USES: Cleanse the mind, calm thoughts, greater connection with the earth
MEDICINAL: Physical strengthening
Rapé is applied through a device called a Karipe (for self-administration) or Tepi (a 2 person pipe), and is blown through the nostrils of the user. There are pipes made for self-administration or longer pipes used to administer from one person to another. Apply half a pea-sized amount of the rapé powder into the long end of the Karipe. Gently tap the powder down toward the base of the pipe and place the long end in your nostril. Put the short end of the pipe in your mouth and blow once quickly and with sufficient force to deposit the powder from the pipe into the nasal cavity. Repeat with other nostril. Once the powder is blown into the nose it will immediately begin to sting and the eyes may water. It is very important that despite the discomfort you continue to apply to the other nostril to keep balanced.
The intense blow of the mapacho into the nostrils immediately focuses the mind, like blowing all the cobwebs out of the brain. Rapé is also said to help release spiritual, emotional and physical disease or blockage. Rapé also acts as a detoxifying anent by cleaning out all excess mucus, bacteria and toxins. It is traditionally used for many purposes such as re-aligning energy meridians, intensifying connection to self and to the universe and to release negativity and sickness