I have since mastered both the steamed method as well as the raw method of encapsulation as well as salve and tincture preparation. I prefer the raw method as I believe the placenta loses some of its valuable properties in the steaming process. I am also Lifeguard Certified which includes Certification in safe practices/preventing transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens.
The photo's below (shared with permission) show all stages of the process of raw encapsulation.
Salve is created by adding about a teaspoon of the powdered placenta to a blend of coconut oil, olive oil, bees wax, lavender (or another scent) essential oil, in proper proportions and then letting it cool. It can be applied to the skin to promote healing of cuts, bruises, scars, irritation, etc.
Tincture is prepared separately with raw pieces of the placenta/cord/membranes steeping/swirling in alcohol for 6 weeks, it is then strained with cheese cloth to create an infusion that can be used homeopathically for hormonal balance and well being for years to come. I will prepare the tincture and provide instructions for you to follow after the mixture is through infusing/steeping.
Although there is not a great deal of scientific research on the subject...yet...the reported benefits from women who have used the placenta in the form of pills, salve, and tincture have been overwhelmingly positive. As Placentophagy grows in popularity throughout the birthing community, I know there will be more studies performed and don't have any doubt that it will come to be scientifically proven as beneficial. Here are a few articles and reports on the subject of the medicinal use of the placenta for post partum well-being.
http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/109605/Eating_Your_Placenta_Offers_Serious health benefits.
Additionally, here are a few articles/blogs from women who have had their placenta encapsulated, and shared their experiences, again both pro's and con's:
I carry Red Cross Certification for Lifeguarding which includes Blood-borne Pathogens training, for your safety...and mine. I never have more than ONE placenta being processed at a time. I am also happy to process the placenta in your home if preferred!
The turn around for these services will be roughly 36-48 hours.
The cost is of encapsulation is $250.00. I don't charge extra for pick-up/delivery.
2 tins of salve is an additional $40
8oz bottle of tincture is $50 for the supplies/prep.