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Boost your energy with molasses. Not only does it taste good, its also a rich source of iron, (one tablespoon contains 4.5gms of iron), which means its particularly good for pregnant or menstruating women, vegetarians and people suffering from anemia. It’s much healthier than many other sources of iron because it is low in calories and completely fat free. Molasses is also a rich source of calcium which strengthens bones, teeth and heart muscles. It’s also rich in copper, manganese and potassium.

What is blackstrap molasses & what is the difference between regular molasses & blackstrap molasses? Regular 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.

“Sugar canes are harvested and machines are used to press the juice out of the cane. The sugar cane roots go very deeply into the soil, commonly 15 feet down and ranging from 6.5 to 19 feet – deep enough to bypass nutrient depleted topsoils that have become the norm and take in more nutrients. That juice is boiled then put through centrifugal machinery to extract the sugar crystals from the liquid. There are three grades of molasses: sulphured, unsulphured, and blackstrap.

Sulphur is used to process unripe green sugar cane. This chemical sulphur is not so good for most human consumption. Sun ripened sugar cane is processed without using sulphur. So unsulphered molasses is a better choice. The third boiling necessary to extract table sugar from sugar cane or beet sugar produces a thick dark substance known as blackstrap molasses, which is the most nutrient dense of all”. (quote source:  http://www.naturalnews.com/026296_molasses_health_sugar.html)

Four Health Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is one of the few sweeteners that are actually good for you. Unlike refined sugar or artificial sweeteners, blackstrap contains several important nutrients.

Minerals to Boost Energy

In addition to being a simple carbohydrate, which can be quickly converted to energy, blackstrap molasses also contains high levels of iron, manganese and copper, all of which can translate into an energy boost for those with low iron levels. Menstruating and lactating women in particular are at danger of having lower levels of iron, which can lead to fatigue. Blackstrap molasses is one way to help correct an iron deficiency.

Calcium for Strong Bones

If you have trouble taking in enough servings of dairy to help provide you with enough calcium, blackstrap molasses can be a helpful addition to your diet. Just two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will give you nearly 12 percent of your daily need for calcium, as well as some magnesium, which is needed to help absorb the calcium properly.

Improved Sleep

Blackstrap molasses contains several nutrients that are linked to better sleep, such as calcium, magnesium and B-6. It also has a high glucose count, which has been tied to higher tryptophan levels; the natural chemical that makes you feel tired. A high glucose, rather than sucrose, count may also help to boost serotonin levels in the brain, leading to better sleep.

Gray Hair Reversal

While there is no scientific research to back this up, many people take one to two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses everyday as a cure for gray hair. The theory is that the high copper levels in the molasses help to stimulate melanin production and re-pigment the hair. Success has been reported in as little as two to three weeks after beginning the regimen.

Supplementing With Blackstrap Molasses

The amount of blackstrap molasses you will need to take each day will be directly impacted by the results you want to get. Take the molasses in the following quantities to get the desired results:

  • As an iron supplement: Take one tablespoon daily
  • As a calcium supplement: Take two teaspoons daily
  • To help improve sleep: Take one to two tablespoons nightly
  • To help reverse gray hair: Take one to two tablespoons daily

TRADITIONAL RECIPE:

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

ICED MOLASSES RECIPE:
1 TBLS Blackstrap Molasses
Hot Water
3/4 cup Organic Milk or Almond Milk
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 organic milk or almond milk. Avoiding milk? Try these recipes DIY Raw Organic Almond, Coconut, & Rice Milks &  DIY Raw Seeds Milks – Sunflower, Sesame, Chia, Hemp… Even yummier is to blend the whole concoction.

Cautions to Consider

While blackstrap molasses does contain more minerals than ordinary table sugar, it is still a high-calorie simple sugar, which can produce a blood sugar spike. Like all sugars, it should be used in moderation, in conjunction with a healthy diet.

When purchasing blackstrap molasses, be sure to look for products that are made of 100 percent molasses, with no added corn syrup or fillers. Whenever possible, look for blackstrap molasses that is unsulfured, rather than molasses made with sulfur. Sulfur is used to ripen green sugarcanes, and the excess can be found in molasses made from green sugarcanes. Look for unsulfured molasses whenever possible to avoid potential health concerns from ingesting sulfur.

Add Blackstrap Molasses to a Healthy Diet

Using blackstrap molasses in place of ordinary sugar can be a natural way to help increase your intake of vitamins and minerals on an everyday basis. If you suspect that you suffer from anemia or another health condition, make sure you speak to your doctor before beginning a regiment of blackstrap molasses. Add blackstrap molasses to your normal healthy diet to see what benefits it may bring to you.

Blackstrap Molasses Nutrition Facts

Amount of Blackstrap Molasses: 2.00 tsp
Total Weight of Blackstrap Molasses: 13.67 grams
Nutrients
Amount
Basic Components
 
Carbohydrates
8.31 g
Water
3.92 g
Ash
1.12 g
Other carbs
2.46 g
Sugar- total
5.85 g
Monosaccharide
2.09 g
Disaccharides
3.68 g
Calories
Total Calories
32.12 KJ
Vitamins
Niacin  B3
0.15 mg
Riboflavin – B2
0.01 mg
Niacin equiv
0.15 mg
Vitamin B6
0.10 mg
Folate
0.14 mcg
Pantothenic acid
0.12 mg
Minerals
Calcium
117.53 mg
Copper
0.28 mg
Iron
2.39 mg
Magnesium
29.38 mg
Manganese
0.36 mg
Phosphorus
5.47 mg
Potassium
340.57 mg
Selenium
2.43 mcg
Sodium
7.52 mg
Zinc
0.14 mg
Buying & Storing Facts
 
  • Store blackstrap molasses in a tightly-sealed container, in the refrigerator or a cool and dry place, to retard mold growth. If the mold still grows, discard the syrup immediately.
  • Keep opened containers of the syrup for not more than six months and sealed containers for a year.
  • Make sure that that blackstrap molasses is unsulphured, as there are chances of chemicals present in it. Though it has a cleaner and clarified taste, people might be sensitive to it.
  • Clean the outside of the blackstrap molasses’ bottle, in case of any drip, to avoid growth of mold.
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Blackstrap Molasses Facial Beauty Treatment ~ 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Organic Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Organic Green Tea Powder
  • 2-3 drops of Essential Oil i.e. (use Tea Tree for acne prone skin, use Ylang Ylang for mature/dry skin, use Geranium for combination skin).

Take a bowl and mingle the ingredients nicely to make a smooth paste. If the paste is thick, then you can add few drops of water in it. Apply this paste on your face and let it dry out for at least 20 minutes, rinse with water. This home made facial mask will detoxify your skin and is ideal for acne and blackheads treatment.

Also great for the garden…

If the health of your garden is suffering, if some of your plants are riddled with pests, or if you just want to grow the best plants possible, molasses fertilizer may be what you need.

Actually, it’s not so much a fertilizer as food for the beneficial microorganisms in your soil and on your leaves. Molasses has some nutrients, too, but it’s mostly about the carbohydrates – the sugar. And it’s not some silly home remedy. It’s actually one of the most important things I bring in to my garden.

When To Use Molasses

Sometimes it’s just the simple things that our garden needs.

You can use molasses as fertilizer because microbes need sugar. Our soil may very well be lacking in this sugar, especially if we don’t have a functioning ecosystem with nutrient cycling and humus formation occurring, and especially if we’re removing the grass clippings or neglecting to keep a quality mulch layer in the garden.

Molasses is a relatively inexpensive tool to use as we transition to an ecosystem that is more alive.

It’s a very good idea to apply it with most microbial inoculants such as compost tea because it gives the microbes instant food to begin working with.

It’s essential to apply a sugar source like molasses with nitrogen fertilizers to give the microbes a carbon source they can use in order to effectively work with that nitrogen, kind of like how we try to balance carbon and nitrogen in a compost pile.

How To Apply Molasses

Molasses can be mixed with 100 parts water and sprayed directly onto plants and soil. This could be done regularly, such as monthly or even weekly.

Usually, I’ll combine this molasses fertilizer with other liquid organic fertilizers like kelp while I’m doing it, and as mentioned above, I always combine it with microbial inoculants and nitrogen fertilizers like fish. Molasses is also sticky and helps everything stick to the plant leaves.

I mix it with water in a backpack sprayer or hose end sprayer, but even a watering can would work.

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