Shilajit is a viscous, sticky substance that's found in numerous mountain ranges around the world. Popular mountains that are famous for extracting Shilajit include the Himalayas, the Caucasus and the mountains of Pakistan. Shilajit is also known as shilajeet, salajeet, momia, mumijo and other names specific to each part of the world where it is found. In English, it is sometimes referred to as mineral wax or mineral pitch. In Sanskrit, the word Shilajit means "Invincible Rock", the color of which varies from pitch black to yellowish brown depending entirely on its composition. Often used in Ayurveda around the world, the black variant of Shilajit is considered the most potent of them all.
Sometimes described as stone or mineral oil, Shilajit seeps out from in between the cracks in mountains as the sun heats the surface. Genuine Shilajit is so soft that its rock form melts in the palm of one's hand and leaves a distinct odor of bitumen. Once cleaned of all impurities and properly extracted, Shilajit is a blackish-brown paste-like substance with a glossy surface, a unique earthy smell and bitter taste. Refined forms of Shilajit are highly soluble and leave little trace when dissolved in water. Once purified, Shilajit has a long shelf life and can be kept stored for years. Shilajit has been used by iteself and within Ayurvedic formulas for thousands of years to nourish and replenish the body while addressing various health issues.