Rapé – Guaratuaba


New batch, Now with the strongest strain of tobacco, Sabiá

Origin; Sao paulo
Name; Guaratuaba
Composition; Sabiá tobacco,  Tsunu ash, Guarana and Catuaba extract.

A new style Rapé with old-school elements. Definitely a wake-up call!

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Rapé Guaratuaba is a by a Brazilian friend Carlito. He is nor a native Indian or Caboclo but knows his Rapé ! The fundament of this uplifting snuff consists of sundried Sabiá tobacco and Tsunu ash. Rape Guaratuaba is a mixture of 2 plants, Guarana and Catuaba. Plants with both a long history of sacred use by the Tupi-guarani tribe in the Brazilian Amazon basin.

Catuaba actually not a word for a plant. Its an infusion made of a mixture of different types of the bark of different medicinal trees and has its roots in Guarani tribe culture. A dry extract of this infusion is a part of this rapé. The Guarana in this Rapé also comes from a biological Guarana extract. Guarana and Catuaba work as a tonic, a strengthening agent. They generate and activate the life energy, increases the sexual drive and supports the heart,

close up of Guarana berries used in Rapé Guaratuaba caffeine

Guarana berries with black-eyed seeds

About Guarana/Paullinia cupana)

The word ‘Guarana’ is derived from the indigenous word ‘wara’ná’, originating from the Tupi-Guarani tribe from the Amazon region. Within this tribe, Guarana fulfills a very sacred and special role as an extremely powerful and magical plant.  Guarana is the nutty seed from a climbing plant that grows in the Amazon basin in Brazil. The Tupi-Guarani  Indians have used Guarana for centuries. they praised it for being a natural energy supplement. Guarana also contains caffeine.  The caffeine concentrations in Guarana’s berries are much higher than found in coffee tea or soft drinks.


The myth of Guarana

A young and happy Indian couple from the Amazonian Maués tribe had a child wish. Sadly enough they lived many years without having any children. Time passed and one rainy day they decided to ask Tupã to give them a child. Tupã, the king of the gods, full of kindness answered the couples wish and gave them a beautiful son. Time passed quickly and the boy grew handsome, generous and good. However, Jurupari, the god of darkness, felt extreme envy of the boy and the peace and happiness he conveyed and decided to reap that life in bloom. One day, the boy went to collect fruits in the forest and Jurupari took advantage of the occasion to launch his revenge.

He turned into a venomous snake and bit the boy, killing him instantly. The sad news spread quickly. At this moment, thunder echoed and heavy lightning struck the village. The mother, who cried in despair, understood that the thunder was a message from Tupã saying that she should plant the child’s eyes and that a new plant would grow giving them tasty fruit. The Indians obeyed their mother’s requests and planted the boy’s eyes. In this place grew the guaraná, whose seeds are black, each with an aril around them, imitating the human eyes. (source)

About Catuaba

Catuaba is the Guarani word for infusions of the bark of a number of trees native to Brazil. It means “what gives strength to the Indian”. The Shamans of the Guarani use Catuaba’s infusion as an aphrodisiac and a central nervous system stimulant. Today Catuaba is still used in various health supplements to enhance sexual energy and enhance performance. Throughout history, people have sought to increase libido and improve sexual function through the use of reputed aphrodisiac plants. The Catuaba grow widely across the Amazon river basin, enjoys centuries of safe, effective use as a bonafide aphrodisiac.


Catuaba shreds and powder

About the maker

My friend Carlito from Sao Paulo made this Rapé. He practices various forms of plant-medicine work like all of my contacts do. In this work, he received instructions to open his path to Rapé. He has followed the instructions he received and has been making Rapé for several years now. Even without a connection with indigenous Indians, he learned to make high-quality types of Rapé and is still learning.

Carlito showed me the little altar space where he keeps his Rapé. Before any of his own rapé leave his house it stays in a room. Surrounded with various crystals and placed under a pyramid the Rapé stays there for a week. On various moments in this period, he enters this room and prays towards the Rapé. A week of energizing and prayers is the final part of the work. The Rapé is ready now.

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 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.

Tepis receiving blessings from their creators

I sieve this Rapé Guaratuaba and all other Rapé coming from my shop through a 120-micron high-grade stainless steel mesh. This makes an extremely fine powder. It’s labor-intensive but guarantees a consistent fineness, cleanness and optimal absorption of the Snuff. I store the Rapé stock dry and in vacuum containers to prolong freshness and quality.