I Tried Blackstrap Molasses for Sleep…it’s Good!
When I saw a blackstrap molasses for sleep recipe, I wanted to try it out and see if it was effective. I’ve had insomnia off and on for over ten years, so I feel I’m kind of an expert at being tired and cranky.
But it’s no wonder that molasses helps you sleep better. It’s full of insomnia busting minerals your body needs in order to start the sleep process.
And when you combine it with the other ingredients that’s in this warm sleep drink recipe, the result is a full, restful night’s sleep.
Taking molasses for sleep turned out to be a gingerbread flavored insomnia remedy that made me drowsy and kept me asleep till morning. This recipe will definitely be a go-to in my arsenal of natural ways to get to sleep.
How Blackstrap Molasses for Sleep Works
Blackstrap molasses has many of the same sleep properties as honey, but goes a step further. I would even say that molasses is a sleep superfood.
Molasses contains an astounding 48 milligrams of magnesium in just 1 tbsp! Magnesium is an important mineral needed for the sleep process. If you don’t have enough magnesium in your body, it can cause insomnia
That 1 tbsp of molasses also contains 41 milligrams of calcium. It’s important for sleep because the brain uses calcium to produce melatonin. If you have trouble getting into a deep sleep and staying there, a lack of calcium could be a culprit.
Calcium and magnesium work together to help you fall asleep and, more importantly, stay asleep.
I usually buy unsulphured blackstrap molasses from local farmer’s markets, but you can find it for a good price online, too.
Don’t forget to Take Himalayan Sea Salt for Sleep, too!
This recipe also has pink Himalayan sea salt in it. It’s not a common ingredient most people have at home, and you might be tempted to just substitute regular white table salt. Don’t do that! You’d be better leaving it out altogether than using the iodized stuff.
Himalayan sea salt actually has sleep-inducing properties of its own. Pink sea salt helps you sleep better by:
- Regulating the sleep hormones melatonin and serotonin
- Aids in stabilizing blood sugar levels
- Contains magnesium, a mineral your body needs to sleep
Himalayan pink salt works together with the molasses to help prevent adrenaline spikes, something that can cause you to wake up in the middle of night out of a dead sleep.
Fast-Acting Blackstrap Molasses Sleep Tonic Recipe
I’ve found that I’m drowsy and ready for bed if I drink a cup of this about an hour before bedtime. If you want to mix up a batch ahead of time, just double the recipe and keep it in a glass sealed container in the fridge. Shake it up really well before you pour yourself a cup of sleep. 🙂
I’ve put together an Amazon shopping list of everything you’ll need to make your own blackstrap molasses for sleep tonic.
- 1 cup milk (or almond milk)
- 1 tsp pure organic maple syrup (not commercial pancake syrup!)
- 2 tbsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses
- 1 tbsp grass-fed collagen hydrolysate gelatin
- 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ceylon cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp grated whole nutmeg
- splash of vanilla
Mix all 8 ingredients in a small saucepan and heat on low until your molasses sleep tonic just begins to bubble. Pour into a mug and drink one hour before bed.
Related: Looking for a non-dairy sleep drink? Then try Sweet and Dreamy Warm Almond Milk Sleep Recipe.
But What the Heck is the Gelatin for?
You won’t get any argument out of me. The thought of adding gelatin to the blackstrap molasses for sleep tonic seems a little weird. But it actually serves a sleepy little purpose.
Gelatin is a good source of an amino acid called glycine. Glycine is important in the sleep process because it stimulates the production of GABA. GABA has a calming effect on the brain and nervous center, and a lack of GABA in your body can actually be a root cause of your insomnia.
Can you leave the gelatin out? I think so because there’s still plenty of magnesium and other vitamins and minerals that promote sleep in this recipe. But if you have problems with turning your brain off to sleep, I wouldn’t leave the gelatin out.
Insomnia Bonus Ingredient: Fresh Ground Nutmeg
Did you know this sleep drink has a little shot of tranquilizers? Nutmeg has the same effect on the body as tranquilizers because they both share a similar chemical structure.
It’s very potent. Just 1/4 tsp of nutmeg is enough to do the trick. But don’t make the mistake of thinking more is better. Nutmeg is so potent, you can overdose on it, just like tranquilizers.
I use nutmeg in a lot of my drinks that help sleep. One of my favorites is my milk and nutmeg sleep elixir.
Blackstrap Molasses for Sleep Drink is My Favorite!
As someone who has sleep problems, I started collecting sleep remedies and other natural ways to get to sleep. I guess at first I was trying to find anything that would help me sleep. But eventually it became a bit of a hobby because I want to know what other people and cultures are doing to get to sleep.
As a result, I’ve tried a lot of natural sleep remedies, and so far this has been my favorite. It has a gingerbread flavor, which I find comforting, especially on cold winter nights. More importantly, after following some guidelines when I choose remedies, this is a remedy I’ve found that works. And when I can fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed in the morning, it’s a sleep recipe that’s a success in my book.