Shungite – What is it?
Shungite is a mineral that surprisingly has yet to garner the same popularity in the crystal healing community as similar dark looking stones like black tourmaline. Although it’s not a crystal, the value of shungite is that it is one of the strongest mineral healers. It is the only mineral that has been scientifically proven to possess “fullerenes,” otherwise known as molecules with free moving electrical value, and powerful healing qualities. In fact, the discovery of these fullerenes won Scientists a Nobel Prize in 1996.
Shungite is a fairly dense rock however, it’s real strength comes when tested by fire. Shungites ability to withstand fire and keep from melting has given it the classification of a pyrobitumen. Shungites surface luster ranges from semi-metallic, to matte black. Inside, shungite is a non crystalline carbon mineraloid.
Where does Shungite come from?
Found in Russia, the name of the shungite is derived from the village of Shunga in Karelia, Russia where it was first discovered. The story of Shungite begins around 2 billion years ago, in the paleoproterozoic age. Precambrian rocks consisted of some of the earth’s earliest oil deposits. Shallow, brackish lagoons near chains of volcanoes in western Russia were rich with sediments and algae. Eventually,, when these deposits were subjected to heat and pressure, shungite formed into an almost pure form of carbon. It’s carbon purity isn’t this mineral’s only quality, though.
In 1992, the fullerenes found in shungite threw the mineral world for a loop. Fullerenes are carbon molecules that have formed into hollow, globular molecules. In fact, the discovery of these fullerenes won Scientists a Nobel Prize in 1996. In Russia, shungite has long been used as a water purifier. In fact, Peter the Great established the first Russian spa, called Martial Waters, in Karelia where people could bathe in spring water purified by the shungite it flows through. Today, many Russians still use shungite as a water purifier.
Shungite’s Healing Properties
Shungite is said to contain the healing and medicinal properties of all crystals. The mineral contains nearly all elements in the periodic table. The secret to this miracle stone is the fullerene molecules embedded within. The fullerenes produce free moving electrons or in other words electricity. When the discovery of the fullerenes was made in 1996, the scientists were honored with a Nobel prize in chemistry.
Shungite healing properties span the board from purity to protection. Shungite has electricity conducting properties. These shungite properties are also known to aid in the inhibiting of EMFs, or electromagnetic fields, that are the result of electromagnetic radiation. Electromagnetic fields are created by electronic devices. Common electronic items such as laptops, cell phones, computers and tablets all put out EMFs. Placing shungite at the base of a computer, microwave or around your various home electronic devices will not interfere with their operations, but will block out some of their free radial output.
Shungite also used as an elixir. Shungite elixirs can be made by simply placing the mineral in water, and allowing it a short time to purify. Drinking this purified water is said to have many beneficial qualities such as an increased rate of healing and cell growth, and detoxification of the body. Holding and meditating amplifies the shungite healing properties of headaches, back pain, blood pressure, inflammation, and muscle pain. The antioxidants in shungite are forceful impacters on health and a fully functioning immune system. Shungite healing properties are powerful for the spirit as well. It can be used to combat insomnia, boost energy, reduce stress and relieve anxiety.