Rapé – Elixir


I am happy to present this newly developed Nukini Elixir snuff. One of its ingredients is a traditional tribal herb that’s now integrated into this blend. This special Nukini snuff is a powerful and nicely scented rapé that gives protection to its user.

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Rapé – Elixir

This new Nukini recipe is made with a leaf called Elixir de Vagem. The leaf has a long traditional use. It helps with pains and fever. It is also in baths for children so they don’t get sick. It is a plant used for protection, spiritual and physical. This traditional Kuntanawa snuff. The word vagem refers to the lower parts next to the amazonian rivers. These areas are flooded in the rain season. Therefore Elixir de Vagem leaves can only be collected in the dry season.

Rapé Elixir is a powerful and nicely scented snuff that gives protection to its user.


The following site gives a lot of information about the Amazon water system,  Amazonwaters

picture of flooded part of the Amazon forest

The Nukini tribe

The Nukini belong to the Pano linguistic family and are about only 750 members. The tribe suffered severely during the era of latex production and afterward.  The Nukini lost A huge part of their culture, including their language. almost the entire ethnic group disappeared (Aguiar 2012). Due to this decline in members, many Nukini people had to mingle with members of other ethnicities in order to survive.

Exploitation and violence that started with the rubber industry, has turned into drug traffickers, loggers, and hunters that still pose a threat to this tribe. Despite all these challenges that the Nukini people had to face, at the present time, the Nukini have a stable socio-economic situation and pursue economic activities like fishing and hunting, while there are also many nutritious plants, like mango, soursop, coconut, cashew, jackfruit. And also pineapple, lemon, Barbados cherry, guava, avocado, pupunha, cupuaçu and papaya that nourish the tribe.

Yet the Nukini managed to survive by mingling with other groups and tribes. They build a strong socio-economic structure that enables them to be in close connection with nature that surrounds and feeds them. I regard to Rapé there are some women of the tribe who make Rapé but it’s very clear that the man makes theirs as well.

The people of the nukini tribe in traditional clothing
Would you like to know more about the Amazon indigenous tribes ? Have a look at this interesting website

Tepi and Kuripe

Traditionally Rapé is administered through a pipe made out of bamboo or bone. The Tepi is a blowpipe that you can use to administer to another person. When receiving Rapé the other blows it through both nostrils. In general, the shape of the Tepi is straight, curved or V-shaped.
A different form is self-administration. For this, you use a Kuripe. The Kuripe has a V- shape and connects the mouth to the nostril. In this case, you blow the Rapé to yourself.

blow pipes used for rapé Elixir snuff

Tepis receiving blessings from their creators

I sieve this Rapé Elixir and all other snuff coming from my shop through a 120-micron high-grade stainless steel mesh. I also store the Rapé stock dry and in vacuum containers to prolong freshness and quality.

This results in.

  • an extremely fine powder.
  • a guaranteed consistent fineness
  • optimal absorption of the snuff