What is Shungite Water?
The healing benefits of shungite water date back to 18th Century Russia with Peter the Great. Peter constructed a shungite spa for his soldiers after noticing that his men who drank water from a nearby spring, which ran through the shungite deposit, recovered faster than normal from illness or injury.
Since that time, many compelling studies have shown potential health benefits from shungite water. For example, cancer patients who drank shungite water during radiation treatment had their blood panels return to normal in two to three weeks, whereas the control group took three to four months. You can read more about shungite research in my special report, Shungite: The Electropollution Solution.
What Supplies Will I Need to Make Shungite Water?
You will need 8 to 12 ounces of small elite shungite pieces, one large glass water dispenser with a spigot, and one medium sized bowl or strainer.
Use only elite (noble) shungite for making shungite water. Elite shungite is up to 98% carbon and less than 2% other minerals. Black shungite is much lower in carbon with a far greater percentage of other minerals, including some of the heavy metals that you don’t want leaching into your water, like mercury and lead. I recommend using a large glass drink dispenser with a spigot, not plastic. If you use a standard pitcher, you will jostle the rocks around every time you pour, risking breaking not only the rocks but the pitcher as well!
How is Shungite Water Prepared?
Place your shungite pebbles into the bowl or strainer. Rinse them in running tap water, rubbing them with your hands or a brush to remove the fine black powder. Rinse several times until the water runs clean.
Regina Martino recommends using 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of shungite pebbles per liter (2.1 pints) of water. I have found that 8 ounces of shungite pebbles is adequate for my 1.5-gallon water dispenser, but you could use more.
Gently place the cleaned elite shungite pebbles in the bottom of your glass dispenser and then fill with fresh water. Let it sit for at least 12 hours, up to 3 days for maximum effect. As you consume the water, when the level drops below the spigot, just fill up the tank again. I recommend using pre-filtered water. When water is pre-filtered, the shungite can more readily deploy its activating power. Whatever minerals are filtered out the shungite will add back in—at least many of them.
How Long Do the Stones Last?
The shungite stones are said to keep indefinitely, especially if you start with pre-filtered water. According to Martino, there is no risk of the stones getting negatively charged or accumulating impurities such as chlorine, nitrates, and so on. However, to keep the shungite stones physically clean, she advises purifying the pebbles in the sun every four to six months. If you’re using tap water that’s heavily chlorinated or polluted, she recommends replacing your shungite stones every two or three years.
How Much Should I Drink?
Some folks drink unlimited amounts of shungite water, but I like to err on the side of caution–especially in the beginning, until you see how you feel. A person could potentially experience a die-off reaction, or some other unexpected response. A couple studies suggest that some shungite, even elite, contains small amounts of heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Therefore, I suggest limiting your shungite water consumption to one or two glasses daily. I am probably being overly cautious here, but since you aren’t performing a chemical analysis on your shungite water and you don’t know what all is in there, I think a measure of caution is wise.
Are There Other Ways to Use Shungite Water, Besides Drinking?
Shungite water has been suggested for bathing—meaning, just dropping some shungite pebbles into the bath with you. I am sure there is no harm in this, but that said, I don’t believe there's much benefit either! The standard recommendation for making shungite water is to let the water sit for 12 hours to 3 days, which suggests to me that 15-30 minutes of shungite exposure in bathwater would not be enough time for the shungite stones to infuse their goodness. I mean, I doubt you’re going to want to fill your bathtub and WAIT 3 days!
It makes more sense to apply shungite drinking water directly to the skin, to any problem areas you might have. Shungite water has been used successfully to treat a number of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and juvenile acne. It can be used in compresses or for cleansing or soaking the hands or feet. According to Martino, shungite water can improve skin tone and elasticity. Shungite’s fullerenes are said to accelerate the skin’s regenerative processes.