Shawãdawa Rapé Relax – A new shamanic blend to soothe the senses
The Medicinal Plants of Shawãdawa Rapé Relax
The ashes of the Tsunu tree are a very popular ingredient for the making of countless Rapé snuffs, used by different ethnicities throughout the history of natural medicine. The name “Tsunu” is used to categorize not a specific specimen, but a distinct variety of trees within the same genus, all native to and present across the Amazon basin. The ashes are the result of setting the bark of these medicinal trees on fire, keeping a controlled temperature so the final product doesn’t become too scorched nor too raw, as such aspects may influence how fine the resulting powder is.
Tree ashes are alkaline salts rich in all the minerals present in the plant’s composition, strengthening and binding the other plants and ingredients used in the making of the Rapé. Tsunu itself is revered for its feminine strength and uplifting power, often mentioned as part of the powerful spirits that can help cleanse and balance energy while keeping someone grounded.
Native to Brazil, this plant takes the form of a small, green bush that produces delicate and pleasantly scented yellow flowers that usually bloom during warmer seasons, especially summer. Sometimes also called Saint Marcos’ herb, tanaceto, atanásia or tasneira, its most popular name is Catinga-de-Mulata or Mulatinha. Cultures other than Brazilian have made use of this plant in the making of body lotions and teas, yet it has been part of the medicinal traditions of several indigenous groups residing in the Amazon Forest.
Catinga-de-Mulata is especially used in the caring for children, as a soothing agent and to ward off lice and certain types of vermin. This medicinal plant can also be used to alleviate symptoms related to muscle discomfort and as a healing tonic for general wounds. In addition, shamanic healers and users of natural medicine swear by the plant’s aid in treatments related to the common flu, skin problems, and stomach and kidney issues.
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The Creators of the Shawãdawa Rapé Relax
The Shawãdawa have cohabited the Amazon basin region along with other indigenous groups and the wildlife of the rainforest for centuries. A part of the Pano linguistic family group, their name means Family (Dawa) of the Macaw (Shawã), hence why they’re sometimes referred to as the Macaw People.
Due, primarily, to the rubber cycles of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and excessive exploitation of the Amazon Forest, the Shawãdawa, like many other groups, watched their culture suffer repression and rupture. And yet, over the course of the past few decades, they’ve worked to renew and spread their heritage and history to younger generations.
It is through manual work and the sharing of traditions and customs with their children and other cultures spread not only across the Amazon Forest but also around the world that they may reclaim even their language and portions of their land that were once usurped.
By making and selling their Rapé, the Shawãdawa create a cycle of sustainability and preservation of their traditional lifestyle, as part of the money from the sales helps to reforest certain flora that is used in the production of natural medicine.
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Take a look at other sacred snuffs!
There is a wide variety of Rapé mixtures used by indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin, and exploring them can offer insight into the diverse cultural heritage and traditions of these communities. Each Rapé has its unique blend of plants, herbs, ashes, and other natural substances, which are carefully selected and combined according to specific traditions and beliefs.