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Shilajit (Skt. Silajātu / Tib. brag zhun) is one of the most prized rejuvenating substances of Ayurveda and Tibetan Medicine. Also known as "mineral pitch", Shilajit formed in the Himalayan mountaintops millions of years ago. Plants trapped in the cracks of the mountain broke down and fossilized over millions of years. The extreme variations of hot and cold weather combined with significant pressure from the weight of the mountains causes the mineral-rich substance known as Shilajit to ooze out of the rocks. Villagers in India observed white monkeys traveling to the mountaintops each summer to eat a soft black substance and noticed they never fell sick. The villagers soon discovered the benefits of eating shilajit themselves.

There are four types (or grades) of shilajit described in the medical texts: gold, silver, copper, and iron. Gold grade Shilajit is the most prized for its medicinal value, and it is also the rarest. When the temperature rises and the resin begins to ooze from the mountaintops, different colors can be observed and this is how the grades are identified. With gold grade shilajit, a reddish-gold color can be seen shimmering in the ooze.

The shilajit I am selling here from Lotus Blossoming Herbs is the only shilajit I have found that is true gold grade. It is collected by a Tibetan family that has been collecting it for generations in the Tibet/India border at altitudes over 16,000ft.  

Shilajit should be taken in its resin form, as opposed to powders or tablets. Use the small white spoon to scoop out a bit of goo. You will notice that it has an offensive aroma that is very complex, almost with a subtle sweetness to it.

I like to wipe the goo from the spoon with my fingers and roll it into a ball the size of a large papaya seed. You can start with a papaya seed size and go larger if you feel like it. Kapha types can take this ball with some honey. Vata and Pitta types can take it with ghee. It can also be taken straight, placed under the tongue (my preferred method). Be warned that its taste is quite bitter.

Take it at least 20-30mins before breakfast. You can also take another dose after lunch if you feel the need.

Uses and Benefits
There is no curable disease in the universe which is not effectively cured by silajatu when administered at the appropriate time, in combination with suitable drugs and by adopting the prescribed method.  When administered to a healthy person, with similar conditions it produces immense energy.

--Caraka Samhita

Shilajit is classified as a rejuvenative in Ayurveda and Tibetan Medicine. However, Shilajit is equally as detoxifying as it is rejuvenating--a rare trait. The primary effect of shilajit is one of energization (as opposed to stimulation). It helps the body and mind maximize the reception of life-energy and increases it flow throughout the channels. Shilajit is documented as having the following benefits:

*Contains over 85 trace minerals + fulvic acid (which delivers minerals directly to the cells)

*Antioxidants in Shilajit protect from cellular damage (slows down the aging process)

*Increases energy

*Coordinates the three aspects of mind--dhi (learning), dhriti (retention), smriti (recall)

*Boosts immunity

*Increases fertility

*Balances blood sugar

*Balances hormones

*Balances endocrine system

*Cleanses the intestines

*Treats stomach problems

*Treats lymphatic disease

It has also been used traditionally to treat parasites, diabetes, skin diseases, obesity, insanity, jaundice, epilepsy, gallstones, asthma, dysuria, menstrual disorders, cystitis, sexual debility, edema, hemorrhoids, and kidney stones.

A paste can be made from shilajit and honey and applied directly to the face to treat acne. Shilajit can be used to detoxify pharmaceuticals from the body.

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