Shungite came out on the new age stone-lovers scene several years ago and 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 and asking me lots and lots of questions about it.
There are numerous web articles out there that make lots of unfounded claims so I really felt the need to finally get this blog post out there.
What is this stone?
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 and some say can be up to 98% pure carbon. That’s quite pure.
Most geologists now agree that the shungite deposit was created by layers upon 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.
Hmmm, I do like that last scenario.
(OUTER SPACE!)… but there just isn’t enough geologic evidence supporting that claim at this time. 🙁
Then we have a more PURE form of this stone known as Noble Shungite aka Elite shungite (shown in below photo). Note it has more of that silvery sheen to it.
Expect the Noble variety to be more pricey than the regular kind. It’s all about supply and demand so the more expensive price is due to its rarity. The Noble variety is my preference for putting directly into my water to create healing gem elixirs with because it’s more of a pure carbon form (anywhere from 70% to 95%), so fewer impurities of any other element; thereby getting the energetic job done more efficiently and with less interference.
So What’s the Big Deal About Shungite?
There are lots of claims. Let’s break them down.
Some say it can do EVERYTHING and cure ALL.
I’m not going to blindly jump on that bandwagon because, you know, I always like to back up my info with 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 and trying out other theories).
So, here’s what I’ve got so far:
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 and has anti-bacterial properties.
Apparently, Peter the Great first noticed shungite water’s powerful healing and antifungal + antibacterial properties in the 18th century by testing on it out himself and his soldiers. After getting such amazing results, he decided to set up a spa in Karelia, Russia 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 ever since and coming up with such luxuries, such as trips to natural shungite springs and even serving shungite vein tea with local cowberries plus 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 the below video:
3. EMF Shield
Another claim is that this stone can neutralize the negative effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs).
I’ve done some testing and data collection of my own as well as researched what other reliable sources have come up with and…sorry to say …there just isn’t anything (yet) to back this up. I’ve experimented with my own electronics and 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 and creates an energy shield). I haven’t been able to gather data on this specifically with this stone. 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 this stone 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, better move on to someone else so that you’re more likely to get the higher quality.
Are you interested in other black stones? Hop over to this post: How to Tell the Difference between Black Onyx, Jet, Apache Tear, Black Tourmaline & Black Obsidian
Have you worked with Shungite? If you have any additional info or stories to share, please post in the comments below! I’d love to hear your take on it.