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Placenta Encapsulation Supplies

Those wishing to encapsulate a placenta will need placenta encapsulation supplies for cleaning and setup, preparing the placenta for dehydration, dehydration, and filling capsules with placenta powder.

Placenta encapsulators new to the business, use this list of placenta encapsulation supplies to start your business. For those interested in DIY placenta encapsulation, you will also find this post helpful as it gently walks through the entire encapsulation process, however, you’ll likely only need the six piece placenta encapsulation kit.

Below is a picture of my placenta supply cabinet where I keep most everything needed to encapsulate a placenta safely, minus my favorite placenta cooler. 🙂

white cabinet with two shelves and bottom drawer full of placenta encapsulation supplies

Placenta Encapsulation Supplies for Step 1: Cleaning and Setup

Use the following supplies for cleaning and setting up the workspace for placenta encapsulation.

  • Gloves are an important part of placenta encapsulation supplies. The gloves protect the body from potential blood born pathogens and harsh chemicals. Put gloves when starting the cleaning process.
  • Each placenta process requires a new sponge. You don’t need a fancy sponge for placenta encapsulation!
  • Antibacterial soap is an integral part of the cleaning and disinfecting process when encapsulating placentas. Also, this is the soap to wash your hands with.
  • Use bleach for every placenta encapsulated. Submerge all supplies in a water/bleach mix after they washing in antibacterial soap. Also, make a spray bottle bleach/water solution to spray surfaces and other equipment used.
  • Use disinfectant wipes when cleaning and disinfecting before and after placenta encapsulation. After you wash your work space with hot soapy water, wipe everything down with disinfecting wipes.
  • I use paper towels to dry my disinfected and cleaned placenta encapsulation supplies. I also use them to dry my hands after washing them with antibacterial soap.

Step 2: Preparing the Placenta

Use the following supplies to prepare the placenta for encapsulation with a rinse, removing the umbilical cord, steam, and slicing for dehydration.

  • I use this colander for placenta encapsulation when I am rinsing the placenta after the initial inspection. If the placenta is getting a vinegar rinse for meconium staining, that happens here too.
  • A sharp knife is essential when you are slicing a placenta. The thinner the pieces, the faster the dehydrating time will be.
  • I use a stainless steel pot because it’s easy to scrub and clean. This 3 quart pot is wide enough to fit a placenta for steaming. A glass lid is a must, so you can see into the pot without removing the lid. I gently steam the placenta on very low heat over ginger, a hot pepper and a sliced lemon.
  • Use these tongs to pick up the steamed placenta and place it on the chux pad to cool.
  • A glass cutting board works well because it can be reused again and again without worry of not being able to get clean.
  • Place the placenta on an underpad/chux pad before steaming to clean it up for a photo. After the steaming process, place the placenta on an additional chug pad while it cools. I’m usually able to squeeze a lot of excess fluids into these absorbent underpad. I love these things!
  • I don’t steam the placenta on my kitchen stove. Instead, I use a countertop burner, or a hot plate, to bring the placenta up to temperature. I find this to be a better way to control the cleanliness and sanitation throughout the encapsulation process.

Step 3: Dehydrating the Placenta

Use the following placenta dehydrator to dehydrate the placenta. Once the placenta is dehydrated it can be ground into a powder.

  1. NESCO FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator
    $86.48 ($0.01 / Ounce)

    The best dehydrator for placenta encapsulation is one where you can regulate the temperature and that has a top mounted fan. I use 160 degrees for the placenta, and a lower temperature to dehydrate capsules before placing them in the capsule machine. It's important to use dehydrator with a top mounted fan for placenta encapsulation because the alternative, an enclosed fan dehydrator, cannot be cleaned and sanitized properly.

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  2. NESCO Clear Plastic Fruit Roll Sheets for Food Dehydrators
    $9.99 ($5.00 / Count)

    Make sure to buy a dehydrator for placenta encapsulation with 2 fruit roll sheets. Cleanup is easy when sliced placenta dehydrates on a fruit roll sheet.

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Step 4: Filling Capsules with Placenta Powder

Use the following supplies to create a placenta powder and put into capsules.

  1. Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Set

    Use this to grind the dehydrated placenta into a fine powder. It's important to use a grinder/blender cup that can be removed from the base to be cleaned and sanitized.

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  2. Pyrex Smart Essentials 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set

    Use three glass bowls for placenta encapsulation. Glass is easy to clean. The smallest bowl holds the placenta powder, another holds empty capsules, and the third holds the filled capsules.

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  3. NOW Supplements Empty Vegetarian Capsules Double "00", 750 Veg Capsules
    $16.94 ($0.02 / Count)

    Vegetarian capsules are the way to go! I prefer size "0" because pills are smaller and easier to swallow. Also, when pills are smaller it's easier to adjust dosing.

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  4. Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil, 30 Sqft

    Before grinding the placenta line the work space with foil. This helps to be able to see clearly any placenta powder that has fallen on the counter. Make sure to use every spec of placenta powder!

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Step 5: Packaging Placenta Pills

If you are planning to encapsulating placentas for a living, you’ll need to consider the materials for packaging the final product. Use the following supplies to package placenta pills and the dried umbilical cord.

  • I use kraft bags to deliver the placenta pills in.
  • 8 ounce amber glass jars with screw top lids are perfect for storing encapsulated placenta pills.
  • Put the dehydrated umbilical cord in these 5×7 muslin bags.
  • I usually put some sort of gift with the finished placenta pills. I typically pick from Mother Love products, because they’re amazing.
A table full of placenta encapsulation supplies.
placenta encapsulation cord

Placenta Encapsulation Supplies Total Cost

This list of placenta encapsulation supplies used to start a placenta encapsulation business will cost less than $600, but will obviously vary based on what someone already has on hand. For example, you may already have a pot with a lid, a knife, tongs, etc, that you could remove from your kitchen and put in your supply closet. Now you don’t need to buy those things. That being said, the cost of placenta encapsulation will average somewhere between $250-$350 so most will almost cover their startup costs after two encapsulated placentas. Not bad!


Tuesday 4th of October 2022

Hi. Thank you for this great info. I wanted to know if anyone who has an encapsulation business is concerned about getting placenta into our home through the dehydration process. Where do you dehydrate? In a specific area set aside? The garage? I see you are concerned and wearing a mask when you encapsulate. Which makes sense. Kinda like putting the lid down to flush after a bowel movement.


Monday 26th of April 2021

Wow wow wow this article is amazing thank you so much. I am planning to start up a placenta business just like this would you mind letting me know if as a mother you juggling motherhood and work do you find this to be difficult to do and on average per annum how much would you say one could achieve if doing this as their only source of income. Also, when starting up, how did you first begin marketing yourself? I’m based in the UK and was thinking maybe starting up with just social media? Any info would be amazing, I’m a new mother recently made redundant but definitely business minded.

Thanks so much!

Brittany A Sinkler

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

Thank you for this incredible informative article!!!!!!!!

Jessica Johnson

Monday 15th of June 2020

Hi, I used this list when I first started out as a placenta specialist. Thank you for putting this list together. I do want to ask about the frankincense and myrrh. Could you tell me what they do specifically?

Lindsey VanAlstyne

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Honestly, I don't use them. When I was first trained I was told that those can be healing with traumatic births. But I don't feel qualified to act as an herbalist so I just do plain 'ol placenta pills. Hope that helps!

Jestine Mayes

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

Item #11, the amber bottles, comes up as a facial exfoliator. Just wanted to let you know so that you can update the list.

Lindsey VanAlstyne

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Thanks! I've fixed it. :)