Over 2 billion years old — shungite is one of the world’s oldest and rarest materials!
Part of its rarity is due to the fact that deposits of this ancient stone are only found in a remote area in Russia, called ‘Shunga’ located in the Karelia region.
The stone ‘Shun-gite’ also takes its name from the ‘Shun-ga’ village where it’s found.
Historical records dating back all the way to the 17C show that locals from the area used shungite as a water purifier and as a healing aid for skin rashes, pain relief, insect bites, burns and more.
Fast-forward to today, shungite is hailed by many as the "Mineral of the 21st Century," and is widely accepted by the scientific community as being able to naturally kill bacteria, absorb toxins and heavy metals, provide EMF protection (check out our Shungite Stickers) and remove pesticides from water.
In this post, we’ll take a deep dive into understanding what makes shungite water so special, discover shungite water benefits, and learn how to use shungite for water purification.
Table of Contents
- What is Shungite Water?
- Shungite Water Purification Research
- Shungite Water Science – How it Works
- Shungite Water Benefits
- Destroys viruses and bacteria
- Decontaminates water
- Shields from EMFs
- Reduces inflammation and oxidative stress
- Alleviates ailments
- Detoxifies the body
- Lightens stress
- Where to Buy Shungite
- How to Make Shungite Water
- Is Shungite Water Acidic or Alkaline?
- Shungite Water Healing
- Key Takeaways
What is Shungite Water?
Shungite water is an overall term used to describe water that has been:
- Infused with shungite rocks or granules
- Filtered using a special shungite-based water purifier
- Derived directly from Lake Onega (located close to where ancient deposits of the stone are found)
Shungite water history
Considered a natural water purifier, shungite stones have been used to create shungite water in Russia since ancient times.
In the early 18thC, Peter the Great is attributed to setting up Russia’s first spa, to make use of the purifying properties of shungite water which he himself had experienced. He also initiated the use of shungite water for the Russian army.
Shungite water purification today
Even today, several local municipalities in the Karelia region use shungite water filtration and purification to treat tap water in the local area.
Placing shungite in water helps to naturally neutralize impurities, and enriches the water with oxygen, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and more. Water infused with shungite is considered safe to drink, without any added purification methods, such as treating it with chemicals.
Due to shungite’s natural absorptional, catalytic, and bactericidal properties, it is used to purify sewage water from many organic and inorganic substances, and has shown to absorb “up to 95% of contaminants” including:
- heavy metals
- organochlorine compounds
- petroleum products
- and more
Modern research and testing have confirmed the antibacterial properties of shungite water, which we’ll cover next.
Shungite Water Purification Research
There has been extensive research showcasing shungite’s powerful water purification properties and protective benefits.
Research conducted on the antioxidant properties of shungite uncovered that shungite is 30 times more effective in removing free radicals from water than activated carbon. It stated that:
“This is a very important factor, because the free radicals formed during water treatment with chlorine and its derivatives, have a negative impact on the human health that is the cause of many diseases (cardiovascular diseases, cancer, etc.).”
The study revealed that shungite began to “purify water with a high and constant speed,” and considerably absorbed chemicals, heavy metals, and other pollutants.
Additionally, shungite functions as a powerful natural bactericide and “there is evidence that after the passage of water containing bacterium E. coli, through shungite filter there is an almost complete removal of this bacterium.”
Another study showed that shungite’s high carbon content can help extract “radioactive elements from water,” and that shungite was “highly efficient at absorbing radioactive metal cations, including cesium and strontium.”
Shungite Water Science – How it Works
What’s the science behind shungite’s fascinating water purification properties?
These qualities make shungite incredibly special:
- It is composed of up to 99% carbon
- It contains almost all the minerals on the periodic table
It is made up of fullerenes — spherical, hollow 3D molecules made up of 60 carbon atoms
It’s unique structure, combined with its high carbon content gives shungite the unique ability to absorb harmful substances from the environment, making it an effective purifier and bactericide.
Shungite Water Benefits
Shungite has shown to have many benefits such as being a natural antibacterial and antiviral, and eliminating harmful pollutants and free radicals from water.
Infusing shungite in water:
Destroys viruses and bacteria
Fullerenes, present in shungite, have a special structure and come under what are known as CNSs or carbon nanostructures. CNSs have shown to have “antibacterial activities toward pathogens,” and “may cause considerable structural damage to the cell wall and membrane of the microorganism.”
Due to the unique properties of fullerenes, they can “trap and isolate bacterial cells from their microenvironment” leading to an “inactivation of bacteria, reducing its ability to proliferate.”
Shungite has been used for centuries to purify water in Russia, and recent research has shown that due to its unique fullerene structure it can remove “many organic and inorganic substances (heavy metals, ammonia, organochlorine compounds, petroleum products, pesticides, phenols, surfactants, etc.)” from water.
Shields from EMFs
Apart from pollutants, shungite has also shown to remove radioactive compounds from water, making it excellent for those looking to reduce EMF exposure in their lives.
Another study demonstrated that shielding with shungite, “decreased the severity of damage produced by high-frequency electromagnetic radiation,” in Wistar rats.
Reduces inflammation and oxidative stress
A 2017 study revealed that shungite solution demonstrates “an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action against UVB-induced skin damage in hairless mice.”
The same study showed that shungite was able to decrease inflammation, and researchers noticed that the shungite-treated group showed a “lower level of proinflammatory cytokines,” or proteins that contribute to inflammation in the body.
Traditionally, water infused with shungite has been used to treat:
- Skin diseases
- Sore throats
- Diabetes mellitus
- Periodontal disease
- Hair loss
- Cosmetic flaws
- And more
Shungite helps to normalize metabolism in the body, boost enzyme activity, and suppress free radicals, helping to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain and ease other ailments.
Detoxifies the body
Shungite helps to energize and mineralize water, which ensures better functioning of the body’s cells and tissues, as the water contains natural antioxidants, which help to neutralize free radicals. This helps to naturally boost immune function, as well as detox the body.
Doing a shungite water detox is excellent to do as part of a regular detoxification routine, and is especially good for athletes to help rejuvenate fatigued and tired muscles after a workout.
We already know that shungite can remove negative EMFs in the form of radioactive compounds. Similarly, shungite is also known to absorb negative energy, helping to create balance, which in turn helps to relieve stress.
Fullerenes can influence tissue regeneration, and also neurotransmitters in the brain, which can expand an individual’s stress resistance abilities.
Combined with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, shungite water may help to relieve stress and calm the mind.
Where to Buy Shungite
Now that you know the many benefits of shungite water, how do you go about buying shungite?
The most important tip when buying shungite for making shungite water is to understand the different types and grades of shungite available in stores or online and their respective uses:
Elite or Noble Shungite — Type I:
This is the purest form of shungite with at least 95%+ carbon content, and the highest fullerene content.
This is the reason why elite shungite is the best for making alkaline shungite water as it has the highest fullerene content, which attracts and neutralizes waterborne pollutants, while adding key minerals to water and giving the water its therapeutic effects.
Elite shungite is silvery black in color, and due to it being rather soft, it cannot be used to form any shapes, and is available in raw stone and granule form. If you want to use shungite specifically to make shungite water, elite shungite is ideally what you should be using.
Black Shungite / Gray Shungite — Type II / III:
The second grade of shungite or black shungite has a black luster and contains 50-70% carbon content, meaning it has less fullerenes than elite shungite.
The third grade or Type III shungite contains 30-50% carbon and is grayish in color.
Being harder, Type II and Type III shungite can be shaped into jewelry and other forms such as spheres, discs and pyramids. Type II and III shungite is great for protecting against the harmful effects of EMFs and shielding from negative energy.
How to Make Shungite Water
Ready to make your own shungite water?
All you need to get started is high-quality elite shungite and regular tap water.
Follow the steps below to make pure, healthy and therapeutic shungite water at home:
- Carefully wash the shungite stones several times to get rid of any dust or dirt before using them to make shungite water
- Fill a container (preferably glass) with 1L of water and place the shungite stones in the water for at least 2-3 days
- Or you can just add 1 piece of elite shungite to a glass or jug with clean tap water for 24-48 hours
- Shungite starts to work within a few hours, but to reap the most benefits the longer you keep the stones in the water, the better
- Please note: the shungite stones need to be washed and cleaned regularly to get the best effects
Is Shungite Water Acidic or Alkaline?
Some say that shungite water is acidic and needs to be treated and made alkaline before drinking, however, it's important to do your own testing, as was done by Crystal Healing For Women.
This picture below shows 4 cups of water:
Cup #1: Made with ONLY Elite Noble Shungite, and is completely alkaline (PH 9-10). PH 1(orange) is most acidic and PH 14 (purple) is most alkaline.
Cup #2: Made with Elite Noble Shungite, but mostly the Type II shungite. Still alkaline and good to drink, but less powerful than Cup #1 made with only Type I or elite shungite.
Cup #3: So-called “purified” water available bottled at stores or delivered to offices — it is way too acidic, and a waste of money.
Cup #4: Filtered water by reverse osmosis and an advanced filter system. Way too alkaline to drink every day, but excellent to drink at controlled doses.
She states that,
“If you talk to experts in Russia as I had, they will tell you that shungite water is acidic. When I asked about the shungite river in Russia been known for it's healing properties and purity of water, their answer was that this water (in the river) is flowing, contrary to water that is still in a jar or container. Hence making the water to become even more acidic. This in itself makes sense, at least to me. However and based on test that I have done (see images of testing acidity in different water above) I have done shungite water and it has turned my water from acid to alkaline, that is what the test strips showed when tested. I believe this could be because the water I initially used BEFORE adding the elite noble shungite was extremely acid, so the shungite not only removed contaminants but helped the water to become more alkaline as well. I recommend for you to do your own testing and experiment with different waters. The important thing here is to know is that shungite water is very healthy for you.”
The key takeaway from this exercise is that shungite water is very healthy for your body, but the most important thing to keep in mind is using the right type of shungite and making sure you get it from a trusted, reputable source.
Shungite Water Healing
Besides the many physical healing properties of shungite water, many healing practitioners believe that shungite not only helps to purify water, but also charges the water with positive vibrations and healing energies, which help to keep the mind and body balanced and healthy.
In the spiritual and metaphysical realm, shungite is known to be a powerful catalyst of transformation and growth.
An essential stone to include as a part of your spiritual journey, using shungite and drinking shungite water helps to balance the root chakra, making you feel grounded and protected.
The stone helps boost overall energy levels and corrects spiritual, energetic and emotional imbalances in your body, creating an overall sense of harmony. It's a powerful protector of electromagnetic energies, helps relieve stress and anxiety and detoxifies on a physical, mental and spiritual level.
It is recommended to drink 1-2 glasses of shungite water daily to keep your mind and body in balance and feeling energized.
- Billions of years in the making, shungite is one of the planet's most primitive and rarest materials
- Only found in Russia, shungite is known for being able to absorb and neutralize toxins, bacteria, pesticides and other pollutants from water
- Shungite has shown to be 30 times more effective in removing free radicals from water than activated carbon
- It is composed of fullerenes, carbon nanostructures (CNSs), which give the stone its unique ability to naturally purify water
- Infusing shungite in water helps to kill bacteria and viruses, purify water, reduce oxidative damage and alleviate many physical ailments
- Doing a shungite water detox pumps the body with minerals and antioxidants, helping to neutralize free radicals, reducing inflammation, and boosting immunity
- Elite or Type I shungite is the best, purest form of shungite to use for making shungite water
- Drinking shungite water daily is great for keeping your mind and body healthy, energized and in balance