Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Molasses Tips
- Nutritional Comparison of Molasses Brands
- Acid Reflux
- Arthritic Pain
- Blackstrap Molasses And High Iron Levels
- Blackstrap Molasses Dosage
- Blackstrap Molasses in Capsules
- Blood Count Increase
- Canker Sores
- Carpal Tunnel
- Fruit Trees
- General Feedback
- Gray Hair
- Heart Health
- Hot Flashes
- Immune System
- Iron Content
- Low Iron Count
- Menstrual Issues
- Molasses Book Reviews
- Molasses Daily Dosages
- Molasses Recipes
- Molasses Side Effects
- Molasses Tips
- Molasses Vs. Demerara Sugar
- Multiple Cures
- Nose Bleeds
- Nutritional Value
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Side Effects
- Skin Rashes
- Sleep Issues
- Stomach Pain
- Sugar Cravings
- Sugar Substitute
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Uterine Polyp
- Weight Loss
- Where to Buy Molasses
12/02/2009: Idella from Brooklyn, New York: "In Oct. this year, my doc. told me I have very high cholesterol of 258. She said I was heADED FOR HEART ATTACK AND OR STROKE. SCARED STRAIGHT, AND BECAUSE i JUST LOST A DEAR FRIEND ABOUT A MOMTH AGO, FROM HIGH LDL AND High bld pressure, I immediatedly stopped everything I'm eating and went to my health food store and bought everything the computer said to bring my ldl's down. Then my daughter said that she's going to start on Blackstrap Molasses (BSM) and to buy her some. I did. the next morning I read about its power and ability to ward off cancerous tumors. I was so astounded, I started taking hers in chamomile tea every morning first thing. It's different but tolerable. My goal and determination is not to stroke or attack my heart. I plan to see 58, 59, 60 etc. despite our age or gender, we all need to go back to basics, and as they say...let nature take it's course....I feel great now and hope to continue, and the best i give to all others."Replies
11/06/2011: Jan from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England replies: "I find one of the most effective ways to take crude BSM is to dissolve or melt 1 teaspoonful (7 gms) in half a cup of hot water and add enough cold water to make it no hotter than one can bear to put their finger in. If symptoms are severe take this on rising, before each meal and last thing at night. This will enable the body to easily absorb all the minerals available in the molasses and to help overcome many ailments. (You may find that the dilution is similar to the biochem tissue salts, eg. 6x potency. ) Do not add refined white sugar, this is acid forming which is undesirable, and do not put it in tea as the tannin inhibits the absorption of iron. If this strength is not tolerated, eg gas, or a sensitive stomach the dose should be made weaker and taken more frequently through the day.
I would suggest taking crude BSM for an absolute minimum of 8 weeks consecutive treatment. I have only been using it for two and feel more energetic. I am treating a problem with my nails and candida and rheumatism plus menopause...etc.etc.etc.
Will keep you posted on improvement. Good luck to all of you who are using crude BSM and don't give up too soon.
WARNING! NOT RECOMMENDED IF YOU SUFFER WITH DIABETES!"
03/11/2008: Karen from Sugar Land, Texas: "Dear friends, I wanted to add a quick note assuring you that Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Certified Organic Molasses (blackstrap style) is indeed unsulfured. Thanks so much for the great work. All best, Karen"
02/23/2008: Dawn from Westlland, MI: "There seems to be some confusion about blackstrap molasses. It can be sulphured or unsulphured. The blackstrap designation does not have anything to do with whether it is sulphured or not. Blackstrap just means that it is from the third boiling which means it has more iron. They sulphur molasses if it is being made from young green sugar cane (sulphur is used as a preservataive). No sulphuring is needed if they use mature sugar cane, so it is labeled unsulphured. An example of unsulphured blackstrap molasses is Brer Rabbit molasses with the purple label. For complete molasses/suphur explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molasses"
01/01/2012: Hubert from Phoenix, Az., United States: "I am going to try Black Strap Molasses (BSM) in an effort to eliminate some of my grey hair, but I am a novice as far as BSM is concerned, so would one of the BSM Veterans wade in and respond to my comments and questions.
There were a few people who stated in their post that they were taking BSM in hopes of minimizing/eliminating their grey hair; they went on to explain they had to discontinue their regimen due to the high sugar content of BSM, which had a negative impact on them. I'm wondering if they were taking the unsulphered BSM. Is there is a difference between the unsulphered and plain BSM?
Also I was wondering would it be ok to use BSM in hot green tea with lemon? Normally I use honey as a sweetner, because I believe it is a healthy alternative to sugar. But I would like to start my BSM regimen with green tea and lemon; providing the beneficial effects of the BSM won't be diminished."Replies
01/01/2012: Robert Henry from Ten Mile, Tn Usa replies: "HI U HUBERT, my ole Mississippi Grand Dad used to have a cane syrup mill which a mule was used to turn the cane squeezing system. He then used a wood burning cooker to evaporate off the water. The Black Strap came from the third cooking and had less sugar but more vitamins and a higher content of iorn than the previous two cookings. What you want is Unsulfured Black Strap Molasses.
I have tried this before, but the high iron can wreak havoc with you. In my case it caused my glucose to go out the roof for several weeks. As my Nuropath doctor tells me, iron is a two edged sword. Be- careful. =====ROBERT HENRY=========
PS.. Hope all you people are having your good luck Black eyed peas today. Looks like we are going to need it in 1212. We are having them and Collards Greens for the money. This is a Southern Tradition."
08/08/2013: Rho from Rho - Fl replies: "If your body is anemic/low in iron this stresses the body to work harder to overcompensate for the lack of iron and the additional stress causes gray hair and other symptoms. When you take the molasses and restore the iron levels in the blood the body is less inflamed and thus, less like to grow gray hair. The molasses probably doesn't do anything for gray hair except restore an anemic body back to normal so normal healthy hair can grow anew."
05/26/2014: Ajf from Austin, TX replies: "The iron didn't cause your blood glucose to go through the roof - the molasses itself did. It is sugar."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/07/2010: Christina from Houston, Tx: "I started taking BSM about three weeks ago. I take a teaspoon daily. About one week after beginning BSM I noticed my silver hairs looked copper colored and some were yellowish. I was happy- I believed the BSM was working to restore my natural color. Now my hair looks yellow and green in sunlight. I do not use coloring agents or chemical processes on my hair and I haven't been swimming. I've already tried a clarifying shampoo, it did not remove the yellow and green. Does anyone have any suggestions for removing these undesirable colors?"Replies
08/08/2010: Addy from Fb, Ga replies: "Use purple shampoo for grey hair. It is sold everywhere. Good luck!"
08/08/2010: Lon from Stanhope, Nj replies: "I'm quite a novice, so may be completely wrong on this subject, but just in case, I thought I'd mention the following. I know a person whose dark brown hair gradually became lighter, but with a greenish tint. This amazed everyone. It was later found to be caused by too much copper in the diet and in a supplement he was taking. I was told he had a susceptibility to this. I may be wrong, but doesn't BSM contain a significant amount of copper? The person's diet had to be changed, supplement eliminated and I think there was a vitamin used to help reverse the effects."
08/10/2010: Christina from Houston, Texas replies: "Thanks to both Addy and Lon for your comments. I already use the purple shampoo, this was a standard before deciding to try BSM. I will stop the BSM and look into vitamins as well as other solutions to reverse its effects."
01/23/2012: Happee from Se Usa replies: "Hi - just FYI, there is no way that something you consume can change the color of the hair that is already on your head (grown out from your scalp). Hair isn't "alive" in that way; it's like your fingernails. So whatever was affecting your hair color came from an outside application, such as chlorine in water.
I don't know about molasses affecting hair color over time, but I do know that there are herbs that are used in Asia that accomplish this, so I would assume that, if molasses treats an underlying imbalance or nutritional lack, it could produce the same result. It would take some time to see whether it works though.
The growth rate of head hair for most people averages about 1/4" to 1/2" a month. 1/2" a month is considered pretty fast growth, for example. Using that calculation, you'd have to consistently take the molasses and see if you started to notice a difference in hair color after about six months (since the molasses effect might not start working immediately)."
04/25/2013: Lola from Dc replies: "What Asian herb gets rid of gray?"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/03/2010: Amy from Scottsdale, Arizona: "6 Month Report
I have been taking BSM for 6 months - 3 teaspoons a day. I believe it is beginning to work. My hairline and first several inches looks less gray, although the cowlick, at the back of my head, is still quite gray. I was never very gray, or solid gray. maybe more like 50%.
The bottom line is, at 6 months I still need to color my hair every three weeks. However, the gray looks less noticible to me around my face.
I shall continue ading the BSM to my tea. Why not? It is tasty enough. And I sooooo want this to work. I don't mind coloring my hair but every three weeks is too often for me."
08/08/2010: Isabelle from Garden Grove, Ca Usa replies: "Hello! I know it is maddening when the hair gets off color. It happen to me 20 or so years ago but it was from to much msm that I was taking for skin problems. Dear, make sure that your Blackstrap Molasses is organic and also check you amount of sulfur in you diet and supplements: some liver can process only small amount of sulfur per day. I don't know if this is pertaining to you, but it doesn't hurt to check. For restoring color, look on iodine and paba. But remember, what ever you do is connected to you whole body state of health and there is a lot of reading to do on this site and the internet. I hope you get satisfying result! PEACE!"
[NAY] 09/04/2010: Amy from Scottsdale, Arizona, Usa replies: "This is Amy, the original poster. I am checking back in at 9 months and was about to say with certainty that this does not work. I have been taking pictures every 3 months and see no improvement and still need to color every three weeks.... However, I have not been taking ORGANIC BSM. I've been taking Plantation brand unsulfured BSM from the health food store but it does not say organic. Hard for me to imagine how this can make a difference. And if the health food store does not carry it, how am I supposed to find it? At the moment I shall not continue with this 'treatment'. I do not see any results and at 1 T a day for 9 months that is a lot of calories for no result."
[YEA] 08/12/2009: Sochie from Boston, Ma: "I have consistently taken 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses daily for three months. I was skeptical about the claims that blackstrap molasses could restore your gray hairs to their natural color although I was encouraged by the overwhelming response suggesting that it does, in fact, help.
I am 31 years old and have noticed over the past few years that the grays have permeated through my brown hairs and have become prononced around my hairline. I have been spending an unnecessary amount of money to color & highlight my hair to temporarily cover up the grays.
I'm pleased to report that my hairs are gradually returning to their original brown color after regularly using the blackstrap molasses. I have been raving about the natural remedy to family and friends and hope that they will also experience the same benefits."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/04/2009: Diane from New York, NY: "I started taking BSM and ACV for leg/foot cramps. A friend said that years ago her father was advised to use this remedy and that it not only got rid of his cramps but turned his full head of gray hair blonde again. I've been doing it for about a month and find both to be improving. But I take a Tbs of the BSM off the spoon in the morning followed by about 1-2 tsp of ACV in a little water. Is there some more effective method I should be using?"
EC: Many more grey remedies here: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/hair_gray.html
[YEA] 02/10/2009: Donna Hyde from Lincoln, NE: "hello, i take black strap too i am 54 years old. i don't take it alone. i take 6 alfalfa tabs., and 2 flax seed oil 2 times a day .i use to be gray, i am seeing streeks of brown. and my gray is getting darker. i take my black strap with _____s apple citer viniger, and warm water. 2 tab.spoons viniger, and 1 tab.spoon black strap 2 times a day. i noticed that i no longer have hot flashes."
[NAY] 10/01/2008: Fee from Melbourne , Victoria: "I've been taking blackstrap molass in my coffee every day for the last 3 weeks and haven't noticed any changes in reversing gray hair. I'll keep at it until the jar finishes and see how that goes.
It provides me with a lot of energy. After a run, i normally get tired but takign 2 teaspoons with a drink, i don't feel the need for a nap. However, the calories in it makes you very fat if you don't work it off and I noticed that it gives me a lot of phlegm when I take it."
02/12/2009: Donna Hyde from Lincoln, NE replies: "ho cool, i only have 3 more months to go, thank you for the info."
[YEA] 01/18/2008: Patty from Covina, California: "When I heard about molasses taking white hair off I could't believe it. But I though it was worth to try. every morning in a 8 glass of water I mix two table spoons of the blackstrap molasses, two table spoon of raw honey, and two table spoon of apple cider and drink it. I have to be honest the taste I don't like very much, but the energy i get from that is tremendous, and not only that but because of the apple cider keeps me away from any type of viruses including flu. This is a great thing I am so glad I learn about it because it been already 5 months since I started taking it and almost all my white hair is gone!!! I will take it for the rest of my life, thanks to my Health book I purchase!!!"Replies
06/14/2008: Anna from Toronto, Canada replies: "Should molasses be used in a glass of hot water or cold water?"
02/12/2009: Donna Hyde from Lincoln, NE replies: "you should dissolve it in something warm. water or milk. then cool it with cold water or milk."
06/27/2013: Sue Steele from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "I take brer rabbit molasses. Where are you buying blackstrap? After taking the molasses for two and a half months my joints stopped hurting."
[YEA] 02/24/2007: Mary from Dayton, OH: "After reading here about black strap molasses and gray hair, I have been taking 1-2 tablespoons in my coffee each morning for a little over three months. I tried it in hot water and it was horrible. In coffee, it taste like a latte, and after getting used to it, I look forward to it every day. The first two months I noticed a difference, but wondered if it was my imagination or wishful thinking. Now at three months, I would say the gray is 70% gone, and my stylist is absolutely amazed. The white patch above my forehead is gone completely. I'm 40 yrs old, and was starting to gray rapidly, it was costing a fortune to keep covered. The first 2 months, my hair grew so fast, that the gray was showing quicker, but I'm glad that I stuck with it, the little bit I have left is hardly noticeable, and I am hoping that in time, it will all be gone. I am so thankful that I read about this on your site, and will be taking it for the rest of my life. I have also noticed an increase in energy, and believe it to be the molasses also. Thank you!"
[YEA] 01/21/2007: Karen from New Marshfield, OH: "I've been taking molasses for about 1 month now and can feel the difference. I have more energy and yes, my dark brown hair is getting dark again! The gray is becoming less and less!"Replies
07/10/2008: Norma from Plainview, TX replies: "Venice from Atlanta, GA, please please tell me the exact measurements you use of each of the items you use on a daily basis along with black strap molasses."
[YEA] 11/25/2006: Venice from Atlanta, GA: "2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses cured gray hair. ENERGY BOOST. It took several months, but my gray hair along my hairline has begun to turn brown! IT WORKS! It's also a great energy boost. I'm a 40 year old female who weighs 120, and I leap out of bed. No aches; no pain. I have no health complaints because I use the following on a daily basis: blackstrap molasses, apple cider vinegar, yerba mate tea, cayenne pepper, cod liver oil, and MUCH PRAYER."Replies
[YEA] 05/26/2008: Robin from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia replies: "I think the idea of black strap molasses to avoid graying hair is a great idea. As I think of it, my father used to eat some molasses every day on his biscuits and he was into his sixties before the gray began to show a bit. When he developed diabetes, he was ordered to stop the molasses, and his hair really became quite white within a year. I have heard that a B vitamin deficiency can cause gray hair. You are right, it cost a packet to color your hair and I don't think the toxic chemicals in most commercial hair dyes are good for your health- quite the contrary. I will buy some molasses soon and see what happens. I only have a small amount of gray, but if molasses will help, then why not. Maybe it will help with other complaints as well.
Thanks Earth Clinic angels!"
[YEA] 04/19/2006: Barbara from Clackamas, Oregon: "I guess I'm not taking enough. My question is for Patty in Florida or anyone with the answer. Do I need to take 3 TBS of each: blackstrap molasses, brewer's yeast and wheat germ all at once or can I divide it up; taking 1 TBS each 3 times a day?"