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by Maya TLM 22 Jun 2022


Shungite is a rare black stone made of up to 99 percent carbon. Specifically, the stones are made up of clusters of carbon atoms called "fullerenes." It's a powerful grounding stone, among its other benefits, and its rich, black colour makes it stand out among colourful crystals.

Shungite is technically not a crystal but a mineraloid (like amber, opal), due to its structure. But that doesn't make it any less powerful! Used for centuries, shungite has long been considered a stone for healing. Northwest Russia is actually where the largest and oldest source of shungite lies, with other deposits reported in Austria, India, Kazakhstan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Shungite is typically black but can range to a deep bronze color. It's opaque, but can have a shiny quality, making it look lustrous and metallic. The highest quality, or "elite shungite," is made up of at least 90% carbon, shiny in appearance, and recovered manually as opposed to through industrial mining.


Shungite, also called black shales or black coal is a mineral that can be found primarily as a raw material in Siberia and is named after a place called Shunga where the first shungite samples were recovered. There are many claims about its powers and has been said to be the most powerful mineral on earth.

Shungite stones are black rocks that you can find in many shapes, sizes, and patterns. Most notably, these stones are considered to have natural absorption properties of electromagnetic radiation; this includes high-frequency waves like microwaves which is why it has been linked with health benefits although none of this has been scientifically verified.

Shungite stones are a natural rock that has one primary natural source: Karelia, Russia, which is a region between Finland and Russia. The shungite stone itself has been used for centuries and was thought to have magical powers against evil spirits and could even protect the wearer from black magic.

Shungites are formed as a result of the cooling and solidification process of a black or dark grey, organic, carbonaceous material. They are formed over thousands of years by layers upon layers of organic carbon such as plants, animals, and microbes being compressed together with volcanic ash to create this stone.

Shungite is the crystal of grounding, detoxification, and neutralization. To many crystal enthusiasts, the meaning of shungite ranges from physical protection to spiritual protection from draining or harmful energetic forces. Whether you feel weighed down by heavy emotional baggage or simply want to shield yourself from a physically toxic environment, shungite can support the intention of purification and cleansing.


There are several reasons why so many people believe that crystals such as shungite possess healing properties that are tangible on both an emotional and physical level.


Many people say that shungite can help lower stress and anxiety because it absorbs negative energy. Numerous anecdotal studies claim that the close proximity and daily use of shungite gemstones can contribute to decreased stress levels and a calmer, clearer state of mind. 


Meditation can help lower your blood pressure, stress and bring calmness to your mind. One form of meditation called concentration meditation involves focusing on an object. You can focus on shungite stones or other crystals in your concentration meditation.


Shungite stones also deserve their good reputation in water filtration, antimicrobial uses, and health care technology. Sand, stones, and the many layers of the earth act as a natural water filtration system. Carbon-based water filters have also been used to purify water for a long time. Shungite seems to remove impurities and other organic substances from water. This makes shungite useful for sewage and water treatment, and water treatment at heat power plants.

How to filter your water with Shungite:

First, you need to wash several times the Shungite stones with water, to remove dust or impurities. Place the washed Shungite stones in water, it's recommended to have a 1:10 Shungite: water mass ratio. After 2–3 days the water is ready for use and you can add the same amount of untreated water to Shungite.


Shungite also seems able to kill bacteria and other germs. This is mostly useful as a way to purify water but could also work for treating swimming pool water.


Shungite has nanoparticles, bits you can't see with the naked eye. But these tiny particles have a strong role in nanotechnology — creating things with atomic particles. These could be useful as contrast agents for testing, as in magnetic resonance imaging and X-ray imaging. Contrast agents are substances that you take to help the machines better see your body or cells.

Fullerenes also have antiviral activity when they’re made into certain kinds of drugs. You may hear one day that shungite fullerenes are helping to combat HIV and other viral diseases. Fullerenes may also be used to make chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment.

It's probably safe to place shungite stones in the complementary therapy category. A complementary therapy is something you do along with your regular medicine and treatments. You can use it to add to your health and wellness but not to replace your traditional plan of care.


Electromagnetic field emissions (EMFs) are a form of radiation that can be harmful to cells and DNA. There have been studies conducted on the effectiveness of shungite crystals protecting animals from EMFs that produced positive results. However, more studies are needed on the effectiveness of shungite protecting humans.

It can help you feel grounded. Shungite's beneficial for your first, second, and third chakras. You may hear it called the 'miracle stone' or 'stone of life' as it's a catalyst for growth, transformation, and positive change. It mainly focuses its energy on the first or root chakra, giving us a stronger connection to the earth, AKA feeling grounded. Iit is also known to help vanquish negative energies and thoughts, promote mental clarity, increase personal power, and alleviate spiritual imbalances.

There are a number of reported health benefits for shungite stones but it should be noted that none of these are scientifically verified. It has been claimed that shungite stones have been known to help with a number of conditions and ailments. Some benefits include regulating the immune system, reducing inflammation, strengthening bones and teeth while also preventing them from decaying or becoming brittle.



Wearing Shungite and any time you're feeling overwhelmed, bring your attention to the place where the stone is making contact with your physical body, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Breathe in for a count of four, hold for a count of four, and then exhale for a count of four. This deep, rhythmic breathing will bring you back to your centre and will help create stillness in your mind.


Use shungite for grounding by sitting in a chair and holding a piece of shungite in your lap, feet firmly planted on the ground. "As you feel the weight of the shungite in your hands, visualize roots extending from the shungite into your root chakra, and then extending downward through the soles of your feet and deep into the earth."


To connect with the ancient wisdom of shungite, you can place your shungite in a small pouch and tuck it into your pillowcase. "Before you go to sleep, set the intention to experience and remember a meaningful dream that will provide you with guidance about something that needs to be healed in your life," .It's said that shungite holds ancient energy, wisdom, and information, so it's the perfect stone to help you uncover the cosmic messages that come through for you from the Akashas.

There are many simple ways to incorporate a shungite rock into your lifestyle. For a physically purifying effect, place your (cleaned and charged) shungite into a hot bath or water bottle to get rid of unwanted toxins and to cleanse your body. 

If you require some emotional or spiritual support, placing your shungite stone inside your bedroom or work space will introduce clarity of mind and filter out negative vibrations. 

Alternatively, you can keep your precious shungite in the palm of your hand during meditation, or place it on your forehead while taking a nap. Wherever you choose to place your shungite crystal, place it with intention for the best possible results. 

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