There is a total of about nine theories on the origin of the material used to make mineral pitch resin. Out of the nine, four are scientifically valid, and the other five have been fully debunked as myths and superstitions. It is important not to confuse the valid scientific theories with myths rooted in folklore and religious texts. The unifying scientific theory still does not exist due to the collision of views between scientists. Another factor, which does not allow for consolidation of science, is a conflict of interests due to prominent scientists aligning themselves with major manufacturers and successfully receiving patents, which allow for imitations of the original mineral pitch product. Further information is an attempt to give a comprehensive overview of all origin theories up-to-date.
Theory #1. Plants plus environmental factors. This theory states that the raw material is made out of plants which went through a long-term transformation in the mountains. Here’s how it works: wind and rain collect plant material in mountain crevices. The mass starts slowly moving through the surrounding rock being subjected to high pressure, surrounding mineral environment, temperature changes, and microorganism activity. This process can take hundreds or even thousands of years.
Once the material reaches a particular consistency, it is prone to “ooze-out” as a material that will be made into a mineral pitch resin also known as Shilajit, Mumie, and Salajeet. Pürblack Live Resin should not be confused with traditionally manufactured Shilajit, Mumie or Saljeet Resins. Even though Pürblack is made from the same raw material, our Live Resin is greatly superior due to novel technology we use, making the resin more effective and closest to its natural state.
Theory #2. Ancient marine organisms. According to this scientific view, the raw material for mineral pitch was made out of prehistoric marine creatures which populated and evolved in oceans millions of years ago throughout Paleozoic, Mesozoic and other prehistoric time periods. As the ocean beds form into continent rose and eventually turned into mountains, the deposits of what used to be these Marine life creatures were exposed to air and went through an environmental transformation. This process formed the raw material of mineral pitch resin.
Theory #3. Plants processed by animals. The theory suggests that animals residing in mountain areas obtain plants which have the most healing and nutritional properties and preserve them for the times of famine or sickness. But this is similar to how to collect honey and pollen from flowers. It is thought that instinctively the animal will pick only herbs which will be most useful if there is an acute crisis in the body of the animal or if no food is available for long periods of time.
Theory #4. Fossilized honey. Under this theory, the raw material for the resin comes from fossilized honey of wild bees. In order to become raw material for the resin, this material requires long-term environmental effects maturation within mineral deposits in surrounding rocks.
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, no theory has currently prevailed and no unifying theory was put forward. All four most likely have certain validity to them. At Pürblack, we believe that theory number one is most likely accurate. The reason is that the substance shows in the lab and has characteristics very similar to multiple adaptogenic and medicinal plants combined. Nevertheless, neither theory can be fully discarded. What matters the most is that mineral pitch shows excellent results when used by humans.
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