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These days, blackstrap molasses isn't just an ingredient in gingerbread cookies, brown bread and baked beans. This sticky syrup is used internally and externally as a natural hair remedy. Blackstrap molasses is easily added to your favorite recipes to promote hair growth. It is also easily combined with other ingredients to form an external remedy for your scalp that its proponents say can increase hair growth at the source.
Blackstrap Molasses Properties
When sugar and water are boiled together, a sweet syrup is formed and becomes thicker and darker each time this sugary syrup is cooled and re-boiled. The third re-boiling forms blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap molasses contains many important nutrients, including potassium, calcium and iron. It is also a direct source of vitamins, including vitamin C and E.
Millions of women experience hair loss and thinning every year. Many of these cases are from hormonal changes, such as pregnancy and childbirth; increased stress and fatigue; and more serious conditions, such as female pattern baldness. Your body's overall health directly affects hair growth. Blackstrap molasses provides large quantities of nutrients, minerals and vitamins that your body needs to grow and thicken your hair. Applying blackstrap molasses to your scalp promotes overall health, stimulates the scalp's glands and increases blood flow while directly providing nutrients such as iron and calcium that are needed for hair growth.
Blackstrap molasses is easily substituted for sugar in most recipes with a few adjustments. It's simple; 1-1/3 cup of blackstrap molasses is added for every 1 cup of sugar. Blackstrap molasses has a much stronger flavor and acidity (think the distinct flavor of gingerbread cookies) so substituting the entire amount of sugar in a recipe will seriously alter the flavor. Also, for every 1-1/3 cup of blackstrap molasses, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to cut the acidity. Remember, blackstrap molasses is a liquid, unlike sugar, so adding it to a recipe requires reducing the recipe's liquid down by five tablespoons.
Using blackstrap molasses as a topical hair treatment may sound like a big sticky mess but the good benefits, especially for women experiencing hair loss or thinning, will outweigh the bad if you get results. Blackstrap molasses can be massaged directly into your scalp without any other ingredients. If stickiness isn't your cup of tea, combine one part blackstrap molasses with two parts olive oil and massage into your scalp. Work both methods down into your hair, which utilizes vitamin E to shine, strengthen and soften your locks. Massage into your scalp for 10 minutes and wash your hair as normal.