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Dosage

There is a common saying that “If the use of a thing is unknown, its abuse is inevitable.”

Adults

150mg once or twice daily

Kids

50mg once daily

Pets

1.5mg per pound of body weight twice weekly

Plants

150mg per gallon of water twice per month

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How Much Should I Take Per Day?

Good Quality
Himalayan Extract, usually > $0.5 per GM
Average Quality
Siberian Extract, usually > 0.2 per GM
Poor Quality
cheap extracts, capsules or powder, usually < 0.1 per GM
3-14 years old 50mg 100mg 100mg
once daily with 1 month ON, 4 months OFF cycle
Adults 100mg - 150mg 150mg - 200mg up to 400mg
once daily with 1 month ON, 2 months OFF cycle
Elder people 150mg 250mg 400mg
1-2 times daily, no cycle necessary
Trauma, Accident 250mg 400mg 600mg
2 times daily for 1 month
Chronic Issues 150mg 250mg 400mg
1-2 times daily, no cycle necessary
Pets 1 - 1.5 mg / 1lb weight 2mg / 1lb weight 3mg / 1lb weight
2 times per week mixed with water or food, in a 1 month ON, 2 months OFF cycle

* Supplementing in cycles is the proper way of using vitamins, minerals and herbs. You could use it non-stop, but it is always better to cycle between using it and not or to only take it when you need a nutrient boost (with the exception of certain health conditions). Note that even trained doctors do not usually prescribe you a certain vitamin or mineral non-stop, but generally for a limited amount of time only. When we use a supplement on a constant basis, the body cleverly adapts to that and may become dependent on using it.

How to Measure your Shilajit Dose:

50mg of liquid shilajit = 1 drop

100mg of resin or original shilajit = 1 rice grain

150mg of liquid, resin or original shilajit = 1/32 teaspoon

150mg of powder shilajit = 1/16 teaspoon

400mg of powder shilajit = 1 regular size capsule

500mg of resin or original shilajit = 1 green pea size

Liquid Shilajit
  1. Take included measuring spoon or use tip of the butter knife: 2 drops = 100mg
  2. Liquid Extract should be mixed with any drink (except tap water) for best absorption
  3. Take it anytime in the morning or during the day apart from food once or twice daily

There is a common saying that “If the use of a thing is unknown, its abuse is inevitable.” This is so true! In order to avoid the mis-use of liquid shilajit it is essential that you know how to use it properly. Our average liquid shilajit dosage is about 100 – 150 mg and should not exceed 600 mg per day. To ensure that you use the right dosage, there is a stainless steel spoon or disposable wooden stick included in the package. Kindly use it to measure the typical single serving amount. Dip approximately one third of the spoon into the shilajit or to half of an inch for are a stick or just a full measuring steel spoon. The quantity remaining on the spoon is an average single dosage an adult should intake. It is advisable that you utilize butter knife or any other measuring spoon. For better absorption of liquid shilajit, mix it with water or another liquid. Your beverage can be hot or cold, but don’t ever boil the shilajit. Some people ask if it is better to take shilajit with goat’s milk. Well, it actually depends on what you prefer. Mixing shilajit with milk isn’t any different than mixing it with honey or any other food. The various recipes that you may hear about are merely cultural or dietary preferences. There is no relationship to the shilajit itself! For better digestion, you can mix shilajit with your favorite drink. Let’s say the drink of choice for you is a green tea – then mix it with a green tea.

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Solid Shilajit
  1. Take included scoop or use scissors to cut solid shilajit: 1/3 size of a green pea = 150mg
  2. We recommend to use Traditional Solid Shilajit straight, just put it under the tongue
  3. Take it anytime in the morning or during the day apart from food once or twice daily

The solid form of shilajit is different from the liquid form in that it can be easily taken orally without the bitter taste. An average dose would be 100 – 150 mg and should not exceed 300mg per serving. Cold solid shilajit is hard, but it becomes sticky when it’s too hot. Therefore, keep it warm and use clean scissors or a knife to make a small cut. A 150 mg serving size is equal to a rice grain or one-third the size of a pea. Put a single serving amount of raw shilajit in your mouth, and swallow when melted. You can drink some water or another beverage right away. You may also dissolve solid shilajit in water and take it as liquid shilajit. In this case, put the single amount in your drink and stir it for 5 seconds.

Powder Extract & Altay Shilajit
  1. Take included measuring spoon or use a pinch of powder or resin: 1/16 teaspoon = 150mg
  2. Resin Shilajit is better for straight use and Powder can be used both ways, mixed and straight
  3. Take it anytime in the morning or during the day apart from food once or twice daily

Powder Shilajit is a very strong extract made from pure shilajit, with a single serving amount of 100 mg. Please do not exceed 250 mg per day. Altay shilajit is the widely available and cheaper product. This is because the Altay region has a lower attitude where Shilajit may be easily collected by anyone. Most of the Shilajit in the market (goo, resin form) comes from Altay, Siberia. The single serving amount is 150 mg to 250 mg and should not exceed 600 mg per day. Please use the stainless steel spoon provided with your order to measure the amount for each different type of shilajit

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How to Store Shilajit

Liquid shilajit should be stored inside the refrigerator or in another cool place. You can also store it at a room temperature. When you mix it with a hot liquid, it should be consumed throughout the same day. Cold mixtures and creams may be stored refrigerated for 1-2 weeks. On the other hand, solid shilajit should be stored at room temperature. You can also keep it in the refrigerator, but when it becomes cold, you may have some difficulty cutting the right dosage. If it is too hard, use a hairdryer to soften it and scissors to make the cut. When shilajit becomes too hot, however, it may stick to the container. Wait for it to cool down if this happens. Shilajit itself has antibacterial and antifungal properties, but we still recommend that you store it inside closed jars. For liquid shilajit, use the extra plastic cap provided, together with the original cap. Try to not to over-tighten the cap. If you have any difficulty opening the jar, place it under running hot water for about a minute and try again. After you open shilajit it can be stored for a period of 2 – 3 years. Please be sure to keep our products out of the reach of children.

The ways of using Shilajit and other possible applications

Straight

The simple and most effective way of taking shilajit. You can do it any time, even on the go, to get an immediate boost of energy, enhanced attention and better mood.

Mixed

What could be a better beginning to the day than a cup of tea/coffee enriched with the pleasure of shilajit? You can also add it to your smoothie to make the most out of the experience, as all those raw nutrients would be absorbed better!

Cream & Tonics

Shilajit has a plenty of minerals to support healthy skin function and enhance the complexion. It could be thought of as a hundred recipes in one, all working to bring about the same principle of skin nourishment and vitality. Take liquid shilajit or mix 1 part of solid with 2 parts of distilled water to make it liquid. Then mix 2 parts of the liquid shilajit with 3 parts of your cream. We recommend using an organic cream base that works for you as Shilajit brings out the best in other natural ingredients. For example, a turmeric and ginger-infused cream will truly bring your skin back to life with the addition of shilajit. Green Coffee and Camu Camu cream with shilajit could suffice as your secret skin care weapon! Use your knowledge and imagination + shilajit. Make your own creams and never apply any substances that you yourself wouldn’t eat. For the best results, try to prepare a fresh cream at any single time.

Shampoo & Soap

Dissolve 5gm of liquid shilajit per 16oz of shampoo or liquid soap and use it as per usual. Regular use may enhance the vitality of your skin, calm your scalp, help hair growth and improve hair pigmentation.

Pets

Shilajit has many ingredients that play an essential role in the biology of all lifeforms. It can offer as many benefits to your pets as it does to you. Have you ever seen your dog or cat eating dirt or litter? They do this because their bodies crave to get the Fulvic Acid and minerals instinctively. For the proper dosage, use 1mg of Shilajit per pound of body weight. Add it to their meal or water 2-3 times a week.

Plants

Most shilajit is made from decomposed plants. Every gardener knows this is a vital ingredient for living plants to be healthy and grow better. The Fulvic content in Shilajit acts as a catalyst for soil enzymes which work the same way as enzymes in the human body, so you can imagine how beneficial both watering and foliar spraying with Shilajit would be for your plants. Dilute 150mg of Shilajit in a gallon of water and use it for your plants twice a month.

When Should I Take Shilajit?

You may take shilajit early in the morning, as well as during the day, however, some people may feel energetic when taking it at night or before going to bed. Take it apart from any food. If you want to take it with food, you should increase the dosage. Try not to consume more than 300mg per serving. You may take shilajit 1-2 times a day, 4-6 times per week. The optimal duration is 1 to 2 months at a time, 2-3 times per year. If you wish to take shilajit throughout the year, limit the daily dosage amount as well as the number of days per week that it is consumed.

What To Avoid When Using Shilajit

Prescription medication

You can take any organic product together with shilajit. There is a great synergy here as Shilajit helps with nutrient delivery to the cells. For the same reason, we do not recommend taking it together with prescription drugs. Enhanced drug distribution in the body might play a negative role and interfere with treatment. You can still take Shilajit if you are taking prescription drugs, but you must ensure to keep at least a 2-hour gap between the two. If you have a serious health condition, you need to consult with your doctor first.

Tap Water

Tap water is most likely chlorinated. Chlorine is a chemical that appears to react with other molecules easily. It can form some toxic substances when mixed together with shilajit or other organic supplements. Therefore, instead of using tap water, it is advised that you utilize distilled, spring, reverse osmosis or active charcoal carbon filtered water.

Heat

We go to great lengths to preserve the natural molecular bonds in our shilajit. If you boil/cook an organic product, it will lose some of the important properties which it had in raw form. We advise that you not to expose it to continuous heat above 165F. You can put it in a hot tea right before consumption, but do not brew or boil it together (and please don’t drink scalding hot tea!).

Alcohol

Shilajit is very useful for a hangover, but taking it together with alcohol may produce an unusual effect. It may work like an energy drink that wakes you up. Other times, it may increase the level of alcohol intoxication (being drunk). We do not recommend taking the two together because it won’t produce any positive health effects - rather, it could cause you to accidentally overdose! Please drink responsibly and save your shilajit for when you have a hangover or are sober.

Allergy

Please be cautious when taking Shilajit with any products that may trigger an allergic response, as it may have the potential to make the immune system more sensitive when initially consumed. Stop taking Shilajit if any severe allergic reactions occur.

Shilajit Side Effects, Dangers of Low Quality Products & Contraindications

Shilajit is a very safe product in general and there are no records of anyone ever getting hospitalized from using good quality shilajit. As it works to boost the overall function of the body and typically speeds up regenerative processes, it can kick-start natural cleansing reactions that may feel undesirable, but are over quickly.

Cheap or poor-quality shilajit should be viewed as an entirely different product, as it may contain heavy metals and impurities in large quantities that are damaging for your health. In the sections below, we'll discuss what you can expect from taking shilajit, what to do and what not to do, as well as who would do better without it.

Heavy Metals and Toxins

Before a quality shilajit graces your palms, it has to be purified and tested for impurities to ensure it is safe to consume; something that ought to be a common practice for anything you ingest. Heavy metals and toxins are a known issue in poor quality shilajit, where corners are cut to make the price cheaper. Thanks to low quality shilajit circulating the market, some countries have warned against the use of shilajit and all other Ayurvedic medicines, like Canada did in 200597. We urge everyone to stop supporting vendors of poor quality shilajit and to practice conscious discernment when choosing the best product!

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You can easily tell cheap variations of Himalayan Shilajit apart as they are typically sold for less than $2 per gram. These products likely cost less because they were poorly harvested and prepared, placing one at greater risk of heavy metals and toxin exposure. Conversely, the most expensive versions of Shilajit from no-name brands may also fall into that category, so the price is not the only indicator of quality. The best shilajit comes from established brands who do not hesitate to offer you a lab analysis of their products or answer questions on how they purify it.

As a rule of thumb, Siberian shilajit is very consistent in quality thanks to the many years that Russian scientists and chemists have spent studying the substance. It may not be as potent as Himalayan varieties due to the lower altitudes it is collected from, but it is usually safe in terms of heavy metals, even in cheaper variations. Once again, do research on the brand and ask for a lab analysis.

There is also no need to panic about this issue. Many people do not realize that there are heavy metals in many of the foods we eat too that don't appear to harm people. Nevertheless, it is always good to limit the amount of toxins in our diets - the reason why you should not buy cheaper food, or cheaper shilajit for that matter!

Allergy

When taking Shilajit, a small percentage of people may experience the following short-lived symptoms:

  • Post-nasal drip or thick nasal mucous
  • Blocked nose
  • Itchiness in the ears
  • Mild pain and/or redness in the face
  • Toothache
  • Temperature fluctuations (fever-like symptoms)

These issues are connected to transient allergies (hypersensitivity of the immune system) and tend to occur more often in Autumn and Spring, as opposed to Winter or Summer, when there are greater shifts in environmental conditions. Many mistake this reaction as a sinus infection, however, it is actually an allergic reaction that leads to sinus irritation and therefore mimics having a sinus infection.

Real Shilajit will never cause you to get an infection. In fact, due to its nature and humic makeup, the concentrated form it is sold in is incapable of carrying any bacteria or viruses, as such concentrations are toxic to all microbial life.

For the above allergy scenario to occur in a healthy individual is very rare and it is far more likely to happen to those who already have certain pre-existent conditions like:

  • Chronic allergies
  • sinusitis
  • rhinitis or runny nose
  • Curvature of the nasal septum
  • A weak immune system due to excessive stress or a chronic illness

This being said, if you suffer from allergies or chronic immune sensitivity, you are likely to experience these symptoms regardless of whether you take Shilajit or not. However, Shilajit may speed up your immunes reaction and help your body process quicker, making you more aware of the natural symptoms that arise when your immune is dealing with something it considers to be a threat. When the seasons change, we are exposed to common allergens (like pollen) and our internal biology shifts to adapt to the changes. Sometimes this shift can kill off certain beneficial bacteria we already harbor, inducing a similar immune response. Nevertheless, there are endless things that can trigger immune hypersensitivity and this is by no means a complete picture.

The symptoms may last from 2 to 48 hours and in some cases may be very unpleasant, but they pose no danger or any long term adverse health effects. Moreover, it doesn't happen again if the preexistent condition (sinusitis, rhinitis, runny nose) is treated.

If you experience such symptoms after taking shilajit, please stop using it until all the symptoms disappear and are treated. Using nasal saline washes and nasal decongestant sprays may help in the interim plus the following natural immune boosters may help as well:

  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruits
  • Echinacea tea
  • Neti Pots

If allergic symptoms are severe, please consult with a medical professional.

Migraines

The real cause of migraines is ultimately a mystery, as it is usually the combination of many factors including your genes, lifestyle and environmental conditions. However, we know that some people may experience light migraines after overdose or long-term and non-stop use of Shilajit. This may happen because of the efficiency of how a certain element is used in the body and may be prevented if you use Shilajit in cycles.

Minerals, unlike most of Vitamins, are typically stored in the body for quite some time, building up mineral reserves and an excessive amount may lead to a headache. This effect poses no health risks and should disappear within a few hours of taking Shilajit. If you have migraines after taking Shilajit, please stop using it from 2 to 6 weeks and then try another 1-2 week session. Bear in mind that Shilajit enhances the absorption of other substances and so it may be that it seems to give you a headache but is rather aiding another substance that would also do so if taken in large amounts. Keep well-hydrated too as dehydration is the most common cause for ongoing headaches! You may also want to consider using one of these essential oils that may relieve a headache fast:

  • eucalyptus
  • peppermint
  • rosemary
  • lavender
  • chamomile

If you feel a migraine again after a break and have ruled out other substances and dehydration; then the headaches are usually solved by switching the Shilajit source (check: Altai vs Himalayan shilajit), as different versions have different formulas. Most people who experience a headache from one version feel relief with another.

Transient Immune Reactions

As explained above, Shilajit tends to optimize the way our immune system works, including the process of eliminating toxins from the body. On rare occasions, this can result in an undesirable reaction that feels like you have a flu, with fever-like symptoms and a runny nose. This is a natural response of the body when it needs to get rid of infections or toxins, and shilajit is known to speed up the process. The effects only last a few hours before the body returns back to normal.

This is a rare occurrence and usually happens if you use a very potent Shilajit in combination with factors that induce immune or metabolic changes, such as:

  • Constantly overworking
  • Extreme stress
  • Chronic sleep deprivation
  • Virus infections
  • Eating spoiled or contaminated food, etc

The above factors are enough on their own to produce these transient immune responses, and shilajit merely speeds up the recovery process by supporting your immune system.

Contraindications

So far there is nothing in the medical literature that suggests that Shilajit is contraindicated under any circumstances. Due to limited research, however, it may be best to avoid it if pregnant and to consult with your doctor before using it if you have a chronic illness or disease.

As shilajit may enhance the absorption of other medications and substances, it is advisable not to take it within 2hours of alcohol, pharmaceuticals or other equally potent artificial substances.

It is usually very safe (in fact, quite complementary!) to pair it with powerful herbs and other such natural substances. Just make sure that the side effects of the herbs are not contraindicated in your case or Shilajit may make those worse. Everything in balance and moderation!

Stomach Sensitivity

Some people who take undiluted shilajit on an empty stomach may experience unpleasant sensations in their stomach. These sensations are immediately felt in those who are sensitive to them and if you happen to be, then you just need to dilute it with purified water when taking it.

Overdose

It is very difficult to overdose on Shilajit and we are not even sure if doing so is possible. According to studies conducted in the former USSR, there were no observed side effects even in persons consuming up to 2500 mg a day - however, we highly recommend you DO NOT do that!

If you accidentally take more than your body needs, then it will be evacuated naturally through urine. It may also turn your stools a very dark black-brown color, however, that can happen at reasonable doses too.

While it is hard to overdose on Shilajit, it is possible to OVERDO IT with Shilajit! In other words, taking it every single day non-stop for longer than a couple of months may result in a low-grade trace mineral overdose - particularly if you are healthy (the elderly usually benefit from taking it non-stop as their body needs more support), meet your nutritional requirements and don't truly need that much of the immune support. Symptoms of overdoing it include migraines and fatigue and can be cleared up by cycling your supplement intake.

Shilajit is meant to be used in cycles. Just like any supplement, if you use it all the time, your body cleverly realizes that it doesn't need to make its own supplies of nutrients and becomes dependent on the supplement! Of course, we don't make our own trace minerals, but trace minerals are not the only constituents present in shilajit.

Mixing Shilajit with Tap Water

This is a common way of spoiling good shilajit. You should not mix it with tap water and if you do, then don't store it for longer than a couple of days. Shilajit's complex formula may react with chemicals in treated water, like chlorine and fluoride, to form additional toxins. Mixing it with tap water is not going to kill you, but we highly recommend using bottled, distilled, purified or reverse osmosis water when taking it.

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