Shilajit was first used by practitioners of ayurveda in the south and Siberian folk medicine in the north. In the north, hunters during expeditions noticed that wounded goats would lick shilajit rock and recover much faster and return to health. In ancient India, people observed groups of monkeys, who in the summer were licking a tar like substance. These monkeys were much smarter and stronger than usual. People observing the animal, realized that the animals were consuming something that could be highly valuable. This is how the first shilajit was discovered.
Shilajit is found predominantly in Himalaya , Tibet mountains , Altai and Caucasus mountains . The color range varies from a yellowish brown to pitch-black, depending on composition. For use in Ayurvedic medicine the black variant is considered the most potent. Shilajit has been described as 'mineral oil', 'stone oil' or 'rock sweat', as it seeps from cracks in mountains due mostly to the warmth of the sun. There are many local legends and stories about its origin, use and properties, often wildly exaggerated. It should not be confused with ozokerite , also a humic substance, similar in appearance, but apparently without medicinal qualities.
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!