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How to Encapsulate a Placenta

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

So you want to encapsulate a placenta but not sure where to start? There are a few different methods you can choose from however whatever method you select, the benefits remain the same. The method shared here is known as the steamed method and is actually rather simple to do.


  • A fresh placenta – You want to encapsulate a placenta as soon after birth as possible. Once the placenta has been birthed immediately place it in a glass bowl with a lid and store in the refrigerator. It can remain there for up to 72hrs before being encapsulated.
  • A capsule machine – You can generally find them on-line  for under $20. Or perhaps borrow one from a friend for free. This is the one I use.
  • Capsules – There are several different sizes so be sure to purchase the size capsule that fits your capsule machine. Standard size is “O” or “OO”.  You can buy gelatin or vegetarian capsules. I recommended vegetarian capsules, as the gelatins ones are greatly affected by temperature and are more likely to stick together. Capsules can be ordered online or might be available at your local natural foods/vitamin store. It is likely you will need more than 100 capsules per placenta so keep that in mind when purchasing. It really, really stinks to run out of capsules during the encapsulation process.
  • Gloves – You may choose not to wear gloves if you are handling your own placenta. However if you are handling another person’s placenta, you will want gloves. Having a few pair to use throughout the process is helpful.
  • Glass cutting board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Tongs
  • Fresh ginger, lemongrass, peppercorns
  • Food dehydrator OR
  • Cookie sheet if using oven at a low temperature for dehydration
  • Blender, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle
  • Glass cup
  • Glass plate
  • Garbage bag
  • A CLEAN work space


1. Gather all materials and prepare your workspace.

2. Take a minute to take a deep breath and honor the sacred work you are about to do. I generally say a small blessing over the placenta to send loving energy to mama and baby.

3. Begin by removing cord and membranes from placenta. Cord may be set aside to make a cord keepsake. Otherwise dispose of membrane and cord.

4. Fill pot with water, sliced ginger root, lemongrass, and peppercorns. Bring to a soft boil. Add placenta. Cover and steam until you can pierce the placenta and no more blood comes out.

5. Remove from pot and slice into thin slices.

6. Place placenta slices in food dehydrator or on cookie sheet in oven set on lowest temperature. Time will vary depending on how thick the slices, temperature, method, etc. but expect this part to take approximately 8 to 12 hrs.

7. Grind dried placenta slices into a powder using a blender, clean coffee grinder, or by hand with a mortar and pestle.

8. Fill empty capsules with placenta powder per instructions on your capsule machine. I use the glass cup to pour placenta powder into capsules and the glass plate underneath to catch any loose powder.


9. Store placenta pills in a glass jar in the freezer.

A little care package for a new mama: placenta pills, red raspberry leaf tea, and a cord keepsake

Suggested dosage: Take 2 or 3 placenta pills (depending on what size capsule was used) a day for the first several weeks post birth. Then take one a day or take as needed/desired.

Silent Saturday: Summer Adventures (Thanks to our BobaAir)

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

A year later and our BobaAir is still getting lots of lovin’…

I am really enjoying hiking with my 32lbs, 2.5 year old this summer! What are you enjoying about Summer 2013?!?





Silent Saturday: A Proper Tea Party

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

You may remember this post about my boys and their Neti Pot Tea Party? Well we recently went to England where we learned how to host a proper tea party.

Upon returning to the US, we went to our favorite thrift store in search of a tea set. A half hour and $15 later we left the store with 2 tea sets, 10 cloth napkins, 3 shirts, a little bag of random toy guys, and a tech deck skateboard ramp (it was .99cents!). Have I mentioned how much I LOVE thrift stores? 🙂

Abraham (4) was most excited about our tea party and insisted on setting the table himself:


We also hit up Trader Joe’s for some goodies to accompany our tea party. Here’s the spread:

Our friends arrived shortly after and the tea party was a success!

I am happy to report I foresee many more tea parties in our future, sans Neti Pot of course. 😉



A Season of Change…

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

I am excited to let you all know that we are going to be doing some remodeling around here! Here’s the scoop..

You all know how much I love working at Mom’s Milk Boutique as a Social Media Coordinator, right? I have shared multiple times how blessed I feel to be a part of the Mom’s Milk Boutique team. While I still very much enjoy my role here, I am also feeling the need for a shift within my own family. As my children seem to be growing older by the hour, I want to fully enjoy the gift of time I have with them right now.  After appraising my daily tasks and responsibilities, I developed a strong desire to decrease the amount of time I am on the computer. This can be a bit problematic when your job requires you to be on a computer. Mmmm, what do to?

I approached Abbie (co-owner of Mom’s Milk Boutique) and shared with her what was on my mind and in my heart.  After some discussion, it was decided that a remodel of Breastfeed.Babywear.ClothDiapering just might be a great idea. Cha-cha-changes!

Now let me assure you I am not going to disappear altogether. I love it here way too much for that! I will still pop in to write an occasional blog post from time to time as well as remain active on the Mom’s Milk Boutique Facebook page; however it is time for me to pass on the torch to another mama…or perhaps mamas? Now THIS is the part I am most excited to share with you all….

Mom’s Milk Boutique is accepting applications for new blog authors! If you are a mama with breastfeeding, babywearing, and cloth diapering experience that enjoys sharing ideas and is looking for very part-time, flexible, work from home income…well then THIS is the dream job for you!

We are looking for a variety of talent to contribute to the Mom’s Milk Boutique so I definitely encourage you to apply if your interest is peaked. Simply click HERE to fill out an application.

Before signing off, I want to thank you all for an incredibly awesome experience here…YOU all are what made Breastfeed.Babywear.ClothDiapering  a great place to be! Much love and gratitude to all!


Silent Saturday: Celebrating Motherhood!

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

To all our awesome mama fans and readers…

Hope your Mother’s Day is filled with much love and laughter!!


PS. The photo above is the photo we used in our Grandma Gifts. 🙂