Survival Apothecary: Edible and Medicinal Uses for Amaranth

medicinal and edible uses for wild Amaranth

Amaranth is a plentiful plant that comes in many variations.

Although there are many different types of Amaranth, they all have the same structure which makes them easy to identify.

Amaranth has been used in traditional folk medicine for centuries and also eaten as a common staple.

It’s unfortunate that this nutritious vegetable has gone by the wayside and is seen as a weed.

How to Identify Amaranth

Amaranth stands erectly and grows anywhere from one to six feet high.

Redroot Amaranth

The leaves are stemmed and stretch out about 3 to 6 inches long. They are ovular in shape, are a dull green color and are rough and hairy. The edge of the leaves are wavy.

The flowers are tiny and grow in tight clusters which grow on a stalk in a pyramid shape.

The taproot is fleshy, long, and have a pink to red color.

Red Amaranth

The seeds are black, shiny and extremely tiny – 28,000 seeds only weigh a mere ounce! The seeds are distributed over the countryside by blowing winds.

Where To Find Amaranth

Amaranth can be found all over the North American continent, except for Alaskan tundra.

The plant will grow in rich soil and can be found in meadows, pastures, and along streams.

Amaranth is commonly mistaken for Pigweed since it likes to grow around pig pens due to the manure rich soil.

Spiny Amaranth

Pigweed is also edible and tastes as good as Amaranth.

Is Amaranth Edible?

Yes, all varieties of Amaranth makes great fodder for salads and tastes delicious.

The leaves have a spinach-like taste and texture.

Slender Amaranth

Amaranth seeds are a quinoa-like grain and can be eaten like a porridge, popped like popcorn, and used to thicken soups.

Benefits and Uses for Amaranth

Amaranth Supplement

Amaranth has more iron than any green vegetable on the market, except for parsley. This plant packs 4 grams of iron per 100 grams It’s a healthy source of iron for those who are deficient and for most women.

The plant also boasts a whopping 80 gram serving of vitamin C in a 100 gram serving.

Amaranth Tea

Amaranth has strong astringent properties that has been used to treat open wounds and sores. It can also aid in healing ulcers. A mouthwash of simmered Amaranth can treat canker sores, sore throat, bleeding and ulcerated gums.

Amaranth tea can also be used to reduce heavy menstrual flows and aid in stopping hemorrhaging.

Strong decoctions were used by Native Americans to kill intestinal worms.

Use at least one teaspoon of dried flowers, leaves and roots and simmer in one cup boiling water.

Amaranth poultices

Poultices were used to reduce swelling and soothe toothaches.


I hope you have found my guide to Amaranth helpful! If you have any questions please post below.

Feel free to share with others through social media!

Regina C.

Survival Apothecary: Benefits and Uses For Angelica Plant

benefits and uses for Angelica plant foraged in the wild

Angelica is a prevalent wild shrub that grows all over the North American continent.

It has been used for centuries by the native Americans and early pioneers.

Although there are some poisonous lookalikes, it is fairly easy to rule them out.

Angelica makes for a great survival food as its mildly sweet stalks and roots taste like celery but even better and is full of starches and antioxidants.

The plant also has many medicinal properties.

How to identify angelica plant

Angelica has a purplish colored stalk that is stout and hollow.

The leaves are oblong and are coarsely toothed; there are three leaves at the end of each stalk.

The blossoms of the plant are greenish white and globe shaped.

The entire plant has a lovely aroma of store bought celery.

Angelica is stout and can grow to 8 feet tall. It can have rough oily veins.

Dangerous lookalikes

Poison Hemlock also has a purplish stalk and a whitish root. However, it’s fruits are oval with pale brown ribs.

The leaves of the Poison Hemlock are much smaller and toothier than Angelica leaves.

The easiest way to distinguish Poison Hemlock from Angelica is the smell of the root. Poison Hemlock has a slightly rotten smell to its root whereas Angelica has a wonderful celery smell to its roots and the entire plant.

Water Hemlock is another poisonous lookalike, Water Hemlock looks similar to Angelica and grows in the same areas.

The way to tell these apart are that Water Hemlock leaves are highly divided and featherlike. The root is whitish yellow and has no hairs. And again, Water Hemlock does not smell of celery at all.

If you are in doubt by any reasoning, leave the plant alone.

You can be assured that if the plant carries a beautiful aroma of fresh celery, even better than what you would smell in the store, you can reason that it is Angelica.

Where to forage for angelica

Angelica loves to grow by the ocean, streams and creeks. It can be found all over in North America.

This plant enjoys soil that is placed by water such as marshes, swamps, drainage areas, ditches, and moist mountain meadows.

Benefits and uses of angelica

Angelica Oil

The oil harvested from Angelica is a powerful remedy for treating colic and digestive gas.

Angelica Poultice

This herb was used as one of the oldest poultices known for pain in North America.

Crushed roots can be spread over sores and wounds.

Mash the roots of the plant and mix with pounded leaves of northern sagebrush. Heat the pulp and apply it to the opposite side of the body experiencing pain. This poultice can also be used to treat mild swelling.

The root poultice can also be used to alleviate arthritis, chest discomfort, and treat pneumonia.

Angelica Tea

Tea from the roots of Angelica plant was sipped on by native Americans three times a day to gain strength after being ill.

This root tea was also used for clearing kidney issues, including trouble with urinating.

The tea could also be used for stomach problems such as ulcers and sour stomach.

Tea of Angelica can also be used to gargle with as a mouthwash to freshen breath.


I hope you have enjoyed this addition to my survival apothecary series!

Please feel free to share this on your social media and leave a comment below.

Have a great day!

The Real FACTS about Shungite Stone for Water Purification, EMF Protection, and Healing

Shungite Stone is as unique as it is mysterious. Its origins are unknown and its physical properties are mystifying.

Although Shungite is quite plentiful now, there is a single finite source and it will eventually be depleted.

I stumbled upon Shungite while searching for different ways to purify water without chemicals.

I was astonished to read that this stone can purify water naturally! I also read that it can block electomagnetic frequencies (EMFs), and it also has powerful healing properties – Hmmm. 

These are some bold claims, I thought. Can a stone really have all of these capabilities?

I started to research and found a few websites that spoke about these claims, but none had any evidence to really back it up.

I decided to dig deeper, and through much time researching I managed to find scholarly articles, patents, and videos that do offer compelling evidence that the claims of Shungite are real!

So why is hardly anyone talking about Shungite?

I don’t have the answer to that question but I do know that I am talking about Shungite so I can share the information that I found with you!

This is my ultimate guide to Shungite stones. I never call anything ultimate unless I can seriously back up this claim.

In this article, I discuss the origins and chemistry of Shungite, scientific findings of Shungite’s properties, the benefits of Shungite, any known side effects, a buyers guide to Shungite, and the future of this amazing miracle stone!

Let’s get right to it!

What Is Shungite Stone?

Shungite is an anomalous stone of organic origin that is comprised of carbon.

Pure Shungite looks similar to pyrite, but with a silver tone instead of gold.

Pyrite
Shungite

The stone in its purest form is quite brittle and can chip easily. It would not be suitable for faceting.

Shungite stone gets its powerful properties from an unusual carbon structure known as a fullerene. I will go into detail about fullerenes later in this article. 

The origins of Shungite stone

Shungite was discovered near the small village of Shunga, which is how the stone got its name. Shunga is located in the Republic of Karelia, a part of the Russian Federation.

 

 

Although there are traces of Shungite found in a few other locales throughout Russia, the Zazhoginsky deposit is the only place where Shungite exists in vast reserves.

This vast deposit of Shungite weighs in at a whopping 35 million tons and is being mined out at a rate of 200 thousand tons per year.

 

 

This massive deposit of Shungite sits underneath Lake Onega. This lake has a deep connection with ancient and modern man. Petroglyphs have been discovered in caves around the lake which date back from four to nine thousand years ago.

Along with the petroglyphs which depicted Gods and nature, ancient burial grounds, sacred sites, and labyrinths were discovered, making Lake Onega a sacred place where ancient shamanism was strongly linked.

 

 

Several hundreds of years ago, Lake Onega had become renown through the local villages for its extremely pure water that had the ability to heal. Kings and queens would come and go throughout history, opening and abandoning thermal spas through the centuries.

Shungite has been forgotten and discovered for many cycles throughout history.

The most recent re-discovery was in the 1930s as the water from Lake Onega was tested for medical uses. The lake had a resurgence in popularity in the 70s as a thermal spa had opened once again.

Still, Shungite has only become popular in internet searches over the past couple of years.

The geology of Shungite stone

Shungite formed at the ripe old age of 2 billion years. There are many hypotheses about how Shungite was made.

The most adopted theory is that Shungite was created by the sedimenting of rich organic materials of primitive life forms into mud and silt.

 

 

These organic sediments accumulated into the Karelian craton that was rich in brackish water.

The organic material compressed with the mineral-rich brackish water into the craton and got heated up from the geothermal activity from below. This transformed the material through petrification and into what we know as Shungite. This process was also responsible for the creation of the molecular structure known as fullerenes.

An intriguing yet less popular hypothesis is that Shungite was formed from a meteor crashing into the earth. What is interesting about this idea is that there is evidence that a meteor did crash in close vicinity to the lake just a little earlier than Shungite was formed.

 

 

An even less popular opinion is that Shungite was made by lightning strikes. The reasoning for this idea is that lightning strikes actually create fullerenes, but since the amount made by lightning is so minuscule, this hypothesis is mostly discredited. It is an interesting notion though.

The different types of Shungite stone

There are three types of Shungite that all have a different appearance. The reason for the difference is the quantity of carbon the stones possess.

Type I Shungite – Elite Silver Shungite

This is the purest form of Shungite at a concentration of 98%.

The stone has a silvery semi-metallic sheen to it and can flake fairly easily.

Only one percent of Shungite in existence is Elite Shungite.

Composition of Elite Shungite

  • 98% Carbon
  • 0.9% Nitrogen and Oxygen
  • 0.3% Hydrogen
  • 0.8% Ash Content
Type II Shungite – Black Shungite

This type of Shungite is made up of 50-70% carbon.

This stone is a matte black mineral. It can be shaped and polished easily and is used to make EMF blocking discs and countertop pyramids. 

Composition of Black Shungite

  • 50-70% Carbon
  • 3.5% Nitrogen and Oxygen
  • 6.7% Hydrogen
  • 3.3% Ash Content
Type III Shungite – Gray Shungite

This type of Shungite is made up of 30-50% carbon.

This stone is a matte gray mineral. You will not run into gray shungite on the retail market, it is used for industrial applications.  

Composition of Gray Shungite

  • 30-50% Carbon
  • 3.5% Nitrogen and Oxygen
  • 6.7% Hydrogen
  • 3.3% Ash Content
  • 56% Silicon Dioxide
  • 8% various oxides and dioxides

Shungite and Fullerenes

 The reason Shungite has such powerful properties is because of the carbon complex known as a fullerene.
 
What is a Fullerene?
 
The fullerene is a fairly recent discovery. It is a form of carbon that links together 60 carbon atoms into the shape of a soccer ball.
 
The fullerene got its name from the scientist Richard Buckminster Fuller. He actually built a life-size replica of a fullerene without even realizing it!
 
Fuller with his geodesic dome is shaped exactly like a fullerene!

What is highly interesting is that a fullerene molecule is completely hollow. This hollow nature allows for all sorts of toxin and radio wave absorption.

Fullerenes have been used in nanotechnology to create nanotubes. These carbon molecules have been replicated in laboratories to create synthetic fullerenes.

However, these manmade fullerenes cannot be remotely compared to natural fullerenes as natural fullerenes are filled with unique gases, liquids, and minerals inside its hollow dome.

Fullerenes have extremely potent properties on electromagnetic fields, absorption of toxins, and on human health. I will address these points in detail.

The Benefits of Shungite Stones

As you can see, Shungite stone has some seriously unique properties that other carbon materials do not possess.

Because of these unique attributes, Shungite offers up some powerful capabilities that almost seem magical – but its not. Its science!

Shungite stones for water purification

The International Journal of Advanced Scientific and Technical Research released a compelling research paper on the influence of Shungite on water. The research was conducted by the Scientific Research Center of Medical Biophysics located in Bulgaria and the Biotechnology department of Moscow State University of Applied Biotechnology located in Moscow.

This is what they have found.

Due to its unique porous structure, Shungite adsorbs 95% of contaminants when coming into contact with its surface.

The types of contaminants that Shungite removes through adsorption are:

  • organochlorine compounds
  • phenols
  • dioxins
  • heavy metals
  • radionuclides

The types of contaminants that Shungite removes through absorption are:

  • oil
  • benzene
  • phenol
  • pesticides
  • chlorine
  • ammonia
  • heavy metals

Shungite has the ability to oxidize organic substances that are absorbed on the surface. Although this process is not entirely understood by scientists, Shungite is proven to be a powerful antioxidant and removes free radicals 30 times more effectively than activated carbon!!!

Free radicals formed during the treatment of water with chlorine and other chemicals have a negative impact on human health.

This table shows the performance of radical removal in water treated by Shungite:

Shungite has Antibacterial Properties

Shungite has strong bactericidal properties that efficiently disinfect drinking water from harmful bacteria.

It has been observed in this same study that Shungite eliminates pathogenic saprophytes and protozoa. Shungite performs a near complete removal of e.Coli from 2300/Liter of cells down to 3/Liter of cells.

Shungite does work best in conjunction with Zeolite and activated carbon.

How to filter water with Shungite

Shungite filters water best by passing water over the surface of Shungite stones.

However, the most common method for filtering water with Shungite is:

How to make Shungite Water

You will need:

A pitcher (preferably glass)

8 cups of water

8 ounces of Elite Shungite Chips

  1. Rinse Shungite chips thoroughly
  2. Place Shungite chips into pitcher
  3. Fill pitcher with water
  4. Let sit for 24 to 72 hours (Do NOT place lid on pitcher, the water needs oxygen to work)

Shungite Stone Maintenance

Shungite chips need to be maintained once a month for maximum performance. 

Shungite chips should be replaced every six months to one year, or as needed. 

  1. Mix 4 cups water with one tablespoon lemon juice.
  2. Place Shungite chips in water. 
  3. Let sit for 8 hours.
  4. Pat chips dry on a towel.
  5. Place Shungite chips in sun for three hours, flipping over half way through.

 

Shungite for Blocking Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMFs)

Some people may be mislead into thinking that Shungite blocks EMFs through metaphysical energies, but the reality is that Shungite has unique electrical properties due to its naturally conductive nature from the fullerenes.

I have read several articles about Shungite being touted as an EMF blocker, but no one seems to provide any scientific sources that Shungite can indeed block these frequencies.

I have taken the time and scoured scholarly articles and patents to find actual scientific evidence that Shungite has unbelievable electromagnetic absorbing powers and am sharing them with you today.

Let’s dive into the research that supports the theory that Shungite can actually block electromagnetic frequencies!

The Science behind Shungite’s EMF Blocking Properties

The best way to present my scientific findings on this subject is to go case by case.

My first case study is patent #US5640705A. This patent has been filed for utilizing fullerene carbon molecules to contain radiation from nuclear waste.

This nuclear waste containment system is comprised of fullerene carbon layers that prevent nuclear radiation from leaking out of the containment vessel.

nuclear containment vessel

Although there is a ton of information in this patent, if you look up the “Detailed Description” section, you will find this:”C60 is the only single-layer Fullerene molecule that will completely contain high energy ionizing radiation. Under specific temperature and pressure conditions, C60 can completely absorb the five main types of harmful, high energy, ionizing radiation; namely, alpha, beta, gamma, X-ray, and neutron radiation.”

The natural state of a fullerene present in Shungite is the 60 molecule structure. As stated in the quote, this type of fullerene carbon is capable of absorbing the five main types of harmful radiation.

This is because the natural fullerene works as an absolute vacuum as it is hollow on the inside. This vacuum filters out impurities in water along with absorbing electromagnetic frequencies and radio waves.
My second case study is a scholarly article released by Scientific Reports #5619 (2014).

In this experiment, carbon nanotubes were utilized to create a Radar Absorbing Material (RAM) to block radar stealth technology.


The study has shown that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have excellent electromagnetic wave absorption performance due to its unique structure and extreme electrical conductivity.

Carbon nanotubes are created by fullerenes, which as we know are naturally present in Shungite.

We can then deduce that since carbon nanotubes are extremely efficient at blocking radar waves, the natural form of the fullerene has the power to absorb these waves as well.

My third case study is another patent JP2003243878A from Japan.
The invention in this patent is the development of a coating on a circuit board that blocks electromagnetic interference (EMI).



The invention uses a layer of Shungite (referred to as Shun Gaito) along with other layers of carbon to absorb EMI.

The patent claims that out of all the carbon materials used, the Shungite offers the best performance to eliminating the most EMI.

I have also found a couple of videos that show Shungite blocking EMFs in action:

At this point, I feel pretty confident that Shungite is the real deal when it comes to EMF protection. 

If you feel you need more evidence, I suggest looking up “Shungite radiation absorption” in Google Scholar and Google Patents. It will give you several more case studies pertaining to this topic.

Shungite Stone’s Healing Powers

As we all know, human beings are powered by electricity. Our neurons in our brains function by receiving electrical signals from cells. Our hearts beat from an electrical charge emitted by cells that cause a contraction.

A lesser known metascience, known as bioenergetics, explores human energy fields and the relation our energy has with the world around us.

Our bodies release an energetic field, known as the vital field, that interacts with our environment and ripples away from us like waves.

Bioenergetics

  • Life is an energy intensive process
  • It takes energy to move a muscle, breath, heal wounds, even to think
  • We emit an energetic field around us that interacts and is influenced by our environment

A person’s vital field can vary greatly depending on the health of the person, the level of consciousness, and also influences from the environment.

We can also have a direct effect on our vital field by the food and drink we consume, where we hang out and who we hang out with.

Our vital field strives to stay in a state of homeostasis, a state of balance. However, it wouldn’t surprise me that most (if not all) human beings that live in modern day society across the world are in a state of bioenergetic imbalance due to modern lifestyle choices and the bombardment of electromagnetic frequencies.

This is where Shungite comes into play.

Shungite and the Vital Field

Measurements of a person’s vital field can be measured, and a study done on Shungite in relation to bioenergetic research has been performed. This study, done by Regina Martino (a bioenergetic researcher) has found that Shungite can actually increase our extending bioenergy field.

This diagram is the test subject’s vital field before holding Shungite.

This diagram shows the subject’s vital field while holding Shungite.

So what do these results mean?

Health Benefits of Shungite Stone:

1. It balances our bioenergetic field. A balanced energy field can remedy dysfunctions in the body, such as persistent and recurring illness, tiredness, depression, dullness, and any type of issues that can occur from energy imbalances.

2. It gives us protection from negative energies. As our vital fields become balanced and centered, a natural positive energy is restored in the body. Shungite can also absorb negative energies, much like it can absorb impurities in water and radiation.

3. It blocks us from EMFs. As we went over above, Shungite is scientifically known to block electromagnetic disturbances. As we are bombarded from every corner with radio waves, our vital energies become imbalanced and shrink. Shungite works to restore our energy field and protect us from these invasive waves.

4. Shungite does not take on a negative charge. The natural structure of the fullerenes in Shungite creates a vacuum that does not allow for taking on any negativity from frequencies, vibrations, and human emotions. The state of Shungite will always stay intact, no matter what it encounters.

If you have feelings of general malfeasance, have unexplained exhaustion, emotional or mental issues, lethargy, feelings of uneasiness, and anything to do with a potential energy imbalance in the body, Shungite can assist in restoring your well being.

If you are interested in researching more about this topic, I suggest purchasing Regina Martino’s Book, “Shungite: Protection, Healing, and Detoxification“.​

Shungite Stone Authenticity Test

Although I don’t think there is a rampant market for fake Shungite, there have been reports of fake Shungite showing up on the market. Luckily, there is a simple test you can do to authenticate Shungite stone.

Shungite Authenticity Test

You will need:

  • two wires
  • battery
  • lightbulb

Place one wire on the negative side on the battery, and another on the positive side. Then touch the wires to the Shungite. 

If the Shungite is authentic, the lightbulb will light up!

Are there side effects of shungite stone?

Technically, there are no known side effects, but people may experience some energy disturbances from the stone. These could possibly be:

  • Insomnia
  • Too much energy
  • Increased pulse
  • Increased blood pressure

These side effects are directly related to the enormous amount of energy that Shungite can deliver to you. Remember how we talked about the expansion of the vital field?

This may be a very new and energetic sensation, and because of that, you may want to rotate wearing your stone until you get used to the extra energy.

Shungite Stone Buyer's Guide

It is important to purchase your Shungite from a reputable source, and there are only a couple of them on the market.

These sources are either in contract with the Shungite mines or are the actual mines selling the mineral.

I have ordered my Shungite solely through Karelian Heritage. You can purchase the stones directly from their online store, or through their Amazon store. 

There are various ways you can incorporate Shungite into your life, depending on what your needs and goals are.

Shungite comes in different shapes and grades. I will go over these applications of Shungite in detail below.

Shungite for the Home

You can strategically place Shungite pieces around the home for EMF reduction and energy circulation. These pieces are typically made of Shungite Type II as this type can be carved into shapes.

Shungite in Pyramid Shape

Pyramids are an ancient geometric form that has an energy of its own which is unique and complementary with the Shungite stone.

Pyramids perform well in places that require focus and study.

A three-inch pyramid can radiate energy and neutralize EMFs up to ten feet from its sides and eleven feet from its edges. 

 

Shungite in Sphere Shape

The sphere allows for an even emanation of energy and EMF absorption. The energy of the sphere harmonizes naturally with our vital field, as it is in the same shape. 

Spheres are great for areas of relaxation, such as a bedroom or living room and emit eleven feet out in every direction. 

 

Shungite in Cube Shape

 

The cube form has a grounding effect synchronizing with the Earth. Cubes work well with meditation to become more rooted and do well when placed into entryways and windows.

The cube emanates protection and energy for about 9.5 feet. 

Shungite as Jewelry

Wear Shungite for personal EMF protection, increase in vital field, and overall energy balancing benefits.

Type I Elite Shungite Jewelry

Although Elite Shungite cannot be shaped (although it can be tumbled) and can be brittle, it can still be worn as jewelry and offers the highest increase in the vital field and personal EMF protection.

Type II Shungite Jewelry

This type of Shungite has fewer fullerenes so its performance is not as strong as Elite Shungite. It is more affordable and still offers plenty of EMF protection and bioenergetic increases. 

This type of Shungite can be shaped and engraved. 

Shungite for EMF Protection

Shungite Type II is typically used to make discs of Shungite that can be mounted on a cell phone or any electronic device to block its electromagnetic frequencies. 

They do not have to be big, rather, these plates are small. Use these on a cellphone, cordless phone, tablet, laptop, etc.

 

Shungite for Water Purification

Shungite chips are used for water, as the more surface contact the Shungite has on the water, the better the filtration performance.

I suggest to use Type I Elite Shungite only for water purification, although Type II is also sold in chip form. Rinse stones thoroughly before use.

 

I hope you have enjoyed my very thorough guide to Shungite stones. I feel that I touched all bases in relation to Shungite. 

If you have a question or a comment, please drop in the comment box below. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family!

Have a wonderful day!

Hello, I am Regina! I am the creator and brain-child behind Maximum Off Grid. 

My goal is to educate and inform people interested in becoming independent from the system. 

I also provide valuable reviews on products and services that I research extensivley so I can make quality recommendations to you. 

Please enjoy my website and don’t forget to share!

Regina C. 
Creator of Maximum Off Grid