More about Ambil
A thick, dark colored paste made from boiled down tobacco tea* and other added natural substances like plants, herbs, and alkaline salts. The common practice among Shamans and Elders of communities that use Ambil is to make use of it along with the consumption of other superfoods, as the energy of one complements the other’s.
Sometimes, it can also be taken along with another medicine called mambe – a fine powder that is used to connect with inner wisdom and perception.
Ambil can produce both stimulant and soothing effects, used to unburden and heal the mind and spirit, as well as to sharpen the mind and the senses, kindling mental clarity and golden thinking, in addition to cleansing the body and offering spiritual protection.
* Strength and taste of Ambil can vary slightly.
How is Ambil used?
Traditionally, a scooping tool (such as a stick or a smal and thin bone) is dipped into the Ambil to gather a small amount of the paste, which is then placed onto the fingertip. The paste is then rubbed over the gums, teeth, or tongue, making it dilutable by saliva and can enter the bloodstream.
The direct insertion of fingers into the paste is avoided mainly for hygienic reasons, as Ambil is commonly shared among several people during the same rituals. Small containers of Ambil can be seen being used around the neck by people who make use of it.