When we think about our favorite skincare products and how they came about, we often picture scientists in clean white lab coats, in a sterile room, surrounded by beakers, petri dishes and an array of brightly colored chemicals and compounds. But, this isn’t that type of article. We are here to talk about the nitty gritty, the process, the origin of shilajit – a sticky, tar-like substance which is one of Mother Nature’s most powerful compounds. Shilajit is backed by science to help with a myriad of ailments and skin conditions, but we’ll get to that in a bit. Right now, it’s time for us to strap on our hiking boots and dawn our warmest parka, because we’re bound for the Himalayas, where it all began…
Where does Shilajit come from?
Shilajit can be found in the caves and crevices of towering mountain slopes throughout India, China, Central Asia, Iran and a few other Arabian countries. According to the oldest records available to us, Shilajit has been used as a medicine for the past 5,000 years in India and the Himalayan mountains. To this day, most Shilajit is painstakingly harvested from the Himalayan and Altai Mountains. In the year 1870, British explorer, Sir Martin Edward Stanley observed that monkeys in the Himalayan mountains appeared to remain healthy and agile in their old age, unlike their counterparts from Europe. The monkeys were seen scraping a black, tar-like substance off the side of the mountain rocks and regularly snacking on it. The local indigenous people confirmed that this substance was Shilajit and they believed that it was responsible for the monkey’s good health.
What is shilajit?
Shilajit, also known as Shilajeet comes from the Sanskrit compound word shilajatu meaning “rock-tar”, which is the regular Ayurveda term. It is believed that shilajit was formed by the decomposition of plants from tiny microorganisms over centuries and even millions of years. It can be found clinging to the side of boulders and dark crevices. Once the sun hits it, it begins to melt, making it easier to be harvested and cleaned of impurities for human consumption.
Health benefits backed by science.
The primary compounds found in shilajit are humic acid and fulvic acid along with 85 ionic vitamins and minerals. Humic acid was previously shown to enhance cutaneous wound healing and show antibacterial properties, but a recent study focused on wound healing in the oral cavity and it resulted in a statistically significant enhanced rate of wound closure when treated with humic acid. Shilajit has also been used as a treatment for genitourinary diseases, diabetes, digestive disorders, nervous diseases, tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, anemia, eczema, bone fractures, and other diseases due to the concentrated fulvic acid found in shilajit. According to the National Institute of Health, recent investigations suggest that shilajit can improve cognitive disorders associated with aging, thus paving the way for potential shilajit therapy in Alzheimer’s patients. Shilajit is completely safe to ingest daily as a dietary supplement and has been used for centuries in Asia to treat a myriad of ailments and improve overall vitality and quality of life.
Read more about the benefits of shilajit in our previous article.
Shilajit has also been used in Ayurvedic Medicine to help with:
- Chronic fatigue
- Altitude sickness
- Liver cancer
- Heart Health
- Low testosterone levels
- Signs of aging
- Herpes related viruses
- Gastric ulcers
- Stress reduction
Everyday Essence is a company focused on sourcing the highest quality shilajit that we incorporate into our all-natural, organic skincare and supplements. Our premium shilajit is cold filtered and tested, which means that we can preserve more of its rich vitamins as well as its star compound – fulvic acid. We’ve developed products that address internal and external ailments that may be affecting your skin’s health and appearance.
Shilajit for Skincare
Natural Face Toner – Shilajit Vitamin Mist
Treat your skin to an exotic experience by way of this refreshing, aromatic mist we like to call Shilajit Vitamin Mist. This all-natural toner packs a punch with up to 85 ionic vitamins and minerals, as well as a hint of colloidal silver. This refreshing spray is available in lavender, rose and palo santo scents. The fulvic acid found in shilajit, is known to act as an antioxidant. It works to slow down the aging process, protect your skin from free radicals, reduce fine lines, and prevent pesky breakouts. You can use it straight out of a steamy shower to calm irritated skin and even-out complexion. Or, use it to refresh dull, tired skin between work and drinks with friends. Personally, we love to use our shilajit spray first thing in the morning, The coolness of the mist and the calming properties of the organic shilajit and colloidal silver will awaken your skin while this natural toner delivers up to 85 ionic vitamins and minerals before you’ve even had your first cup of joe.
Shilajit Cream – Skin Therapy Platinum
Repair your skin with this ultra-powerful cream that delivers the restorative benefits of two of Mother Nature’s most precious substances – shilajit and colloidal silver. Skin Therapy Platinum works FAST! It’s the perfect marriage of powerful, all-natural ingredients that work together to hydrate extremely dry skin, reverse the signs of aging and even promote healing in eczema/psoriasis sufferers.The colloidal silver works to kill bacteria and disinfect. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your skin is soaking up two of our most powerful key ingredients every time you apply this silky smooth cream. Skin Therapy Platinum may offer many of the benefits of medicated skin creams, but it doesn’t subject you to the icky medicated scent that many of these creams come with.
*To sweeten the pot, we’ve added other organic ingredients such as stellaria media [reduces skin agitation due to acne, rosacea & eczema], calendula oil [antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and natural collagen booster], and symphytum officinale [promotes healing of bruises and skin abrasions] to create a healing trifecta that your skin will crave!
Shilajit Supplements – Shilajit Resin
Shilajit resin (commonly known as stoney oil) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries as a dietary supplement. Our shilajit resin is as concentrated as it comes. We store it in smokey glass jars to protect its precious vitamins and minerals from the light. All it takes is a pea-sized scoop of this rich, tar-like super supplement to feed your body the natural nutrients it needs to heal and regenerate. Shilajit supplements are a must-have for all-star athletes seeking all-natural treatments to reduce inflammation in tense joints and muscles. Within about a week, you may start to experience increased energy, a reduction in inflammation, healthier digestion, and clearer skin. We recommend dissolving your shilajit in a glass of water for optimal absorption and circulation in the body.
Shilajit for Skincare is just one of the many benefits of this powerful phytocomplex.
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Eczema and Psoriasis seem to be one issue that just isn’t going away. I’ve watched clients, family members, and friends struggle with these skin issues for decades. While many doctors say that food allergies play a part; others will tell you that food elimination diets didn’t always rid them of the issue. Recently, new drugs have been released to help combat “break outs” and control the immune system. While these drugs could help to control the issue, they come with some pretty horrible side affects. This article will show you how to treat eczema naturally.
*Note: some of the information in this article is based on my views and observations over the decades.
There is no shortage of creams, steroids, and natural aids to help with eczema and psoriasis. But do they work? The consensus from friends and family is that they may stop it from getting worse but it doesn’t “fix” the issue. I’ve created the “Healing Matrix (TM).” Which addresses the main issues associated with skin recovery and eczema.
How to Treat Eczema Naturally
1.) Moisture – Keep the skin the flexible using natural oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, and shea butter.
2.) Irritation – Fight bacteria and fungus with essential oils such as lavender.
3.) Skin Renewal – Recover and rebuild – calendula oil, has the ability to speed up healing, boost collagen levels, and seal the surface of the skin to lock out germs and bacteria.
4.) Inflamation – Allow the body to recover without re-injuring the skin. Symphytum Officinale can combat inflamation at a fast rate! It also helps to stimulate cell growth so that skin can heal faster.
You will never lose if you treat all of these at once! Be patient with the natural process. In most cases, irritation on a joint such as the knees and elbows will take longer to heal. Chances are that’s a thicker, rougher patch of skin with more healing to do.
Irritation on the face, head, and neck areas tends to heal much quicker.
Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize
Sound simple right? Wrong. Most people are moisturizing with things that are packed full of chemicals. Ditch the fake body butters and creams and switch to all natural sources. Shea butter, Coconut oil, and even Olive oil can be great ways to get the moisture back into the skin.
Apply your choice of moisturizers right out of the shower. Allow them to sink into the skin, then dab off the excess with a paper towel.
Natural Antibacterial Options
Coconut oil and olive oil are two great options for skin issues because they contain natural antibacterial fighting properties.
Other options relate to natural essential oils.
- Citrus Essential Oils
Are all good options to naturally fight bacterial that can cause redness, itching, and irritation on the surface of the skin.
Fit Tip: These oils also work well for acne and blemishes. My personal favorite for healing and antibacterial properties is lavender.
Avoid the Itch!
It’s easy to say, hard to do. Eczema treatments always have an “anti itch” ingredient added because the companies know it’s one of the most irritating issues associated with this skin.
Calming oils such as peppermint help to cool the heat of the skin while an herb such as chickweed can keep the irritation levels low. Chickweed without alcohol is the best option, since alcohol leads to access drying.
Can eczema be treated naturally? The answer is an astounding YES. We’ve spent hours creating a powerful organic eczema cream to address all of the issue listed above. Our powerful natural eczema cream comes in two formulas, our original Skin Therapy and our Skin Therapy Silver. The silver formula is our colloidal silver eczema cream. Both have powerful antibacterial properties, moisturizing oils, herb combinations to fight itch and sooth skin, and healing herbs to boost collagen.
Ditch the drugs, the steroids, the smelly creams and trade up for a natural combination that addresses all of the main points in the healing matrix. Nature takes time, but it’s worth it!