your baby, sit in a warm room and heat the solid oil in your hands until liquid, then gently massage into your baby’s skin.
This balm is mixed by you with an extract from your placenta.