Colombian Bobinsana rapé | Hug of light | #30
This rapé is made with Bobinsana leaves and branches and Nicotiana rustica leaves. The plant’s elemental spirit for this Colombian Bobinsana Rapé works with the force of love. It brings you the “hug of light”, full of eternal sweetness. Bobinsana motivates and fills emotional gaps so you are able to open your heart and find your own path. This is truly a medicine of love.
Colombian Bobinsana Rapé is made exclusively for us by a friend that has dedicated his life to ethnobotanical plants and ‘curandeiros‘ from many places around South American forests.
Bobinsana’s scientific name is Calliandra angustifolia and belongs to the Fabaceae family. The branched shrub has powder puff pink flowers that grow profusely when on sunny river banks and in wet areas. In Amazon folk medicine it is considered a Master Plant Teacher that works symbiotically with psychedelic plants. It is used as an ayahuasca brew additive. All the plant’s parts are used: the stems, leaves, bark, roots, and flowers.
What is Rapé?
Rapé, pronounced ‘ha-pey’ in Portuguese, is a traditional snuff used by various indigenous tribes of South America. Predominantly tribal people from Brazil and Peru. Rapé blends contain a ground mixture of plants, tree bark, seeds, and ash. The fine powder is blown into each nostril through a bone or bamboo pipe called a ‘Tepi’ or ‘Kuripe’. The Tepi applicator is a long blow pipe that connects the nostril of the receiver to the mouth of the person that administers the snuff. The Kuripe is for self-application. The V-shaped applicator connects the nostril to the mouth allowing the snuff to be self-blown into the nose.
Each tribe has its own rapé formula and usually, it is women who gather the ingredients. The selection, mixture, and grinding process are regarded as a ritual only to be performed by a reputable healer. The snuff is typically made in small batches according to the specific needs of the person being treated or the ceremony’s occasion.
The use of Rapé aims to restore our connection to nature and a sense of grounding. It clears mental fog and confusion eliminating negative thought patterns. These powerful snuffs bring about physical and spiritual wellness.