Natural Menstrual Remedy: 12 Ways To Use Blackstrap Molasses Daily

By Livii Hess | The Alternative Daily

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We spend a lot of time bashing sugar here at The Alternative Daily. Along with trans fats and factory-farmed meat, it’s basically enemy number one. But did you know that there is a product made from sugar cane that is considered a superfood? It’s called blackstrap molasses, and it’s essentially the antithesis of refined white sugar.

That’s because blackstrap molasses is what’s left behind when nearly all of the sugar is processed out of the sugar cane. Blackstrap molasses encompasses most of the nutritious parts of the sugarcane plant, like the vitamins and minerals.


Historically, blackstrap molasses has been used as somewhat of a cure-all, for problems like constipation, anemia and ulcers. There is wisdom in this time-honored approach, since modern research and analysis shows that blackstrap molasses contains an impressive array of nutrients which can help support numerous functions within the body.

Some of the highlights include vitamin B6, manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron and selenium. Blackstrap molasses also provides some calcium, copper and chromium. The vitamins and minerals in the molasses occur in natural proportions since it comes directly from the sugarcane plant. As we have often discussed, nutrients are always better absorbed from whole food sources with the various cofactors and phytochemicals that come along with them. Blackstrap molasses could therefore be classed as a whole food supplement.

This is not to say that blackstrap molasses should be consumed in large amounts, since it still ranks fairly high on the glycemic index:

  • Blackstrap molasses: 55
  • White sugar: 64
  • Raw honey: 30
  • Maple syrup: 54

While it should still be considered a sweetener to be eaten in restricted amounts (like any other of our favorite “healthy” natural sweeteners), the wide range of beauty and health benefits make blackstrap molasses a good daily choice. Here are 12 smart ways to incorporate blackstrap molasses into your wellness regime.

Hair conditioner


While formal scientific evidence is lacking, thousands of testimonials point to the hair-enhancing benefits of blackstrap molasses, including softer texture, reversal of grey hair and reduction of hair loss. These effects are likely thanks to the anti-aging antioxidant minerals found in blackstrap molasses, which include selenium, manganese and zinc. Copper is also needed for healthy hair and to produce the pigment that gives hair its original color. Consuming one to two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses in water will act as an internal remedy for better hair. Another option is to dilute it with water and then apply it as a conditioning treatment for 15 minutes before rinsing clean.

Blackstrap for the skin

Blackstrap molasses is celebrated for a variety of skin-related benefits, including anti-aging, exfoliating and softening. It is also used as a remedy against skin conditions such as acne, eczema and rosacea. To use blackstrap molasses as a nourishing face wash, simply dilute slightly with water and apply to the skin. Leave it on for five minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Menstrual remedy

Many women recommend blackstrap molasses as a fast-acting remedy against painful or heavy periods. The unique blend of vitamins and minerals serves to ease pain and replenish the body to provide relief. Those suffering with menstrual pain say that drinking a cup or two of hot water or tea with blackstrap molasses will help ease discomfort within 20 to 30 minutes. Using blackstrap regularly should help reduce the severity of menstrual issues over time.

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Baking

One of the most delicious ways to incorporate blackstrap molasses into your routine is to bake with it! Gingerbread or spiced molasses cookies are the obvious choices, but other recipes that complement the dark, earthy, bittersweet flavor of blackstrap will work great. Try loaves, muffins or pies incorporating pumpkin, apple, raisins or pecans. We recommend baking with grain-free flours and meals such as those made from flaxseed, coconut, almonds, and arrowroot, etc.

Roasted vegetables

Savory dishes are also delicious with a little bit of blackstrap. Try glazing sweet potatoes or carrots with some butter and molasses for an appealing sweet flavor.

Marinades, glazes, dressings and sauces

Another way to use blackstrap molasses in the kitchen is to incorporate it into homemade condiments. Barbecue sauce is a popular option, as are marinades and glazes for pork or chicken. Also try mixing up a salad dressing with blackstrap molasses and balsamic vinegar.

Sweeten oatmeal or yogurt

If you make your own nutritious breakfast incorporating oatmeal, yogurt or granola, why not sweeten it with blackstrap molasses? It’s a mineral-rich alternative to the honey or maple syrup that you might normally use.

Raw energy balls

Blackstrap molasses makes a great binding agent for recipes such as homemade power bars or energy balls since it is so sticky. Try replacing some or all of the honey or maple syrup in your recipe with blackstrap molasses to add a deeper flavor and a nutritional boost. It goes great with ingredients such as dates, cinnamon, almonds and raisins.

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