How to use Rapé

Rapé is a legal sacred shamanic medicine that has been used by healers of the Amazon basin for thousands of years. It is pronounced ‘ha-peh’ in English, but is also referred to as ‘hape’, ‘hapi’, or ‘rapay’ by Westerners. These are very rare, sacred, powerful, and profoundly healing and cleansing miracle medicines, and are made in a very sacred and labor intensive process. Rapé is a complex blend of pulverized Amazonian medicinal plants, trees, leaves, seeds, and other sacred ingredients. 

Traditionally, Rapé is applied by using a pipe made from bamboo, which is blow through each nostril on both sides.  It can be self-administered using a V-shaped self-applicator pipe which connects the mouth to the nostrils.  It can also be administered by another person using a blow pipe which connects the blower’s mouth to the other person’s nostrils.  The self-applicator pipe is known as a ‘kuripe’ and the blow pipe is known as a ‘tepi’.

The blend is blown high up into the nostrils with a pipe called a Tepi. The blow immediately focuses the mind, stops the chattering, and opens the entire freed mindspace for your intentions. Furthermore, rapé helps releasing emotional, physical, and spiritual illnesses and eases negativity and confusion, enabling a thorough grounding of your mind. Likewise, rapé is used to re-align the user with their energy channels and with their higher self, and to intensify their connection with the world and the universe. In addition, rapé paves the way for detoxifying the body and cleans out all excess mucus, toxins, and bacteria, thereby, assisting in fighting colds, sniffles and certain kinds can even help with the flu.  Blowing the Tepi involves an intimate connection between the rapé giver and receiver. Both are closely connected by mouth, nose and by breath, and both need to open and allow the other spirit and intention to enter, permitting the healing to take place.  After blowing, it is recommended to sit with the medicine and meditate for about a half hour or so.  It is best to remain with the eyes closed, while inhaling and exhaling slowly (more effective through the nose), enabling a thorough grounding and maintenance of focus.

In the Brazilian tradition, the self-applicator pipe is called “Kuripe”, and the blow pipe to pass another person is called “Tepi”.  Traditionally, rapé is applied by using a pipe made from bamboo or bone, which is blown through each nostril on both sides. You always blow into the left nostril first to represent a metaphorical death, and then into the right nostril to represent rebirth. Rapé can also be self-administered using a V-shaped self-applicator pipe, which connects the mouth to the nostrils – Kuripe.  Alternatively, it can be administered by another person using a blow pipe, which connects the blower’s mouth to the other person’s nostrils – Tepi.  You always put the shorter end of either pipe in your mouth to blow, and the longer end goes inside the nostril.

According to the Brazilian Yawanawa Tribe, there are three different ways to blow rapé:

  • -Short and strong: to wake up and get present
  • -Long and strong: to clean the mind and spirit
  • -Long, starting soft, and strong at the end: for meditation, entering into a trance, ceremonial use

We encourage people not to use rapé more then once a day. Rapé is a wonderful medicine, but as with all medicines, it does have potential for abuse. Limiting your use to once a day will prevent this.  However, this is a general guideline and can change with your personal situation. If you are going through a particularly stressful and sick period, you may decide to use it more regularly. For some people several times a week is fine, or only during Ayahuasca or other medicine ceremonies.  For others, they may need to work intensively with these medicines to do some very deep work, purging, and intensive healing. Please listen to your body, intuition, and the spirit of these sacred medicines – they will guide you, as to what’s best for you personally.

Rapé is an excellent tool, but it is meant to be a tool and not a crutch for dealing with the issues and stressors of daily life. There might be some particularly difficult days where you actually might need it more then once, and that is ok. You might also need it more then once when you are in another ceremony of some sort. We only suggest the once per day rule as a general guideline to prevent abuse.

We also encourage people to not use rapé consistently right before bed time as it can disrupt your body's natural sleep cycles. 

Generally, we suggest a half a pea-sized amount of rapé for beginners, and then increasing the dosage after prolonged use of one type of rapé. However, everyone has naturally difference tolerance levels, so some people may require larger doses, and others smaller doses. Please experiment to see what works for you personally. 

If you have a lot of phlegm or mucous in the back of your throat, dripping down your throat, or in your mouth, then please spit it out in a bucket immediately, as it’s toxic or negative energy that is being released and expelled. You do not want to swallow it back inside.  In order to prevent the rapé from dripping into your throat, you will want to keep your head down so it will drip down through your nose and not in your throat.

You should try to keep the rapé in your nostrils for as long as comfortably possible so the medicine can be absorbed through the bloodstream. You can breathe in through the nose to intensify the medicine or breathe through the mouth if not needed.  Then, you can blow your nose with tissue as many times as it’s necessary for you.