Desperate for a Digital Detox? Explore the Power of Shungite

June 8, 2016

I’ve never been one to buy into the hype around crystal healing. Despite finding the concept fascinating, I was all about ready to throw crystals and their powers into the “not for me” category when I discovered the magic of Shungite.


My serendipitous stumble upon Shungite was a result of scouring the internet for glasses that blocked blue light. The average American spends 8-12 hours a day staring at a screen, dedicating over 30% of leisure time to internet use. Many computers and smart phones emit light of a blue wavelength, which tricks our brains into thinking that it is daytime. In 2012, the American Medical Association (AMA) recommended that exposure to excessive light at night, including extended use of various electronic media, can disrupt sleep. It seems to be a tale that we know all too well. After all, who isn’t guilty of lying in bed on the phone before going to sleep? In fact, one third of Americans admit to hiding from family and friends to check social media! It seems as though our constant longing to be “plugged-in” has created the desire for some to wonder how to disconnect and set an intention for healthy boundaries with electronics.

woman texting on phone

If you have been searching for something to kick-start a digital cleanse, Shungite may be for you. Sometimes called, “Stone of Life,” Shungite offers healing and protection. Some may ask, “But, how does that work?” Believed to be over two billion years old, Shungite is the only known crystal to naturally contain fullerenes—also known as, buckyballs. Fullerenes occur when carbon molecules gather together into hollow spheres. Inside this molecular sphere, there is nothing—just a vacuum of space where electromagnetic energy resides. Fullerene via Flickr

Currently, fullerenes have garnered great scientific interest due to their ability to purify water and act as a powerful antioxidant, which might aid in the prevention and treatment of serious diseases, like cancer. Igniting hope of such valuable medicinal application, Shungite is a potential therapeutic agent worthy of exploring!

While some crystal proponents boast of Shungite’s ability to activate cellular metabolism, stimulate tissue regeneration, and catalyze anti-inflammatory properties to rid the body of toxins, the crystal’s healing properties do not end there. The black, lustrous stone has electric conductivity properties, which shields electromagnetic field radiation from televisions, computers, microwaves, and cell phones. Fullerene-rich Shungite neutralizes negative energy and provides aura protection.

Elite Shungite via Flickr

The best part about using Shungite to detox digitally? The suggestions are simple and easy to implement— plus you’re reaping other health benefits!

–Place a handful of Shungite stones next to your electronics—computer, microwave, cell phone, television, and Wi-Fi router.

–Hold or meditate with some Shungite crystals for overall body healing—place the crystals on a certain body part for specific area healing.

–Place Shungite chips in your drinking water (If you try this, please use caution and note that there will be some black residue due to Shungite’s carbon structure).

–Take a bath with Shungite stones to feel its detoxifying properties— you can also put Shungite stones in your shower head (Fret not! The water will become discolored due to the stone’s high carbon concentration).

–Wear a Shungite bracelet when working on a computer or using a cell phone for an extended period of time—this can be your own, wearable energetic bodyguard.

If this crystal healing sounds too good to be true, integrate Shungite into your life and give some of these ideas a try. See if you are relieved of stress and anxiety, as well as rid of insomnia with boosted energy. Hopefully, you will be able to put down the phone and welcome a more holistic relationship with technology!

Have you tried using Shungite as a healing stone? Do you turn to crystals to help you detox from the digital world? 

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Photos: @Energymuse via Instagram, Kamboompics, Venusrox Crystals via Flickr

Leigh Winters is a researcher at Columbia University’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry’s New York State Psychiatric Institute. She works in the Substance Use Research Center on opioid, cocaine, and alcohol treatment trials that involve motivational enhancement therapy, pharmacological facilitation of mindfulness training, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, and mind-body practices.


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