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by Amanda Johnson BURDOCK ROOT ( Arctium lappa) Blood purifier. Useful for any systemic rash conditions, such as psoriasis. Antiseptic. Useful for bites, stings, animal bites and boils. For rashes, use internally and externally. Internally, burdock is also useful for arthritic conditions, rheumatism, and many types of infections. It is the primary ingredient in ESSIAC TEA, a Native American cancer formula. Burdock is a plentiful “weed� in our area that we can harvest. BLACK WALNUT HULLS (Juglans nigra ) Antifungal. Use for athletes foot and other fungal infections, parasites, abscesses, and boils. CALENDULA ( Calendula officinalis ) This species of marigold is often cultivated in gardens. Calendula

helps to soothe inflamed tissues, reduce pain and aids in quick healing of cuts and abrasions. CHAPARRAL ( Larrea divaricata ) Antibiotic and antiseptic. Useful against bacteria, viruses, parasites, and warts. Relieves itching of eczema, scabies and dandruff. Native Americans used chaparral to treat cancer. CHICKWEED ( Stellaria media ) Cooling, antiseptic herb used to treat inflammations, relieve itching, blisters, boils, and abscesses. Fresh plant is edible in salads or as a cooked green. You can find chickweed growing in your lawn, garden, or meadows. COMFREY ROOT & LEAF ( Symphytum officinale ) Prolific plant that is valuable in the treatment of all types of skin, bone, and muscle injuries. Comfrey helps wounds to heal quickly. Use for burns, blisters, broken bones, and inflammations.

Used both internally and externally. Comfrey has a soothing effect on any organ it comes in contact with. Also used for respiratory and digestive system disorders. ECHINACEA ( Echinacea purpurea or E. angustifolia ) This herb is the most widely consumed herb in the world today. It is used internally to activate the immune system when fighting colds and flu, or almost any type of infection. Lesser known is the fact that Echinacea is beneficial for many topical applications. Echinacea can be used to treat infected wounds, psoriasis, and eczema. Echinacea stimulates the body’s defenses at the sight of the wound and aids in the development of healthy tissue. Also used as a wash to remove poison ivy oils from the skin. I prefer to use an alcohol based Echinacea tincture if I need to remove poison ivy oils from my skin. The root is the most powerful part of the plant. If you want

to purchase Echinacea for immune stimulation, avoid products that don’t contain any root, or ones that do not list the Echinacea species on the label. Two species, Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia, are commonly used. Both species are powerful, but it is best to choose E. purpurea because it is the most abundant species. E. angustifolia is becoming rare in the wild. Many people cultivate Echinacea in their gardens, commonly known as Purple Coneflower. To avoid further depletion of wild Echinacea plants, try to buy only cultivated plants or grow your own. GOLDENSEAL ( Hydrastis canadensis ) Antiseptic and astringent. Used for cuts, wounds, infections, bites, and stings. Goldenseal is also widely used internally for the treatment of sinus infections and other inflammations of the mucus membranes, including the stomach and intestinal tract. The medicinal part of the plant is the root.


Ohio used to be the most abundant habitat for goldenseal but over-harvesting has depleted the wild populations. Goldenseal is now scarce and should not be harvested from the wild. Try to buy goldenseal roots that are cultivated or grow your own if you have a rich woods. MYRRH ( Commiphora myrrha ) Antiseptic and astringent. Very effective antiseptic used in salves. Combined with goldenseal, myrrh is good for wounds, bedsores, abscesses, and hemorrhoids. Internally, myrrh is used to treat fungal infections, congestion, ulcers, and as a wash for sore gums. PLANTAIN ( Plantago spp.) Astringent, antiseptic, and emollient. Plantain helps to relieve pain of insect bites and is a wonderful remedy for cuts, and skin infections. For a quick relief, pick a leaf, chew it and apply it to the insect bite or sting. Plantain is the source of psyllium seeds, a bulk laxative found in many over - the counter products. Plantain can be found in lawns, meadows, and open woods. Plantain is

abundant and can be harvested from the wild. ST. JOHN’S WORT ( Hypericum perforatum ) The salve is good for burns, wounds, bruises, sores, insect bites, fungal infections such as eczema, and itching. This is my favorite herb to use in salves! St. John’s Wort is used internally for the treatment of depression and is currently being researched for possible use in the treatment of AIDS. St. John’s Wort can be harvested from the wild if you find large patches of it. I harvest a portion of the flower head and leave a portion on the plant to produce seed. If you pick one of the yellow flowers and rub it between your fingers it will stain your fingers red! Animals develop photosensitivity when they consume St. John’s Wort and there is some evidence that humans consuming large amounts of the herb may develop photosensitivity. When using a St. John’s Wort Salve it is best not to use it before long periods of sun exposure.

and trees. They are 100 % pure and must be carefully used by the drop. CAMPHOR (Cinnamomum camphora) Used as a congestion clearing inhalant and muscle liniment. EUCALYPTUS ( Eucalyptus globulus) Used for rubbing on sore muscles, as an inhalant, and chest rub for colds. Decongestant, antibiotic, antiseptic and antiviral. Used as a topical antiseptic on sores and fungal infections such as ring worm. TEA TREE OIL ( melaleuca alternifolia) Very effective fungicide, antibacterial and antiseptic. Michael Tierra, calls Tea Tree Oil, “the first aid kit in a bottle.” Use for cuts, pimples, boils, cold sores, burns, stings, ticks, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. WINTERGREEN OIL ( Gualtheria promcumbens)

Essential Oils Essential oils are steam distilled concentrates of the natural oils present in plants, flowers, roots,

Use as a salve to rub on sore joints and muscles. Harmful or fatal if taken internally.

MISCELLANEOUS INGREDIENTS BEESWAX A naturally occurring wax produced by bees. Beeswax is used in your salve to solidify the oil. Softens and protects skin. VITAMIN E Vitamin E also has the ability to preserve fats and aid in the healing of wounds. OILS - For salve, olive oil is the preferred choice of oil because it is less likely to become rancid. It is better to choose cold pressed oils because they retain some of the nutrients and enzymes. If you plan to make a salve to use specifically on your face, then a light oil is best. Apricot kernel and grape seed oils are very light. References:,


Amanda Johnson, 2013 for The Art of Sacred Postpartum Retreats

Benefits of the Placenta Consuming your placenta postpartum has abounding benefits for the postpartum woman. Some of the amazing things that it can help with are:

 Lessening the risk of postpartum hemmorhage and lessening the lochia phase  Providing the hormones human placental lactogen and prolactin to assist with your milk coming in sooner and maintaining a healthy supply throughout your nusring relationship  Replenishing iron lost from birth and preventing post-birth anemia. Low iron levels can lead to depressive symptoms in a new mother  Balancing out your hormone levels until the body is able to regulate on its own  Providing natural pain relief from the labor and birthing process  The placenta helps your uterus return to pre-pregnancy size  Lending you a consistant flow of oxytocin (the bonding and euphoric hormone)  Replenishing your B-Vitamins and offering your body protein for energy  Protection from infection due to retained placenta or bacteria in the uterus Your placenta is perfectly made for you, by you! It is an amazing organ created to nourish baby in the womb and then the mother postpartum.

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Post-Retreat Certification

Once you have completed the initial Placenta Prana training at The Art of Sacred Postpartum you will be eligible for a post-retreat certification program. This program will pick up where your training left off, offering more in depth information, skills and knowledge. The training will be done online, via Full Circle Placenta’s E-Learning portal located at You will be receiving a discounted price on the full training and will still maintain the regular certification perks such as unlimited support, access to the private Facebook group, wholesale purchase options, directory listing for your business, webinars, continuing education and more! You will have 12 weeks post retreat to complete your certification training. Once you have gone through your E-Learning course, you will need to complete the following requirements to obtain certification. You are allotted 9 months in which to do so: 

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Take (2) online courses. Both take about an hour. -Blood Born Pathogens Course through Biologix Solutions ($20.00) -State food safety and handling course ($10-15.00) Complete (3) placenta encapsulations and turn in client intake form for certification. Read through ALL enclosed research documents and answer research paper questions. Write a (1) page paper on what placenta encapsulation means to you, and why you chose to become certified. Complete Provider listing on the website. Join private Facebook group for FCP specialists.

The chose for the post-retreat certification is $135.00 USD. This includes your entire certification including materials and continuing access. To register for your certification or to ask questions, please e-mail directly at: OR call: (407) 430-9304


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Client Prenatal Intake Form

Mother’s Name:______________________ Infant’s Name:_____________________________ Care Provider:_________________________________________________________________________ Planned Location of Birth:______________________________ Pick-Up at Location? Yes No Client Informed CP Regarding Consumption? Yes No Was CP Supportive? Yes No DOB for Placenta:________________ Age of Placenta:_______________________________________ Length of Labor:________________________________________________________________________ Length of Third Stage of Labor:_________________________ Actual Time of Birth:_________________ Method of Placenta Delivery: Spontaneous Traction Extraction ______________________________ Was the placenta whole? Yes No Did the umbilical remain intact? Yes No Prenatal Health History:_________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Where pharmaceuticals, herbals or other remedies used to slow postpartum bleeding? Yes No If yes, what method and list medications:___________________________________________________ Amount:________ How often administered?_____________ Means of being administered:__________ Amount of blood loss?__________________________ 1 Hour Post Birth:_________________________ How did Client hear about placenta services? Google Search Care Provider Referral Hand out/Flyer FCP Provider Listing Client Referral _________________________ Other ______________________________________________________________________________ Records of STD Blood Panel? Yes No Circle One:



Time of Birth

Preparation: In Clients Home In Specialists Home Did Mother Consume the Placenta?  Yes No How long After Birth?__________________________ Raw Smoothie Capsules Tincture  Infusion Homeopathic Cooked Weight of Placenta Prior to Steaming:_______________ After Steaming:__________________________ Weight of Raw Placenta:_______________ Weigh of Amnion and Chorion:________________________ Weight of Dehydrated Strips:___________________ Weight of Ground Powder:_________________ Herbs Added? Yes No Weight of Herbs:_________ Capsule Amount:__________ Size:__________ Excess Notes:__________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________

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Risks Packet? Yes No

Brochure of Services? Yes No

Method of Payment: Cash Check ______ Credit/Debit Card PayPal Full Cost of Services: $_____________ Deposit Amount: $_____________ Balance $____________ Receipt Given? Yes No (Please attach copy) Liability Waiver Complete? Yes No (Please attach copy) Client Contact Information: Phone: _____________________ Home Cell Work Alternate Contact Person: _____________________ Phone: ______________ Relationship:___________ Client Home Address: _______________________________ City_________________ State___ Zip_____

X Placenta Specialist

X Client

Date of Contract: Please note: Visual abnormalities of the placenta may be cause for further examination in pathology which may render the placenta unsafe for consumption. If you feel that there may be a need for this, please let your placenta specialist know.


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Menu of Placenta Services

Raw Method Placenta Capsules: $175.00-$185.00

The RAW method of preparation skips the heating and herbal process altogether. The placenta is still sliced, dehydrated and ground into a powder for the capsules. Raw food activists believe that steaming the placenta destroys some of the essential nutrients. Using this option provides a burst of energy upfront and great hormone stabilization. This service includes prenatal meet & greet, coming to your house, encapsulation, cord keepsake, informational packet and a postpartum follow-up.

Heated Placenta Capsules: $210.00

Inspired by the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of preparation, this option involves cleaning the placenta, gently heating the placenta with fresh ginger and then dehydrating the placenta before it is put into capsules. Using this preparation is thought to bring out the placentas healing and tonifying properties as well as warming and healing the uterus 

Specialized Herbal Placenta Capsules: $250.00-$275.00

Still utilizing the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of preparation, your placenta is encapsulated using personalized, prescribed Chinese herbs. This package offers a 10 minute phone consultation with our local Chinese herbalist where she assesses not only your physical needs, but also your emotional well-being post-birth. She will create a prescription of Chinese herbs tailored just for you. These herbs, either raw or powdered, would then be encapsulated with a portion of your placenta. Choosing this package not only ensures that you reap the benefits of your placenta, but also the healing and wellness provided by the Chinese herbs that are added. *Herbs used will vary from client to client. Please allow an additional 24 hours for preparation.* This service includes a prenatal meet & greet, picking up your placenta, encapsulation, cord keepsake, informational packet, delivery of placenta capsules and a postpartum follow-up. 

Postpartum Herbal Capsules: $50.00

In a situation where your placenta is no longer viable or available for consumption, you can still receive herbal capsules to help with the fourth trimester. These herbs would be tailored to your needs both mentally and physically. You have the choice of traditional or Chinese herbs.

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Placenta Tincture: $35.00 (4oz), $45.00 (6oz)

Putting part of your placenta in tincture form is another way to stretch out its longevity. A small portion of placenta is added to >100 proof alcohol and set to ferment for 6 weeks. Some of the benefits include hormone stabilization in your postpartum cycles, less bleeding during those cycles, energy and for menopause years down the road. The female child can also benefit from placental tincture once she begins her menstruation cycles. 

Placental Salve/Balm: $40.00

A salve or balm made of your placenta and a variety of healing herbs and oils offers healing properties to C-section scars once they are healed, hemorrhoids, perennial tearing, cracked or blistered nipples, eczema, sun burn, diaper rash (can be made cloth diaper safe!), skin irritation and more. You have the option to choose which herbs are added to your salve such as lavender, chamomile or vanilla. 

Placenta Print: Free with any other placenta preparation. Ala carte: $10.00 plus delivery.

Your beautiful placenta is painted with blood or with colored juices to make a forever lasting imprint of your placenta. Each placenta is as unique as a finger print. 

Cord Keepsake: Free with any other placenta preparation. Ala carte: $10.00 plus delivery.

Your umbilical cord is then removed and dried into whatever shape you desire. Not for use as a teething ring. 

Umbilical Dream Catcher: $15.00

You have the option of paying $10.00 more and having your dried umbilical cord made into a dream catcher for your baby. This can be placed above baby's crib or your bed to scare away bad dreams and to protect your baby from negative energy.


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Waiver of Liability for Placenta Preparation

I, ____________________________ (Client’s Name) understand and acknowledge that in accordance t my state laws and bylaws, choosing to encapsulate my placenta is not intended to prevent or treat any physical or mental diseases, ailments or symptoms and that I am choosing to consume my placenta for my own personal beliefs, whether it be spiritual or cultural. I acknowledge that my placenta specialist has provided me with concrete information about both the benefits and risks of placenta encapsulation, and have read all included documents. I understand that my placenta has been handled and encapsulated according to OSHA and State Food Safety and Handling standards, and has been cleaned, cooked, dehydrated and put into pill form in a sanitary and sterile work space. Upon receiving my placenta capsules from my placenta specialist, I waive any and all rights to hold the specialist responsible for any undesired effect of consuming the capsules. This may include an oversupply in milk, hormonal shift, anxiety or sleeplessness. These side effects are rare, but have been reported. I agree to contact my placenta specialist immediately if and when I experience any of these side effects. My specialist agrees to complete (2) postpartum follow-up visits up until (6) weeks postpartum. I do not hold my placenta specialist responsible or liable for any transport mishap that is beyond their control (ex. car accident or detainment), and understand that I am choosing to have the specialist encapsulate my placenta: In my own home

In specialists home

If my placenta is not encapsulated in my own home, I put full trust and acknowledgement that it is being handled in a sanitary and safe environment. I put trust and faith that my placenta specialist has been training correctly to prepare placenta remedies. I have provided my placenta specialist with recent blood documentation stating that I have been tested for STD’s and the results were negative. If my blood results indicate hepatitis, HIV/AIDS or Herpes virus, I understand that I will allow my placenta specialist to prepare in my home, using some of my own supplies. Universal precautions for sanitizing are the same with each client. I understand and trust that my placenta specialist retains blood work records for each client and that I am protected. I understand that upon receiving the pills, my placenta specialist is no longer liable, including but not limited to any other person(s) ingesting my own placenta capsules.

_______________________________ Print Client Name _______________________________ Client Signature

_____________________________________ Placenta Specialist ________________ Date

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