Shungite & Plants


Shungite has been studied for it’s effects on plants & soil, with amazing results.

Some of the available Shungite studies working with various type of plants, then used to clean/detoxify/restore soil are available below.

Shungite nuggets & powder can be used with any type of plant/tree. Both gardens & house plants can benefit from the addition of Shungite to their soil and water.


Crop Enhancement of Cucumber Plants under Heat Stress by Shungite Carbon.

Heat stress negatively impacts plant growth and yield. The effects of carbon materials on plants in response to abiotic stress and antioxidant activity are poorly understood. In this study, we propose a new method for improving heat tolerance in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) using a natural carbon material, shungite, which can be easily mixed into any soil.

Extending the Storage Life of Foods Using Shungite

Abstract: Shungite has gained popularity in recent years as a material for water purification and food preservation. The purpose of the study is to develop a fast method of assessing the biological activity of shungite batches and to determine the time of contact between shungite and water to increase or reduce the bioactivity of shungite water in the food industry, specifically in the production of baked goods with extended shelf life.

Carbonized Sorbents of Shungite and Rice Husk for Purification of Petroleum Contaminated Soils

Abstract: Contamination of soil and water with petroleum during its extraction, collection, transportation, storage and preparation occurs frequently, and purification of oil spills is one of the pressing environmental problems of oil producing organizations. There are a large number of methods for utilization oil spills. The sorption method in combination with bioremediation is capable of effectively purification of petroleum contaminated soils. The paper shows the possibility of using a carbonized mixture of shungite from the Koksu deposit (Kazakhstan) with rice husk as a sorbent and carrier of microorganism strains. The physicochemical properties and elemental composition, as well as the microstructure of carbonized samples were established. The maximum sorption capacity of carbonized sorbents when purifying the soil samples from oil from the Karazhanbas field was 1.86 g/g after 60 days. The carbonized samples with microorganism strains immobilized on them showed a degree of oil destruction reaching 90%.

Research on Potential Application of a New Fertilizer based on Natural Sorbents for Toxic Soils (Shungite Soil)

Abstract: The article considers the study on potential application of fertilizer containing natural sorbents from Kazakhstan deposits in order to develop a new organomineral fertilizer from household waste water and sorption materials. There was the study on the possibility for the developed organomineral fertilizers to influence heavy metals input into plant products, including those ones on polluted soil. There was the research on heavy metals input into soil with meltwater on urban territory plots close to metallurgic enterprises in order to apply the proposed new fertilizer. The following factors were defined: the required area of the plots, their service life period, produced fertilizers application load, economically reasonable distance for transporting fertilizers. The work demonstrates test results related to studying influence of new fertilizer types on Amoria creeping clover (Trifolium repens) feeding crop capacity, accumulation of heavy metals in soil and plants. Content of heavy metals was defined in plant products grown with new fertilizers application and it was proved that the proposed fertilizers were safe. Heavy metals content in plants decreases on 2.3 – 10.2 % of heavy metals content in soil if there is fertilizer based on shungite. Shungite-based fertilizer provides better results in copper and zinc than bentonite-clay based fertilizer (from 0.6 to 6 % of heavy metals content in soil). But bentonite-clay based fertilizer provides better results in cadmium and lead (0.4 – 1.9 %).

Enhancement of Drought Tolerance in Cucumber Plants by Natural Carbon Materials

Abstract: Stress induced by climate change is a widespread and global phenomenon. Unexpected drought stress has a substantial effect on the growth and productivity of valuable crops. The effects of carbon materials on living organisms in response to abiotic stresses remain poorly understood. In this study, we proposed a new method for enhancing drought tolerance in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) using carbon nanotubes and natural carbon materials called shungite, which can be easily mixed into any soil. We analyzed the phenotype and physiological changes in cucumber plants grown under conditions of drought stress. Shungite-treated cucumber plants were healthier, with dark green leaves, than control plants when watering was withheld for 21 days. Furthermore, compared with the control cucumber group, in the shungite-treated plants, the monodehydroascorbate content of the leaf, which is a representative marker of oxidative damage, was 66% lower. In addition, major scavenger units of reactive oxygen species and related drought stress marker genes were significantly upregulated. These results indicate that successive pretreatment of soil with low-cost natural carbon material improved the tolerance of cucumber plants to drought stress.

Remediation of soil contaminated by toxic rocket fuel components using modified carbon–mineral adsorbing material produced from shungite rock modified with Mn4+ and Fe3+.

Abstract: The study develops a novel catalytic adsorption material for remediation of soils contaminated by toxic rocket fuel components (RFC). Modified carbon–mineral material (MCMM) sorbent is produced using shungite rock and modified using iron (III) chloride and manganese (IV) oxide. MCMM production process is developed, and MCMM remediation efficiency is tested using soil samples from rocket separating parts impact sites with RFCs contamination. The structure of shungite and the physicochemical parameters of MCMM, the soils contamination at the impact areas of the rocket separating parts, and the ways rocket fuel components transformation in the soil were investigated. The obtained MCMM showed the efficiency of sorption and catalytic decomposition of the rocket fuel transformation products and determined the optimal conditions for remediation. The index of soil detoxification at a concentration of the analyzed decay products is from 0.1 mg/kg to 3.21 mg/kg is from 81.1 to 98.8%.

PLANT REGENERATION MEDIUM COMPOSITION AND PLANT REGENERATION METHOD (Shungite) (Patent)

Abstract of Patent: The present invention relates to a plant regeneration medium composition and a plant regeneration method using same and, more specifically, to: a plant regeneration medium composition using a medium composition containing shungite as an active ingredient so as to increase the rates of shoot organogenesis and root organogenesis, thereby enabling the time required during processes of organogenesis using a plant explant to be shortened and the efficiency of ontogeny to be improved; and a plant regeneration method using same.

COMPOUND LIQUID FERTILIZER (Shungite) (Patent)

Abstract of Patent: The invention relates to agriculture. A compound liquid fertilizer contains colloidal silver and a combination of macro- and micronutrients in a salt form, as well as in the form of metal-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid chelates, wherein the fertilizer additionally contains sodium tallow amphopolycarboxyglycinate, polyvinylpyrrolidone, and water pre-structured with shungite. All of the ingredients are used in specific proportions. The invention makes it possible to increase acaricidal activity with respect to the two-spotted spider mite, insecticidal activity with respect to the potato aphid and anti-viral activity with respect to the tomato yellow leaf curl virus, as well as to increase the stability of the fertilizer as a colloidal system.

Physiological response of onion seedlings to shungite application under two soil water regimes.

Abstract: The application of carbon-rich substrates to agricultural soils is discussed as a strategy to improve soil properties and fertility, which can affect plant physiological traits and enhance agricultural crop yield. The aim of this study was to evaluate if shungite, carbon-rich sedimentary-volcanic rock, may improve plant ecophysiological traits under sufficient water supply as well as soil water deficit. A pot culture experiment was conducted with onion (Allium cepa L.) seedlings, using four shungite concentrations (0, 5, 10 and 20 g kg−1) in an Umbric Podzols and two water regimes: well-watered and drying-wetting cycles. Soil water deficit decreased root nutrient content, depressed seedlings growth, net CO2 assimilation rate (An), stomatal conductance (gs) and the respiration rates in both darkness (Rd) and the light (Rl), but increased water use efficiency (WUE) at leaf level. Shungite application decreased the leaf necrosis under both water regimes and increased total leaf length of DW seedlings. Compared with the well-watered conditions, under drying-wetting cycle shungite stimulated the increase of the An rate and WUE at low measurement temperature. No significant effect of shungite was found for Rd, Rl, Rl/Rd, Rd/Ag (Ag = An + Rl) and Rl/Ag regardless soil water regimes. Shungite application was not so successful to eliminate the negative effects of soil water deficit on growth and physiological processes of A. cepa. The observed positive effects of shungite on the physiological traits of onion seedlings were more likely associated with the increase in the content of nutrients than with the improvement in soil water properties.


Mystical Wares has developed a convenient way of adding Shungite powder to your plants/garden slowly over time with our Shungite Plant Spikes. (lasts appx 6 months)


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  1. Please feel free to post or reply to any comments regarding our in-home experiments we’re conducting, We’re more than open to suggestions, this is just the first of many types of plants we’ll be introducing Shungite to. Not only the Shungite plant spikes, but also Shungite nuggets and our silver/Shungite powder (aka Cosmic Silver Shungite Powder or S4 Powder) to see what’s if any the differences are.