The Shamanic Snuff
Rapé (pronounced “ha-pay”) is a powerful plant medicine that comes from the Amazon basin, and has been prepared and served by Shamans and Medicine People for thousands of years. Served through a bone, bamboo, or wooden pipe (a Tepi for serving others, and a Kuripe for serving oneself), Rapé is blown up the nose, into each nostril; it is known as a shamanic snuff. This style of energy work is called “Soplada,” which is the transfer of healing or life force energy through the breath – a beautiful ceremonial practice that in many cultures is believed to carry a piece of the Shaman’s spirit through the breath into the person receiving the medicine.
A grounding force, Rapé brings us into our center, hones us in on the present moment, and aids our physical, mental, emotional, and etheric bodies in realigning. Rapé clears our energetic field, releases stagnated, dense, and unwanted energies, decongests our airways, unblocks trapped emotions, treats physical dis-ease, and is also known to decalicfy the pineal gland, “which is involved in melatonin secretion, circadian time perception, and the function of the immune system.” There are TONS of uses for Rapé, over a wide variety of categories.
The main ingredient used in making Rapé is tobacco – specifically Nicotiana Rustica, also called Mapacho, or Arapiraca tobacco. Tobacco is used in Shamanic ceremonies, rituals, and arts, as a teacher, protector, and healer. This is much unlike the Western use of tobacco in cigarettes on anxiety-ridden lunch breaks and chain-smoking addictions. This finely-ground tobacco is mixed with many combinations of the ashes of different sacred and medicinal trees to produce a myriad of effects. There are several different types of Rapé using varying tree ashes, shrubs, leaves, and flowers, all blended with unique intentions for use. This medicine is utilized for a plethora of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual ailments, blockages, and purposes, and it is served both by itself, and in conjunction with other plant medicines.