First off, I would like to thank everyone for their support, open-mindedness, and feedback on this sacred Rasayana, without you Shilajit would have never gained the recognition it deserves outside of the Health Industry.
Before delving into this story, I should introduce myself – My name is Jay (aka @Plant & Prosper) and I was struck with the idea that Shilajit could be utilized as a plant supplement about a year ago, shortly after I began using it in my personal diet for its long list of rejuvenating effects.
Many Ayurvedic medicines serve as a double-purpose to both plants and people. These supplements include things like cold pressed neem oil, karanja oil, tulsi, and aloe vera. When I stumbled upon Shilajit, I immediately made the connection and kept an open mind to the possibility that it too could be a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. I’ve been growing for 11 years now, and most recently I’ve grown to adopt many Ayurvedic supplements that serve collectively as the “backbone” to my garden routine. For those unaware, Ayurveda was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Shilajit is considered to be the very backbone of Ayurveda itself, which is primarily what caught my attention. After months of researching how Shilajit forms, it’s chemical constituents, and it’s properties, my anxiety of killing my only garden with this stuff disappeared and was immediately replaced with a form of eagerness to test it out. The only uncertainty I had going into it was the application rate needed, and eventually, I was able to calculate it due after analyzing a few fertilizer sample analyses that Midwest Laboratories performed for me.
After testing Shilajit on various gardens (friends, family, and both of my personal gardens) I immediately sharing my findings. Sickly plants showing signs of chlorosis suddenly began synthesizing and greening up. Leaves took on a shiny appearance which wasn’t there before and began reaching for the sun in the form of turgidity which was a great sign that the plants were beginning to metabolize faster than before. Everything pointed to the addition of Shilajit, and within weeks it starting gaining attention amongst the IG community, which naturally progressed into growers trying to find it to purchase themselves. There was one big problem, however – not all Shilajit was the same.
Powdered Shilajit (low-quality)
In fact, low quality, adulterated shilajit absolutely floods the current market. This type of shilajit can contain heavy metals, fecal coliforms, and many other unsafe toxins that are harmful to both people and plants. It’s all about where it is harvested pretty much I’ve learned. Manufacturers rely on consumer ignorance in order to make a large turn around on cheap product, and the smart ones will even work to mimic the genuine resin itself. Some of these products don’t even contain Shilajit at all, but a blend of dirt, clay, and cellulose. It took me 7+ months to learn who the leading Shilajit companies were, and by the time I did it was already introduced to the community. I felt like I had led my friends into uncharted waters, and felt a sudden responsibility to find us all a source that was trustworthy. I began emailing the leading companies on the market asking for lab reports and narrowed down my search to a handful of reputable manufacturers.
I invested in a few costly lab tests with the resin I acquired from these companies and had them all tested extensively for heavy metals, dioxins, salmonella, fecal coliforms, e-coli, as well as their nutrient profile to find out if they were even suitable for plant life. My results led me to Andrey, the founder of Natural Shilajit. The results I saw from his product was unsurpassed by any other companies I had tried:
Soon thereafter, I was brought aboard the Natural Shilajit team where I immediately began working at discovering the in’s and out’s of Shilajit’s effect on plant life. We are proud to say that we’re the first company on the market to bring this resin to the garden community and plan to continually raise the bar as far as research, quality, and transparency go.
Many people (including myself) believe wholeheartedly in biomimicry when it comes to gardening. In nature, a team of organisms take control of the nourishment of our ecosystems without the need for ANY input by man himself. As a matter of fact, we generally hinder these natural processes in the grand scheme of things. A delicate balance of fungi, bacteria, enzymes, and microorganisms is needed in order to procreate, regenerate, and sustain the very ecosystems we rely on to survive as human beings. This is the philosophy that supports Shilajit’s use for plant life. Shilajit is a product of microbial metabolites, which are the backbone of natural systems when it comes to nutrient transport, fertility, and regeneration. It is plant food made by plants, for plants. Man just got to it first pretty much, shortly after Himalayan monkeys showed them the way of course. Monkey see, monkey do!
“If nature is left to itself, fertility increases. Organic remains of plants and animals accumulate and are decomposed on the surface by bacteria and fungi. With the movement of rainwater, the nutrients are taken deep into the soil to become food for microorganisms, earthworms, and other small animals. Plant roots reach to the lower soil strata and draw the nutrients back up to the surface.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka,
Just as Mr. Fukuoka says, when nature is left to itself – fertility increases. Shilajit is living proof of this theory, as it is formed over millions of years, and thus broken down into the most effective form of nutrition found in nature – a microbial metabolite. Microbial metabolites are the product of enzymes, fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms after completely digesting organic matter into a stable form. This is the very form of nutrition that plants require in order to stack reserves in the form of “sinks” and lipids. These are key to building plant immunity. Like an animal storing food for the winter, plants use these sinks to store excess water and nutrients for times of need. Without nutrition in the form of microbial metabolites, plants simply cannot build this immunity and therefore are subjected to more stress, which in turn reduces overall yield and quality.
GROWER-TESTED & APPROVED
Since Shilajit’s introduction to the community, we’ve been getting nothing but ecstatic feedback due to it’s effect on not only photosynthesis but plant metabolism, nutrient transport, and plant immunity. Here are some of the most recent submissions we’ve received: