The placenta is a very important part of pregnancy. It sustains your baby and protects her while she’s in the womb. To celebrate this life-giving organ, many parents are using it in unusual ways after birth. Here are five strange things you can do with the placenta:
Use it as face cream
The placenta can be made into a cream or salve by adding herbs and oils to it. Believed to have healing properties, the cream is said to help with haemorrhoids, tearing, cracked nipples, sunburn, nappy rash, C-section scars, and various irritations.
Make placenta art
There are people who do this as a token of remembrance, turning the placenta in artwork with paint. Some even take this into fashion by making placenta blood shirts.
Swallow it as a pill
Some people believe the placenta has amazing health benefits, but if you can’t stomach the thought of actually eating or drinking it, you can encapsulate your placenta into pills. Speak to your doctor first before ingesting it.
Turn it into jewellery
This involves drying it out before turning it into a pendant or earrings.
Craft a teddy bear
Rather strange – and maybe not a toy for your little one – you can use the placenta to stitch a teddy bear.
Use it as fertiliser
People actually use the placenta as a fertiliser when planting a tree in honour of the birth of their little one.
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