More about Shamanic Snuff – Tonka Tobacco Free
Shamanic Snuff – Tonka Tobacco Free, a delightful, sweet scent that works directly into the heart chakra and a first-class vanilla and almond-like flavor might be two of this rapé’s strongest selling points – and it’s all due to the Cumaru (Dipteryx odorata) seeds that are added into the snuff.
Cumaru has become famed due to the cosmetic industry’s frequent use of its essence in perfumes and lotions and its hardwood being coveted for the making of luxurious furniture, yet the medicinal uses of tonka (Cumaru seeds, also called fava) is what we want to shine a light upon for this rapé: Cumaru itself is commonly used as part of the treatment for sinus infections, common flu, asthma, and bronchitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties, and its seeds, when fermented, can also be used to alleviate and heal wounds to the skin, and even snake bites.
In addition to its medicinal uses, Amazonian Cumaru is believed to be “a tree that never rots because it is trusty,” since its hardwood is quite sturdy, which in its turn makes for better and longer lasting ashes that elevate the quality of any rapé. Precisely because of its strength in nature, it is a powerful agent for improving focus and spiritual healing, energizing chakra points in the head area, and strengthening the mind. According to Huni Kuin beliefs, Cumaru possesses the wisdom of countless wood enchantments, and is therefore associated with spiritual protection and fending off evil eye.
Awiry is a plant often used by the Apurinã tribe in the making of their rapé, and it is considered to be some kind of wild tobacco. It usually brings a rich, green undertone to most rapé blends, and it can only be harvested during the dry seasons, as riverbanks recede and the plant can be reached. Unlike the sort of nicotine used in regular cigarettes, for example, Awiry is neither fermented nor heated, but instead left to dry naturally before being ground up and passed through a sieve, so its vibrant green color can be preserved even as a fine powder.
Shamanic snuffs that make use of Awiry are often used in spiritual rituals, ceremonies, and healing rites, especially by the Apurinã tribe, since it is a source of medicinal healing and energetic enhancement and grounding for an improved connection with the divine, and better balance and greater well-being. Such blends can be used for the strengthening of one’s spirit, mind cleansing, improved focus, stress and anxiety reduction, and as a treatment for certain respiratory issues and forms of headache.
While the Apurinã, as it was mentioned before, use Awiry in the making of their rapé, their blend formula involves a small amount of ashes in addition to a greater percentage of Awiry. For Sacred Connection’s tobacco free line, the ratio of Awiry to other components (such as ashes) follows the standard recipe for blends that typically contain tobacco: the blends are made primarily of the other medicinal components listed in the description of each product, and a small amount of Awiry (equivalent to that of tobacco in our other lines).
Taking rapé should always be a process that involves deep respect and care.