Shungite is the world’s oldest hydrocarbon-based rock. It was first described from a deposit near Shunga village, in Karelia, Russia, from where it gets its name.
It is not a mineral in the strictest sense of the word, and shungite comes from only one place on Earth – an area known as Karelia, which is divided between Russia and Finland.
Shungite is relatively new here in the west, but it is told that Peter the Great was so impressed with the healing effects of water passing through the stone deposits, that he created a shungite spa for his soldiers. Those who had been exposed to a poisonous ore and drank from that water recovered much more quickly than those who did not.
Scientists have discovered “fullerenes” in shungite, which have remarkable properties. Among them, fullerenes boost the regenerative ability of human tissue and influence the exchange of neurotransmitters, which can improve a person’s resistance to stress.
Shungite water science shows fullerenes are effective in very small doses with benefits that can last for months. Among potential health applications:
Gastritis and dyspepsia
Allergies – antihistamine
Arthritis – anti-inflammatory
How Shungite Purifies Your Water Supply
Remarkably, shungite-filtered water is safe to drink without any additional purification process, such as boiling or chemical treatment. Shungite water filtration cleans water by removing phenol, iron, manganese, chlorine, nitrates, nitrites, bacteria and micro-organisms.
Not wanting to drink our chemically treated water here in Keene, we were purchasing spring water — also not ideal given plastic toxicity, waste, expense and inconvenience. I did some homework, and then took the following steps:
Purchase two BPA-free, 3-gallon water dispensers (Amazon).
Purchase four packets of Elite quality shungite stone, each 100 grams (Amazon). Elite is the grade you are looking for.
Purchase two cold brew filter bags (Amazon).
Rinse the stones thoroughly under running water in a strainer.
Add two packets each to the coffee filters for both containers.
Drop them into the water containers.
Fill with tap water.
Then: Allow to sit for about six hours before using – the water becomes very acidic during the first three hours or so. This is a good time to syphon some off to use topically on acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc., but it isn’t quite ready to drink.
By the time approximately six hours have passed, the pH of the water is perfect — around 7.0 or so. You know your water has been processed properly when little bubbles collect around the sides of the container.
When water is ready, drink, use for cooking, etc. When you run out, simply refill container with water and wait six hours.
There is no need to replace the stones over time. Simply take them out every four weeks or so and set in the sun for a day. They’ll recharge and keep on treating your water.
Other Exciting Health Benefits of Shungite Stone
I first found out about the remarkable properties of shungite when I was doing research on the dangers of electromagnetic frequencies — WiFi (cellphones, smart technology, etc.). EMF exposure has been studied and linked to such health problems such as reproductive damage, DNA damage and oxidative stress, brain cancer, cognitive problems, insomnia, fatigue/malaise, tachycardia/bradycardia (heart rate issues), digestive disturbances and cataracts.
Shungite is fashioned into jewelry worn as bracelets, necklaces, etc., to protect your body. It is also used in a stick-on application to be placed on phones, microwave ovens, smart TVs and meters.
Shungite rocks can be placed strategically throughout the home, car and office, and a little rock goes a long way. You may be skeptical. I purchased an EMF reader, and the results are more than impressive. Give it a try!
When I first served shungite water to guests, one of them remarked how relaxed it made her feel. This is also an observed and published effect of drinking shungite-filtered water. Shungite water is not only filtered for contaminants, solving one major health concern, but with its fullerenes and minerals contributes to health on many levels.
Certified holistic health practitioner, nutritionist and traditional apothecary/herbalist Rebecca Roentsch Montrone employs the modalities of diet, lifestyle management, nutritional supplements, bio-identical hormones, and botanicals to help bring healing and optimize health. She holds a bachelor of science degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health and is certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Her practice, Wondrous Roots, is located at the Miller Forge Building on 103 Roxbury St. in Keene and is open weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 603-439-2603. Email: email@example.com. Website: wondrousroots.org. Catch live radio broadcasts WKBK Keene, noon to 1p.m., Saturdays.