Other Complimentary “Medicines of the Forest” Offered
I offer Rapé and Sananga during Kambo treatments, since both of these sacred medicines potentiate the healing effects of Kambo.
Rapè (pronounced Ha’peh) is a snuff made from fermented tobacco that is combined with a tree ash of some kind and various combinations of leaves, seeds, spices, barks, oils and flowers (which varies from tribe to tribe). It is used to ground and center us before sending our prayers and to prepare us physically and mentally for the other medicines. The tobacco also amplifies our intention, so it is a very powerful prayer tool. The tribes consider Rapé an important and sacred medicine and take great care while producing it. It is handmade in small batches from natural materials collected from the Jungle; the ingredients are sun-dried, then pounded in a large pestle, sieved, and re-pounded until the right consistency is reached. The process of making Rapé is both time consuming and labor intensive but done with a lot of joy. The tribes usually sing and pray throughout the production of their Rapé, asking the spirits for healing and enlightenment for those that use it.
Application: Between the Giver and the Receiver
Traditionally, Rapé is administered with a Tepi pipe made from bamboo or bone. The pipe requires the presence of another person who will blow the snuff powerfully into each nostril of the person who is going to receive it. There are also self-serving pipes called Kuripe pipes. It immediately focuses the mind, stops the chattering, and opens the entire freed mind space for your intentions. Furthermore, Rapé helps with releasing emotional, physical, and spiritual illnesses and eases negativity and confusion, enabling a thorough grounding of your mind. In addition, Rapé paves the way for detoxifying the body and cleans out all excess mucus, toxins, and bacteria, thereby assisting in fighting colds and sniffles. It helps to realign and open the chakras and also decalcifies the pineal gland, which is involved in melatonin secretion, circadian rhythm, and drug metabolism. Furthermore, calcification of the pineal gland has been associated with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and fluoride exposure.
Blowing the pipe or “passing Rapé ” 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. The person blowing needs to be an experienced healer, as he/she sends his/her intention and spirit to the person inhaling, which affords a strong mind and clear focus; hence, the essence of this blowing ritual does not depend on the strength of your blowing but whether you can share yourself while doing it and thereby empowering the receiver. The receiver needs to aim his/her mind on his/her intention and clearly define and experience his/her core area that needs healing. It is a very short and powerful ceremony of love and gratitude.
These ‘blowing rituals’ are of great importance in the shamanic tradition, which perceives the healing energy of breath (also known as ‘Soplada’ which means blowing healing energy) as a major tool for healing. After the first nostril blow, it is important to continue with the second blow as soon as possible to harmonize the energies of both sides.
Sananga is made from the macerated root of the medicinal plant, Tabernaemontana Undulata, which grows in the Amazon Rainforest. It is used in the eyes in the form of drops.
When applied directly to the eyes, Sananga is reported by tribes to have the effect of giving the environment greater texture and dimension, making it easier to spot animals during their hunts. The effects are reported to be long-term, lasting days or weeks, not just a few hours. Vision becomes much sharper and colors appear more vibrant. In addition to visual enhancement, there is also an increase in energy. On application, the eyes sting for about 3-minutes, in varying degrees, depending on the spiritual/physical work needed in each individual. The eyes are the windows to the soul, where all karmic history is stored. The spirit of this plant corrects energy imbalances, bringing our soul into harmony with nature, expanding our third eye (Ajna chakra), the inner eye, and improves our ocular physiology. It has been reported that this medicine, when regularly used, can improve conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness among others. It is also good for treating sinusitis, conjunctivitis, eye infections, headaches, and migraines. CONTACTS LENSES MUST NOT BE WORN DURING APPLICATION.
Sangre de Drago (Blood of the Dragon – Dragon’s Blood)
The Sangre de Drago tree (Croton lechleri latex) is a tall, narrow tree that grows primarily in the Upper Amazon region of Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia. It is applied to the burns upon conclusion of the ceremony. Sangre de Drago protects the burns by covering it with an antibacterial layer and also accelerates the healing. It can heal wounds 10-20 times faster than if nothing at all was used. When dried up, it completely closes the wound. Taspine is the active alkaloid responsible for the wound healing and antibacterial effect. It can stain clothing so be extra careful, when applied, until it dries.