Rapé – Tsunu
$2.25 – $63.00
Tsunu Rapé is one of the older and wider spread varieties of Rapé. Various tribes, caboclos, and others work with and make this variety. Tsunu is made with tobacco and the ash of the Platycyamus regnellii tree.
Tsunu Rapé is one of the older and wider spread varieties of Rapé. Various tribes, caboclos, and others work with and make this variety. Tsunu is made with tobacco and the ash of the Platycyamus regnellii tree. This is a straightforward Rapé, just tobacco Tsunu bark ash. It’s quite powerful. This Tsunu comes from caboclos in Acre. In general, the Brazilian word caboclo refers to a person of mixed indigenous Brazilan and European ancestry.
About Platycyamus regnellii
Platycyamus regnellii is a deciduous tree with a dense, globose crown; it can grow 10 – 20 meters tall. The bole can be 40 – 60cm in diameter. The Brazilian forest has many medicinal plants. One of the ten most important ones is Tsunu (Platycyamus regnellii). Its a folk medicine and used to treat malaria, impotence, indigestion, dizziness, constipation, and fevers. The first scientific records of the use of the Pau-Pereira or Tsunu in medical treatment appeared in theses of the medical school of Rio de Janeiro and in medical journal Fluminense (1861-1923). Among other citations, appears on the first prescription for herbal baths obtained from cooked Tsunu shells. The Brazilian physician Joaquim José da Silva (1791-1857) prescribed this remedy to his sister’s slave, who suffered from fever.
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.
I sieve this Tsunu Rapé and all other snuff 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.