Shungite got its name from Shunga village in Russia where the first deposits of this stone were found. Other deposits of shungite include the one in the Lake Onega area of Karelia, Zazhoginskoye, one in Vozhmozero, and small deposits in Kamchatka and Chelyabinsk, in Russia. Deposits have also been found in Austria, Congo, Kazakhstan, and India.
Shungite has been put to medical use since the 18th century. It is known as the stone of life. It possesses antibacterial properties, and can be used for water purification. History has it that, Peter the Great, the ruler of the Russian Empire in the 17th century, had set up a spa in Karelia, Russia, where shungite's water purifying properties were used. It is said that he had the soldiers in his army carry a piece of shungite with them, which was probably a factor that helped the army in the Battle of Poltava.
The fullerene content of shungite is where its healing properties come from. It is believed to be a miracle stone that can help in the treatment of physical health ailments, boost mental health, and induce positive energy. Fullerenes are powerful and long-acting antioxidants. Antioxidants react with free radicals and stop the chain reactions that can lead to cell damage and degenerative diseases. Fullerenes help normalize cell metabolism, increase enzyme activity, give stability to cells, and boost the regenerative capacity of body tissues. They have anti-inflammatory properties, and can help reduce pain and stress. Shungite, being a rich source of fullerenes, offers these health benefits to the individual using it.
When water is treated with shungite, the antioxidants in this mineraloid eliminate free radicals and other impurities in the water, and the fullerenes give it medicinal properties. It's no wonder that water bodies (springs or lakes) near the sources of shungite are known to have very pure water which has been used for healing purposes.
Shungite is an Earth Chakra stone, which is to say, it helps provide grounding. Using this stone (wearing it or carrying it with you) offers a good grounding and its associated benefits. This means, it neutralizes the excess charge from your body by draining it into the ground. It also protects against radiations from television, cell phones, computers, microwaves, and the like.
The health effects of the use of shungite are amazing. It provides protection against electrosmog, balances cosmic and telluric energies. With the use of shungite, the effects of dirty electricity and geopathic stress can be reduced. It induces recovery and speeds up the process of healing. It absorbs negative energies and offers protection from anything negative or harmful to an individual. It brings about spiritual growth and can help achieve a positive transformation and aid in attaining a higher state of consciousness.
Average Size: 1.5 - 2.5cm
Sizes and shapes vary and they are sold individually