Monday, 17 November 2008

A Tin of Molasses

Jo has recently been looking for Molasses but it seems our local supermarkets do not stock it. Black Strap Molasses is made from Sugar Cane. The roots of the sugar cane grow as deep as 15 feet and therefore are able to receive a broad spectrum of minerals and trace elements normally lacking in the top soils. The sugar is removed, leaving behind the exceptionally rich mineral/trace element cocktail, with a good selection of vitamins. It a great source of iron and calcium, but it's also a source of potassium, magnesium, copper, and manganese. People are said to have overcome all sorts of serious, seemingly intractable health problems with molasses alone! This includes cases of various types of Cancer, Osteo-arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, strokes, poor nervous system, skin disorders; the list goes on and on. Many people claim to have reversed their grey hair with it. This may be at least partly due to the copper content, as copper deficiency can lead to prematurely grey hair.

Dad used to take a heaped teaspoon of molasses every day. It was a daily routine – one of those little rituals that go to make a household memorable. (Along with, in Dad’s case, rubbing olive oil into his scalp). Whether his tin of molasses or his bottle of olive oil contributed to him keeping his hair or living into his nineties will never be known but they certainly didn’t do him any harm.


  1. If you want molasses there is some in the cupboard in the utility room in Eagleton. I use it in cooking but can not abide eating it. The ultimate yuk. However you can get it in the Coop in Stornoway. Fat lot of use that is to you though.

  2. I was looki an excuse to go to the Hebrides for the winter - I think I've just found it. It would prolong my life and stop me from tearing my hair out - I mean, stop my hair falling out...

  3. Who needs an excuse when you can have a reason? I need someone (the Insurance policy says a relative) to occupy the house every 60 days. Who better?

  4. This article brought a smile to my face.

    My father would also have his "fix" of molasses
    everyday in his porridge. But alas no olive
    oil was rubbed into his scalp, at least not to my
    knowledge. Why would he? He was already
    bald by the time he was thirty.

    I recall on numerous ocassions, my mother
    and I shopping in St Oswald street's (Old Swan)
    health shop to pick up another stock of
    Appleford's molasses.

    Happy days.