To placenta or not to placenta? That is the question.

Last night Jess and I had quite the text conversation, which subsequently led to follow-up via voice. It must be shared.

I received this photo with the caption, “These are the times I wish I had a husband…”

Dead placenta covered mouse.

Me, “Ahahahahaha. Want me to do it?”

Her, “I handled two rats at the old house, but this one is covered in placenta.”

Me, “Placenta is good for your hair. You should save that part.”

Her, “Vomit… in… mouth…”

Me, “You can buy it at Walgreens. I love it. I’ll get you some next time. It comes in fancy glass vials. Think PETA would destroy me for this?”

Her, “If you can actually buy placenta at Walgreens I may never shop there again. After having DELIVERED placenta out of my hoo hoo I can honestly say… Bleh!”

My next message that never got sent because I got a phone call from mom informing me that Nick and I were now hosting my sister’s birthday party 48 hours later. Had to hop into action. (Not a complaint, just changed focus rapidly.) This is what I intended to send but forgot. “Not just there. All drug stores, Fred Meyer, Target… They all sell this hair care product. I’m sure it’s not human baby, but animal baby. Works like a charm.”

Post shopping for bday festivity goods I called Jess (hands free) on the way home. We had a nice little chat about said placenta.

Ring, ring, ring…..

Jess, “Hello?”

Me, “You picked up?! What?! You never pick up. Woo hoo!”

Her, “Ha ha.”

Me, “I can’t believe you don’t want to try this stuff. It’s great for your hair!”

Her, “Again, I will not use any products that are made of the same thing that came out of my hoo hoo.”

Me, “But it has a ton of nutrients and things.”

Her, “Yeah, and cats eat their placentas after giving birth, but have you met me? I am not a cat. Cats also lick their own butts. I do neither of these things. I saw that thing after giving birth to the boys, it is gross and full of slime and blood and all sorts of gross things…..”

My thought that I didn’t say because her statement just got better, “Placenta that I buy is clear. It must go through a thorough cleansing process.”

Her continued, “…You know what else? I heard that there are some people having their placentas made into vitamin capsules and taking them as pills. That is so gross!”

Me, “Hmm…. Well, I’m not a cat and don’t want to eat my placenta right out of my hooey, and I’m not sure about licking my own butt, but getting all those vitamins and nutrients back in your body can’t be a bad thing. I’m going to have to look in to these so-called placenta vitamins. Seriously though. You can get this stuff everywhere, all drug stores and super stores. I like to combine my placenta hair care with cholesterol.”

Her, “You can use my cholesterol in your hair whenever you like.”

Me, “Thanks! If I could figure out a way to do it without killing you and ripping your veins out of your body I’d take you up on that.”

Her, “And you are disgusting. I don’t know if we can still be friends.”

Me, “That’s not true. I’ve said and done far worse things than this.”

Her, “True.”


In a conversation with mom this morning she said that someone who shall remain nameless unless they want to reveal themselves planted her baby’s placenta under a rose bush. It grew beautifully! I can personally attest to it.

Such a diverse baby bi-product.

Placenta hair care product. Photo courtesy of

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14 thoughts on “To placenta or not to placenta? That is the question.

  1. Also, here is an interesting thought that has nothing to do with placenta. I put the dead mouse in my garbage can. Should I have put it in the yard debris? Do you suppose dead placenta mouse carcass is something you can compost? I am getting so confused now between the recycling, composting and garbage. I need pictures on the side of my cans to tell me what is and isn’t ok to put in…

      • YES I LOVE IT!!! i think dead rats/mice belong on the city hall doorstep. I personally killed 7 rats in my house in a months time, all after this two week garbage pickup began….i think it’s to blame(the city emailed me that they have had no reports of an uptick in rat population, until I told them..) but i put all my dead rats, after the first one i buried only because after catching it in the basement i had to beat it with a shovel in the yard cause the stupid thing wouldn’t die. i already had the shovel so logic set in and i buried it. All others have been placed in plastic bags and tossed in the trash.

  2. i also heard that Tom Cruise ate Katie Holmes’ placenta from both children(i think they have two, one for sure). he was all excited. I’ve heard other people make soups and other dishes out of it, and yes i’ve heard lots of people planting it or at least part of it, under a new permanent plant.

    • I’m pretty sure that could be arranged. Especially at any pizza joint here in Portland (we’re known for being weird) but also at Mellow Mushroom. They love Jerry Garcia as much as Oregonians, therefore to not have crazy toppings would mean they weren’t doing their jobs.

  3. I just looked it up and found out that Hask Placenta is made out of sheep placenta. You are rubbing the bloody sack of baby sheep poop on your hair. I am just saying. I support you being completely bat sh*t crazy, because I myself am. But this is a little to the extreme…

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