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HEALING HERBS: Molasses – a real healing treasure

Annette Maynard-Watson

HEALING HERBS: Molasses – a real healing treasure

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There is a green hill far away
Outside a city wall,
Where the dear Lord was crucified,
Who died to save us all. – The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.
Hearing this song cast me into a reflective mood. I briefly remembered the scars associated with modern crucifixion and the healing that must be undertaken. Here in Barbados during this season we are daily witnessing more events that mimic such crucifixion.
The Free Dictionary online offers four definitions of crucifixion. The two which sprang out at me were (a) to treat cruelly; torment, and (b) to criticize harshly; pillory. I therefore offer a local silent doctor that will assist the entire body and heal the wounds associated with crucifixion.   
Today the focus is on molasses. We must pay close attention to this article because even our homegrown sugar cane is being undermined. Molasses is a liquid byproduct of sugar cane with many health benefits, and is loaded with nutrients. It contains calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, potassium, selenium and vitamin B6.
Silent doctor Barbadian molasses is another treasure kept alive by the labour of our African ancestors. Today their descendants still labour in the cane fields to keep this priceless medicine alive for healing. I call molasses “the black man’s diamond”.
Research shows that molasses, especially blackstrap, can improve bone density, reduce high cholesterol and blood pressure, boost the immune system, maintain strong bones and teeth, reduce sugar cravings, relieve stiff joints, and reduce the pain and itch associated with haemorrhoids. It can also be used against fibroids, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety and related nervous disorders, arthritis, rheumatism, tumours, constipation, heart palpitations, anaemia, hair loss and acne.
It is also said that molasses can turn grey hair back to its original blackness. Additionally, parents can do research on molasses because as Inter-School Sports gets into full gear, molasses will come in handy – it can boost the youngsters’ energy levels.
We are truly blessed in this country with an abundance of molasses. I have my share of testimonies and one of my former students always gives me a bottle of Barbadian molasses. I thank him. I like to dilute it and add a pinch of cayenne pepper and ice.
Finally, I urge all readers to continue to care for their bodies by consuming holistic foods and exercising. Your prayers and dreams of care and healing can also be realized through a careful study of molasses.
• Annette Maynard-Watson is a teacher and herbal educator.
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