Shamanic Snuff – Tonka


Shamanic Snuff – Tonka

In Amazonian folk magic Tonka beans are used for manifesting.

Tonka snuff is made with the oh-so-wonderfully scented Cumaru (Dipteryx odorata) seeds. It has a beautiful vanilla and almond-like flavor, and for that reason it is used to flavor tobacco snuffs and cigars, and even for haute cuisine deserts. It was first used in perfumery in the 1700s. It has a dreamy smell that when inhaled in Rapé helps you journey into the depths of the mysteries of the forest. Its sweet delicate flavor makes it work on the heart chakra. Amazonian Cumaru is considered a medicine for respiratory problems but also has its use as a lucky charm. In Amazonian folk magic it is used for realizing wishes and manifesting. The bark and seeds are traditionally used for their medicinal qualities. Due to its ability to widen the airways, it is primarily used for respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma. It is said to be anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic.

Emburana and Tonka

Emburana comes from the seeds from the Cumaru Tree. Brazil has a variety of Cumaru species with different seeds but with the same general scent and medicinal properties. There are two families, the Dipteryx odorata and the Amburanas, which include: Amburana acreana, Amburana cearensis and Amburana claudii. They all produce seeds used for scenting perfumes, snuff, cigars and even deserts due to their scent and flavor, a fusion of vanilla and almonds which is quite delicious.

The seeds from the Dypterix are long and black, while Amburana seeds are smaller round and spotted. Their smell is very similar; both getting their scent from the Coumarin present in the seeds. Some people call only the Amburana seeds Amburana, Emburana or Imburana, and refer to Dypterix seeds as Tonka, but generally they are all known as Emburana.

Sacred Connection Shamanic Snuff

Deep in the virgin forests of the Brazilian Amazon, since time immemorial the indigenous people living there have used their sacred plants for healing and prayer. Tobacco is one of the most important.

The Pano tribes of the Brazilian western Amazon use their tobacco mainly in the form of snuff: Rapé, or in their own language Rumã. They prepare their snuffs by mixing the finest tobacco powder with the ritualistically crafted ashes of specific trees. The snuffs are occasionally blended with selected herbs for a variety of objectives such as flavor, spiritual power, and healing.

Whereas “normal” snuff is inhaled, Shamanic Snuff is blown into the nose with tools called Kuripe and Tepi – one for self-application, the other for sharing with another person.

For the last ten years Sacred Connection has been working closely with these tribes, building capacity by bringing their products to the world. We have an extensive selection of indigenous snuffs and carry our own line of Shamanic Snuffs that we produce according to the highest quality standards and under the direct supervision of our partners from the forest.

More About Rapé

Rapé is a shamanic snuff, usually made with tobacco, found throughout the Amazon. It is used in traditional Amazonian medicine and shamanism as a medicinal herb, and as a tool for shamanic journeying.

Although rapé usually contains tobacco, it can contain a number of different herbs and plants to alter the experience. In addition, the strength of the tobacco used can change depending on the blend!

Rapé is usually administered by a shaman, through a pipe called a tepi. Small quantities of rapé are blown up the nostrils, one after the other. The effect can be powerful and immediate!

You can also take rapé yourself, using a special pipe called a kuripe. You will lose out on the experience and knowledge of the shaman, who can impart energetic healing and guidance too.

Depending on the cultural group, rapé is used in different ways. It is often used recreationally as a stimulant, but is also used to enhance the power of other plant medicines, or on its own for its transformative power. It has a number of purported medicinal properties – its capacity to provoke purging means it has a reputation as a cleanser of toxins from the body, and a booster of natural immunity.

Use with respect and care; it is a tobacco product and can be habit forming!

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