This amazing stone may be new to Westerners, but the Karelians have been using it medicinally for centuries — long before EMF protection became a “thing.” Shungite lore dates back to the reign of Ivan the Terrible, at which time it was simply called “local slate.” It has wide-ranging health and industrial uses due to its extremely unique molecular structure.
Over the centuries, shungite has been said to treat everything from allergies and infections to inflammation, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, digestive maladies, and skin conditions. In Russia, shungite has been studied extensively in the treatment of depression, trauma, and other mental/emotional problems. There are even healing rooms made of shungite!
The special properties of this mineral result from gigantic hollow carbon structures called fullerenes (or “buckeyballs”), named after the late Richard Buckminster Fuller who was famous for his geodesic dome architecture. In 1991, Science magazine dubbed fullerenes “molecule of the year,” and in 1996, the scientists who synthesized them in the lab were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Scientists did not know fullerenes existed in nature until 1992 when they were discovered—guess where? In shungite!
Shungite, for EMF protection and more, can be used a number of ways. The stones can be worn on or close to the body, or placed around the home or office. There is even something called “shungite water” that you can make from a specific type of shungite, which is then consumed or used in the bath.
Shungite has significant antioxidant properties. It is antiviral and bactericidal, and it has a remarkable ability to grab on to chemicals like chlorine and fluoride, volatile organic compounds, drugs, and radioactive particles. The Russians have been using it for years in water purification, and just recently it is under investigation for assisting in the Fukushima clean up effort.