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Posted by Tina (Altoona, Pa) on 11/18/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Blackstrap Molasses has been an incredible relief for monthly cramps that were becoming intolerable. I am 46 years of age and I have tried multiple remedies. The beet juice was also effective but molasses is quicker and easier to take. I got lazy and skipped a month and the terrible monthly pain returned. I highly recommend!!

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Posted by Katherine (Seattle, Wa, Usa) on 10/10/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I usually get cramps worst at night and in the morning. Last night about an hour before bed, I ate between 1 to 2 tablespoons of BSM and although I had cramps when I went to bed, I know I did not have them all night because I woke up a couple times (unrelated) without any. Also, in the morning, when they are usually the worst, I had none! I've now been awake for about three hours and still no cramps! I am SOO happy!

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Posted by Amy (Salt Lake City, Ut) on 07/28/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Happily amazed! Blackstrap molasses works for cramps. After a decade of 7 day periods with heavy clotting combined with 800 mg of ibuprofen every 4 hours to manage the pain, this last period I took absolutely no medication and experienced only mild discomfort. In addition, my period only lasted 4 days. One month ago I began taking one tablespoon of organic unsulphered blackstrap molasses (diluted with warm organic soy milk to taste), one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar mixed with a glass of water, and one small beet (canned in water). I did this approximately 5 out of 7 days a week. I usually did this in the morning and took each separately. After reading posts for cramps, fibroids, and ovarian cysts which often mentioned beets, acv, and bsm I decided to combine them all. It works.

Replied by Courtney
(Kailua, Hi)

Just an FYI that the estrogen in soy can also cause menstrual symptoms to be worse (this was certainly the case for me). I mention this since you said you were drinking soy milk. I drink almond milk now. :)

Replied by Marcin
(Toronto, Canada)

A delicious way to have Blackstrap Molasses is to put it into fennel tea. The two combine well together taste-wise.

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Posted by Sanddollar (Billings, Mt) on 08/02/2009 11 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I just wanted to write and say thank you for your site and the blackstrap molasses remedy. I am 25 years old and began taking blackstrap molasses after reading that it can help with gray hair and menstrual problems. I started taking the molasses a couple of months ago. I took 2 tablespoons a day of unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses (the one with the yellow label). I looked at some other brands too but this one was the only one that said on the label that (besides having only half the calories) supplied 20% of the daily recommendation of calcium, iron, and vitamin A. I took it every day for a month, 2 tablespoons a day straight from the spoon. I don't like the taste much, but swallowing it quickly this way was easier for me than mixing it in with oatmeal or a drink and taking it slowly.

Ever since I started menstruating when I was fourteen, I have had extremely painful, long, heavy, clotty periods. After one month of taking the blackstrap molasses my period came and it was not clotty (and sorry if this is too much information, but I was happy that the blood was actually red instead of brown!), and only lasted 3 days! It was still quite painful at first, so I took some acetaminophen but after that first dose I didn't feel anything at all! Usually I am groggy and bloating and crampy for days.

Also, after this experience, I stopped taking it to see if that was really what made the difference. My next period came and it was terrible and lasted about a week and a half. So I started taking the molasses again about a week ago. This time I only took one tablespoon a day, but I also at this time started taking a couple of tablespoons of brewer's yeast a day. I mix them in soup or sandwich spreads, or sprinkle a tablespoon on my popcorn at night. It tastes really good to me, actually. My period started this morning and I have not taken any pain medication for it! This is unbelievable to me because always before this, I have had to rush to take pain medication when my period starts so that it will start working before the pain gets really bad - the pain is so excruciating that I start shaking, get a fever, ache all over, and vomit. My back and stomach usually cramp up so badly that I am literally writhing.

Anyway, this morning I woke up with some cramps from the period and I thought I'd better run to take something, but then I thought, maybe it won't be so bad this time, and sure enough, it has been a couple of hours and here I am typing this letter. I've still got a little bit of cramping, but if I want to I know I could go without the pain medication and function normally (and I think I will). I don't know if this is just from the molasses, or from adding the brewer's yeast this time, but I plan to keep up both remedies because I think the brewer's yeast is also clearing up my acne and eczema. Usually I break out in zits (and especially a big one or two on my chin and forhead) whenever I get my period, but this time my acne is actually going away instead. No new pimples whatsoever.

Replied by Mariana
11 posts

Hi, I wanted to update my post from 2009 about the blackstrap molasses because it ended up being un-maintainable for me to eat that much molasses every day... and I quit and I guess the results (having not super severe cramps verses. severe) were not worth the daily suffering of downing 2 Tbsp of molasses... Now I've gone back to just popping a couple of Tylenol right at the onset of my period and that seems to work well enough to make life livable. Maybe I'll try the molasses again sometime but taking it for those few months made me not really care if I never taste it again!

Replied by Tammy
5 out of 5 stars

Hey there.

I too suffered from severe cramping. But what I do is just take the molasses beginning the day before my period starts and during my period, only. It works! I make a tea a few times a day and my cramps are minimal!

Also, I have a hard time with the taste, so I make it in a teas, as I mentioned above. My fav is chai tea with a little cream or almond milk, and 1 teaspoon of unsulphered blackstrap molasses (sometimes I add a hint of sugar r honey too lol). If its a night, I use a decaf tea and the same additions.

Try that instead of every day? Good luck :)

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Posted by Liberty (Eden, NC) on 05/06/2009
1 out of 5 stars

I'm a 35-year-old female. I've been diagnosed with PCOS, other than that I have no diagnosed illnesses although I suspect a thyroid disorder even though the test comes back normal. I do not take any precription medication. Ever since I started my period at age 12, I've had horrible cramps that I have to treat with a lot of pain medication and a heating pad. The cramps have lasted a day or two and my period has lasted 3-4 days. I started taking 1 tbsp. a day of Plantation blackstrap molasses about 2 months ago after reading what great experiences other women have had in curing cramps. My experience has been terrible. Since I started on the molasses, my period has extended to 5 days with more severe cramping each day. I know that treatments don't work the same for each person, but I'm very curious as to why the molasses caused this reaction. Any ideas?

Replied by LaToya
(Chicago, IL)

Hi Liberty, have you tried using an organic brand of Blackstrap Molasses. I don't think I can mention brand name here, but the kind I use is organic and also unsulphered. I purchase it from a health food store. I don't think the grocery store molasses has the same health benefits. I hope the organic brand works for you.

Replied by Liberty
(Eden, NC)

Hi LaToya. Thanks for responding! The brand that I used said it was organic. I truly am baffled why my reaction to it was bad; however, I haven't given up. I'm trying other remedies I've found on this site.

Replied by Zakiyaa
(Northwestern, Pa, Usa)

was your molasses unsulphured?? if not, the sulfur in the molasses could be causing the cramps to get worse.

Replied by Kay
(Atlanta, Ga)
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I agree with the others. 1- Make sure you are using the Unsulphuredd BSM 2- Use 1 TBSP 2x a day in an 8 ounce bottle of water.

Everyone's body reacts differently but your reaction seems outside the norm.

I was experiencing sever "flooding" whch began 02.21.11 I read the reviews and began taking it in the morning 02.22.11 By 02.24.11, I had no cramps, flooding turned into a regular flow and the clotting disappeared.

I will say, an unexpected side effect was flatulance and loose stool, but that went away by the 6th day.

If you don't have high blood pressure, you may want to research usage of Golden Seal as well. But, I prefered the immediate results from the BSM.

Good luck to you.

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Posted by Karen (Foxboro, MA) on 05/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to tell my experience with blackstrap Molassas was almost instant! I have been suffering for years with very heavy periods that come every 21 days! After getting my tubes tied my periods went to hell. Very heavy, clots, bleeding every 21 days for 5/7 days with MAJOR cramps!
I found this website and decided to give it a try! I started the morning my period started. I took a tablespoon that morning and again that evening. Continued that each day. To my surprise, within 3 days..my period STOPPED! That is the first time in 3 years that I didn't have a long, heavy, crampy period! I am a believer!! Now if I can just get my period back to a 28 day cycle..I will be TRHILLED!!


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Posted by Tina (Rochester, NY USA) on 03/24/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Black Strap Molasses and menstrual cramps: I started taking 1 TBSP of organic black strap molasses in my coffee a couple of days before my period. I ordinarily have to take (2)ibuprofen every 4 hours for the first 2 days. This month I cut way back on the frequency of the ibuprofen. It seems like the black strap molasses is having a positive effect. I will know better next month. I do not like taking medication, so any natural remedy is a welcome change.

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Posted by sac (Columbia, Missouri) on 02/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Blackstrap Molasses helped with my menstrual cramps. I took 1-2 tablespoons during each day of my period. It did not take away all the cramping but it has drastically reduced them to the point where I am taking a Midol occasionally during my period instead of eating Advil like candy. I think if I take 2 tablespoons each day the cramps may go away completely. I am also noticing that the Molasses in conjunction with another homeopathic seems to be lightening my flow. This is great news as I was contemplating going back on the pill just to get a lighter period again. I tried taking the Molasses everyday but it seemed to increase my acne so I am only taking it during my period. 2 months down and I am singing its praises!! Thanks to all on Earth Clinic who posted remedies and comments, it is extremely helpful.

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Posted by Leah (Las Vegas, NV) on 07/14/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I tried Blackstrap Molasses after reading about it on this site. I was so amazed that it worked so quickly. I was only taking a teaspoon once a day for a couple of days before my period started and I didn't have any cramps. And I ALWAYS get cramps. Thanks Earth Clinic and all the people who write about their experiences!

Replied by Barkhay
(Dubai, Uae)

Hi I have a fibroid 2.2 in my uterus as well as polyps and endo thick wall since last two years I was bleeding heavily for around 10 days five months back this worsened and my periods would not stop. The doctor did a D&C on me in August and there was no malignant issue after five weeks of D&C. I got my menses which did not stop I was again bleeding heavily and getting big clots. The doctor put me on primolut N to regulate. When I stopped after 20 days I got my menses and I was back again to heavy bleeding. Again the doctor asked me to take primolut.

Two weeks back I came across this website and immediately went and bought ACV and soda bicarb and also unsulphured molasses and started having this along with primolut. When I stopped the pill and got my menses the first day was okay but the second day was the worst of my life I had HUGE clot of blood almost the length and breadth of my pad and when I went to the toilet it fell off on the potty I was scared seeing the size of that... But after that I felt as if my body has settled down I had no more clots but as always the bleeding did not stop until even the 6th day and I was told to take primolut again...

Can Ted or anyone tell me why this happened? I have been religiously having ACV twice a day and molasses once or twice a day but still am bleeding, can ACV and primolut be taken together? Thanks so much in advance for any response- appreciate it.

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Posted by Ann (NY, NY) on 01/07/2008
5 out of 5 stars

re: BSM for cramps. I used 1-2 TBS in tea or coffee at the start of cramps and throughout my period and only had to pop one Aleve this cycle instead of 4-5. Takes effect in about 30 minutes. I've also been oil pulling and drinking acv (2 TBS) and baking soda (1/4tsp) 6 out of 7 days since thanksgiving 2007 so this may have helped also. Thanks Earth Clinic!

Replied by Jdth
(Ny, NY)

Hi Amy! Your approach sounds like something I would do, combine everything in hope of getting the best results. I am glad this worked for you. Thanks to you, the Earth Clinic web site creators/managers, and so many others for sharing!

Replied by Bonecrusher
(Bosstown, Usa)

NO wonder you've been having problems, you drink soy milk. That garbage will ruin your hormonal balance.

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Posted by Samantha (Reno, NV) on 12/08/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I tried using blackstrap molasses for a extremely heavy period with clots and severe cramps. I have been having the problem for over two years and have been to the doctor a few times to see what could be done about this problem. The doctor advised me to go on birth control pills which I did not want to do. I found this website and thought there is no way this could work but I'm going to try it. I started using the BSM about two weeks ago. I have definitely noticed with this period that it is lighter and I can't believe I'm hardly have any clots and no "flooding" this time. Also cramping is minimal this time. I'm going to keep up the treatment and I will let you all know my progress. I'm ecstatic! Thank You EC!

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Posted by Becky (Queen Creek, AZ) on 05/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the blackstrap molasses remedy last month for menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding. I started taking it right about when my period started. It helped a little bit, but I did still have some cramping. But I have been taking it every day for the past month and a half, and when I had my period this month, I had ABSOLUTELY NO CRAMPING! How wonderful! I think the bleeding was a normal level as well. Thanks for much for the info! I take 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses every morning in a glass of water along with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

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Posted by Kim (Westport, MA) on 02/25/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have followed the advice of others on this site regarding the blackstrap molasses cure for cramps! Ohhhhhh my it DOES WORK! I take 1 Tablespoon daily no matter what everyday. During my cycle when my cramps begin I take another tablespoon, guess what within 10-20 minutes I have no pain, no nothing, no symptoms. I also take Apple Cider Vinegar daily as well, and I feel this is helping with the bloating I would have normally gotten. I wish I had taken advice sooner, but all that matters is that it works! I trust what I read here on this site, because it works for me! My fingernails are growing strong and I am also able to have better bowel function, all in all this natural stuff is THE MIRACLE I have been looking for., They say when the student is ready the teacher appears! Guess I was ready! Thanks earthclinic for being my teacher, thanks to all those who write there words within this site. Thank you!

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Posted by Caroline (Nairobi, Kenya) on 02/12/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Dear everybody, Thank you for your inspiring info about molasses. I have had fibroids for the last 3 years and all my life suffered from horrible period cramps. I was encouraged to drink 1' tsp of molasses daily with a cup of hot water day and night for the last 1 month and much to my amazement for the first time in my life i experienced no cramps whatsoever. I'm confident my fibroids will be a thing of the past soon...Keep up the good work guys. Ill keep you posted.

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Posted by Suzy (British Columbia, Canada) on 10/24/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I SWEAR by this. Taking 2 or more tbsp. (I recommend 3-4 actually) of blackstrap molasses at a time and swallowing it down with water. Within 25 minutes your period cramps will be gone. Also repeat this every few hours at least the first 2 days then you can lessen it if you wish because you will also within half a day, notice a huge reduction in your flow. I know that much molasses at once is so rich (and gross!) to me but it works so well I've stuck to it for years. I used to sweat from the pain of my cramps...I never get them anymore. The bottom line is my flow is cut in half and the days are also cut in half. Someone please try it at least once and put your answer on here. It just works so great. Maybe you can mix the molasses in water or something to make it easier?? Good Luck!

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