Chonta Wood – is a very sacred wood used for the making of many ceremonial tools by the native tribes. It brings the power of protection. It removes darkness and wards off negative energies, particularly those directed towards you. Chonta is considered the tree of life. It is extremely hard and is used for building tools for hunting, defence, and survival. In addition, the fruits and heart of this palm are highly nutritious and medicinal.
Palo Santo – Translated from Spanish as “holy wood,” the tree has been used for centuries for its supposed cleansing properties. Is said to remove negativity and obstacles and attract good fortune. It allows for a mindful and intentional release and shift in energy,” useful for shifting our unhelpful attachments to sticky thoughts or emotions.
The Ayahuasca vine slice from Peru is sealed with a plant based lacquer and does not have the unpleasant odor that many chemical lacquers do. Ayahuasca is a powerful plant medicine and many people can feel its energy just from being in contact with the wood.
Rapéh is considered to be a sacred, shamanic medicine. It’s traditionally prepared by a knowledgeable shaman of the tribe. Because the medicine is sacred, the natives take rapé as a prayer calling upon the forces of Nature, the blessing of the animals of the forest, and power of medicinal plants to heal us and give us strength.
Rapé is administered with two different types of pipes, which are typically made from bamboo or bone. The first type of pipe requires the assistance of another person, who blows the snuff with a powerful blast into each nostril of the partner who is receiving the rapé. For that reason it is generally referred to as the blow pipe and, in Brazil, the 2-person pipe is called the “Tepi”.
The Appropriate Set & Setting for a Rapé Ritual
Because the act of taking rapé is a prayer, the set and setting will impact the experience of your prayer. The best places to take rapé are outside in nature, at the altar during a medicine ceremony, or in a quiet sacred space indoors, with high-vibrational music playing. Avoid taking rapé where you might be interrupted – An ideal setting allows you to fully experience the effect of the rapé without distraction and have the space for quiet contemplation.