Shilajit has been growing in popularity which has surfaced some interest with how to identify pure shilajit. An easy and quick method is to confirm your shilajit is able to dissolve in water. Shilajit is water soluble and this is basically how it flows throughout your entire body and each and every cell. With a clear glass of water add some shilajit powder to the top and do not stir. You should start to see the shilajit dissolve automatically into the water trickling down looking like it’s going through a thin filter. Eventually it should all dissolve and the water will turn a very dark brown color.
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Back To Your Roots Herbs demonstrates a how to identify pure shilajit test with the water soluble method.
Although shilajit is water soluble, it is not soluble in alcohol. Try a similar test by adding the shilajit powder into a small dish and add a clear alcohol like vodka to the dish. With a spoon you’ll be able to scoop out mushy chunks as it will not dissolve in the alcohol. Even if you try and stir it will remain undissolved and mushy.
If your results are different from the water soluble test then there is a good chance that there are some impurities present that are not dissolving.
As shilajit is basically a decomposed product it will not create any fumes when you burn it. If you try to light a match to it you shouldn’t see any smoke. Again if your results are different this could be a sign of impurity.
Shilajit also neutralizes toxins and heavy metals like mercury. This is just for your information as the average person doesn’t have pure mercury around to do this test. The idea here is when you add the mercury with shilajit and water the mercury would dissolve.