The Shungites In Karelia Republic
Dark inconspicuous stones only outwardly lose their fossil counterparts. They are inconspicuous only at first glance. The name of these stones is shungite. It is also called «slate stone», a Paragon, a lyddite or «touchstone». In its properties and composition, it is a cross between anthracite and graphite. It is a dark mineral, the color of which varies from almost black, gray to brown. The age of shungite is impressive: more than 2 billion years. This is one of the oldest minerals.
The first stone deposit was discovered in 1877 near the village of Shunga, hence the name of the mineral. This field is the only one of its kind and the largest in the world. It is located in the north-west of Russia in the Republic of Karelia. This Zazhoginskoye field has a shungite reserve of about thirty-five million tons, two hundred thousand tons are produced annually. However, shungite is also mined in the North Caucasus and Kazakhstan, but, of course, not in such volumes.
There are several theories about the origin of this unusual gem. The first theory says that shungite is an organic mineral by its origin, i.e. it came from organic matter: algae, plankton, microorganisms that were dehydrated, compressed and went into the earth’s thickness, thus forming deposits of shungite.
The second theory challenges the first. Its adherents believe that shungite has a volcanic rock. Because it contains a lot of carbon. This means that it was formed as a soot component during the release of a large amount of heat and hydrocarbon (which happens during a volcanic eruption), which has fossilized over the centuries.
The third theory is perhaps the most unusual. According to it, shungite has a cosmic origin, or rather is the result of the fall of a meteorite-the wreckage of the planet Phaeton. It is with this that the proponents of the third theory attribute the fact that the mineral deposits are so limited geographically.
The use of shungite
The mineral contains almost the entire periodic table. The main elements are carbon and silicon oxide. However, iron, manganese, titanium, potassium, magnesia, sulfur, and alumina are also present. And as impurities-boron, nickel, copper, calcium, chromium and other elements. It is thanks to this incredible composition that shungite has the widest application areas. It is used in metallurgy in the production of cast iron, in construction for the cladding of buildings and for the production of a lightweight substitute for concrete-shungisite, as well as as thermal insulation. Jewelers use shungite for their creations, creating very spectacular laconic jewelry and souvenirs, it is believed that shungite surpasses even agate in its aesthetic qualities. In the past centuries, the locals used shungite, due to the coloring properties of the concentrated mineral, as a paint in a printing house.
History of medicinal properties
But perhaps its most interesting property is its healing power. Despite the fact that the mineral received its name in 1877, the description of its healing properties appeared in 1792 in the works of the famous scientist and naturalist Nikolai Ozeretskovsky. And the locals began to use the incredible power of the mineral even earlier. The first mention in the legends refers to the period of the reign of Boris Godunov. Referred in tolvun monastery, the representative of the Romanov dynasty, Ksenia Ivanovna, healed from their diseases, because the monastery was located near Tolvuya spring (now known as «Princesses source»). And the spring breaks through the deposits of shungite or «asp stone», as it was called in those days. After the healing properties of the stone interested Peter I. Healing water was delivered to him directly to the court. And there is an opinion that it was thanks to shungite water that he lived up to 52 years, despite numerous illnesses. Peter also founded the first resort in those places, «Marcial Waters». The unique stone showed unprecedented antiseptic properties. Therefore, it was ordered to provide a piece of the mineral to every soldier in the army. In Soviet times, the healing mineral was not forgotten. And numerous studies have confirmed the healing properties of the springs passing through shungite.
The structure of the mineral
So what is the secret of such an ancient and unusual mineral? In 1997, a group of scientists was awarded the Nobel prize for the discovery called «Fullerene». These are special carbon molecules that combine in the form of honeycombs. On Earth they are formed as a result of a lightning strike or combustion of natural gas. However, they are found in large numbers in space. The «honeycombs» of fullerenes combine into a ball, inside of which a void is formed. It is this void that causes special properties, since any gas or even DNA can be placed in it. Fullerenes are not dangerous for humans, on the contrary, they help to adjust the work of the entire body. Just fullerenes were found in the structure of the crystal lattice of shungite. Fullerenes have antioxidant properties and absorb various harmful substances.
Treatment with shungite
The medicinal properties of fullerenes increase in water. That is why one of the ways to use the healing properties of shungite is shungite water. The same water that was previously available only to visitors of the Tolvui spring and the «Marcial Waters» is now available to everyone. To obtain marcial water, shungite must be placed in a container with water and infused. As a result, the soluble part of the mineral releases the same fullerenes that saturate the water. The effect of shungite water on the body is very diverse. It helps in the treatment of low hemoglobin in the blood and generally normalize the blood composition, baths in shungite water and lotions with it contribute to the healing of various types of skin diseases (psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema), the use of water inside as a supplement to medications helps in the treatment of kidney disease, liver, gastrointestinal tract, gallbladder, hormonal disorders, diabetes (by producing natural insulin and a smooth decrease in blood sugar), cardiovascular diseases and migraines. Inhalation and rinsing with shungite water has a beneficial effect on the oral cavity, preventing throat diseases, periodontal diseases, stomatitis. The use of purified shungite water heals disorders of the nervous system, weakened immunity. In addition, shungite water has antihistamine properties, reducing the amount of allergens in the blood in a short time. Shungite is used for water purification in filters, both homemade and factory-made. Filters with shungite began to produce quite recently, but they are very popular. After all, such a filter purifies water, frees it from radicals, saturates it with macro and microelements, and disinfects it.
But infusing shungite in water is not the only way to use it. Proponents of alternative medicine recommend using crushed shungite to treat joints, bones, and ligaments. For these purposes, crushed shungite is placed in fabric knee pads, elbow pads, belts, various pillows for chairs or car seats, blankets. Such products relieve pain in arthrosis and arthritis, rheumatism and osteochondrosis.
Shungite is also well known in lithotherapy, which is used in various spas. Balls and plates made of the healing mineral are used for massage, as well as simply applied to the foci of pain and significant acupuncture points of the body.
Not paid attention to the shungite and modern pharmacology. Various creams, ointments, balms and pastes for joints, muscles and skin are produced, as well as soaps and skin care creams based on crushed shungite.
For cosmetic purposes, not only creams based on shungite are used, but also shungite water. The constant use of shungite water for washing will reduce the number of wrinkles, make the oval face more toned, get rid of acne and reduce redness. Washing your hair with this water will make your hair shiny, manageable, strengthen the hair bulb and get rid of dandruff. And baths with shungite will help the skin become elastic, and therefore the entire contour of the body will be tightened.
As mentioned above, jewelry and souvenirs made of shungite have not only aesthetic value. Bracelets and rings have a beneficial effect on the joints and skin. Shungite balls can help with self-massage, sorting such balls in the palm of your hand will soothe, reduce pressure, relieve headaches, improve blood circulation. Especially popular is the accessory in the form of a pyramid made of this mineral. It is believed that the shungite pyramid charges the owner with energy, relieves fatigue and irritability, and helps to relax. Thanks to such properties in the apartment, the shungite pyramid will help to relieve tension between family members, establish relationships. The house will be filled with an atmosphere of peace and comfort. But at work, the accessory will not only decorate the interior, but also unite the team, establish relationships between employees, and increase labor productivity. There is also an opinion that a pyramid placed near a computer, microwave or TV reduces their harmful effect on a person, cleanses an office or apartment from electromagnetic radiation.