The shungite stone is named after a village in Russia called Shunga. Geologists have identified it as a form of carbon, but have instead tried to determine its molecular structure. It does not show signs of crystallization like other natural forms of carbon such as graphite or diamond.

Shungite was first discovered in the Russian Republic of Karelia in the 18th century. A large deposit is located in Zazhoginskoye, a field about two kilometers from Lake Onega. You can also order shungite home water infusion kit.

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There are two types of shungite. Elite or noble jungite contains up to 94% carbon, whereas ordinary black shungite contains 64% carbon.

Russians have long believed that shungite has refreshing and cleansing powers and have used it as a water purifier and disinfectant since the 18th century. Peter the Great founded the first Russian shungite spa in Karelia and pioneered water treatment for the Russian army.

What is shungite water?

Shungite water is a term used to describe water immersed in shungite rock, including water that is filtered with a special shungite water purifier or taken directly from Lake Onega, the world's largest shungite deposit.

Water filtered with shungite can be drunk without additional cleaning processes such as boiling or chemical treatment. Some communities in Karelia use shungite purified water to purify local tap water.

The shungite water purifier purifies water by removing:

  • phenol
  • iron
  • manganese
  • chlorine
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
  • bacteria
  • Microorganisms