Rapé (also hapé) is a finely ground blend of mapacho tobacco (nicotiana rustica) other plants and ash. It’s most widely used in Brazil, though the Matses in Peru also have a green version with uncured mapacho. It is believed to go back to the time of the Incas. It is administered through the nose, usually one nostril at a time. The blow focuses the mind, helps release emotional, physical, energetic and spiritual illnesses, aligns the chakras, connects to higher consciousness and grounds the body. Rapé detoxes the body and cleans out all excess mucus, toxins, and bacteria. Rapé stimulates the mind with its nicotine content that in turn releases a.o. epinephrine, acetylcholine, and dopamine, supporting an increased focus, presence, and intuition. The individual plants and ashes present in each rapé recipe add other healing and energetic elements.
Note: Most rapés contain nicotiana rustica, which has a high nicotine content. Nicotine is an addictive compound, and please be mindful of how and how often you are using this medicine so as not to become addicted. Rapé may increase heart rate and blood flow, so consult your healthcare practitioner if you have any conditions that may be impacted.
Dosage: Start with 1-2 pea size amount of rapé for each nostril. Using a kuripe (self-applicator) or tepi (another person administering), place the pea sized amount in the pipe and blow with a smooth controlled force. Have tissue nearby to blow your nose, and a bucket to spit into. Do not in any case swallow the rape as it clears out of your mucus system. Acute effects (burning, spitting, blowing your nose) can last 10-15 minutes. Subtle effects may last longer, even for days. Though less common, it is possible you may experience vomiting of bowel moments as rapé clears the energies.
Storage: Please keep the bottle in a dark, cool place away from direct sunlight.
Wankawi intends to do it's best for ethically sourcing these Amazonian Medicines. While traveling to the jungle to ensure cultivation, preparation, sale and shipment processes is not possible, we ask as many questions as we can to ensure all are in alignment with our values. We work with women suppliers and preparers when possible to support their livelihoods. We also buy from suppliers that have a well known reputation for highest quality products. Wankawi is driven by sustainability, in all senses. If any of these medicines become endangered, or we hear of unethical or ecologically destructive practices, we will discontinue offering these medicines. The foremost important aspect of working with these medicines is to listen - to the plants themselves, the Wisdom of the Earth and the communities and traditions from which they originate. Only when we take care of the entire system, can we truly heal, thrive and create a new world.
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