Ecuadorian Guayusa Rapé – Experience the Traditional Plant Medicine of South America
Discover the ancient practice of rapé with the Homemade Guayusa Rapé, made from the Ecuadorian Guayusa leaf and Guarumo ash. The use of Guayusa in rapé dates back centuries and is a traditional plant medicine of South America. Our Guayusa Rapé is wild-crafted by Kichwa people in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador and completely unprocessed, providing an all-natural and authentic experience.
- Wild-crafted Guayusa leaves from Kichwa biodiverse home gardens in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador
- All-natural and completely unprocessed Guayusa and Guarumo ash
- Provides a stimulating effect without the excessive caffeine kick of other stimulants
- Contains L-theanine, potent antioxidants like feluric and chlorogenic acid and 15 essential amino acids and glutamic acid
- Made according to traditional rapé practices by reputable healers
The main traditional use of Guayusa leaves is as a decoction or tea which is enjoyed by indigenous people at dawn. The Kichwa communities boil the leaves and drink this decoction for its stimulating effects. It is also considered to bring a gentle clear focus and concentration that is not followed by the excessive caffeine kick of other stimulants like coffee. Known as ‘The Night-Watchman’, hunters will consume Ilex guayusa before hunting to keep themselves alert and focused throughout the night while their senses are enhanced.
Guayusa contains xanthines such as caffeine, as well as theobromine, which is an alkaloid also found in the cacao bean. Additionally, Guayusa has L-theanine, which is known to be a relaxant and many potent antioxidants like feluric and chlorogenic acid. It also contains 15 essential amino acids and glutamic acid.
Even Richard Evan Schultes, a well-known ethnobotanist, found a bundle of Ilex guayusa in the tomb of a medicine man high in the Bolivian Andes Mountains. This suggests that Guayusa leaves have been used and traded since Precolumbian times.
What is Rapé?
Rapé 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’.
Each tribe has its own rapé formula and it 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 and promotes physical and spiritual wellness.
Experience the Wisdom of Plants
Experience the powerful and traditional plant medicine of South America with the Ecuadorian Guayusa Rapé. Our product is made according to traditional rapé practices and is sourced from the Amazon jungle of Ecuador. Shop now at Wisdom of Plants Institute to experience the ancient and authentic plant medicine of the Kichwa people.