Rapé, pronounced "ha-pay" or "rah-pay", is a traditional snuff made from tobacco powder and/or dried herbs and ash from the rainforest.
A small amount is blown into the recipient's nose through a tube called a tepi with a prayer. The rapé must be taken through both nostrils. Because each nasal cavity represents an energy flow of the body:
The Channel of the Sun -Sender Yang-. Power of the rational mind that allows learning and gaining the strength necessary to overcome problems through effort. It's the male side. The typical problems on the right are selfish or violent behavior, arrogance, and pride.
The Channel of the Moon Receiver Yin-. Power of emotions, pure love, empathy and art. This represents the feminine side. Problems here can be depression, feelings of inferiority, feelings of guilt or listlessness.
This tobacco has been used in a sacred way for thousands of years as a grandfather's parent plant and spirit. In combination with the ash of other plants, Rapé cleans the sinuses, travels through the lymph and begins a detoxification process. Energetically, rapé has protective, grounding and cleansing properties.
It acts on the chakras to clear energetic blockages and activate the pineal gland.
Rapé is often used before or in combination with other herbal medicines to focus and calm the ceremony. Otherwise, it can be used before meditation to strengthen intention setting and clear the energy field.
We usually pre-use rapé Sananga and Kambo.