Rapé (Indian Snuff)
Rapé and holy tobacco
Nicotine can be a widespread substance in our modern world, but for many indigenous cultures of the Americas, tobacco is a sacred plant that is known to clean both individuals and ceremonies. This is the case for Rapé (pronounced "ha-peh"), a powerful, clean snuff used by shamans in Brazil and Peru as part of important medical rituals.
Rapé gains more popularity outside the Amazon for its medicinal properties, and for people who care to try it, it is important to find a reputable source for sacred tobacco. While you can betray yourself or with a trusted friend, it is also important to educate you on the proper use.
Advantages of Rapé
Rapé can help you in the following ways:
· Helps to focus and sharpen the mind.
· Deletes a person or a space of distracting, bad energies in preparation for the intention setting.
· Detoxifies body and mind and clarifies your energetic field. For this reason Rapé is often used in connection with Ayahuasca ceremonies.
· Cleans the sinuses of mucus and bacteria and helps to combat colds and respiratory diseases.
· Provides a soothing, earth-like effect on the emotions that last much longer that the initial sensation.
· Can be used in conjunction with other treatments for addiction and mental illness.
What is Rapé?
While Rapé often consists of several Amazon plants, the core of most Rapé snuff tobacco is the tobacco species Nicotiana Rustica. This Amazon tobacco, also known as Mapacho, is widely used in tribal rituals and is much stronger than N. tabacum, the type of tobacco found in cigarettes.
In addition to tobacco, rapé usually contains the alkaline ash from other plants such as cinnamon, tonka beans, clover, banana peel or mint, but many shamans keep the exact ingredients of their particular rapé a secret