Disclaimer: I am not a physician and this should not be constituted as medical advice.
I've decided to share a little about one of my experiences with postpartum depression and how placenta tincture saved me in the end. It's hard to talk about, but the need for new parents to know they aren't alone trumps that.
I learned about placenta encapsulation after a very rough bout of postpartum depression. With the next kiddo, I dove into placenta encapsulation with open arms. And then with the kiddo after that, a friend came over and processed it for me. She included a tincture, though admittedly I knew nothing about them at the time. Fast forward 4 years and I found myself with newborn twins and even worse postpartum depression than the first time I had experienced it. I had prepared my placenta in my usual way- frozen raw in quarter sized pieces for daily consumption. It helped noticeably. I still spent a fair amount of time crying, but my husband could tell if I had had my placenta smoothie or not. Sadly, the number of pieces left got lower and lower. Once I ran out, the depression completely consumed me. I was able to meet everyone's most basic needs, sans my own, and that was about it. Reluctantly, I finally broke down and gave pharmaceuticals a try. After about 2 weeks I started feeling a little better. Slowly I got a little hope. Then on the 3rd week, I experienced a delayed allergic reaction. The little hope I had acquired quickly diminished.
A few weeks later I was rummaging through the supplement shelf and found a dark blue amber bottle- the placenta tincture my friend had made me. It hit me so hard, I couldn't believe I had forgotten about it. I immediately took several drops and within an hour or so I could feel a difference. The relief I experienced was incredible. The depression slowly lifted while I continued to take a much more reasonable dosage for a few weeks and then tapered off of it completely.
So what is the tincture? Quite simply, It is a piece of raw placenta suspended in 100 proof vodka (Other methods are available if you need to avoid alcohol for any reason). The tincture sits for six weeks, then can be consumed. The tincture is very powerful, just one drop is the equivalent of approximately one placenta capsule!
Utilizing this method can extend the "life" of your placenta supplement by quite some time and it never spoils. It can be used for subsequent postpartum, PMS, menopause and anytime in between that your hormones need a little help balancing. For those who experience mood disorders outside of the childbearing year as well as those who are prone to postpartum depression, the tincture can extend the use of the placenta from several weeks/a few months (just capsules) to over a year depending on dosage and frequency of dosage.
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PS: The tincture can be made from your already dehydrated and encapsulated placenta as well!