The 11 Strangest Things To Do With Your Placenta

I’ve mentioned before that I was considering encapsulating my placenta (update: still haven’t decided), but as I was doing research for this post, I was a bit befuddled by some of the other uses of placenta. Befuddled sometimes became grossed out. Grossed out sometimes turned into morbidly curious. You get my drift.

Check out the top strangest things to do with your placenta…and warning, some may be a bit MUCH if you’re having a snack right now…

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  • Look Don’t Touch. 1 of 10
    Look Don't Touch.
    How about not cutting the cord at all? Letting everything fall off when it's good and ready is called Lotus Birth. It's also called super inconvenient.
  • It Keeps You Young. 2 of 10
    It Keeps You Young.
    Apparently human placenta may or may not be in your cosmetics. It did happen, so maybe it's still happening?
  • Dinner Time! 3 of 10
    Dinner Time!
    Yes you can just eat it. There are even recipes!
  • Everything Is Art, Right? 4 of 10
    Everything Is Art, Right?
    This is maybe kinda pretty, but I've only seen these in a midwife's office. Over the mantle? Not so sure...
  • Tree Food. 5 of 10
    Tree Food.
    Planting placenta under a tree is probably the least odd usage on this list. It still involves handling the placenta though...
  • Get Crafty. 6 of 10
    Get Crafty.
    Crafts with placenta blood. Um, yay?
  • Smoke It! 7 of 10
    Smoke It!
    At least one culture (The Tolong of the Philippines) traditionally puts the placenta in a clay pot and then smokes it. (It's a placenta peace pipe!) Afterwards, they bury the ashes.
  • Happy Pills. 8 of 10
    Happy Pills.
    I'm actually contemplating this one. But let's pretend it's not really ingesting the placenta, but just taking pills to help with PPD, mkay?
  • The Placenta Is A Twin. 9 of 10
    The Placenta Is A Twin.
    Some cultures believe the placenta is a twin, or a litttle (or big) brother of the baby. They have ritual burial and it's a big deal.
  • Baby’s First Teddy? 10 of 10
    Baby's First Teddy?
    This teddy bear has been making the rounds, have you seen it yet? Made from placenta, not leather, this bear is cut and cured with sea salt, and then made pliable with a tannin and egg mixture before transforming it into a one-of-a-kind teddy. {{shudder}}

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