Shungite is an amazing stone for healing and purification, but it’s controversial due to some of the claims made about its use. I was recently interviewed for an article at mindbodygreen about the properties and benefits of Shungite.
After our conversation, and since I receive so many requests for information about this popular stone, I felt inspired to share more with you about this non-crystalline mineraloid.
Before we dive into the healing properties of this stone and how to work with it, it’s important to note that not all Shungite is created equally.
The name Shungite was first used in 1879 to describe the high-carbon (98%+) mineraloids found in Russia near Shunga (in the Lake Onega area of Karelia). This high-Carbon variety of Shungite is the stone linked to claims of water purification and anti-bacterial properties. However, there are many other Shungite-containing minerals with much lower proportions of carbon. These vary greatly with the Carbon content ranging from less than 10% up to about 80%. The lower the percentage of Carbon, the lower the amount of fullerenes. Thus, the less likely the Shungite will live up to its reputation for healing and purification.
A Crystal Message about the Healing Properties of Shungite: “I cleanse myself of unwanted energy, I set healthy boundaries, and I am protected and shielded from that which is not for my highest good.”
Common Healing Properties of Shungite:
- Facilitates astral travel
- Aids you in feeling connected to all beings and promotes feelings of universal oneness
- Create a protective energetic shield around your energy body
- Defends against EMFs or psychic attack
- Brings light to dark times in your life
- Helps to regulate the temperature of the body during energy work
- Energizes your body, mind, and spirit
- Transmutes negative energy into positive energy
- Soothes tired eyes
- Energetically supports the reduction of pain and inflammation in the body
Associated Chakras: 3rd (Solar Plexus), 6th (Third Eye), 7th (Crown)
Zodiac Signs: Scorpio, Capricorn
Companion Flowers: Silver Sage (Salvia argentea)
Companion Essential Oil: Siberian Fir
Companion Stone: Malachite
Common Origins: Russia, India, DR Congo, Austria, Kazakhstan
Notes: The high-Carbon variety of Shungite is known as Noble Shungite or as Elite Shungite.
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More About Shungite:
Shungite is a black, glassy mineral from the Karelia region of Russia. It is composed of about 98% carbon, formed from the remains of algae that lived two billion years ago. The high-Carbon variety of Shungite (98%+ carbon) is also known as Noble Shungite or as Elite Shungite. The exciting thing about this is that some of this carbon comes in the form of fullerenes (aka “Buckyballs” – albeit in trace amounts of just 0.0001 < 0.001%). These fullerenes are similar in shape to a soccer ball, which have shown promise as a cornucopia of potential health benefits. Fullerenes appear to have antimicrobial properties, and possibly target such health risks as free radicals. They’re also useful as a purifying agent, especially of water.
These recent findings line up nicely with the traditions surrounding shungite…
In the Russian village of Shunga for which the mineral is named, people have long used Shungite as a folk remedy for purification, especially of water. For this reason, Peter the Great set up Russia’s first spa in Karelia to make use of this super mineral. In fact, Peter the Great even used Shungite to supply soldiers in the Russian army with purified water. With the high-Carbon content in Karelian Shungite, this wouldn’t have been much different than using a Carbon filter for water at home. And now modern scientists are investigating Buckyballs for exactly those properties! This is a fascinating case where modern science supports the traditional properties associated with a crystal. There have even been some modern studies that have shown Shungite to have anti-bacterial qualities.
Although creating Shungite water has become a common practice in the metaphysical community, we always suggest erring on the side of caution with any crystal-infused waters. It can be difficult, or even impossible, to know what other trace elements may be present in your Shungite stones. Therefore we suggested only the indirect method of preparation for gem waters and crystal elixirs, rather than placing your Shungite directly into the water you drink.
Metaphysical Uses of Shungite:
Shungite is an excellent grounding stone. Its high vibration helps to bring your spiritual body down into the physical plane so that you can better integrate cosmic wisdom and karmic lessons. Shungite is a powerful cleanser and banishes things from your life that may be draining your energy. Once these things have been removed, you can rest without the chaos weighing you down and drawing your attention away from things that are deserving of your energy and attention. Shungite is well known for claims about its ability to purify energy. This ancient stone is even used to charge and purify water. Shungite encourages you to learn more, to do more, and to push onward toward the next spiritual breakthrough. It’s also associated with great cosmic mysteries and is said to bring light during times of darkness or uncertainty.
One Way to Work with Shungite:
If you’re struggling with stress, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed, try wearing a piece of Shungite jewelry. 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 center and will help create stillness in your mind.
To connect with the ancient wisdom of Shungite, place some dried Lemon Verbena leaves and a Shungite stone 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 Akashaic Records. This ritual works especially well at the time of the Beaver Full Moon in November.