Shungite is a Precambrian carbonaceous rock of organic origin, which has been found only in the Lake Onega area, Karelia, Russia. Its name comes from the small village of Shun'ga where it was first discovered. Scientists estimate the age of Shungite to be almost 2 billion years. It is a Carbon based mineral and though it is similar in appearance to coal, it is found in very ancient layers of the Earth’s crust that were formed when there were no life forms on the Earth.  This raises questions about how the Shungite deposits originated on Earth.

Shungite contains the recently discovered "Fullerenes" or "Bucky Balls".  Fullerenes were among the scientific sensations of the 20th Century and can be used in medicine as Anti Oxidants. Named after the great architect, Buckminster Fuller, this closed, hollow cage of 60 or more carbon atoms that form a fullerene molecule, resembles the geodesic domes popularized in his work. Fullerenes are found in very minute quantities in nature, usually formed by lightening charges. How they came to be present in the Shungite mineral remains a mystery. Shungite is the only mineral known to contain fullerenes.

 It is said to have been used for hundreds of years and in 1714 its health benefits were utilised in the Marcial Waters health resort in Karelia.  It is here that many sick and wounded soldiers came to be treated.  Shungite is said to restore all health promoting properties in the body and to neutralize anything which is thought to be harmful to us. An elixir made from this mineral is regarded as a potent medicine.

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