Healing crystals are used as a form of complementary and alternative medicine. Complementary medicine is a practice that’s used in combination with standard therapies, while alternative medicine is used instead of it.
Although there are many types of healing crystals, some are very unique. One of the most unique is shungite, a rare stone that’s said to work against pollutants, free radicals, and harmful germs.
What is shungite?
Shungite is a rare black stone made of up to 99% carbon. It’s mainly found in Shunga, a village in Karelia, Russia. It has a unique composition containing fullerenes, or 3-D spherical molecules made of 60 carbon atoms and consists of nearly all the minerals on the periodic table.
Shungites origin remains a mystery. Typically, materials made of carbon come from decayed organic substances like old forests. But the stone is thought to be at least 2 billion years old. This is before organic life existed on the planet.
A few theories of shungite’s origins include:
- a large meteorite collided into Earth and deposited shungite into the ground
- it was formed due to microorganisms in nearby water
- the composition of organic matter in sedimentary rocks changed over time
Scientists are unsure of how shungite was formed or where it came from, but they attribute the stone’s potential benefits to its fullerene content.
Kills bacteria and viruses
Fullerenes, which are found in shungite, are a type of carbon nanostructure (CNS). CNSs are different physical forms of carbon.
According to a 2017 review of studiesTrusted Source, CNSs can destroy harmful pathogens. They reportedly work by damaging the cell walls of bacteria and viruses.
Since ancient times, shungite has been used to purify water due to its alleged activity against bacteria and viruses.
A 2018 study states that it can filter water by removing contaminants and organic substances like pesticides. A 2017 study also found that carbon from shungite can remove radioactive compounds from water.
Eases physical ailments
Traditionally, water infused with shungite has been used for:
- sore throats
- gastric issues
- kidney problems
- liver problems
- gallbladder issues
- autoimmune disease
- pancreatic dysfunction
- chronic fatigue
Theoretically, it’s believed that if shungite has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it could help these conditions.
How to use
Shungite can be used in many ways:
- Infuse your water. Historically, shungite is used to purify water.
- Wear it as jewelry. Like other stones, it is available as beads or pendants.
- Carry it in your bag. This allows you to benefit from shungite’s healing properties when you’re on the go. Another option is to place the stone in your pocket.
- Place it near EMF sources. Some people put the stone near electronic devices, like microwaves and Wi-Fi routers, to shield them from EMF.
- Display shungite in your home. It’s recommended to put the stone near your bed to help you de-stress and improve your sleep.
- Meditate with the stone. You can meditate near the stone or place it on your body.