Electromagnetic radiation. Sounds like the beginning of a physics lecture, but really, it’s a simple wave form that has always been around us. Low levels of electromagnetic radiation are in our bodies and in our environments.
Electromagnetic radiation (electromagnetic fields) is by definition: a kind of radiation including visible light, radio waves, gamma rays, and X-rays, in which electric and magnetic fields vary simultaneously.
So what’s the big deal with these electromagnetic fields (EMFs)? Well, for a long time many people thought there wasn’t a big deal. We know high levels of EMF exposure is dangerous, which is why you shouldn’t lay under a UV tanning bed and why pregnant women shouldn’t get X-rays.
But, what about low level exposure?
The studies generally either point toward low risk or inconclusive evidence. Because of numerous factors, variables, and types of studies, the results are conflicting about the safety of low level EMF exposure. My stance, like with many things, is that if there is a small risk (which there is) of a severe consequence such as cancer, I would rather play it safe and reduce the risk altogether. More from WHO on EMFs.
This risk is real, and we need to be aware of it, accept it, and do what we can to reduce unnecessary exposure.
So what do we do? First of all, determine where the EMF exposure is coming from in your home and find ways to reduce it. Use the microwave less, turn off your wifi at night, keep your phone off your body, don’t use wireless baby monitors, and use airplane mode when you don’t need your cellphone.
However, I recently came across a little black rock that was said to absorb EMFs in the area it was located. Being the curious researcher that I am, I had to look into this rock and the scientific properties that may or may not actually help with EMFs.
This little black rock is Karelian shungite, a mineral found only in a specific part of Russia. It is named after a village called Shunga in Karelia, Russia (3). Again, it is said that these minerals are able to absorb the EMF waves and protect your home. Seems too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, in my research I found shungite does in fact absorb EMFs, but it also possesses many other wonderful properties.
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EMF Reducing Properties
I found the special properties of shungite are attributed to structures called fullerenes, which look much look the little teething balls babies play with. The main feature of the fullerene is that the carbon atoms are arranged as connected pentagons and hexagons that form a sphere (3). Because of this unique structure, natural fullerenes are ideal absorbents (3). Also, fullerenes are antioxidants that are able to magnetize, neutralize, and destroy free radicals while still remaining intact, unlike many other antioxidants (1). This makes shungite an incredibly powerful anti-septic, purifying, and absorbing stone (1).
Studies have found:
Shungite was able to reduce the levels of electromagnetic radiation with a frequency 10–30 GHz and electric fields with a frequency of 50 Hz  (3).
Shungite samples were characterized by high absorbing capacity of microwave radiation (4).
Adsorb vs. Absorb
Shungite is able to both absorb and adsorb, and the difference is below. To absorb is to actually take something in, while to adsorb is to adhere to something.
Adsorb: the adhesion in an extremely thin layer of molecules (as of gases, solutes, or liquids) to the surfaces of solid bodies or liquids with which they are in contact.
Absorb: take in or soak up (energy, or a liquid or other substance) by chemical or physical action, typically gradually.
Other Benefits of Shungite
Shungite possesses s broad spectrum of of bactericidal properties; in a specific study the mineral was adsorptive active against some bacterial cells, phages, and E.coli (3).
With their high electronegativity, fullerenes appear in chemical reactions as strong oxidizing agents and remove free radicals out of water 30 times more effectively than activated carbon (3).
Shungite adsorbs on its surface up to 95% of contaminant and is able to purify waste water from oil (3).
As you can see, shungite is an excellent stone to keep around your home as you can reduce EMFs as well as purify water! Shungite is great to display near routers, wear as jewelry, and place next to electronic devices. Of course, I’m no physicist, and I don’t entirely understand all these properties entirely; however, based on the special properties of shungite, it makes sense that it would help reduce EMF waves in your home.
I keep shungite in my own home; in fact, I purchased a small pyramid to place on our router, as well as one for the bedroom and a bracelet for myself (and my toddler if she ever decides to keep it on). Find them on ETSY and AMAZON.
For more ways to reduce EMF exposure try these tips.
How do you decrease electromagnetic exposure in your home?