Since the first snows reached the ground until the moment one of the most famous mineral waters is bottled, 15 years elapsed. During this time the melted snow went through the heart of the mountains acquiring its most valued content, minerals and other pure elements from the mountains that give mineral water its characteristic properties and health benefits.
The same way, centuries ago, the firsts flowers of Styrax officinalis, an shrub that grows in the Himalayas, but also in some other parts of Asia and South America, died and dried with the first signs of fall, becoming over hundreds of years a sticky dark substance known as Shilajit, a Sanskrit word meaing "rock invincible" . Image left: Styrax officinalis by Tanaka Juuyoh (田中十洋) under Creative Commons license (CC BY 2.0).
Common name: Styrax.