The placenta may be a bit gnarly looking– it’s a big, blood-filled, vascular blob. But it’s an impressive organ. It’s sustained your baby for 40 weeks, providing oxygen and nutrients and it’s a fairly literal symbol for the enmeshed connection between mother and baby. For these reasons, and the practical fact that a pungent, blood-filled organ needs to be properly disposed of so as to not attract vultures and the like, many past cultures have had ceremonial rituals for the placenta. In a modern American hospital birth the placenta is placed somewhat unceremoniously into a blue bucket on the floor. At some point it is taken away. This seems to be a fine idea for most people, but some others are interested in paying homage to the mighty organ.
I’ve long been fascinated by the placenta if only because bodily functions and organs tend to inspire both good jokes and a fair amount of awe. So, on that note (reverent, but not entirely serious) here are six cool, crafty, possibly bogus, potentially healing things you can do with yours:
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