While not necessarily new to the medical industry as a supplement, Shilajit is still quite unknown to most consumers. It is a sticky, tar-like brown resin that comes from the gradual decomposition of Himalayan rocks that happened over thousands of years. With Taiwanese brand Dakini Déesse introducing Shilajit to the Asian beauty industry, let’s delve into the main ingredient of this unique material.
It can only be found in Asia
Shilajit, also called mumijo, is primarily found in the Tibet and Bhutan areas of the Himalayan mountain range, but can also be found in areas of Mongolia, Russia, China, India, and Pakistan. It is said to be found oozing from the cracks of the earth’s surface during warmer seasons.
It’s been used in Ayurvedic practices
Shilajit has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Used primarily for anti-ageing and rejuvenation, this ingredient contains over 80 types of minerals that all serve multiple purposes. It acts as an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, and a mood booster. It is also used to enhance the effects of other herbs, so it's used in ancient practice by including it in tonics.
Great for anti-ageing
Shilajit is rich in fulvic acid, a rare and strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory electrolyte. Fulvic acid contains an assortment of fatty acids, hormones, vitamins, minerals, ketones, and flavonoids, which are nutrients needed for healthy cell and body development. When used in skincare, it protects your skin from free radicals and cellular damage.
It’s a superfood
Because of its mineral-rich properties, people use shilajit to detoxify, rejuvenate, and strengthen their bodies. It contains amino acids, vitamins, and trace elements. Ancient Ayurvedic texts consider it as a “cure-all” for a lot of diseases known at that time.
What’s the catch?
Since the process for naturally occurring shilajit takes thousands of years, Bhutan considers shilajit as a national treasure. The harvesting and exporting of Shilajit are strictly monitored by the country of Bhutan, and the area where it is harvested is not accessible for the considerable majority. Because of its therapeutic properties, its natural reserves continue to be depleted as time goes on. While scientists are trying to replicate Shilajit production in labs by producing the numerous minerals present in it, it still takes a few years to make and is incomparable to the real thing. Dakini Déese uses Shilajit collected through proper processes, carried out by licensed collectors only under forest police’s supervision.