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Blackstrap Molasses Natural Cures

Jul 25, 2016

Thanks to the wonderful feedback we have received over the past 15 years, blackstrap molasses is making headlines as one of the best home remedies around! We have emails since 1999 from our readers about blackstrap molasses curing cancerous tumors, fibroid tumors, anxiety, constipation, edema, heart palpitations, anemia, arthritic pain, joint pain, and acne, just to name a few. It has also been reported that molasses turns gray hair back to its original color and is a wonderful skin softener! Blackstrap molasses is also one of the best remedies around to alleviate menstrual cramping.

Nutrients found in Blackstrap Molasses

It contains iron, calcium, copper, manganes, magnesium, selenium and B6.

Blackstrap Molasses Recipes

1 Tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses, first thing in the morning.

Earth Clinic's Iced Molasses Recipe

  • 1 TBLS Blackstrap Molasses
  • Hot Water
  • 3/4 cup Milk or Dairy Alternative
  • Ice

Add molasses to a glass and add just enough hot water to cover the molasses. Stir until dissolved. Add ice and then top off with either Milk or Soymilk. Avoiding milk? Try vanilla or chocolate almond, coconut or soy milk. Even yummier is to blend the whole concoction.

What's the Difference Between Molasses and Blackstrap Molasses?

Regular ole molasses is the first or second boiling of cane sugar syrup while blackstrap is the third boiling of the syrup. Iron levels appear to increase 5% in the 3rd boiling (see Nutritional Chart below).

Continue reading below for hundreds of testimonials from people who swear by the health benefits of molasses. Please let us know what you think about this wonderful and inexpensive home remedy!

Remedies for Blackstrap Molasses

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
Acid Reflux12007-08-19
Arthritic Pain32008-05-22
Blackstrap Molasses in Capsules12010-03-30
Blood Count Increase12009-11-18
Canker Sores12006-09-09
Carpal Tunnel22007-02-24
Fruit Trees12009-06-01
General Feedback22016-01-27
Gray Hair162016-06-06
Hot Flashes22010-03-30
Immune System12007-03-01
Iron Content12013-07-01
Low Iron Count22016-02-11
Menstrual Issues362012-08-17
Molasses Recipes272013-03-05
Multiple Cures262015-08-11
Nose Bleeds12008-02-22
Restless Leg Syndrome32007-11-16
Skin Rashes22007-07-10
Sleep Issues12013-02-22
Sugar Cravings42007-08-28
Ulcerative Colitis12009-03-18

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Posted by Kita (Detroit, Michigan) on 08/19/2007
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I had acid reflux bad for the past two years. Oneday my aunt went to a health food store. Her and a lady got to talking about blackstrap. The lady had tried everything for her acid reflux so the doctor finally told her about blackstrap molasses. My aunt brought some for me and within days the acid reflux started to go down. Now I have been taking it for4 months now. It is just about cured! It is the best thing for acid reflux. I took two teapsoons of it everyday in april and now I take less because it doesnt bother me. One or two teaspoons will help get you through the whole day.


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Posted by Moogs (La, Usa) on 02/03/2013
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Better But With Side Effects
I tried BSM for the first time last week. Had a terrible experience, thought it tasted awful anyway I tried it; coffee, milk, oatmeal, made it into a fudge with cocoa powder, coconut oil, coconut macca, cinnamon, and agave. Although the fudge was actually decent tasting. Anways, my face completely broke out and my eczema was out of control all last week. Suddenly today, one full week after starting on one tblspn per day, my skin is clear and no more itching. So I'm glad I've stuck with it. I am now forcing myself to drink it straight from the spoon with some warm water right after to take away the taste. I'm slowly getting used to the taste but can't imagine I'll ever like it.

Posted by JEM (Fort Worth, TX) on 02/15/2009
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I kept getting breakouts on my chin and around my mouth. I somehow stumbled onto blackstrap molasses. I take two tablespoons a day (in Stash's double spice chai tea- really good) and it really seems to help. No new breakouts. Just the fading red marks from the old ones. I pretty certain it's the molasses because I stopped taking it for about a month while I was on vacation and the acne came back within a week.

I also did some research- blackstrap contains copper which helps skin repair itself and a bit of zinc which when taken consistently has the effect of an antibiotic/anti-acne prescription. Just make sure you get the right ratio of zinc and copper- they block the absorption of each other and can cause an imbalance.

Posted by Nathan (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) on 07/24/2006
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Supplementing my diet with molasses has decreased my acne about 97% in two weeks. I take two tablespoons when I wake up in the morning, and two before I go to bed at night. It eases digestive problems, so if your acne is related to constipation, it's a sure-fire bet. It also supplements you with minerals such as Chromium, which about 90% of Americans are deficient in.

Replied by Nathan
Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City
Update: Since experimenting with other possibilities, I find that Aloe Vera works well at night, and Blackstrap Molasses in the morning. Raw Aloe works best. One or two tablespoons should be all you need. A perfect cure!

Posted by Anonymous
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2 teaspoons of black strap molasses with one teaspoon of sulphur once or twice daily to cleanse the blood. Skin eruptions may increase initially -- an indication that the blood is being cleansed.

Replied by Alice
Whitestone, New York/usa
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aahh.... Thank you for that. I recently read how wonderful blackstrap molasses is for you but I noticed that I started breaking out. Wasn't sure if it was or could even be the molasses but that was the only new thing I added to my diet. So I stopped for a couple of days and no breakouts. Had two teaspoons yesterday and today another breakout. I'm 51 and should have acne. So should I just keep with it? And how long should it take before the acne stops?
Replied by Liz
Boston, Massachusetts
I would stick with it because it will likely pass. I am almost the same age as you and was never acne-prone, not even in my youth. I don't think I've had even one random pimple in over 20 years.

About two or three days into taking BSM, I woke to find a small whitehead on my cheek. I thought 'What the... ?? A ZIT??' Then it hit me - molasses. :)

That was close to a year ago. I've never had one since.


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Posted by Cory (Hamilton, Mt) on 06/05/2015
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I think that molasses has helped my anemia quite a bit. I mix 1 tbs. peanut butter, a little chocolate syrup and 1 tbs. molasses in a small dessert type dish and microwave for about 15-18 seconds, stir well and ENJOY!!! Tastes great and gives you a bit of a lift.

Replied by Vonita
You're killing yourself slowly by using a microwave. The sugars in all your ingredients can burn at the molecular level and cause more harm than good. If you like this preparation warm take the time to warm it slowly on a little pot or a Teflon free frying pan.

Posted by Jules (Canada) on 05/31/2015

Hi, can anyone please let me know how much Blackstrap Molasses one is supposed to take for anemia? Thanks!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Jules, personally, I took a Tablespoon twice a day, at the beginning. Later I tapered down to a Tablespoon once a day, and now, for maintenance, I take it once or twice a week.
Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Jules,

When I think I need Blackstrap Molasses, I take a tablespoon a day. I have to drink water immediately to wash it down! Some people warm a cup of water and dissolve the BSM in that and drink like a tea.

Posted by Dee (Atlanta, Georgia) on 08/16/2011
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I visited the emergency room when my blood level was low and feeling faint and the emergency room doctor suggested Brer Rabbit Black Strap Molasses. It really does work better than any other blackstrap molasses that I have tried.

Posted by Anna (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 12/08/2010
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I just started taking BSM about two weeks ago and can already feel a difference in energy! Even my period seems a lot lighter than usual. The funny thing is, that I didn't even know I was iron deficient until reading about the same symptoms I've been having for years! I really thought its normal to feel so tired all the time.. Its so important to listen to our bodies and make use of what nature provides for us to be our healthiest-inside and out!

Posted by Jess (Columbus, OH) on 05/06/2009
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My 22 month old was diagnosed as being anemic because of low iron count last month his iron count was 10pts the average is 12pts or higher. We had already been giving him high iron food and a vitamin with iron in it and nothing would bring the count up. The pediatrician gave us an iron drop supplement to give him, i didnt feel comfortable giving it to him because of all the side effects. Someone told me to try black strap molasses because it was high in iron. So i gave it a try and in 3 weeks his iron count went from 10pts to 14pts!!! We just gave it to him in his soymilk bottle.

Replied by Rw
Tazewell, Va
I know it's possible that your child needs to be on soy milk, but you might want to look up phytic acid. It's in any food that's a nut or a seed (grains and beans are seeds) and if the food with phytic acid isn't fermented, sprouted or soaked to destroy the phytic acid, it can pull minerals out of the body. You might even want to Google "phytic acid in soy." At least you're adding minerals back with the Blackstrap Molasses. You can also get more info on this at the Weston Price website.

Posted by Angela (Greenwich, CT) on 04/09/2009
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I have suffered from anemia for almost 20 years and I have taken iron supplements and changed my diet so that I can overcome this anemia. I have also had many tests done to try to find out the source. I recently found out about the Gluten and have removed gluten from my diet. I also read about mollases and its many great benefits and take 1 tablespoon daily. My energy has more than doubled with these two changes in my diet and my periods are not as long and as painful! I have a feeling that the gluten has been robbing my body of its nutrition and adding the mollases has helping my body recover! I am so grateful to have found out about this product and this website!

Posted by Erin (Haiku, HI) on 03/16/2009
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Blackstrap Molasses CURED my anemia. Pain is better with menstrual cycles/fibroids. Heart palpitations stopped altogether. Decreased excessive blood loss during cycle within 24 hours. I use 3 Tbs daily in a smoothie, without fail. 1 week before cycle I start taking 4 Tbs daily in smoothie and continue until cycle stops. I have more energy and focus.

My smoothie:
banana, frozen blueberries (anti-oxidant), 3-4 Tbs organic Blackstrap Molasses, spirulina, green edge powder, 1 Tbs Udo's efa oil, ground Tbs goji berries/ Tbs raw cacao, 3 Tbs Maca powder, sometimes an apricot or peach.

Tasty, BSM makes it deliciously sweet, can't taste the spirulina although the drink IS green!. It is very fulfilling and energizing.

If you have candida or parasites it may make you bloat. If this happens you can take 3 clove caps, 3 wormwood caps and 10 drops of black walnut- it will kill them and you can continue enjoying your morning drink.

BTW: I learned about BSM from this very website. I thank you with all of my heart.

Posted by Margeret Green (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 11/15/2008

l have been taking molasses for years over 10 years for my ulcer and anemia. Four year ago l start have problem with my kidneys. l have a cyst on kidney which is killing me with pain. The doctor told me there is no cure for that. l recently start taking ACV FOR IT . l recently bought molasses for a friend who was very sick and suffering from anemia she told me that the molasses is not for kidneys. ls it the cause of my kidney problems is it true? Does the molasses have side effect on the kidneys/ please advice ASAP THANKS.

Replied by CONNIE
flush the kidneys of all that calcium by drinking 2 oz of concentrated lemon juice and 2oz of olive oil. it disolved my kidney stones and gave me instant relief. molasses has alot of calcium in it.

Posted by Susan (Catskills, New York, USA) on 10/30/2008
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PLEASE, PLEASE use caution when increasing iron intake from any source (particularly something like molasses that has been SO over processed -- it astounds me that people will turn their nose up at sugar as being a "processed" food, but ladle on tons of molasses, which is the sludge material left over from processing sugar, and is then further processed). Do I eschew molasses? No, it adds a nice touch of flavor to sweet treats and other foods.

Iron is good for the body, but can also lead to serious toxic problems. My mother had always taken iron supplements (she was once tested as low iron even with supplements -- I am the same). Then, she developed cancer and her iron levels became very, very low. The cancer was happily feeding on all the iron she was putting into her system. While one doctor just advised upping her iron more and more to keep iron levels up, a later doctor indicated that the excessive iron contributed to the rapid spread and return of her cancer. Before I knew the dangers of iron overload, I would eat the same iron-rich foods as I made for her, and even popped an iron supplement or two. Bad move. I damaged my heart.

So, please, before engaging in any iron supplement regimen, get another doctor's opinion about YOUR specific needs. And please, don't treat yourself for an iron deficiency without medical advice. Remember, iron is a heavy metal, and many people -- such as I -- have had to have chelation therapy to detox.

May I suggest maple syrup as a alternative choice for iron and nutrients?

I have excerpted the following from two cancer information website.
"Iron encourages the formation of cancer-causing free radicals. Of course, the body needs a certain amount of iron for healthy blood cells. But beyond this rather small amount, iron becomes a dangerous substance, acting as a catalyst for the formation of free radicals. Because of this, research studies have shown that higher amounts of iron in the blood mean higher cancer risk.,

Once iron is absorbed by the digestive tract, the body stores it. Most of us accumulate much more iron than we need. In spite of the advertising from iron supplement manufacturers, "iron overload" is much more common in America than iron deficiency. The reason is the daily diet of red meats, which contributes much more iron than most people can safely handle over the long run. A diet of grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans, and natural sugars such as maple, provides adequate iron, without the risk of overload."


"Iron acts as a cancer-promoting agent by two separate yet synergistic mechanisms: 1) by producing "free radicals," and 2) by feeding cancer cells. Iron increases the production of free radicals, and-in fact-the production of free radicals is largely proportionate to the level of iron.4 This means that the more iron there is in the body, the more free radicals will be produced and thus the greater the risk of disease, in this case, cancer. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules which damage (oxidize) the DNA of cells. Since DNA controls the activities of the cell, once the DNA is damaged, the cell becomes "out of control." Essentially, all cancer cells are out of control. These cancer cells then replicate and grow rapidly and eventually infiltrate and damage the body's organs.

Additionally, cancer cells consume many nutrients and thereby starve the host. One of the nutrients cancer cells need most is iron. In fact, researchers now think that iron may be a "rate-limiting" nutrient for cancer cell growth.5 This means that the more iron that is available, the more the cancer cells will divide and flourish, and the better chance they have of killing the host. Recent research has shown that people with high levels of iron have an increased risk for cancer."

Replied by Satina
Waldport, Oregon
Regarding any warnings here, I think it's important to remember that iron occuring in natural foods like molasses is balanced by all kinds of other minerals and trace minerals and so has a different effect on the body than a synthesized, inferior source of isolated iron in a pill. All of the minerals work synergistically in the body, buffering and enhancing one another. In natural foods, you find them all together for a reason. We need them all, in order for any one of them to do their best for us. In addition, trace minerals in molasses such as, specifically, chromium, are essential to our body's metabolism of sugar, so consuming molasses is going to have nowhere near the negative effects on your body as consuming sugar *without* the trace minerals that are absolutely essential for its use by the body (as is the case in white, refined sugar). Also, when one has a complaint about 'processed foods', it is because what is good for us, the nutrients, have been stripped away from the so-called 'refined' food left behind. In this case, molasses IS what has been stripped away (leaving the worthless refined white sugar behind), so molasses is of the highest nutrient-density. As a student in an M.S. program of study in Holistic Nutrition, I believe natural sources of minerals like molasses are *infinitely* superior to any synthesized supplements and should be encouraged, never discouraged. Oh, and I like to put a tablespoon or two of blackstrap molasses in heated milk (or nut milk) as a mineral-rich, medicinal alternative to hot chocolate. :-)

Posted by Louise (Louisville, KY) on 07/25/2008
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I have been anemic all of my life, but it got worse when I my fibroids began to grow. After surgery my iron levels were still very low. My Hct hoovered around 21, the average is 41-53. I decided to try the BSM instead of taking iron pills. My Dr. checked my levels 2 weeks after taking BSM (1 TBSP/day in a cup of coffee or tea). I was still low, but it had increased to 34 instead of 21 which was a norm for me. The Doctor told me to keep doing what I am doing. I do have more energy while take BSM but I do notice that if I skip the weekend doses I begin to feel drained by Monday.