Shungite, shungite, shungite!
This stuff came out on the new age stone-lovers scene about 3 years ago & made quite the big splash. I’m not sure why it suddenly became so popular but it’s not usually listed in the older, more popular crystal property books so people are often left wondering & asking me lots & lots of questions about it.
There are numerous web articles out there that make lots of unfounded claims about shungite so I really felt the need to finally get this blog post out there.
Raw Shungite Stone. By Amrith.de (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
What is it?
Estimated to be about 2 BILLION years old, shungite gets its name from its discovery deposit-site near the Shun’ga village in Karelia, Russia & is more than 98% pure carbon.
Most geologists now agree that the shungite deposit was created by layers & layers of ancient organic remains, however some claim that it came from a carbon-rich asteroid strike originating from our Solar System’s own asteroid belt.
Hmmmm, I do like that last scenario.
(OUTER SPACE!)…but there just isn’t enough geologic evidence supporting that claim at this time.
So What’s the Big Deal About Shungite?
There are lots of shungite claims.
Some say it can do EVERYTHING & cure ALL.
I’m not going to blindly jump on that bandwagon b/c, you know, I always like to back up my info w/ science or other evidence. So I’m only going to list out what I’ve been able to find evidence for (doesn’t mean I’m still not researching & trying out other theories).
So, here’s what I’ve got:
1. Water Purifier
FACT: “Shungite is an effective sorbent for removal of organic and inorganic substances, pathogenic bacteria and heavy metals from contaminated water.” ~ as quoted from respected scientific source; Science Direct. In other words, it purifies water & has anti-bacterial properties.
Apparently, Peter the Great first noticed shungite water’s powerful healing & antibacterial properties in the 18th century by testing on himself & his soldiers. Then he set up a spa in Karelia so others could benefit from it as well. Nice guy. 😉
Spas in the area have been taking wise advantage of the area’s healing waters & coming up with such luxuries as trips to natural shungite springs & serving shungite vein tea with local cowberries + wild Karelian honey. Yum! I wanna go.
Pure well-washed shungite (not the un-pure varieties that aren’t mostly carbon) is totally safe to put directly in your water-glass. That’s how I get the most benefit from it (easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy!)
2. Energy Conductor
FACT: Shungite has a unique property of being able to conduct energy…as I demo for you here in this video:
SHUNGITE: Demonstrating Energy Conduction
3. EMF Shield
Another claim is that shungite can neutralize the negative effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs).
I’ve done some testing & data collection of my own as well as researched what other reliable sources have come up with &…sorry to say…there just isn’t anything (yet) to back this up. I’ve experimented with my own electronics & testing devices to see if I’ve noted anything, but I haven’t been able to come up with any data as of yet.
However, carbon is known for having diamagnetic shielding proprieties (basically this just means it reverses magnetic fields & creates an energy shield). I haven’t been able to gather data on this specifically with shungite. Hopefully, some evidence about its ability to do this will be on its way to us soon.
General Shungite Healing Properties
In working with shungite over the last few years & in hearing from our student body in the Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer Course, I’ve compiled a list of general shungite properties:
- aligned with the Earth Star Chakra and Root Chakra
- very grounding
- boosts the immune system
- improves general overall health & vitality
- transmutes & shields from negativity
For quite some time Shungite was thought to be the only natural source for fullerenes (carbon nanotubes & spheres with very unique properties) but recent studies have disproved this too. Geez!
Despite that, it’s still obviously a powerful stone to work with.
BEWARE: “Shungite” used to mean that the rock was 98% pure carbon, but recently sellers have taken to applying the name willy-nilly to any rock that has some shungite included. Not coolio! So, be sure to ask the seller about the purity of their shungite & if they’re not sure, move on to someone else.
Have you worked w/ shungite? If you have any shungite info or stories to share, please post in the comments below!