Rapé (pronounced rap-eh or hap-eh) is a sacred Amazonian medicine that comes in powder form. It’s base is tobacco and different blends include other varios medicinal plants. Rapé has been used since pre-Columbian times by Amazonian tribes and has many known therapeutic and medicinal benefits.
Rapé is taken by being blown up the nose, either by using a self-applicator (known as a kuripe) or by someone else (using a tepi). Rapé can help you feel more invigorated, grounded, and open, and is often used during ceremonies and to support meditation, prayer or some other conscious practice.
Depending on how you want to use rapé and how often, there are different blends that you can choose from. At Colibri Garden, we currently work with five different types of high quality rapé, which we source directly from the producers in Brazil.
- Boosts focus
- Increases energy
- Helps with gastrointestinal and respiratory conditions
Jatoba rapé is strong and medicinal, and can help treat gastrointestinal and respiratory conditions. This blend gives an energy boost while also having a calming effect that allows you to take on your daily activities without feeling overwhelmed by your thoughts. It also helps you focus and improves brain performance.
The Jatoba tree is native to northeast Brazil, and its powder used in the treatment of various illnesses, making it a popular plant to add to rapé blends. The plant’s therapeutic properties are due to the flavonoids that it contains. Flavonoids are found in fruits, vegetables, bark, roots, stems, and flowers, and contain antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties for the immune system.
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-funghal properties
- Rejuvenates and heals the skin
- Relaxes the body and mind
Mulateiro rapé is made from the Capirona tree, which is used across South America for its medicinal properties. It’s known to help with eye infections, diabetes, parasites, skin conditions, and as an anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating agent.
The Yawanawá community from the state of Acre in Brazil use Mulateiro rapé for physical and spiritual healing, and in shamanic rituals. Its regenerative and rejuvenative properties support wound healing on the skin, and have caused it to be known as the “tree of youth.”
For the Yawanawá, Mulateiro isn’t used just for its medicinal properties. The Mulateiro ash is said to contain secrets that inspire the shamans in their communication with nature and during sacred rituals and ceremonies.
This rapé also works as a mood booster and helps to reduce stress, insomnia, and anxiety.
- Visionary rapé
- Mood booster
- Expands consciousness
Paricá rapé is made from the ashes of the Virola Elongata tree. This rapé helps with the treatment of various illnesses and is used within indigenous ancestral practices to feed spirit and expand consciousness. Paricá contains DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) and 5-MeO-DMT (5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine) and can have hallucinogenic effects that produce temporary visions and perceptual changes.
Indigenous Amazonian communities such as the Yanomami used Paricá to make arrowheads and consumed Paricá rapé during their ancestral practices for spiritual protection. It’s also used during sacred ceremonies and in traditional medicine as treatment for fever, stomach pain, and skin alterations, as well as a way to expand consciousness and purify negative thoughts.
Paricá rapé helps to strengthen your creative capacities and your ability to invent and imagine. This rapé is also ideal to help you shift negative thought patterns during moments when daily life can become overwhelming. Use this rapé before meditating to help alleviate anxiety and invasive thoughts.
- Support healthy digestion
- Relieves stomach problems
- Alleviates stress
Pimienta Longa rapé supports healthy digestion, and can relieve symptoms of gastritis, reflux, and stomach problems in general. It’s no secret that stress can manifest in our digestive system, so this blend is a great option for those who notice digestive changes when feeling anxious or overwhelmed.
The fruits of the Pimienta Longa plant have astringent, antivenom, cholagogue, diuretic, and stress-calming properties. Pimienta Longa rapé also helps to relieve sinusitis and is recommended for those with low blood pressure.
- Opens respiratory tracts
- Often used in ayahuasca rituals
- Treats insomnia and irritability
Also known as “Puxuri,” Pixuri rapé is a traditional medicine for the Puyanawa people. This rapé helps with the treatment of sinusitis and rinitis, and is often used prior to ayahuasca ceremonies. It also helps to open nasal channels and improve breathing and concentration, and has a very particular flavour thanks to the pulverised medicinal Pixuri leaves.
The seeds of the Pixuri plant are rich in safrole, eucalyptol, alpha-terpineol, and eugenol, and are used in folk medicine as a carminative in the stomach and to treat insomnia and irritability.