blackstrap molasses for skin and hair health?

 

Blackstrap molasses, also known as black treacle, is so much more than just another sugar syrup. I’ll never forget this woman I met who’s skin was GLOWING like nothing I had ever seen before. When she spoke to me I couldn’t stop staring at how beautiful her skin was. When that became the topic of our conversation she asked me to guess her age and my assumption was she must have been in her 30s, she proudly corrected me and said she was 52. Automatically I asked what she uses in her skin care routine, her response was not was I was expecting. She said the only thing she uses to wash her face is black strap molasses… very interesting. She continued to tell me that she was from Greece and in Europe this was a very common beauty essential for women. Immediately I purchased a bottle of organic 100% blackstrap molasses and went home to do my research. I now use this sticky kitchen staple quite often in my beauty routines. Here’s how & why;

Skin Care:

Blackstrap molasses has a high content of anti-oxidants and naturally occurring lactic acid which make it great for fighting acne, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. It has also proven to be affective treating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

-Apply a full layer to your face and neck and leave it on for about 3-5 minutes. Rinse. Tone. Moisturize. You can also do this on any part of your body that may need a little extra love

 Hair Care:

Since molasses is such a good source of minerals it can help restore your hair health inside and out. It provides many nutrients that can help you stop or slow down the effects of aging, including premature graying. Molasses is also great for moisturizing your hair and scalp. Being that it is very rich in copper it helps form collagen which inhibits growth and can prevent hair loss.

-Make a bi weekly hair mask with molasses, castor oil, peppermint & rosemary essential oils and yogurt. just mix 1-2 tablespoons molasses, 10 drops of each essential oil, and 1-2 tablespoons of castor oil in about a cup of yogurt (adjust based on the length/thickness of your hair). Let it sit for about 30 mins to an hour and wash out

-Taking molasses internally is also a great way to reap the benefits it can have on your hair

Other benefits include:

  • Can help treat anemia since very high in iron
  • Easing menstrual cramps by providing minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and vitamin B6
  • Promote bone health by providing nutrients such as calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and magnesium
  • Promote cardiovascular health and helping keep blood sugar balanced by providing nutrients such as Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and manganese

100 grams (3.5oz) of Blackstrap Molasses is equal to about:

(Info taken from https://draxe.com/blackstrap-molasses/)

  • 290 calories
  • zero fat
  • zero cholesterol
  • 37 milligrams sodium
  • 75 grams carbohydrate
  • zero dietary fiber
  • 55 grams sugar
  • zero protein
  • 0.7 vitamin B6 (34 percent DV)
  • 0.8 milligrams pantothenic acid (8 percent DV)
  • 0.9 milligrams niacin (5 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams thiamine (3 percent DV)
  • 1.5 milligrams manganese (77 percent DV)
  • 242 milligrams magnesium (61 percent DV)
  • 1,464 milligrams potassium (42 percent DV)
  • 4.7 milligrams iron (26 percent DV)
  • 17 micrograms selenium (25 percent DV)
  • 0.5 milligrams copper (24 percent DV)
  • 205 milligrams calcium (20 percent DV)
  • 31 milligrams phosphorus (3 percent DV)
  • 37 milligrams sodium (2 percent DV)

 

 

Here’s what I use. You can get it at Whole Foods and many other grocery stores or order it online at Amazon or Vitacost.

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