What is rapé?
While rapé is often made of several Amazonian plants, the core of most rapé s is the sacred tobacco . This Amazonian tobacco, also known as mapacho, is used extensively in tribal rituals and is much stronger than Nicotiana tabacum, the type of tobacco found in cigarettes. Tobacco is a very sacred plant to indigenous people which is used for offerings, prayer and energetic cleaning. The use of tobacco by indigenous tribes in South America, such as the Kaxinawá, Nu-nu, Yawanawá, and Katukina, is profoundly entrenched in their culture, and has been employed at least since the Mayan civilisation for ritual, medicinal and recreational purposes.
In addition to the tobacco, ashes from sacred trees are also added to the rapé as an alkaliser which balances the tobacco, and then in personal recipes people may add whatever plants they want to get specific desired effects. Seeds like yopo or wilka may be added to increase the visionary properties of the rapé, or flowers might be added to instill a more feminine and nurturing energy. The appearance of a Rapé is a grey- to sand coloured, very fine and dry dust.
How it is made
The rapé is made during a lengthy and intensive ritual process to invoke the maker’s medicine and the spirits of the plants used. Making the rapé is an extremely long and labour intensive process. Shamans spend hours praying, singing, rattling and setting intentions into the rapé as it is being prepared. For this reason we treat it as an extremely sacred medicine. Indians see taking rapé as a form of prayer to mother nature. As with other sacred plants it is good to set an intention before working with rapé. Just as the Indians pray, you can connect with the spirit of the plants and ask them questions.
How to use Rapé
The rapé is administered to each other with an applicator, typically made of bone or bamboo also called tepi, or it can be self-applied with a smaller applicator known as kuripe. Rapé is used in special times of the day or in certain moments that require, cleansing, grounding or focus. It helps to realign the chakras and the energies of the body. It is also meant for protection.
There’s a lot that can be said about rapé and it’s healing qualities. It is something that one needs to experience for themselves though as to get a proper personal experience about it’s true power.
- Rapé grounds
- Rapé purifies
- Rapé protects
- Rapé makes the mind silent and brings one quickly and powerfully into a meditative state of being
- Rapé cleanses the physical and all energetic bodies and chakra’s
- Rapé alkalises the body in subtle yet powerful ways
- Rapé specifically seems to cleanse the pineal gland and cleanses and prevents the calcification of the pineal gland
- Rapé cleanses the sinuses of mucus, possible infections and other sources of disease
- Dependence can arise with prolonged use
- Tantalizing burning sensation (pulls away immediately)
- Clogged sinuses/nose
- Irritated mucous membranes of the sinuses/nose
Do not use under 18 years of age
Do not combine it with drugs or medication, and certainly not with MAO inhibitors.
Do not use during pregnancy or lactation.
Do not use in case of hypersensitivity to one or more ingredients.