Shungite is a rare black stone believed to be over 2 billion years old that’s made of carbon (up to 99%) only found near the village of Shunga in the Republic of Karelia, a region of Russia.
The history and documentation of shungite is first noted as early as the 17th century in Russia.
However, in the 16th century, Ivan the Terrible was made aware of a ‘black slate’ in the region of Karelia and that spring water was resulted from this slate.
Healing properties of shungite were later noted in the 17th and 18th century and has been used for healing by Russian tsars.
In 1713, Peter the Great (Tsar of Russia) decreed a spa to be opened on the site of where shungite springs in Karelia so that the healing waters could be used.
The spa had three wooden palaces, one each for the tsar himself, another for the tsar’s family and courts and the other for patients and staff.
Peter the Great’s spa was destroyed by fire in 1780 which then marked the end of the shungite spa.
In 1985, a group of scientists (Kroto, Curl and Smalley) discovered a particular molecule structure called fullerenes that’s also found in shungite stone.
In 1996, the three scientists were awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry for their work with these new molecule structures.
The properties of the discovered fullerenes were documented as being effective, long-acting antioxidants that shungite contains; however, there are limited documented research of the effects of shungite.
How to Work and Heal with Shungite
Three Types of Shungite
There are three types of shungite that can be found which is important if you’re looking to acquire or purchase shungite.
The different types of shungite are classified by their characteristics and are listed as Shungite III, Shungite II and Shungite I.
Shungite III contains less than 50% of organic carbon and is referred to as shungite fray or shungite rock.
Shungite II has 50 to 70% of organic carbon as is commonly used in most products made from shungite as it is easy to polish the stone.
Shungite I is characterized as a black stone that’s known for its silver shine in the stone which contains 98% organic carbon. That makes this type of shungite one of the rarest which only results in 1% of known shungite.
Shungite and Moh’s Scale
Shungite on the Moh’s scale has a hardness of 3.5 to 4.
This hardness on the Moh’s scale places Shungite in the same range as crystals such as Azurite, Malachite, Magnesite and Chalcopyrite.
For more about the Moh’s scale of crystals and minerals, be sure to read the Gem Society’s chart scale.
Healing Properties of Shungite
Shungite is believed to be used and have benefits for:
• killing bacteria and viruses
• purifying and filtering water
• as an antioxidant
• reducing inflammation
• easing physical conditions such as chronic fatigue, kidney problems, liver problems, sore throats, allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, pancreatic dysfunction
• relieving stress by removing negative energy and balancing emotions
Ways and Reasons to use Shungite
Shungite is an excellent electric-conductor and is commonly used to protect against EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies).
Shungite is commonly shaped and polished into stone towers/generators, spheres and cubes which can be placed around electronics in the home or office.
To protect against EMFs, keep a piece of shungite around electronics or on yourself to protect yourself from EMFs. This can be as easy as keeping a piece near your computer, TV or smartphone.
This stone can also be shaped into slabs and tiles for electronic devices and some are made small enough to be adhered to smartphones to protect against EMFs.
Bracelets and necklaces can also be worn to protect against EMFs.
The size of the shungite stone will have an impact on the radius of protection that the stone provides against EMFs. The larger the shungite stone, the larger the range of protection.
Shungite is also an excellent stone for meditation and grounding excess energy.
Wearing or holding shungite can assist with mediation and create a calming sensation to allow yourself to feel stable and grounded.
Shungite can be used to wear, carry, meditate with to help reduce stress including by using in filtered shungite water.
Shungite oil can be applied to the body to revitalize and re-energize the body.
The effects of shungite oil can add energy, vitality and concentration.
However, sometimes the effects of shungite oil, crystals, water, etc. may cause you to feel tired and need to sleep which may be a sign that most of the healing will be done through rest and sleep to allow the body to recharge fully.
To use shungite oil, place the oil on your pulse points or on the body to allow the effects of shungite to be absorbed.
If using a shungite oil and you’re prone to skin sensitivities with carrier oils, be sure first to test only on a small area of skin to be safe.
Shungite can also be added to water and then filtered to provide healing benefits from the stone which is made from organic carbon.
There are some shungite filters available on the market to infuse and filter shungite into water that can be used for drinking water.
Some people recommend boiling shungite stones first and then placing the stones in a glass jug or pitcher with filtered water for 2 to 3 days before drinking the shungite infused water.
Small pieces of shungite will work just as well as larger pieces or shungite for making shungite infused water.
It’s believed that shungite water has healing properties and health benefits.
Where to Find Shungite
Shungite can be found in many online shops; however caution must be made to ensure that you’re getting authentic / real shungite and not imitation or “fake” shungite.
To know more about determining the authenticity of shungite, be sure to read about how to spot “fake” shungite from Hibiscus Moon.
Here are some online shops where you can find shungite:
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