While doing research on the best ways to protect ourselves from EMF radiation, I kept coming across products made from an ancient stone called Shungite. I watched videos and read articles, and saw that there were many differing opinions about the power and uses of Shungite. I wanted to create the ultimate resource from all of my research into Shungite and answer questions like:
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- Where does Shungite come from?
- What are the benefits of Shungite?
- Does Shungite work for EMF protection?
- Where are the best Shungite products?
- and much much more.
Let’s walk through this together: the complete and honest guide to Shungite.
What Is Shungite?
Here are the Technicals:
Shungite is a black, lustrous mineral that is made of more than 98% carbon. First discovered in the Karelia region of Russia near the Shunga village, Shungite was first given the name in the late 1800s.
Shungite itself, however, is estimated to be several billion years old. True Shungite also contains small amounts of fullerenes, which is a microscopic, hollow, pure carbon molecule.
Fullerenes are believed to be an extremely powerful anti-oxidant and are being vigorously studied for there is a multitude of benefits for both health, and nano-technologies.
Interestingly, Shungite was originally made of almost pure carbon, but today, the term “Shungite” is being used to describe rocks and objects that contain some Shungite, but are not pure.
Shungite products are typically broken up into the following categories:
- Shungite 1: 90-100% carbon content
- 2: 45-90% carbon content
- 3: 20-45% carbon content
- 4: 10-20% carbon content
- 5: <10% carbon content
If you’re looking at the description of a product that claims to be shungite, pay close attention to the listed carbon content of the product. True Shungite should have 90-100% carbon content and is often more expensive (but don’t let the price fool you, find the carbon content).
For example, this listing for Shungite on Amazon contains 90% or more carbon content. These are real Shungite Stones.
When buying shungite, the stones are also sometimes classified into categories depending on luster. These categories are usually bright, semi-bright, semi-dull, and dull. Often times when purchasing Shungite products like pyramids or pendants, this will not even be listed. This is more commonly listed when buying real Shungite stones.
Where is Shungite Found?
Shungite is primarily found in a specific region of Russia. The largest deposit is in the Lake Onega are of the Karelia region, near Shunga village. See the map on the right for reference.
Although this is the primary deposit of Shungite, it is not the only one. The mineral has also been discovered, in much smaller quantities, in two other regions of Russia. The first is in the volcanic rocks at Kamchatka, and the other was discovered in a coal mine near Chelyabinsk.
The main deposit of Shungite is estimated to contain almost 300,000,000 tons, so we won’t be running out any time soon.
Although Shungite used to be quite difficult to obtain, it is now quite easy to purchase. The increased popularity of the stone is primarily due to it’s powerful believed abilities to heal the body, protect against EMF radiation, and cleanse and purify water.
In fact, Peter the Great established the first spa in Russia near Karelia to take advantage of the purifying abilities of Shungite. Today, the anti-bacterial and water purifying abilities of the stone have been confirmed in modern labs.
How Was Shungite Formed?
This is something that scientists do not yet know, or agree on yet. There are several beliefs on where Shungite come from, with the two most popular theories being an ancient sea or ocean, or from an ancient meteorite.
The first theory is that there used to be an ancient ocean, sea, or lake, billions of years ago in the area that is now North-Western Russia. In this body of water, there was a very high concentration of early microscopic organisms.
Over the millennia, these organisms died and their deposits formed at the sea floor. The biological nature of these organisms would help to explain the unusually high amounts of carbon. Shifting of the Earth’s plates over time moved this deposit from this seabed onto land and it settled and concentrated in one area.
The other popular scientific theory is that the Shungite deposit is the result of a landed meteorite long ago. This would help to explain why it is almost entirely concentrated in one area, as well as the high carbon content.
Either way, part of the appeal of Shungite, beyond it’s amazing and unique abilities and characteristics, is its mysterious origins.
What Are The Benefits of Shungite?
Shungite is an amazing stone and mineral and has many proven benefits, as well as many believed benefits. First let’s talk about the benefits that are easily seen, understood, and proven.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and do not provide medical advice. Readers are advised to do their own research and make decisions in partnership with their healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult your physician. Nothing you read here should be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or any course of treatment.
Shungite For Water Purification
There are quite a few ways of purifying water and making it safe to drink, including boiling, iodine, chlorine drops, water filters, ultraviolet lights, and much more. The problem is that many of these methods, although they will kill bacteria and organisms, will also degrade the quality of the water and increase the number of salts and heavy metals present in the water. Other methods, like the use of chlorine or iodine, can introduce dangerous chemicals into the water.
This is why Shungite has become so popular for its use in purifying water.
Placing shungite stones in water and letting them sit for a few days produces what most people call “shungite water.” This water goes all the way back to Czar Peter of Russia, who would provide water purified with shungite to his soldiers, and ran the first ever spa in Russia near the Karelia deposits.
Modern tests since then have confirmed the amazing water purifying capabilities of shungite, and it is now commonly found in water filtration systems.
Shungite has extremely powerful antibacterial capabilities. When the power of shungite to purify water was tested, harmful bacteria were artificially introduced into the water and after as little as an hour, the concentration of these bacteria was reduced dramatically.
Shungite has the ability to clean things like nitrates, chlorine, bacteria, and heavy metal from water. It also can clean the visual appearance of dirty water and improve the taste.
Many healers and naturopaths recommend “shungite water” for all types of illnesses such as:
- Cold and Flu
- Kidney and liver issues
- Heart Disease
- General wellbeing
- And much much more.