From the tribes of the Amazon jungle in Brazil, comes a very ancient and special medicine called Rapé (or Ha-pey.)
The ingredients of each Hapé blend are different from tribe to tribe. Each tribe has their unique compound of tobacco and other medicinal plants, trees, seeds, leaves etc. which they grind and ash to a powder that is called Hapé.
The ingredients are passed on from generation to generation. it is made only by the tribes, in a very strict and sacred handmade process.
Rapé has been used by the tribes of the Amazon for ritual, medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands of years.
Rapé is considered to be one of many sacred medicines from the Amazon that are used both to overcome physical, psychological and emotional blocks as well as gain insights into other, subtler worlds.
The effects of Hapé are experienced rapidly and intensely because the powdered snuff is administered through the nose. The practice of consuming powdered plant medicines through the nose is much more ancient than we realized and was first observed among the Brazilian indigenous tribes.
Hapé can also be mixed with other mind-altering plants, like coca, jurema, or yopo for unique effects. It is also known to potentiate the healing capacity of other plants, like ayahuasca. Furthermore, Hapé is believed to help release emotional, physical, and spiritual illnesses, easing negativity and confusion, and enabling a thorough grounding of the mind. Likewise, shamans use rapé to re-align with their energy channels, connect with their higher self, and to deepen their connection with the natural world. In addition, Hapé paves the way to detoxify the body and cleans out excessive mucus, toxins, and bacteria. Medicinal Hapé is also used as a cure for certain diseases, sores, wounds, and as a defense against insects. It is also used as an analgesic and narcotic substance that eases fatigue, pain, hunger, and thirst. There are even special Hapé blends that are made to counteract influenza and other diseases. Because tobacco-based rapé contains nicotine, it increases blood flow to the brain and stimulates the release of several neurotransmitters that heightens alertness and uplifts your mood. The indigenous people believe that rapé can increase your focus, presence, and intuition, spiritually opening up your body and mind to higher communication and holistic thinking.
It is important to know how to properly use Hapé, with the right intentions, set, and settings. I will elaborate on this topic in the next blog post! Stay tuned :)