The Comprehensive Guide to Shilajit

Welcome to the Comprehensive Guide to Shilajit. Check the content section below to jump to a section you are interested in.

Keeping the body in perfect shape can be a difficult job sometimes. This is most especially true as temptations including sinful food, cigarettes, and alcohol have always been there. Furthermore, it is harder to manage things when you know to yourself that part of what you are dealing with is stress.

If you are looking for a safe yet effective way to improve your health in general, then shilajit could just be what you need. It is a complete package filled with minerals, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients. Using this all-natural substance can benefit you in many ways as it has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-ulcerogenic, anti-diabetic, anti-allergic, and anti-fungal properties.

Shilajit is a thick and sticky substance with the same characteristics as that of tar. It is usually dark brown, but can also come in white and lighter shades of brown. Also referred to as salajeet, moomiyo, and mumijo, shilajit is usually found in the Himalayan Mountains, including Tibet Mountains and Caucasus Mountains.

It is said to contain a large number of minerals and nutrients which are essential for good overall health. It is also a good source of antioxidants and known as an aphrodisiac, a substance helpful in increasing men’s appetite for sex. In fact, it was named the “Indian viagra.”

History of Shilajit

Shilajeet was first used in Ayurveda, which is the traditional system of medication in India. According to the Charaka Samhita, an old Ayurvedic text, all curable diseases can be treated using Shilajit provided it is taken at the right time, proper dose, and in combination with appropriate substances.

Raw Unprocessed Shilajit

Holding a chunk of raw, unprocessed shilajit in my hand.

Shilajit comes in different color ranges, although normally, they come in brown to black. The color of shilajit depends on its content. According to Ayurvedic medicine, those that come in darker colors are the most effective. People also describe shilajit as “rock sweat” and sometimes “mineral oil” because it comes out from cracks in large rocks as a result of the heat of the sun. However, until today, there is no reliable evidence of the biological or even geological origin of shilajit.

Mythology of Shilajit

Shilajit had a role in the old Hindu literature. Before King Chandra Varma, the ruler of northern India, achieved stability and peace in his land, he had to spend many years of protecting and defending it. He was already in his 60’s when he finally had time to enjoy all the natural pleasures life has to offer, including youthfulness. He was deeply saddened by the fact that despite his power and wealth, he could no longer bring back what was long gone.

King Chandra Varma

This made King Chandra Varma go to Himalayan Mountains for penance. He solemnly prayed to the highest of all Hindu Gods and creator of Yoga, Lord Shiva. The god was pleased, and so he gave King Chandra Shilajit, which was said to have originated at that time from the body of the god himself. King Chandra Varma regained his youth after taking shilajit, and he was then believed to have had become an immortal. Emperors Xerxes and Darius of Persia, as well as Emperor Genghis Khan of Mongol, are believed to have used shilajit and even shared it with their troops during that time.

How is Shilajit Gathered?

Mumijo is often found in the mountains of the Himalayas – between cracks of large rocks. It occurs naturally after an organic matter dies and mixes with microbial metabolites and minerals from different sources (soil, water, etc.). After fermentation period, they naturally come out of the rocks due to the sun’s heat, and this is when they are harvested. They are manually scraped from the rocks and then processed to remove impurities. The outcome is a homogeneous paste-like material in dark brown to black in color. It appears glossy with a bitter taste and bitumen-like smell.

Nutrient and Mineral Components in Shilajit

Even before the early times, Shilajit is believed to have many uses particularly in the health and medicine field. It contains more or less 85 minerals and nutrients in ionic form, as well as selenium, fulvic and humic acid, and phospholipids. These compounds make a good source of antioxidant and energy-enhancing components.

There is about 60 to 80 percent of fulvic acid found in Shilajit, and according to studies, the higher the fulvic acid content, the better anti-aging properties are. Shilajit promotes healthy digestion, improves vitality, and detoxifies the body. It is also a known aphrodisiac.

Uses and Benefits of Shilajit

Shilajit promotes healthy metabolism because it contains 85 minerals and nutrients which help in proper digestion. Its minerals are not like of those found in health supplements because they are in ionic form. Minerals that are in an ionic form are easily and quickly absorbed by the cells of the body. This helps greatly in maintaining the catabolism, as well as anabolism process in a good equilibrium condition. It also detoxifies the body, flushing out the toxins within.

It is known even during the 21st century that fulvic acid from shilajit is a far more superior than any other sources available. A sufficient amount of fulvic acid found in Silajeet helps fight aging. Fulvic acid helps speed up the penetration of the cell walls, which is essential for the absorption of minerals. This is the most significant role of Shilajit, which reverses the process of aging.

Fulvic acid structure

Fulvic acid structure


Although proper diet and health supplements are very important for for anti-aging purposes, they lack the effect shilajit has because of the potency. Shilajit as an antioxidant helps neutralize free radicals in the body. Needless to say, these are harmful components, which have the ability to block nerves and arteries.

People who take shilajit do not only get healthier and younger-looking skin because fulvic acid works from within, but they also benefit from cells regeneration inside the body thus improving even the condition of the internal organs. Taking shilajit prevents kidney disorders, liver diseases, heart problems, and other health conditions. It also helps regulate menstrual cycle in women.

Shilajit is a powerful aphrodisiac for men. While most aphrodisiacs are not really effective and are just believed to be effective as in with “placebo effect,” Shilajit is proven effective by many of its users. While it is a potent sexual enhancer in men, it can also be an effective aphrodisiac in women by combining it to another substance called ashwagandha.

Shilajit is also known for its energy-enhancing properties. Free radicals that are properly neutralized helps unleash and at the same time, increase stamina and energy. Those who take it at proper dose may feel rejuvenated and energized.

Because Shilajit is said to have ushan virya, it could also work as pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory medicine. Because it is dry, hot, and light, it can suppress pain deriving from arthritis and rheumatism.

Other benefits of shilajit:

    • It helps prevent stress, anxiety, and depression.
    • It helps fight insomnia.
    • It improves the appearance of the skin.
    • It strengthens the immune system.
    • It improves lung functions.
    • It improves blood circulation
    • It reduces the risk of ulcers

Find more about shilajit benefits here.

Shilajit in Combination with Ashwagandha

Many people take shilajit together with a tonic herbal product, such as ashwagandha. Ashwagandha, also called withania somnifera, is a plant which works as an adaptogen. It possess almost the same properties as that of shilajit, including pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and antianxiety. When taken along with shilajit, the effect is astoundingly impressive.

Ashwaganda1The ashwagandha dosage to be combined with shilajit varies widely depending on if you’re using a raw powdered form, an extract, or something else.

Shilajit helps to bring out the best in ashwagandha. As a result, the person becomes more focused and rejuvenated. It also increases his desire for sex, while in women, it can actually help regulate menstrual cycle and even improve fertility.

Availability of Shilajit

Shilajeet or moomiyo is available in many online stores as well as local pharmacies. They come in different forms, including capsules, liquid, and powder. Capsules at 500mg each are the most common form of shilajit offered online and in local stores. They are preferred by many people because they are easier to ingest and find. On the other hand, you can also find Shilajeet in its purified, raw form in online stores.

Shilajit Dosage

The proper shilajit dosage depends on several factors including age and health condition of the user, and brand and form of the shilajit. The amount may be 100 milligrams or 1 gram or more per dose, up to several times a day, depending on these factors. You can add it to a beverage, as what ancient people in Pakistan, Nepal and India used to do. They add it to raw or fermented milk.

How long should you be on it? The shilajit dosage duration is lifelong optimally. They say if you take shilajit every day for 12 years, it will add 12 additional years to your life.

The ideal shilajit dosage time is first thing in the morning along with the sunrise, though can also be taken at any other time in the day.

Who Can Use Shilajit?

Moomiyo or Shilajit is very safe to use when taken in at small doses at appropriate intervals. It may also be used at high doses if you want to improve immunity and vitality. However, there are no studies yet which proved that pregnant women and lactating mothers can use shilajit. Therefore, it is better to stay away from it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Note also that it has warming properties which may double the effect if used with other warming products.

Shilajit Side Effects

To make sure you do not get side effects, following the directions printed on the label of the product is worth noting. In case you are going to use the purified shilajit resin, it is best to experiment the dosing very carefully first. You might want to begin with a small dose on your first try, then increase by a bit afterwards.

There is no better way to find out the appropriate dose of a substance but with doctor’s advice.So, if you are planning to take shilajit, always talk to your doctor or ayurvedic practitioner first.

Those who use shilajit often find no negative effects. However, those who have gout my want to stay away from it since it can make the uric acid level high. Furthermore, overdosing may occur if you take it with an iron supplement. Note that shilajit is rich in iron.

Find more about shilajit side effects here.

Though every one is different, shilajit allergies are probably not actually allergies to shilajit, but problems with inferior quality products that claim to be shilajit when they’re not or have harmful additives.

If you are using it together with ashwagandha, remember to discontinue right away if you are pregnant. Studies show that ashwagandha contains substances that may cause miscarriage in some cases.

Beware of Fake Shilajit

Shilajit is safe for everyone when used in proper dose. However, it can be dangerous if you use raw, as it still contains plenty of impurities which can negatively affect some individuals. You don’t necessarily need machine-processed shilajit, but manually by hand. On the other hand, it can also do more harm than good if you take fake mumio. They contain heavy metals and other substances which you don’t want in your body.

Dabur, a big company that distributes Shilajit, was found to be providing low quality shilajit. According to the World Health Organization, Dabur products contain dangerous levels of mercury, arsenic, and lead.

Some people who buy Shilajit think that what they are buying is good Shilajit. This may happen to you too if you don’t know how to tell real from fake. There is a substance that have the same physical properties as that of shilajit – and it is called ozokerite. It is another humic substance that looks exactly the same as shilajit. However, it has no medicinal benefits. To easily determine if the product is ozokerite, you may want to run a test. If it takes a while to melt, then it is possibly fake shilajit.

There are certain ways to tell whether a shilajit is a good buy or not. For dry shilajit, it must have 1.1 up to 1.8 gram/cubic meter density level. It has the properties similar to that of plastic, which hardens when exposed in temperature below 20 degrees Celsius and melts when heated. Shilajit, when mixed in water or any other liquid, melts very thoroughly and does not leave any trace or residue. It turns soft when played between the palm of the hands or fingers. And lastly, it takes forever to expire.

How to Recognize Quality Shilajit

If you have heard about the benefits of using shilajit, then perhaps you are thinking of trying it yourself. However, the problem these days is that it is not as easy to get as it was before. As a result, the chances of getting fake or counterfeited shilajit products are somewhat high. To prevent this from happening and to make sure that you are not risking your health, here are some things to put into account.

    1. As much as possible, go for solid shilajit. While not all shilajit in capsule form are fake, many of them are. This is because capsules are definitely the easiest type to fake. Manufacturers can simply start with a small portion of shilajit and then just add fillers that look the same as it.
    2. Get it from a trusted provider. Dozens of providers are available online, not to mention the choices you have at local stores. So, if you can find time to research and know where is best to get shilajit – do it. This may take some time, but you only have to do this once, especially if you are fortunate to find a reliable seller on your first try.
    3. Take note of shilajit’s properties. When you buy, remember to check the smell – it should be bitumen-like. It must also mix well with water leaving no trace or residue. It should melt quickly when applied even with just little heat.


Final Thoughts on Shilajit

Shilajit is considered safe in many countries including the United States. Using it appropriately gives you a good number of health benefits. Even stronger than health supplements, shilajit is a good source of minerals, antioxidant, and fulvic acid. It helps fight aging, detoxify the body, improve immunity, maintain healthy digestion, relieve stress, pain, and inflammation, and prevents many types of diseases.

Click here to see which types of Shilajit we have for sale.

References and studies:

  1. Review on shilajit used in traditional Indian medicine
  2. Cardioprotective Effect of Mumie (Shilajit) on Experimentally Induced Myocardial Injury
  3. Safety and efficacy of shilajit (mumie, moomiyo)
  4. Shilajit: a natural phytocomplex with potential procognitive activity
The Comprehensive Guide to Shilajit was last modified: April 2nd, 2016 by Logan Christopher
The following two tabs change content below.
Logan Christopher has been called the Physical Culture Renaissance Man for his many wide-ranging feats of strength. His interest in herbalism, hormones and health began with seeking peak performance mentally and physically.


The Comprehensive Guide to Shilajit — 86 Comments

  1. Logan, your “All about” articles, like this one on Shilajit, are really first rate, and I think I can speak for many others when I say thanks for the time and effort you put in. Every once in a while, you say something in your blog postings that makes me think you follow a “fat fuel adapted” diet and, if I’m right, I wonder if you would consider doing one of your “All about” articles on that subject. I expect it would help more than a few of us figure out if it’s something we could/should do. Thanks again!

      • Dear Admin,

        If we but Shilajit from a Ayurvedic pharma store in Manali then does it mean that it is pure?
        I have started using it from past 2-3 days and it easily dissolves in Water and also when kept between fingers it becomes sticky substance.
        My Questions:
        1) How soon I will be able to realise its effects?
        2) What should be cost?
        3) If I want to buy from Mumbai, where should I take it from?

        • Unfortunately, I cannot comment or know the price, quality of availability of Shilajit in other stores.

          Regarding your other question, What are you looking to achieve with Shilajit? Shilajit can hardly be “felt”, its power mostly lies in a long term usage.

  2. Does it work for sex problems like premature ejaculation(PE) etc? How much dose should take to cure PE? Plz also reply me by email.

    • I’ve heard it can work for that, but unfortunately don’t have specific details. My best advice would be to try it out, at a normal dose, and see what it does for you.

  3. I just recently discovered your site, bought Pine Pollen and Wow! it works great doing exactly what you and others said it would – thank you. Now I am educated about Shilajit thanks to your article and plan to get some soon because I have experienced quality before I will trust again.
    Keep doing a great job. Your site is like finding GOLD.

  4. I was wondering when is the best time to take shilajit. Should it be once I wake up in the morning before I have breakfast or should I take it after a meal? I have heard that shilajit doesnt work well in acidic conditions therefore it is advised to be taken after a meal. However, in this article, it is mentioned that it should be taken first thing in the morning. Which one should I do? Thank you

    • I have never heard that it shouldn’t be taken in acidic conditions. Where did you see that?

      First thing in the morning before eating is still our best recommendation.

    • It’s something that you can take at night as well, as you get better sleep. It’s good anytime, but most importantly what works for you in terms of times. I find that the resin is best taken sublingually under the tongue until it dissolves, however many ppl would not enjoy the taste. But my chi feels it most considerable under the tongue.

      • Thanks for sharing Keith, I also like to let the pitch or the resin dissolve in my mouth. If you take shilajit to help you sleep, it’s best to take it before bed as you mentioned.

  5. recently my urologist prescribed me tamsulosin 0.2 daily for swollen prostate.some where i have read that shilajit may also work to shrink it true?if then, pls guide me how to take and what are the dosages?

    • Sorry, I’m not familiar with that effect for the prostate. I’d take a look at nettle root for prostate issues more specifically.

      As for dosages, it depends on the kind you take. See our shilajit product pages for more info.

  6. I have Hemochromatosis (iron overload). My blood test always shows that my iron serum is around 36 umol/L. Is it safe to have Shilajit? What is the recommended dosage in this case?

    • Depends on the type of shilajit. We should have full mineral breakdown analyses for both of ours soon. That being said I would think, even if it is a high iron load, the resin would be fine because you only need a little bit.

    • Possibly, but there’s better things for that. You’d want to look at what is causing it, like an H. pylori infection, too much stomach acid or something else. One option is baking soda is a natural alkalizers which can neutralize too much acid, though it won’t necessarily fix the problem. Really it’s going to be a matter of fixing gut health which involves getting beneficial bacteria in there, your stomach making the right amount of acid, and other factors.

    • Traditionally milk was often used in combination with shilajit, and in Ayurveda milk is almost always warmed up. That being said both milk and water work. Experiment and find what works best for you.

  7. Out of these three, the pitch has the most kick to me. I know the resin was marketed to be the best of all of them, but that just hasn’t been my experience. To me, the powder I barely noticed.

    • You’re not the only one, many of our customers feel the same. That’s why we re-introduced the pitch. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Cutting of a piece of Shilajit Pitch and putting it in water. Do I have to put in the refrigerator or just leave it out and much do I drink in the morning.

    • You don’t have to refrigerate it. There is no precise rule for dosage, but it’s best to start with a couple of sips and gradually increase the dosage until you don’t feel like having more of it.

  9. My family gathered this stuff from the mountains over 25 years ago and brought it to America. I still have about 10 lbs of it left in a pot. My moomiyo is still medium soft and not crystallized like the shilajit I bought online and like the one in your video. The crystallized form also has junks of dirt or something and doesn’t dissolve some of the resin in it (I saw some resin on that little jar in your video that looks just like the shilajit that I bought). My moomiyo doesn’t have any of that. So it seems like the crap I bought and the crap you have is just dirt mixed with poop for flavor. Just wanted to point that out. I have a question though. The grandmother character that brought it to America says that taking too much is bad for the liver. Is that true?

    • So you insult us by calling our shilajit poop, even though you have never tried it, based on looks alone but then you ask for help with your question. Guess your grandmother didn’t teach you manners.

  10. For a more ‘orthodox’ administration of shilajit, with an empty stomach in the morning, take a glass of warm (not boiling!) goat’s milk or the omnipresent cow’s milk and mix shilajit in it before drinking. You can also mix it with ghee. Further, you can always mix some shilajit in your fresh ghee batch if you will not use it as cooking fat. Before consuming shilajit, recite your favourite shabar mantra in your preferred language. Good luck. 😉

    • With our resin, the jar that it comes in. If a different resin, any glass jar should be fine. If you put it in the freezer it may help with the stickiness.

  11. i am 60 years old please tell me how much dose it good for me and can be taken rest of my life sum one told me up to two gram is good if can be afford is that true

    • The dosage depends on a type and purity of shilajit, but generally speaking for powder shilajit the recommended minimum daily dosage is 1 gram per day (which is a little more than 1/2 teaspoon), so 2g per day should be fine too.

      It can be taken on a daily basis forever, no need to cycle it.

  12. Hey sorry I didn’t realize you actually sell product. I clicked on this through a link and posted a question. Not trying to post other product on your site so I apologize. I was looking at your product and see you have alot. I already ordered the shilajit I mentioned above but yet to order the pollen. Was orignally looking to see if it was ok to take together and not overdose ect. Thanks again and I’m also looking into the superman products as well

    • Yes you can definitely take them together. Anything taken with shilajit is suppose to be delivered better to your cells. You’ll notice we have those two, along with two others, in our Phoenix formula.

  13. would taking shilajit capsule twice a day with hot milk for only one month enough for eliminating physical weakness and gaining some muscle mass? please reply ASAP with proper details! i just wanna use it for a month actually!

    • It could help, but the results would be much better if you Shilajit it for a longer period of time. We do not offer shilajit capsules and cannot speak for other suppliers or quality of their products.


    • It’s best to avoid it if you have gout. There are other herbs that might help with fatigue like Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Rhodiola and Eleuthero.

  15. Hey sorry to bother you.I bought Shilajit from eBay .It is in solid form.No instruction about taking this black rock.Is it to be grounded then mixed with milk? Please help me

    Harinderjit Singh Walia

  16. Hi,

    I just want to know whether it is beneficial while taken by high blood sugar patient.
    What doses should be taken in capsule form & what content should be required.

    • It can be. Best to measure your blood sugar as you go. As for dose if you’re taking capsules, and not our product, I can’t say because every shilajit is different.

  17. If i take shilajit and alcohol regularly i mean first i take alcohol then dinner and going to bed i take shilajit with hot milk tell me so it right or wrong

  18. We don’t recommend taking alcohol with any of the herbs and that goes for the Shilajit, too. If it’s one drink and you take Shilajit 3-4 hours later, I guess it would be OK, but you’ll have to test and see for yourself.

    • Shilajit shouldn’t raise uric acid to such extent to cause gout unless ridiculously high amounts are taken over a long period of time.

    • I am sure there is a limit at some point, just like there is with food or water. Also, some people may be allergic to Pine Pollen or other herbs which could make them sick easier than someone who is not prone to allergies.

      It’s best to start with one herb or formula and gradually increase the number to avoid taking too much or getting sick. As long as you’re following recommended dosage, there shouldn’t be any problems.

  19. Shilajit indeed works. My angina pains have stopped and I am able to walk 4 kms a day and also can do gym workout,immediately after walking. It has helped me to reduce my shoulder apin, associated with diabetes. I feel more rejuvenated and active.

    • No, currently we do not have a distributor in Europe of any kind though we have potential to get one set up in the UK in the foreseeable future. I also am not aware of the brands that may be sold in the UK so can’t make any recommendations in that regard either. Sorry about that!

  20. Friends at Lost Empire herbs, what dosage of resin should I take for therapeutic use towards treating illness related to autoimmune/gut/hormonal issues?

    • Unfortunately we are not officially trained herbalists as of yet so can’t make any legal recommendations on that. It depends a lot on whats going on with you and your lifestyle though which is why seeing a herbalist would probably make for a more individualized treatment plan. Besides that, just start with a low dose and slowly increase over the days. Stop when you feel like its working right for you but remember that its a powerful detoxifier of the body so excessive usage could cause some discomfort for a time.

  21. Hi – I got some Shilajit from Gilgit. It passed a few tests – did not melt in alcohol. In 10 minutes dissolved in water too! That was left on finger also melted. So far so good! However the taste is not bitter and it doesn’t smell like bitumen either! Either the Shilajit I got is extremely pure or is a complete fake!

    I have used Shilajit from several sources before – Amazon, Gilgit, Ramdev’s Divya Shilajit, that from Nepal and even Russia … the one from Russia added some color to alcohol … but other than that all passed the alcohol, water and smell test. From Amazon once I got Shilajit which was supposed to have been hand made and pure … it had slight bitter taste but didn’t have the smell of Shilajit. The recent one is just about same but even less bitter – almost to not being bitter.

    Is there any other test or checks that can be done to ensure I have pure Shilajit?

    • Thank you for the heads up on Gilgit! I am sure there might be some other tests for testing quality. I will have to inquire with our biochemist Ayurvedic doctor friend who is extremely knowledgable on this stuff though.

  22. I managed to get my hands on some resin but I don’t have a scale. I’m not so good at estimation so bear with me: How does a gram of shilajit resin look like? Is it pea-sized or rice grain-sized or what?

    Today I ate two pieces, one in the morning and the other at noon, both pieces about half a pea in size.

    I want to build to to a high dose. My workouts and my lifestyle are, uh, grueling.

    • Hello Giancario. I am looking into it. Not sure if we ever actually managed to measure that as it isn’t the easiest stuff to work with. I do know that when you are working your butt off shilajit is probably the best herb (in my opinion) for recovery. Climbed Mt. Shasta one year with some buddies in a very quick amount of time with less then appropriate training (again, in my opinion) before hand. None of us were sore afterward as I had been making us all eat the stuff every few hours. It was astonishing to all of us since we’ve climbed easier stuff and gotten plenty stiff following those.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *