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About Sacred Medicines

The foundation of holistic healing is connection: connection to nature, to the elements and to the universe and its life force. Certain plants and remedies are considered sacred because of their ability to heighten and facilitate this connection. This is why these plants have been revered by First Peoples across the world.

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Different combinations of plants provide different uses and effects, with the exact recipe often being kept secret by the shaman.

This shamanic snuff contains potent herbs which give rapé its intensity and medical properties as a cleansing agent and immune booster. 

Rapé contains Nicotiana Rustica, a type of tobacco also known as mapacho. It is important to note that this is not the tobacco used in cigarettes, which is Nicotiana Tabacum.  Although rape contains nicotine, it lacks the chemical additives found in cigarettes, and is therefore not as addictive. 

To benefit from the full effects of rapé tobacco, it helps to understand and appreciate its deep-rooted history as ‘social medicine’. Indigenous tribes of the Amazon, use herbs like tobacco and other native plants in various rape blends, as a means of restoring health to the community. 

Each rapé blend has its own specific benefits, used to elevate the spirit while cleansing the body. This rare and deeply healing medicine is produced through a sacred and labour-intensive process from a variety of Amazonian medicinal plants, trees, leaves, seeds and other valued ingredients.

Traditionally, Rapé is self-applied using a pipe made of bamboo or bone, called a Kuripe, from which it is blown into both nostrils. One end of the tube is inserted into the mouth and the other into the nostrils. Alternatively, Rapé may be administered by another person through a pipe called a ‘Tepi’. One end of this tube is inserted into the mouth of the person administering the rapé and the other end is inserted into the recipient’s nostril. 

Rapé

Rapé (pronounced ‘ha-peh’ or ‘rapay’) is finely-ground shamanic snuff. It has been used for sacred and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Rapé is made by combining mapacho tobacco from the Nicotiana rustica plant with the ashes from a secret assortment of Amazonian foliage. This is then crushed into a fine, light-coloured powder. Because this powdered snuff is administered through the nose, the effects of rapé are experienced rapidly and intensely.

Different combinations of plants provide different uses and effects, with the exact recipe often being kept secret by the shaman.

This shamanic snuff contains potent herbs which give rapé its intensity and medical properties as a cleansing agent and immune booster. 

Rapé contains Nicotiana Rustica, a type of tobacco also known as mapacho. It is important to note that this is not the tobacco used in cigarettes, which is Nicotiana Tabacum.  Although rape contains nicotine, it lacks the chemical additives found in cigarettes, and is therefore not as addictive. 

To benefit from the full effects of rapé tobacco, it helps to understand and appreciate its deep-rooted history as ‘social medicine’. Indigenous tribes of the Amazon, use herbs like tobacco and other native plants in various rape blends, as a means of restoring health to the community. 

Each rapé blend has its own specific benefits, used to elevate the spirit while cleansing the body. This rare and deeply healing medicine is produced through a sacred and labour-intensive process from a variety of Amazonian medicinal plants, trees, leaves, seeds and other valued ingredients.

Traditionally, Rapé is self-applied using a pipe made of bamboo or bone, called a Kuripe, from which it is blown into both nostrils. One end of the tube is inserted into the mouth and the other into the nostrils. Alternatively, Rapé may be administered by another person through a pipe called a ‘Tepi’. One end of this tube is inserted into the mouth of the person administering the rapé and the other end is inserted into the recipient’s nostril. 

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