I have had molasses around my home for awhile – so long it didn’t expire. One day I needed to deep condition my hair and my mom suggested the use of molasses. It was great to my hair so I continued to do so when I was out of a deep conditioner. Check out my DIY deep conditioner here with this superfood here.
Did you know that Molasses was a sugar? The most nutrient-densed sugar? It is made when sugar cane syrup is boiled for the third time creating what you would call “blackstrap molasses.” This is very unrefined and is the best choice if you want to reap the benefits for your hair and skin.
Now that we know how it’s made, let’s get into what it contains and the benefits of it..
How It Benefits our Hair & Skin
The reason why blackstrap molasses is so beneficial to our hair and skin is because of the high vitamin and mineral content such as iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, calcium, potassium, sulphur and vitamin B6, as well as, high in antioxidants such as manganese and phenols.
- Antioxidants contribute to good hair health because they fight free radical activity and oxidative stress, which assist in the proliferation of many different symptoms of premature aging, including gray hair and hair loss. [SOURCE]
- Two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses contains approximately 14% of your daily recommended intake of copper, as well as many other trace minerals (such as magnesium, iron, and selenium) which work ‘hand-in-hand’ with copper to help restore your body’s physiological health. Indeed, copper supplements are sometimes viewed as vanity supplements, since many people who take it do so for its physical benefits – including improved hair quality, as well as the possibility of restoring graying hair back to its original color (copper aids the production of the hair and skin pigment melanin). [SOURCE]
- According to naturalnews.com, one serving which is equal to two tablespoons is approximately 14 of our recommended daily intake (RDI) of copper– an important trace mineral whose peptides help to rebuild the structure and support healthy hair growth. Long term consumption of blackstrap has been linked to improved hair quality, hair regrowth and preventing gray hair and restoration of hair color.
- Blackstrap molasses contains natural sulfur/sulphur which is a mild natural fungicide, that rehydrates & detoxifies cell fibers by allowing water & nutrients into the cells & toxins to flow out. Sulphur is one of the key building blocks for healthy hair growth. A lack of sulphur may weaken the skin cells causing irregular sebum activity on the surface of the scalp.[SOURCE]
- The health benefits of molasses also include relief from acne. It contains lactic acid, which helps in relieving the symptoms of acne. Lactic acid is produced by lactic acid bacteria, and plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism. It is effectively used in the preparation of natural, non-toxic and non-allergenic treatments of a physiological nature for curing acne and other skin ailments. [SOURCE]
How to Take
Blackstrap molasses is a health food and should be used as such. Any physical benefits it provides your body, such as improved hair and skin, should really be viewed as a bonus rather than the main reason for taking it. Fortunately, the recommended dose of one tablespoon per day – preferably in the morning, since that’s when you’ll probably need the energy most – is enough blackstrap to serve as both a health supplement, and a method of improving one’s hair and general appearance.
Do not expect the blackstrap molasses to improve your hair immediately, however. If your hair is graying, you will need to wait a few months (of taking at least one tablespoon a day) to notice real changes. After all, the blackstrap won’t be returning an existing hair to its original color, but rather, causing the ‘aged’ hair to fall out and be replaced by a new and more youthful hair.
Incidentally, if you’re a man whose hair is receding and you wish to restore hair growth, then you’re in luck. Not only can blackstrap molasses stimulate hair growth, but it can do so in half the time it takes to replace a graying hair, since the body does not need to remove aging hair before replacing it. Therefore, if you’re someone who wants to both stimulate hair growth and revitalize existing hair using blackstrap, expect to see hair growth first, before the blackstrap can ‘deal’ with existing gray or brittle hair. But the most important thing is that it will deal with both, as long as you stick with it as a supplement. If you find that nothing is happening after a few months, then you may wish to increase your dose of blackstrap. However, one tablespoon a day is ideal for almost all people. [SOURCE]
How to Use
Blackstrap molasses can be used internally and topically for benefits.
- Remember to drink two tablespoons per day in the morning. Not everyone like the taste of blackstrap molasses (personally I don’t). If you’re unable to take molasses in the traditional way (mixing it with hot water and drinking it once it’s warm), then you might consider adding another liquid, such as milk, to help improve the taste. Since molasses is sugary, it might also be a good idea to drink it with a straw to avoid getting it on your teeth (stainless steel straws are a good choice, since they’re much more environmentally friendly than disposable plastic straws).
- This can also be used as a prepoo and a deep conditioner (click here to see my DIY deep conditioner). You can use my DIY mixture before shampooing on dry hair or you can use this mixture after shampooing and before conditioning. Personally, I find that applying this mixture before shampooing yields the best results on my hair.
Disclaimer: Avoid taking blackstrap molasses at night – it is an energy booster and might keep you awake.
Until next time,
Peace & Love.