Crystal healing, a pseudoscientific alternative medicine technique that claims to nourish your body with positive, fruitful energy, and eliminate negative, toxic energy, is not a new concept. According to some historians, the use of crystals dates back as far as circa 4500 BC. The hype of crystal use is still alive and growing, and a massive chunk of the world population believes that these crystals can be used as an alternative to mainstream medicine. In this increasing wave of belief, so-called experts in the crystal healing industry claim that crystals like shungite and orgonite have EMF shielding abilities, along with their numerous other claims.
So far, researchers haven’t been able to verify many of these claims, as it is not yet scientifically possible to prove or deny the effect these crystals have on human health. The experiences shared are subjective to the individuals, and the evidence is anecdotal.
Two of the most common crystals used by some for protection from the negative health effects of electromagnetic radiation are shungite and orgonite. Let’s take an objective look at both.
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First found in Shunga, Russia, shungite is a carbon-rich non-crystalline mineraloid containing a bit of fullerene, which is the third form of carbon along with graphite and diamond.
Carbon is the basis for organic chemistry, as it occurs in all living organisms. It is what constitutes diamonds, the hardest substance known to man, as well as graphite, one of the softest materials on earth.
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But can it shield EMF? It depends. Carbon has many forms as well as diamond and graphite, like graphene, amorphous carbon, and buckminsterfullerene, or fullerenes.
Among these materials, graphite, graphene, and fullerenes are actually good electricity conductors.
In shungite, we can find 0.001% buckminsterfullerene or fullerenes content. Even though fullerenes is a good conductor of electricity, shungite does not contain enough of it to be a good EMF shielding material.
And as far as shungite goes, scientists have already confirmed that it does not conduct electricity very well.
Why is Electrical Conductivity Important in EMF Shielding?
EMF is a product of electricity. It acts the same way electricity does when faced with conductive materials such as metals.
In 1836, scientist Michael Faraday proved that conductive materials could shield electricity, and his experiment is now famously known as the Faraday cage.
Today, worldwide EMF shielding manufacturers use metals like silver, copper, aluminum, gold, and steel to make EMF shielding products.
We have a separate post explaining EMF shielding materials in detail if you want to know more.
Scientifically Verified Benefits of Shungite
Fun fact: Scientists haven’t yet been able to figure out the origin of shungite. All they have are hypotheses such as:
- It came to earth as a meteor,
- It was formed due to microorganisms in the nearby water body,
- The organic matter’s composition in sedimentary rocks changed over time.
Besides being used to promote the unverifiable harmonizing energy, this mystery stone actually has a few scientifically verified benefits, which are listed below.
1) Kills Bacteria and Viruses
The fullerene in shungite is a type of carbon nanostructure (CNS), and according to a 2017 study by Australian scientists, CNSs can destroy harmful pathogens.
In their experiment, scientists observed the CNS damaging the cell walls built by bacteria and viruses and attacking them. In addition to this, when CNS interacts with microbes, the microbes lose electrons and die.
This is a compelling finding. But, as good as it sounds, this experiment was not done on humans, so we don’t know if it has the same effect on human cells. Additionally, the research was not specific to shungite.
2) Water Purification
Tsar Peter the Great, who ruled Russia from 1682 to 1725, opened up Russia’s first spa, and it is said that he used shungite to purify water in the spa. Apart from that, he also used shungite to purify the Russian military’s water.
Modern testing also confirms the anti-bacterial properties of shungite.
In 2018, the European Journal of Medicine published a research study in which they said that “shungite can filter water by removing contaminants and organic substances like pesticides.”
Additionally, a 2017 study also confirmed that shungite’s carbon compound can remove radioactive compounds from water.
3) Reduces Oxidative Stress
A 2017 animal study says that shungite contains oxidant properties. In this study, the researchers exposed mice to ultraviolet radiation for two consecutive days. This exposure caused major skin damage and oxidative stress in them.
Oxidative stress is basically when your body generates free radicals in more than the needed amount. Free radicals are a by-product of metabolic processes, and they cause cell damage. Normally, your body naturally repairs these damages without you knowing.
However, when free radicals generate in an overwhelming amount, the cellular damage build-up can lead to several diseases over time.
After the two-day experiment, researchers treated the mice’s wounds with a shungite solution. They applied this solution to their damaged skin for seven days, and they saw a decrease in free radical production and an increase in antioxidant enzyme activity.
Again, this has not been tested on humans because such an experiment would be ethically questionable. So we are unsure if it would work on humans the same way it did in mice. But if, as this study suggests is possible, shungite can reduce oxidative stress in humans, that would be an effective means of countering some of the negative effects resulting from exposure to EMF radiation.
4) Inflammation Reduction
In the same study as above, researchers found that the shungite solution also reduces inflammation.
While studying the subjects, they noticed a reduction in inflammatory markers, including cytokines or proteins involved in inflammation. Once again, if shungite does have the effects in humans that this study indicates it has in mice, that would also counter some of the symptoms from EMF exposure.
Unverified Claims of Shungite
Let’s have a look at some shungite claims that can’t be verified through science for one reason or another.
1) Eases Health Issues
Shungite water is an umbrella term for water infused with shungite rocks. This includes water filtered with a shungite water purifier or water directly drawn from Lake Onega, the world’s largest shungite deposit. It is believed that this water helps to ease medical symptoms like:
- Sore throats
- Gastric issues
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Gallbladder issues
- Autoimmune disease
- Pancreatic dysfunction
- Chronic fatigue
Since we know that shungite contains oxidant properties, the circumstantial evidence suggests that this can be true. But, for many reasons, these benefits haven’t been tested so far.
And, to be clear, there is no evidence that water exposed to shungite has the same healing properties as shungite itself.
2) Relieves Stress
There is a wide range of testimonies from crystal-healing believers that shungite has helped them relieve stress, and they can feel the negative energy leaving their bodies.
3) Protects From EMF Radiation
Currently, shungite is famous mostly for the claim that it shields EMF radiation. We can’t entirely rule out this claim as, if you covered your whole body with shungite, it could theoretically protect you from EMF operating on lower frequencies because of its fullerenes content. But, doing this is physically impossible. As well as completely impractical.
The current structure we have for EMF shielding is that we use conductive materials to deflect EMF in the opposite direction protecting anything behind the shield. Shungite products come in forms like pendants and necklaces, which are nowhere near large enough to deflect the amount of EMF emitted by devices like cell phones, WiFi routers, laptops, and tablets.
And so, to date, there is no evidence that shungite is an effective shield against EMF radiation.
Orgonite is a man-made metaphysical substance and not a naturally formed material. This substance is made using resin, metal shavings, and quartz, and it claims to balance your bio-energy.
In 1930, Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian doctor of medicine and psychoanalyst, proposed this concept, which describes a hypothetical life force. As per Reich, all living things emit a bio-energy that connects one living thing with another. He later named this energy ‘orgone’. Believers of this energy also describe it as Ch’i, Prana, or Aether.
Reich was a follower of Sigmund Freud and his concept of libido.
Libido, as described by Freud, is instinctual physiological energy associated with sexual urges. Reich added to this concept by saying that this energy can be seen under a microscope and claimed that he observed bluish-glowing energy, which was the human libido, or ‘orgone energy.’
To date, scientists haven’t been able to reproduce his claims, which of course raises questions as to their validity. And, because of this, in 1950 the FDA banned his research and the sale of orgonite in the US.
Despite this, orgonite is still being sold heavily in the US and international markets.
Claims Around Orgonite
There are numerous claims around orgonite. If you look at ten different websites, you’ll find ten different claims on ways orgonite will make your life amazing. However, the most frequently made ones are as follows:
- Enhances your mood
- Improves your immune system
- Improves your sleep quality
- Relieves stress
- Energizes food, water, herbs, and supplements
- Deepens your meditation sessions
- Cleans negative energy in your home
And, of course, it gets rid of electromagnetic pollution around your body.
Orgonite to Shield EMF
Similar to shungite, orgonite too is marketed heavily for its EMF shielding abilities. The sellers of this product say that it creates a field that harmonizes the negative EMF and turns it into positive EMF.
However, there is no explanation of what negative and positive EMF is because the electromagnetic field is an energy created by the movement of electricity, which then travels through the air towards the receiver. And there is no concept of negative and positive energy in EMF.
Many orgonite manufacturers point towards multiple testimonies from people who have used orgonite and noticed changes in their EMF hypersensitivity symptoms when asked. But these kinds of subjective testimonials in no way prove the efficacy of the product.
Now, there’s one scientific explanation as to why some people may have noticed changes after using orgonite, and it’s called the placebo effect.
You’ve probably heard of this effect. It’s a phenomenon in which patients believe that some action or medication is making positive changes to their illness. In reality, it’s just their brain tricking them by releasing chemicals that temporarily ease their discomfort.
There is absolutely no evidence that proves that orgonite can add real-life value to your health, besides triggering a feel-good psychological response in your brain generated by belief.
Should You Use Shungite and Orgonite?
There is absolutely no scientific evidence that either shungite or orgonite protect your body against EMF radiation. With shungite, as mentioned above, there are some interesting findings that shungite *may* (and I emphasize, may) help counter some of the negative health effects of EMF exposure. But these are very preliminary findings, and have not been replicated or tested on humans.
Now, SYB has many customers that use crystals like these, and swear by their efficacy. And if that’s the case, I explain that these customers should continue using these crystals as part of their EMF protection regimen. After all, if you feel that it works, keep doing it.
However, SYB does not endorse these products, due to the absence of scientific proof that these crystals can help protect you from EMF. SYB firmly believes in science, and only recommends products that can be explained by science, and whose efficacy can be measured by objective, scientific means.
What About EMF Protection Jewelry? Does It Work?
Jewelry like necklaces and pendants are relatively common in the EMF protection market. They claim to create a shield around you, protecting your body from harmful EMF forces. But do they actually work?
Just like with shungite and orgonite, we can’t confidently defend or criticize EMF protection jewelry because, as with the products mentioned above, these lack scientific data.
One 2002 study we found from the University of the West of England, Bristol, says that EMF protection pendants “appear to produce a measurable placebo effect but are otherwise ineffective.”
If you look at the anecdotal evidence, you’ll see that these products have made real changes in people’s lives. So, is this science or placebo? We don’t have enough scientific information to confidently say.
So, just like with shungite and orgonite, we don’t want to interfere if it’s working for you. However, we won’t recommend these products until concrete scientific evidence proves that EMF protection jewelry works.
How to Reduce your EMF Exposure?
As I always say to anyone seeking protection from EMF, “the best EMF protection is always free“. Simply minimizing your tech use and maximizing your distance from electronic gadgets will exponentially reduce your EMF exposure.
This is because the power of EMF weakens with distance. So, every inch you add between the EMF source and your body greatly lessens your exposure to the health risks of heavy EMF exposure.
Additionally, try to cut down your devices’ unnecessary EMF emissions. And by that, I mean build habits like putting your cell phone in airplane mode when not in use and turning off your WiFi router at night.
However, it’s also understandable that many people are not at leisure to simply turn off their electronic gadgets anytime they want. If you are one of them, I recommend using EMF shielding products like the ones SYB makes and sells.
Here is a list of some SYB products that you can use to mitigate your EMF exposure without interfering with your devices’ functionality.
- SYB 5G Phone Shield – You can keep this product in your pocket between your phone and your body, and it will deflect EMF emitted by your phone in the opposite direction protecting your sensitive reproductive organs from harmful EMF exposure.
- SYB Phone Pouch – Using the SYB Phone Pouch, you can conveniently carry your phone in your pocket or on your belt. The shielding is woven into one side only so as to not interfere with your phone’s reception and to deflect EMF away from your body.
- SYB Boxer Briefs – These men’s briefs offer 360-degree shielding from all types of EMF radiation, which means you can carry your phone in your pocket and use your laptop on your lap without any worry of EMF affecting your reproductive organs.
- SYB Neck Gaiter – This stylish neck gaiter contains powerful EMF shielding materials that protect your head and neck from EMF. It’s versatile, so you can wear it on your head, neck, wrists – in any way you feel comfortable.
- SYB Bandana – This unisex silk bandana is another accessory with similar abilities as the SYB Neck Gaiter. As well as being stylish and versatile, both of these products are powerful EMF shields, so it’s just a matter of which one you prefer.
- SYB Poster Frame Liner – This product turns any painting or picture frame into a powerful EMF shield. You can just place it on the back of a picture frame or a painting and hang it on the wall directly opposite the EMF source.
- SYB Picture Frame – This is specifically designed with EMF emissions from WiFi routers in mind. You can just place the SYB Picture Frame in front of the WiFi router facing the area where you spend the most time, and it will create a low-EMF zone in that area.
- SYB Faraday Bed Canopy – Our latest development, the SYB Faraday Bed Canopy, was designed after analyzing the effects of EMF on quality sleep. EMF pollution plays a massive role in your sleep health, and it’s one of the reasons why most people don’t get quality sleep anymore. (Read more about sleep and building a sleep sanctuary in this post). The SYB Faraday Bed Canopy provides EMF protection from all six sides, so nothing can stop you from having an amazing night’s sleep and waking up refreshed and recharged in the morning.
If you want to check out our full catalog, you can visit the SYB EMF & 5G Protection Store.
I hope you’ve found this post about shungite and orgonite helpful. The fact that you’re reading about these materials means you’ve taken the first step in improving the health of yourself and your family: and that step is researching the options and gaining a better understanding of the science behind EMF.