by Sara Arrate
the Author: Sara Arrate (http://www.soulbirths.com/about) Full Circle Placenta, CD(DONA), Breastfeeding Educator certification
Sara Arrate and I have a passion for placentas and birth. My journey started after the birth of my son. I came to understand just how important the birth process is to a woman. I also developed a deep love and appreciation for this beautiful organ known as the placenta and how much healing power it possesses. I wanted to be able to share this with other women in my community.
I am a Full Circle Placenta trained specialist as well as a DONA trained doula. I also hold my Breastfeeding Educator certification.
At Soul Births I am focused on providing service with the highest level of customer satisfaction & I will do everything I can to exceed your expectations.
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During pregnancy the placenta produces many hormones including a natural stress relieving hormone known to help balance the body called Cortisone.
Here are some of the other amazing hormones your placenta contains and how they can help in healing your body postpartum:
- Oxytocin: The feel good or “love” hormone
- Interferon- Stimulates the immune system to fight off infection
- Anti- Inflammatory properties
- Hemoglobin- Replenishes Iron
- Urokinase inhibiting factor an factor XIII- Lessons bleeding and promotes faster healing
- Prolactin- Stimulates healthy mammary function and milk production
You may be wondering. What is the best way to consume my placenta for maximum healing. The answer to that question is in multiple ways. There are five main ways in which I recommend using your placenta for healing
Raw Placenta Smoothie -
a walnut sized piece of RAW placenta in form of a delicious and nutritious smoothie post birth.
The taste is just like a regular smoothie no after taste if you are concerned. The benefits of consuming your placenta this way include an immediate feeling of balancing and energy, internal wound healing,and lessoning of postpartum bleeding (lochia). This will also help hold you over until your placenta pills are ready.
RAW/ TCM Placenta Encapsulation(pills)-
The RAW method is based on the theory that RAW foods not heated to a temperature over 125F will have retain their maximum nutrient content. After the dehydration process your placenta is lovingly placed into capsules.
The TCM or “warm” method is based on Traditional Chinese medicine belief that only things that are warm or steamed should enter the body for optimal healing. Your placenta is steamed with fresh ginger then dehydrated and placed into capsules. Placenta pills are most beneficial 6-8 weeks postpartum. For the best results you want to start taking them by day three when your body realizes there is no longer a baby in your womb. They can help transition you into the fourth trimester by keeping baby blues and postpartum depression at bay,increasing your milk supply, replenishing iron supplies, and offering a constant flow of oxytocin long after your birth euphoria ends.
Placenta Tincture -
This powerful remedy will last lifetime. A walnut sized piece of placenta is placed in 95% alcohol mixture and steeps there to create a remedy that can be beneficial for both mother and baby. Mom can use this potent remedy for all types of hormone balancing from PMS to Menopause. If you have a daughter she can use it during her moon cycles as well.
Homeopathic Immunity /Teething Pellets -This would be the best way for your baby to get all the healing power of a a tincture in a safe, easy way. A small portion of tincture is taken to make a Mother tincture. This is then used to create pellets which can be given to baby to boost immunity or in times of stress and transition.
Placenta Salve -
An all organic healing balm is made from Comfrey, plantain oil, almond oil, and freshly dried calendula flowers. The balm can be used to heal Cesarian scars,cracked nipples, eczema,diaper rash and sunburns.
If you are feeling adventurous Raw dark chocolate placenta truffles, chia seed puddings and almost anything else you can imagine can be created from your beautiful placenta to give you the best postpartum healing experience possible.