If your baby's handprint or footprint isn't enough to commemorate their birth, then you might just be in luck. A service now allows you to have a keepsake print of your placenta on paper. The placenta is washed, prepared and printed with the "natural placenta blood" to display the "size, shape and general appearance" of the placenta on acid-free paper ready for framing. Eat your heart out, Bob Ross.
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The placenta teddy bear is "a crafty alternative for those who don't necessarily want to eat their baby's placenta, but want to pay their respects to the life-sustaining organ by turning it into a one-of-a-kind teddy bear." The placenta is treated with sea salt, tannin and egg yolk before it can be made all cuddly and cute. No word on whether the teddy bear comes bearing a coupon for the therapy the child might need after learning where their lovey comes from.
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Cut the kale. Quit the quinoa. Read the description, and you'll realize that placenta is really nature's most complete food — and not just for your baby. "Your placenta is perfectly made for you, by you," say the folks at Fruit of the Womb. The claim is that eating your placenta in pill form with help ease the baby blues, boost breast milk supply, balance your system and increase energy levels. Experts, however, don't necessarily agree. As long as you're cool with storing an organ in a zip-lock bag in the fridge before it can be put into capsule form, recovery will be yours for the taking.
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Sure, you can go the placenta-pill route. But that means you're missing out on the flavor and texture of an organ once housed inside your body. Some sites offer recipes so you can cook up your placenta and serve it with a side salad (or some fava beans and a nice chianti — whichever). There's placenta lasagna (the organ is used in lieu of a layer of cheese), juice (it mixes nicely with V8, apparently), stew (but only if you can stomach it in "bite-size chunks") and pizza (but only if you have a way to grind the placenta down into the sauce to use as a sausage substitute). Bon appétit!
More powerful than the purse that just contains your wallet, this velvet placenta bag is "suitable as a placenta cover while your Lotus Baby is transitioning, and is lovely to keep the preserved placenta in once your baby has been Lotus Born." Bonus: It's made from non-slip fabric with a convenient drawstring, although not included is the absorbent cloth needed to soak up all of your natural juices.
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Missing the placenta on the inside? Wear it on the outside! "Small bits of your own dehydrated placenta are placed inside jewelry-quality resin held in a small sterling silver dish" to make this custom preserved placenta pendant keepsake. Because if you can't eat it or stuff it, why not just wear it?
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If human placenta isn't your thing, maybe cow placenta is the way to go. Billed as "an extra-rich formula" that combines "two of nature's most complete hair conditioners [including bovine placenta]" in order to "strengthen and repair dry, brittle, lifeless hair," Henna 'n' Placenta might be the answer to your hair prayers. If its other parts are good enough to go between your hamburger bun, then why shouldn't this part be fitting for your scalp?
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