More about Sacred Incense Shawãdawa
Shawãdawa Incense Mix is a beautiful and powerful mix of herbs and resins from the Shawãdawa and other tribes. They use the herbs for spiritual cleansing. It contains the resin known as Brazilian Frankincense. The indigenous people of the region call it Cipá. The white people know it as Breu Branco or Grey Copal in Peru. The tribes say that it is a smell that sickness can’t stand and when somebody is sick they burn it. Also for other problems or in spiritual works in general they always burn it in abundance. Another herb in this mix they call Sãssara, a herb famous for its beautiful smell. The tribes also use it in other mixtures like herbal baths and Rapé for energetic cleansing. Apart from the herbs for their scent, dried Banisteriopsis Caapi is mixed in for its general spiritual power of cleansing and strengthening.
This Shawãdawa Incense Mix has been handcrafted by a friend of our contact, Adeildo Shawakaya. Adeildo is one of the new generation members of the tribe. He dedicates most of his time to saving their legacy. He studies the language, traditions and medicines of his people. His mother, Dona Francisca is a known around Brazil as a herbal healer around Brazil. She is also a very respected traditional midwife. Adeildo studies the plants in the tradition of his people but is also a long term member of the Santo Daime.
Adeildo Shawãdawa tells us this about the incense:
“Shawãdawa smudging herbal mix we use to clean the environment in the spiritual work sessions. It purifies spaces like your home to draw out negative energy. We make our mix with traditional herbs and resins from our tradition. We mix Breu Cipá, a sap from a tree that the shamans use with great wisdom to do healing work. The shaman use it to frighten yuxin, as we call negative spiritual forces that bring negative energies and in the long term can bring sickness. In this blend we also use Sãssara, a very fragrant medicine that serves to remove disturbances from the mind and the spirit.
Apart from those we also mixed in the powder of Jagube Vine, what people call Banisteriopsis Capi, to strengthen spirituality. You can use it by burning charcoal in a brazier and throwing some of the mix on the coals. This frees up the perfume of each of the essences.”