While rapé is often made of several Amazonian plants, the core of most rapé snuffs is the tobacco species Nicotiana rustica. This Amazonian tobacco, also known as mapacho, is used extensively in tribal rituals and is much stronger than N. tabacum, the type of tobacco found in cigarettes.
In addition to the tobacco, rapé usually includes the alkaline ashes of other plants such as cinnamon, tonka bean, clover, banana peel, or mint, but many shamans keep the exact ingredients of their particular rapé a secret.
It is a sacred, deeply healing, powerful, cleansing, and miraculous medicine that is produced by a very sacred and labor-intensive process from a variety of Amazonian medicinal plants, seeds, trees, leaves and other sacred ingredients by indigenous tribes from different South American countries – especially Brazil and Peru.
Traditionally, Rapé is applied using a tool made of wood, bamboo or bone, from which it is blown gradually into both nostrils. Rapé can be applied to itself using a V-shaped tool named Kuripe: one end of which is inserted into the mouth and the other end into the nostril.
is not snorted because it does not make the same path in the brain, nor does it decalcify the pineal gland in that way, therefore, it is essential to have the applicators
also with the right disposition, time and place for it.