Learn about the crystal meanings and metaphysical and healing properties lore of shungite aka shungit.

Alternate Names & Spellings: Shungit, Schungite, "Stone of Life"

Hardness (Mohs):  3.5-4
Color(s): black, silvery-black
Transparency:  opaque
Lustre: matte, metallic
Habit: amorphous, non-crystalline
Common / Notable Locations:  Only known source is the Shunga in the Karelia region of northern Russia

Rock Lore & Tidbits: Shungite is believed to be over 2 billion years old. Shungite is the only crystal known to naturally contain fullerenes aka Buckyballs, a hollow carbon structure which is said to give Shungite its healing properties.

Crystal Meanings  Lore of  Shungite

Keywords: Healing, Protection

Shungite has electric conductivity properties. This is said to be the reason for one of shungite's most notable uses: shielding and protection from EMF electromagnetic radiation from things like TVs, computers, microwaves, cell phones, and other items. This shielding brings with it many healing energies.

Shungite is used by many for purification. This often takes the form of creating an elixir or purifying water for drinking or bathing the skin to bring about healing and energy. Springs near the source of Shungite have been used at least as far back as Czar Peter the Great for its healing properties.

Shungite is an excellent stone for magickal and mystical work. It grounds spiritual energy to bring it into the Earth plane existence. Shungite is also used to bring Light into the auric energy field, allowing positive energy only to reach within that field. This brings not only physical protection, but also psychic protection. It is said to be protection against the evil eye and negative energies.

Shungite is said to calm and relax anyone using or near it. This may be due to its protective energies and rejection of negative energy.

Shungite is used in crystal healing and local folk healing to heal immune system, hair growth, kin diseases and deformations,  antioxidants, fight free radicals, cancer, rheumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, musculo-skeletal disorders, liver disease, kidney disease, GI problems, headaches, insomnia, balancing blood pressure to ideal level, respiratory issues, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, pain relief, rapid healing and more. It is considered by many to be a miracle healing stone.

Shungite is related to the root or base chakra.

More on Shungite from my personal perspective.

Now I have a blog post on Shungite: Playing with Shungite

I've just begun to explore Shungite. I can say, though, that its unique high-but-calming energy brought a sense of comfort and happiness from the first time I held it. 

Many people wish to and do use shungite in a direct elixir or as water filtration. I can not recommend either because I am neither a scientist nor a medical professional. Shungite is used as a water filter commercially, but I feel certain that commercial water filter companies have scients or medical professionals that contribute to their work. As I commented below, too, other stones are being passed off as shungite, which is a concern.

 Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.

This shungite is so shiny it is picking up reflections from nearby objects.

This shungite is so shiny it is picking up reflections from nearby objects.

Photo of massive shungite is licensed by Cybersphinx from Wikimedia commons under a Creative CommonsAttribution 3.0 Unported  license.

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More shiny shungite picking up reflecctions. It is a silvery, shiny stone in high quality specimens.

More shiny shungite picking up reflecctions. It is a silvery, shiny stone in high quality specimens.

Hattip to the additional resources on Shungite below for select metaphysical, spiritual healing and/or mineral information.

Shungite - Not for Sissies
Shungite Healing Properties
See Shungite on Mindat
The Crystal Bible Vol 3 by Judy Hall

Views expressed on external links may or may not alighnwith my views or yours, and I can not be responsible for any change or views they express. Some links may be affiliate links to books or items I have found useful regarding this stone. I feel it is good to have a balanced learning about crystals, whether or not we may end up agreeing.

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