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Posted by Robert (South Australia) on 08/15/2011

To those who have used blackstrap molasses to restore their hair colour, how long did you take it to see the results? also what was the dosage that you took?

Posted by Dreamcatcher1 (Nashville, Us) on 05/31/2011
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I had some grey hairs and chose to go the natural route and try Blackstrap Molasses to get my color back. Well, I took the Blackstrap Molasses concoction for about two weeks if that long. It caused my sugar levels to soar and my flawless face went crazy. My cheeks were covered in fine and large pimples and they itched! I'm still working to get my skin back to normal. I have family members that are diabetic and I think my body is sensitive to big spikes in my sugar level. Good luck to those using the Blackstrap Molasses method. It's not an option for me.

Replied by Starhawk
Houston, Texas Usa
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There is an alkalyzing protocol by a man named moreless which uses blackstrap molasses and lemon juice and extremely diluted calcium hydroxide and water and kelp. This protocol has cured many diseases including candida even though there is sugar in the blackstrap molasses; this is due to the fact that candida cannot exist in an alkaline environment; so basically this is about creating the correct ph level in the body. Also I believe it is the lemon juice that activates the minerals in the blackstrap molasses to it can be absorbed. His protocol is on another website so I don't know if I can mention it, so try googling Moreless ph balance, or moreless alkalyzing drink of if interested contact me and I will send the recipe. Also different types of baths are included to also alkalyze, but what I am saying here is that perhaps this is a safe way to take blackstrap molasses because the body is alkalyzed and candida will not be a problem. Moreless is no longer on his old forum but has a new forum, if you can email me do so or I will check back on this post. Starhawk Houston Texas.

Replied by Tonya
Hopwood, Pa

Hi I would like the recipe and want to know where to get the extremely diluted?? in the advice column. I have candida for 31 years and want to clear it up This would be an answer to prayer.

Replied by Faith
Vista, Ca/ Usa


Would you be able to send me the BSM receipe that is alkaline? I love to use it for candida, and reversing some gray hair. Thank you so much. Faith

Replied by Nancy
Houston, Texas

In ref to the candida, I researched for over a year and kept trying different remedies, but nothing worked well. I kept a list of the recommended herbs, etc, and kept researching. One day while shopping in a health food store, I saw a product called ____ that had many of the herbs on my list as ingredients. First time I had seen that, so, skeptical, I decided to try it. I began to notice some relief from itching within hours, and relief that lasted more than 3 or 4 hours in about a week. It was the first time I had relief. I used it for about 4 maybe 6 months. After that, I switched my focus to better choice of foods, and doing well.

I appreciate this website doesn't like to list product/company names, because often there are other motives. My only reason is the product had natural ingredients and actually worked. I was so incredibly grateful, that I wanted to share the information. If the website can't list the product name, I will provide my email, but I would rather not do that at this time. I will check back.

Replied by Jaki
Fremantle, Western Australia

Hey, very interested to read more on the anti candida and alcalysing drink. Please email me. Thanks

Replied by Tea
New Zealand

For candida, see Ted from Bangkok's comments regarding fungus candida and jock itch on earth clinic's section on erectile dysfunctio. He covers all of the above then further down someone wrote the quantities.......

Posted by Paolo (Ottawa, Ontario Canada) on 02/08/2011
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I just got a compliment today. A co-worker asked if I was coloring my hair. I told her it was the black strap molasses that I have been consuming regularily... I guess it does work!

Posted by Vanessa (Kota Kinabalu, , Malaysia) on 12/28/2010

I am 30 yrs old and I have some gray hairs. I always feel really not confident with myself around people. Previously I dye my hair but ever since I took the blackstrap molasses I stop dying to see the result. It has been 4 months already but I can still see some gray hair growing. It's just that some of the gray hair growth are more fine rather than thick like before. Is this a progress since most of the testimony I've read from other people, their gray hair grows to their natural color? and is is ok to pluck the grey hair? would it caused more gray hair to grow?

Replied by Tom
Regina, Sk

Have you tried any of the other remedies on the Gray Hair page?:

I would guess that where you live, something like seaweed should be readily available. Also, it's non-prescription and it should be quite inexpensive too. Remember that the life cycle of each hair is a few years, and the hair shaft above the scalp is dead keratin, so it won't change back but new erupting hairs you will be able to see if they're dark. The amount of bound iodine in seaweed can vary greatly, like by a factor of 100, but Iodine isn't the top reason for seaweed in this case. As a living plant from the ocean, it will have most or all of the trace minerals that are mostly missing today from any land soil-grown food plants. The one specific trace mineral that gets mentioned repeatedly as being deficient in gray hair is COPPER. It is also necessary in reinforcing the arterial walls to prevent aneurysms. It is usually available in a 3 mg dosage tablet copper sulfate.
According to Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute, loss of pigmentation is one of the many symptoms of copper deficiency, since copper has an essential role in the enzyme processes involved in melanin formation. This is a trace mineral, meaning that the body needs only a small amount. While too little copper can contribute to health problems, too much copper can also be unhealthy. Consult a certified nutritionist to help determine the right dosage before supplementing copper to help with graying hair.

Kelp: Sea-based foods like kelp are high in naturally occurring minerals including iodine essential for the proper function of the thyroid gland. Unfortunately kelp has fallen out of favor in Western diets due to its salty taste. Whilst in Asia recently I remarked how uncommon it was to see people under 70 with gray hair, this is due partly to their wholefood diets and consumption of sea-based vegetables. #

Fermented Foods: long implicated as being essential for a healthy digestive system. Most cultures have a version of fermented foods which provide local beneficial bacteria for the digestive system. Examples include miso, Kimchee, Sauerkraut, yogurt, Kefir, sourdough breads. Many of these you can make yourself using easily obtained base products.

Then there's Foti:

Many traditional methods use herbs to eliminate gray hair and a popular Chinese herb used to get rid of gray hair is Foti. Foti is the common name for polygonum multiforum. It is a climbing vine with red stems and white or pink flowers. It is grown in central and south China. It is known to grow to a length of 30 feet. It is known as He Shou Wu named after a folklore hero

Replied by Jay
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I was chatting to an older guy in his 50s who used to have loads of grey hair. He has been taking Organic Sulphur MSM and had amazing results with almost a full return to his natural colour. I did forget to ask how often he did take it, but worth researching.

Posted by Gabi (Toronto, Canada) on 04/30/2010
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BSM definitely causes gray hair to grow dark. It happens after 2-3 weeks of taking BSM as your hair grow. It does not make hair getting darker! New darker color shows like roots on colored hair. When you stop taking BSM you will notice after couple of weeks more gray roots showing up again.

I was actually surprise that this remedy works so well. Regarding lack of copper: gray hair is just a symptom of it. I read that lack of copper is causing brain aneurysm and stroke in effect but do not ask your doctor if it is the truth.

Anyway gray hair doesn't mean you will get a stroke, you might be at higher risk of having one.

PS I am looking for advice how to deal with heel spur.
Soaking in Epsom salt helped my right heel but left got worse. Ouch! it hurts!

Posted by Fatima (London, Uk) on 02/08/2010

When is it the best time in the day to take organic black strap molasses for greying hair? I have just started it & I take it just before lunch, but is this the best time? Also is the dose one tablespoon a day? Can a diabetic take this remedy?

Replied by Donald
Muskegon, Michigan, U.s.
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This has been my experience using black strap molases. i take it three times daily. once in the morning, once at miday and once in the evening. i pour about one incn in a styrafoam regular size glass, mix well with warm water and down the whole thing. i am 56 and started graying in my early 20,s. i am pretty much all grey with some white. i have been on this regiment for over three months. i also take b vitamins. my hair now is getting some color at the top of my head and working downward. i visited my son the other day and he said that my hair was getting darker and was i using a hair dye. i assured him that i was not. then about one week later i visited a friend i had not seen in a long time. she looked at me and asked if i was dyeing my hair. and finaly when i went to get my hair cut my barber commented that my hair was getting darker. this change of my hair can only be the result of the unsulphered blackstrap molasses (ubsm). i use only unsulphered blackstrap molases which can only be bought at health food stores in my area.

also i have type II diabetes. because i am unemployed and uninsured i could not take my prescribed insulin. i just could not afford it. i googled natural cures for diabetes and found out that unsulphered molasses would cure and regulate blood sugar. it suggested using it twice daily would do the trick. recently i went and had blood work done for my diabetes and the results were that my blood sugar levels for the past three months very normal. again i contribute this to the ubsm. i am certainly not saying that one should not take their medication for diabetes but the addition of ubsm certainly cannot hurt as it is low in sugar. you would to talk to your doctor about it first. anyways usbm is working for me . i really believe that it works but in a very slow way. have patience and hang in there. have a good day. donald

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn Usa
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NAY, this is not my experience nor what I have researched. When I tried blackstrap molasses, my sugar went out the roof for several weeks. My doctor told me that iron can mess you up big time. It took awhile to get my glucose back reasonable.

I caution any diabetic about using blackstrap molasses.

EC: Thanks, Robert! This thread has just been cross-posted to the diabetes page.

Replied by Dianna
Austin, Tx

i am a diabetic on insulin too... and unsulfured organic blackstrap molasses made my blood sugar VERY high and it didn't go down for like a week... and i only took about a teaspoon in cofee.

the second time i tried it i mixed it into a smoothie - but only 1/2 teaspoon and it didn't seem to make it go up... wonder why?

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, France

Could you maybe specify in spoons how much molasses you take each time? I have been trying it for a while but so far nothing seems to have happened. I drink about 1 soup spoon in a glass of water every morning. Maybe it is not enough....

Replied by Sunny
Canton, Michigan, Usa

Hi Donald,

I am also from MI. I didnt find any blackstarp molasses with copper content in the market. Could you please tell me the brand name you have used?

Thanks, Sunny

Replied by Anony

BSM and juices spike my blood sugar too unless combined with other foods, like in a soup with lots of hardy whole pureed vegetables. The other foods help the BSM enter the blood stream more slowly.

Replied by Whisperingsage
Northern Ca, Ca, Usa
28 posts

Dianna from Austin, on the blackstrap molasses upping your blood sugar in coffee but not in a smoothie- what was in the smoothie? was there yogurt? Milk? What was the protein source? Do you have fats in there? protein and fats WILL modify the effects of sugars. That is why one's body often will normally crave milk (if you like milk) to go with a dessert, especially a chocolately one. Because of the protein and fats, that is also why ice cream (which is also high in calcium) isn't such a terrible effect on the blood sugar compared to more carbo pure desserts.

Posted by Bsm (Shanghai, China) on 01/11/2010
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I moved to China in the age of 24 coz of work requirements, before that I had absolutely no issues with my hair, in fact they were great. By 26 my eating habbits were totally changed and I wasnt eating home cooked food and religious factors stopped me from various foods. At that time I noticed few grey/white hair appearing in the beard and head. They were few so I didnt care much but when I was 27, I started seeing a lot of them.. i believe it was a little early for me as I had no genetical problems for hair in my family.. I did a little research on google and tried using coconut oil/vaselene/medicated shampoo and almost everything but I realized that its only helping in a minor shine and conditioning for a temporary time and hair grows from inside out not outside in.. so it wasnt helping much and didnt convince me.. then i read about Blackstrap molasses on the web.. I tried to find it but finally I had to go to HongKong to get it. I have been using it for almost 3 months now regularly and by the way its not unsulphered.. its organic (pure blackstrap molasses).. in the first month..nothing happened, 2nd month.. some white hair started falling..3rd month.. I started seeing white and weak hair falling down regularly and some white hair r getting brown back to its original color only from the tip not from the roots..the pure white hair are also catching brown color very slowly.. my beard is still unchanged coz i think hair is very thick there and i shave almost after 3 months there are some results finally.. lets say out of 30% white hair i am left with 22% (not a great achievement anyway)... I never used hair color.. I would just say that if you plan to use BSM then be patient.. results are definite but u have to wait for a long time.. I think after 6 months I will start getting it back more quickly..i m not sure about beared but lets see..the other effects of BSM is that i have gained weight a little..but there is another thing i noticed.. I havent even caught cold from the time i started using BSM.. I m catching no flu..although i travelled to cold places in different countries..i interact with sick ppl too sometimes..but i think its coz of BSM..and also i avoid restaurants.. i prefer eating at my apartment.. i try to keep balance in diet..meat/veg/fruits/milk..I include them everyday.. i dont use any special shampoo now.. i just use a herbal one.. mild shampoo without much chemicals..

its worth trying..good luck!

anyone has same results especially for beard.. plz share [email protected]

Posted by Jeannia (Salem, OR) on 07/25/2009
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Last year at 50-yrs old I began seeing silver hair and wanted to nip it in the bud, and found this site on gray hair. The benefits of B/S Molasses(BSM) purchased at a health food grocery store has been that my new hair growth is my natural color. I began taking BSM January of '09 and a "warbonnet" of 2" of natural black hair is quite visable as of July '09. I intend to keep faithfully using this habit.

At first I experimented with coffee then switch to 3/4 cup of filtered water microwaved (hot enough to melt the molasses), 1 Tbl BSM, an allspice mixture (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg) measured to taste, and 1/4 cup Vanilla Soy Milk. [all measurements should be adjusted to drinking container size] I add the BSM & spices together in the hot water to dissolve then add the soy milk to cool down to drink, and to me this taste like pumpkin pie. As to the allspice measurements I premix together in a spice jar and add according to taste. In the beginning I sprinked to get the right flavoring and viola! found it. During the cold months I wanted more flavoring and as a warm drink, now that it's warm using less flavoring for an iced drink. This is a versatile receipe limited only to your imagination -- enjoy.

Replied by Jeniren
Melbourne, Australia

Thanks for this recipe for a nutritious tasty hot drink. I'm going out to buy it today. I am 61 with no grey hair although small parts occassionally turn grey then reverse. One coin sized patch turns white if I get a bad shock that 'freaks me out' then gradually recolours. This has happened twice that I can recall. Another small patch can turn grey if I eat the wrong food then gradually recolours when I stop eating the problem food. This has happened a couple of times since I first noticed it 15 years ago. It takes a couple of weeks for the colour to fully return. I eat gluten and dairy free, with very little meat and lots of raw foods, fruit, nuts, juices and cooked vegetables etc plus nutritional suppliments including B vitamins. I also use soy milk but am currently changing to raw goats milk. My husband's hair went grey at 60 when he went on a prepackaged diet with many refined foods including white flour and sugar, dairy products and cheese. Now he has stopped that diet the colour has mostly retuned to his hair. I will add BSM to my diet for taste nutrition and hopefully a healthier look.

Posted by Rena (Mineral Bluff, Georgia) on 06/13/2009

Hi Rob From Manhatten,

I've been experimenting with the herb Polygonum Multiflorum, and it does seem to be working but it is very slow. I was at about 35% gray, but recent pictures tells me I have decreased in gray, and natural hair color is coming back little by little. At first I thought I might be under 10% gray now, but the pictures tells me it's more like 20% still gray (wishful thanking I guess). I am making my own tincture, and it seems to be working better than the health food store pills. I still want to give it more time, and am not giving up.

I started taking the health food store capsules back in Mid January, 2009, with little effect. Then started making my own Tincture about Mid March, whereas I started noticing some results. So in essence I have decreased gray hair by about 15% in the last 3 months. It is stated on herb pages that it takes approximately 6 months for desired results. I am hoping I can report even better progress within the next 3 months.
My partner who is 62 has thinning hair along with gray hair, has only been taking my tincture for about 2 months. He told me his feels like it is getting thicker, and pictures are showing a slight difference. We are both hopeful, but again it is too early to be conclusive. I will report back in a few more months and let those who are interested know. Peace, Rena.

EC: Please read the article: Potential rare liver reactions to "He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum)"

Replied by Dw
Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom

Is Blackstrap Molasses also suitable for children of age 5? If somebody suffering for grey/white hair problem. Your early response is highly appreciated...

Posted by Eddie (Albuquerque, New Mexico) on 04/26/2009

I have been taking blackstrap molasses for about 1 month now. I mix a spoonful with my coffee in the morning. It's too soon to tell if it is working for my grey hair, but my skin seems to be getting darker. I took zinc supplements for years for my joints. I found out that zinc depletes copper from the body. That is probably why I started turning grey at age 28. Copper is responsible for coloring our hair! It turns out that blackstrap molasses is full of copper. So in theory, blackstrap molasses should work for grey hair. I have talked to one person who had a relative in her seventies with no grey hair. The relative said that her secret was that she too a spoonful of molasses every day. I will write back in a few months with an update on my grey hair.

Replied by Jojo
Chicago, IL, U.S.A

Based on all the testimonials, I have started taking 2 Tablespoons of Blackstrap Molasses and one vitamin B Complex Pill daily in the morning. I have 20% gray hair and increasing. I am in the late 20's. I don't know if this will work or not but there is no harm in trying as this is a more natural alternative. Every human being's body is different and reacts differently. So I am not surprised this hasn't helped everyone. But I think all of us with gray hair should give this a try and inform each other. I will definitely update in a few months if I see any difference.

Replied by Gill
Punjab, India

hello . my self roop........i m 23yr of age..and i have a problem of grey hairs.....i m really very my grey hairs are increasing day by day.......i just read about blackstrap molosses at your site...i just want to ask wheather this molosses really transfers grey hairs into there any side effects???from where i can get this molosses..........hope to see your reply soon.....


Replied by Kristi
Houston, TX

Hi Paul, I just started taking blackstrap molasses (a teaspoonful in the morning). It is rather disgusting and i almost got sick to my stomach the first time. Try what i do...

Pour a glass of orange juice and have it ready.. Put a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses on a spoon.. Put the spoon towards the BACK of your mouth and swallow the molasses as fast as you can. Then hurry and drink the orange juice (have the juice ready in your hand). Then after you drink the juice i suggest you drink a glass of water and then go brush your teeth. I have done this and this technique makes it tolerable.


Replied by Mary
Rocklin, California

Blackstrap molasses is great in a smoothie with banana and/berries you can' t even taste it!

Replied by Sam
Los Gatos, Ca

I have [one particular] brand organic BSM unsulphered and on the nutritional label it says copper 0%. Is that the same for other brands?

Posted by PAUL (DURHAM, ENGLAND) on 04/14/2009


Replied by Kiki
Toronto, Ontario

Find a good recipe for gingerbread cookies. I think they have molasses in them and mix the wheat germ into the flour.

Posted by Jardad (Wheelersburg, Ohio) on 11/03/2008

I would love to hear from those who had success in getting rid of their grey hair with blackstrap molasses.WHAT SPECIFIC BRANDS DID YOU USE? Please e-mail me.Thanks.

Posted by E.B. (Ooltewah, TN - USA) on 11/02/2008
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About 3 months ago I started taking 1 Tablespoon of unsulphured blackstrap molasses daily, or at least I tried to do it daily, because many times I'd forget. I just pour onto a spoon and then swallow it. The taste is ok, not great and I just get it over with quickly. I was hoping that it would help with my graying hair all around my hairline, and sure enough this stuff works! I had a lot of gray and now it's almost all gone. I bought the unsulphured blackstrap molasses at the health food store, haven't found it at grocery stores around here. I'm very pleased and will continue. Thank you to EC and everyone who has contributed such helpful information on so many subjects.

Replied by Deepak
Mumbai, India

Mr E.B.(Ooltewah, TN - USA)
Can u please detail about your improvement a bit and is possible please email me.

Mumbai, India

Posted by Jane (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia) on 08/17/2008

I have dyed my hair for the past 11 years nd got tired of it. I have just started taking 2 tsp of blackstrap molasses with 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar. I hope it works! I will update the results.

Replied by NAeeM
Lahore, Pakistan

Hi, can anyone tell me what is BlackStrap Molasses and if anyone from India/Pakistan can tell me what it is called here and where it can be found. and how it is used? Thanks.

EC: For information on where to buy Blackstrap Molasses in your area, please click here.
For more information about how to take BSM, please click here.

Replied by Alain
Ottawa, Canada

What is blackstrap molasses? Unsulfured Blackstrap Molasses is preferable to fancy or regular molasses. It has less sugar and is more concentrated in minerals. If it does not say "BlackStrap" there is a good chance that it is not it.

Here is something from Wikipedia:

"Sulfured molasses is made from young green sugar cane and is treated with sulfur dioxide, which acts as a preservative, during the sugar extraction process. Unsulfured molasses is made from mature sugar cane and does not require treatment with sulfur during the extraction process. There are three grades of molasses, Mild or first molasses, Dark or second molasses, and Black strap. These grades may be sulfured or unsulfured.

To make molasses, which is pure sugar cane juice, the sugar cane plant is harvested and stripped of its leaves. Its juice is extracted from the canes, usually by crushing or mashing. The juice is boiled to concentrate which promotes the crystallization of the sugar. The results of this first boiling and removal of sugar crystal is first molasses, which has the highest sugar content because comparatively little sugar has been extracted from the juice. Second molasses is created from a second boiling and sugar extraction, and has a slight bitter tinge to its taste.

The third boiling of the sugar syrup gives black strap molasses. The majority of sucrose from the original juice has been crystallized but black strap molasses is still mostly sugar by calories; however, unlike refined sugars, it contains significant amounts of vitamins and minerals. Black strap molasses is a source of calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. One tablespoon provides up to 20 percent of the daily value of each of those nutrients. Black strap is often sold as a health supplement, as well as being used in the manufacture of cattle feed, and for other industrial uses."

Also from

(ref Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter, June 2001)

"Blackstrap molasses is more nutritious than regular containing significantly more iron, calcium, potassium, and copper."
Regular Molasses (1 tbsp) vs Blackstrap Molasses (1 tbsp)
Iron (mgs) 1 vs 3.5
Calcium (mgs) 40 vs 170
Potassium (mgs) 290 vs 500

And last, two more articles about the nutritional content of BSM:

So, this is a very good source of nutriments. I hope you can find some.

Replied by Fahd
Dubai, UAE

Hi Naeem, This is in response to you. I dont know about pak but I found BSM in dubai in a market called Choithram in greens village. If you know anyone going to dubai you can get it from there

Replied by Dina
Al Ain, UAE

In Al Ain I found "Granny BSM" in LULU hypermarket. Hope it helps

Replied by Wendy
Perth, Western Australia
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Alain posts that BSM is high in potassium. I started supplementing with potassium a few weeks ago to help with muscle aches (for which there's been a huge improvement) and I'm sure my formerly grey hair is returning to its normal colour as the dye grows out. Bonus!

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

How much potassium do you take? I would love to stop colouring my hair.....

Posted by Sarah (Auckland, New Zealand) on 07/16/2008
5 out of 5 stars

At around the same time I started taking 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses for the iron (being vegetarian) and taking a Vitamin B supplement (for stress). Before this I had to dye my hair every few weeks to cover the grey that was threatening to overtake my dark hair. After six months of taking the two remedies daily I was able to stop colouring my hair!!! I couldn't believe it! Now I can actually see when I pull the odd grey out that they are gradually turning black at the folicle. It takes a long time, but the results are definitely worth the wait! I'm not sure whether it's the vitamins or the molasses or if they work together. Daily intake seems to be the key. Also I feel healthy and relaxed. Good luck!

Replied by TT

Hello Sarah, My name is T. I just wanted to know when your taking the Molasses is it straight from the spoon or do you mix it with hot water? Also, how much of the B-vitamins are you taking daily? Please any info would help.

Replied by Sarah
Auckland, New Zealand

This is a reply to T's question. I just took the molasses in a spoon (I don't mind the taste) and a high potency B supplement daily in tablet form. Sometimes i varied the amount of vitamin B, but I always took two tablespoons of the molasses daily with some kind of supplement. Hope this helps. My grey has almost all gone now!

Replied by Lauri
Nasvhille, TN

Hi There! What percentage were you gray before taking the blackstrap molasses and b vitamins? Thank you so much!! L.

Replied by Sarah
Auckland, New Zealand

Hi Lauri, Sorry it's taken a while to get back to you. I was grey enough to have to dye my hair every three weeks to cover the regrowth (10 percent?) It was rapidly getting worse and now I may have one or two to pull out now and then, but it's great not to have to dye anymore. Hope it works for you - just be patient with it.

Replied by Leilah
Baltimore, Maryland USA

I am seventeen and have had gray hair since the seventh grade. it wasnt too noticeable bakc then but last year it became way too much. during class people would make comments about it. i was self concious if people sat behind me. so i started dying it. I just want it to go away and not have to dye it away anymore. but i think that my gray hair may be hereditary because both of my parents got gray early. do you think the blackstrap molasses will work even though mine may be hereditary??

Replied by Brian
Denver, CO

Leilah from Baltimore: 17 is a very young age to be experiencing loss of color. And just b/c your parents had similar experiences, doesn't mean that the same thing didn't cause the lack of color --- For example, it's likely that both you and your parents eat the same kinds of foods. Is it possible that these foods are low in copper and other vitamins? In fact, it's even more possible that the foods your eating actually are stripping copper out of your system. For instance, sodas and sugary foods leached vitamins and minerals out of your body. So does stress. Are you a worrier? Are your parents? Constant stress causing the body to use up minerans & vitamins at a faster rate, leaving less nutrients to give your hair its natural color. Thus, if both your parents & you are worries, then it's likely that habit that is causing the loss of color. Change the habit, change the diet, change the CAUSE, and you'll change your hair color. Good luck! YOu can do it!

Replied by Deepak
Mumbai, India

Dear Sarah,
Can u exactly detail the pills taken for vitamins (to make it a bit clearer) and the brand of BS Molasses taken


Replied by Frances
Edinburgh, Scotland
1 out of 5 stars

Hi Sarah!

Sorry to bother you! You are getting a lot of questions here (presumambly because you seem to have found a solution to grey hair!) I have been taking blackstrap molasses for 9 months now. I am 30 years old and am about 40% gray and the blackstrap molasses is not helping! I am losing the will to live with all this grey hair (not literally though!) Can you tell me exactly what brand of blackstrap you are using? I not that people on this site mention that copper is needed to turn the hair to it's natuaral colour and I also note that the blackstrap molasses I have makes no mention of copper. Perhaps this is the issue ...

Frances x

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Milpitas, Utah
Replied by Guest Mother
Toronto, Canada
1 out of 5 stars

HI. I agree with you Frances. I have almost given up BSM after taking it consistently for 7 months with no improvement at all.

Sarah, please advise.

Replied by T
Maryland, Usa

I have seen auburn highlights returning to my brunette-with-grey-streaks hair since taking B vitamins regularly over the last year. I hadn't seen them in so long I'd forgotten I ever had them. The grey appears lessened as well. It is not a dramatic thing; it's taking a long time but it's definitely showing more and more. I now take BSM as I need the iron and calcium in it. If it appears this hair color process is speeding up due to the addition of BSM, I will post back. I think it all greatly depends on your own nutritional status, so what works for one may not work for another. Definitely have patience! Hair can take a long time to show effects.

Replied by Sarah
Auckland, New Zealand

Hi, this answer is for Deepak, Frances and Guest Mother (hope it's helpful). I have used different brands of vitamin B supplements - we get many brands (that I'm unable to post on this site) in NZ. I think just as long as you are getting B6 and B12 with all the other B varieties in your supplement. I would like to emphasise that taking the molasses and B vitamins took a long time to show an effect (6 months to a year with a regular daily dose). As I mentioned before I am unable to write specific brands here - the site forbids it! Anything calling itself organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses should contain the same ingredients. Incidentally, I still take 2 tablespoons of BSM and B vitamin supplements daily and am still free from all but the odd grey hair. I agree with others on this site, though, that a healthy diet is also important. Frances and Guest Mother - you may like to try the B vitamin supplements as well as the molasses. Can't really help any more, sorry. Hope you start seeing results soon, I know how frustrating it can be.

Replied by Saba
Mentor, Oh

Sarah - Thanks for posting. It's been almost a year and half since your last update, do you still take BSM and the B vits? Do you still not have to dye your hair? It's been a couple of months for me but reading outcomes like yours motivates me to continue. Thanks for all your updates. God bless you.

Replied by Frances
Glasgow, Uk

Thanks so much for your response Sarah. Perhaps if you got a minute some time you could advise me what with the brand of black strap molasses you have found to be successful ... I have been using an organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses product for 10 months (also now coupled with a vitamin B supplement), I have a healthy balanced diet and lifecyle and I am not noticing any improvements in the grey hair situation! I am 30 only years old and over 50% grey and it is really starting to get to me! Thanks so much for your time to-date responding to us white tops!

Replied by Guest Mother
Toronto, Canada

Hi Sarah

Thank you so much for the reply. I am still waiting to see some results.Could you please let me know how much is the concentration of B6 and B12 is in the supplement you are taking? Also, if you can let us know composition of "Unsulphured blackstrap mollases" that will be great.We can then match it, perhaps that will make some difference.

Thanks & Regards

Replied by Janna
London, Uk
4 out of 5 stars

I have noticed some improvement too after about 6 months of taking a multivitamin containing huge amounts of B vit group. Three month into it, I also added BSM after reading positive feedbacks on this website. Once or twice a day, BSM taken with milk and brewers yeast. So, yes, I added more vit B in the form of brewers yeast. Now I can see auburn highlights so clearly around my face (on the temples and just above my forehead). My natural colour is ash blond and these auburn highlights look quite different from my natural colour but it is still better than having these patches grey. My grey strands, however, are still there on the rest of my head. I found a few strands with brown roots but the white rest. So it is definitely helping but slowly. I have recently added black sesame seeds (like 10 days ago). One table spoon a day. One chinese doctor advised me taking them as in China these are known to promote black and healthy hair.

Replied by Sue
Kent, Wa Usa

I need help very badly and hoping there's a positive answer. I have been suffering from fungus many years now... I think I breathed it in or contact with my skin when I was cleaning some old belongings of people... It was almost at an instant I got very sick... Felt like an old withered log eaten buy termites and feeling extremely dirty.... I finally went to see a doctor... I got better but I am not really cured... I sneeze too easily and it seems to dominate my left side especially in my left nostril... I have tried almost everything to cure it but it won't comletely leave me along... I read all your post about fungus and gray hair using molasses.... I would like so much to use it but I am worried about this fungus... Do you think I will be feeding the fungus? Any alternative?

Replied by Steve
Bothell, Wa

To Sue in Kent, WA. -- try pure oil of oregano for fungus / mold issues. You also may want to consult a reputable naturopath in your area.

Replied by Sarah
Auckland, Nz

I realise it's been YEARS since I last posted a comment, but I just thought I'd inform everyone that I'm now 42 and still dark of hair. I no longer take the vitamin B, just the dessert spoonful of organic un-sulphured blackstrap molasses each morning. Good luck out there.

EC: Thank you for updating us after 8 years, yea!