7.28.2011

Organ-ic


I have posted quite a few articles in the past about the benefits of placenta consumption. Some examples are:

The response is always the same, ½ of the comments are along the lines of ‘awesome, that is too cool’, while the other ½ of the comments are ‘eeew! That is sooo gross!’.

Some go as far as to say that placenta consumption is cannibalistic.

I call that a knee-jerk reaction. Why are people so concerned about consuming a part of a human body?! You might just think that this here doula has completely lost her mind, but let’s take a look at our own daily habits:
  • Do you chew your lip? Guess what, you are consuming your own skin cells
  • Are you one of those that suck or chew on their hair? Yup, you're eating your own body. 
  • Do you kiss your spouse or partner? Guess what? You are consuming their cells
  • Do you chew your cuticles? You are biting off hunks of your own skin tissue
  • Do you kiss your children’s hands, faces, or lips? You are ingesting their tissue
  • I won't even go into oral sex...
You get the point? Our bodies are continuously sloughing off cells into our immediate environment. We are all considered cannibals if you follow this line of thought, and we are all guilty of consuming ‘gross’ things.

Let’s take it a step further; consumption does not only occur through the mouth/digestive tract. We consume many things through our skin.

If you put lotion on, your skin will absorb the nutrients, toxins, and other ingredients to be integrated into your cells and, as such, your blood stream. The same goes for cosmetics, washes and soaps, and shampoos and conditioners.

So, what does this have to do with the placenta? Many hair and skin products contain human, bovine, and ovine placenta. The ingredients would be listed as amino acids, Estrogen, or even outright placenta.

Yep, that’s right, many of you who are going ‘eew, that’s nasty to consume a human placenta in pill form or in whole form’ have no problem smearing it all over your face, body, and hair!

So, while you might gnaw on your cuticles, kiss your spouse, or coat your body in placenta, far be it from me to suggest consuming an organ that is rich in nutrients, hormones, and antioxidants, able to help your postpartum body heal, give you energy, and increase both your milk supply and milk content.

Rant over.

9 comments:

Maureen said...

I love placentas :)

mamapoekie said...

love this! will be adding this to Sunday Surf and Sharing on FB. We both seem to be in the placenta vibe this week :)

mamapoekie said...

love this! will be adding this to Sunday Surf and Sharing on FB. We both seem to be in the placenta vibe this week :)

mamapoekie said...

love this! will be adding this to Sunday Surf and Sharing on FB. We both seem to be in the placenta vibe this week :)

mamapoekie said...

love this! will be adding this to Sunday Surf and Sharing on FB. We both seem to be in the placenta vibe this week :)

mamapoekie said...

love this! will be adding this to Sunday Surf and Sharing on FB. We both seem to be in the placenta vibe this week :)

mamapoekie said...

love this! will be adding this to Sunday Surf and Sharing on FB. We both seem to be in the placenta vibe this week :)

Mia said...

I've seen the benefit first-hand. While in clinicals for nursing school, a woman on the labor and delivery unit was experiencing a postpartum hemorrhage. Luckily, she had a doula on hand, who cut of a chunk of placenta and fed it to her. While her OB/GYN was dry heaving in the corner, her bleeding slowed. She did not require a blood transfusion, and did not bleed any more than normal after that!

Zion said...

Great post. I had planned to have my placenta put into capsules, but my baby came early and I lost all organisation outside of caring for her. So after a month in the freezer I finally planted it in some woodland, with a plant over it. Next time I hope to be more efficient about it!

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