In one of the latest skincare trends, there is a thick, black tar-like substance called Shilajit (also known as “The Destroyer of Weakness”). People have been eating it and slathering it all over their skin for decades and surprisingly it’s not a new product. As a matter of fact, Shilajit has been around for thousands of years, and currently it’s becoming a hot trend because of it’s unique properties. Here are the key facts you need to know.
What is Shilajit?
It’s technically not a supplement or plant—it’s an ancient mineral substance. Shilajit is microbial biodegraded plant life pressurized by rock, and it contains over 85 trace minerals. It’s described as a natural mineral adaptogen. Found in the Himalayan Mountains in between rocks, Shilajit is harvested by scraping it out by hand. Here are some of the main reasons why you should check it out.
Shilajit Contains Fulvic Acid
Fulvic acid has the ability to help the body absorb other nutrients into the bones and muscles. Naturopathic and Ayurvedic practitioners administer Shilajit to bump up the performance of other herbs. It’s said to contain 40-60% fulvic acid, so consider it a turbo boost for your existing supplements.
Shilajit may Enhances Drive
Ancient healers in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan all prescribe Shilajit to fire up an otherwise dormant sex drive. So, if things are a bit dull in the boudoir, go to your local herbalist and pick up some Shilajit ASAP. Toss that Viagra, and put Shilajit by the bedside.
Promotes Mental and Physical Well-Being
Ayurvedic doctors prescribe Shilajit for a myriad of issues, including panic disorders, nervousness, amnesia and depression. It enhances our bodily functions (such as metabolism) and helps us to operate at optimum levels.
Shilajit may Reduces Stress
According to Ayurvedic texts, Shilajit is a “Rasayana”—san excellent anti-stress tonic. It may look like dirt, but with no nasty side effects such as the hangover you’d get from sedatives or alcoholic beverages, Shilajit just takes the edge off with no residual effects.
Shilajit as a Mask
Shilajit makes an excellent face mask. Mix a teaspoon with rosewater, mashed cherries or a bit or fruit juice (all natural—no added sugar, please), then whisk it all together. Apply it as a thin paste onto a clean, dry face and let it set for up to 5-10 minutes. Remove with a warm, wet cloth using gentle circular movements, and your skin will look and feel amazing.
Shilajit Facial Recipe:
2 grams of Shilajit
1 tbs honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Shilajit Health Benefit
Wellness guru David Wolf uses Shilajit in smoothies, and sprinkles it on salads. It has a naturally smoky taste, so you can also spread some onto sliced avocado or add it to scrambled eggs for a savory boost that packs an antioxidant punch. Studies have shown that drinking Shilajit as a healing tonic also reinforces the immune system and helps the body fight off illness and infections.
Helps the Skin
Shilajit is now being used to help remedy stretch marks. It stimulates circulation and can be applied as a mask anywhere on the body. It’s also excellent for aging skin, as it tones and plumps, leaving the skin feeling smooth, fresh and revitalized.
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