Bottle With Sprayer, 10 Ml from Peru (SKU 3112)
This sweet smelling Mapacho juice has been brewing and maturing for many months. This very fine hydroalcoholic mapacho extract is an ancient remedy of the Amazon, used worldwide by shamans and healers to heighten perception, induce trance states, and to expel negative energies.
Packed in 10 ml amber glass bottle with nose-spray dispenser.
Zumo de Mapacho is a fine liquid extract obtained by extracting Mapacho powder in a hydro-alcoholic solution followed by evaporation of the solution into a juicy extract. The extract comes in 10 ml amber glass bottles with nose-spray dispenser. Apply one or two sprays high up in each nostril, while slightly breathing in through the nose. Mapacho juice has a strong effect on focus and presence, it provides powerful grounding and stops all the chattering of the mind. The juice has a profound cleansing effect on the sinuses and it opens the heart and mind. It is a traditional medicine, and it is widely used through the continents by different shamans and healers.
Mapacho juice is traditionally taken from a shell, whose tip is inserted into the nose and then tilted back to forward the juice down the nostrils into the back of the throat where it is swallowed. It is important to treat each nostril, as both sides have separate properties: the left side is used for expelling negative energy and the right side is used for receiving good energies, balance, and health.
Other names: Mapacho juice, Ambil
Mapacho is one of the most traditional and most wholesome plants of the Amazon. It is used alone by shamans that specialized in tobacco (tabaqueros) or it is used in combination with other plants, like ayahuasca. Another traditional tobacco use is the use of singa, or tobacco liquid. Singa is often applied during initiations, crises, and rituals, where it can be snuffed, drunken, or spit over the body of a sick person with according chants. Moreover, singa has sedative or narcotic effects that help to induce a trance state, and in addition, to suck out evil spirits and illnesses in patients.
Shamans that use singa either drink it or snuff the liquid to induce strong visions, like shamans of the Montaña and Guyana region where a tobacco liquid is taken for magico-religious ceremonies. Yet, every tribe has their own particular ways of using and preparing singa, some mix it with other ritualistic plants, like Ayahuasca or maikoa (Brugmansia), and in other tribes, like the Coto Indians of Peru, only shamans are allowed to snuff singa, whereas other male tribe members are only allowed to drink the juice. The Jivaro of the Montaña became very sophisticated in drinking and preparing tobacco juice to envision and to communicate with the earth and its spirits (Grimal 1965). Moreover, the Jivaros drink singa during initiations, vision quests, war preparations, and during witchcraft – and even female tribe members are allowed to use singa. The Guyana Indians squeeze and steep the leaves in water. Then the liquid can either be drunken or snuffed, depending on their gender: female tribe members drink, whereas male members tend to inhale the liquid. The Tukanos of Columbia and Brazil use singa only during shamanistic rituals, and apply the liquid solely to shamans or apprentices to cause vomiting and eventually narcosis. Some tribes also boil the tobacco water down into a concentrate and, sometimes they add a thickened casava starch to the brew in order to get a thick tobacco paste. This tobacco paste is licked from the fingers or from a stick. Either way, the strong liquid brings the user very quickly into somnolence and evokes a strong physical reaction, including trembling, vomiting, and nausea – which is considered indispensable to clean and purify the body and mind.
The shamans in the Ecuadorian Montañas drink tobacco juice to communicate with the spirit world and they inhale tobacco water to call the tobacco spirit and ask for help to treat illnesses and relieve hostile energies or supernatural forces. Tobacco shamans from the Campa, drink concentrated tobacco juice to communicate with and ask for support of spirits during ecstatic trance states. The tobacco drink allows the shaman to ease the suffering of sick people and of people that have been attacked by dark shamans or evil spirits. Moreover, tribes like the Jivaros use tobacco juice for several medicinal purposes, including the treatment of indisposition, chills, pulmonary problems, and snake bites.
Mapacho tobacco is several times stronger than our usual tobacco and should be used with caution. It can cause nausea, vomiting, trembling, increased heartrate, and mind-altering effects. Be careful when swallowing the juice, it is highly intoxicating when consumed in high doses!
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Ross IA (2005). Medicinal Plants of the World, Volume 3: Chemical Constituents, Traditional and Modern Medicinal Uses. Humana Press. 2001 edition
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