Caboclo Snuff – Emburana
The bark and seeds of several cumaru varieties are traditionally used for their medicinal qualities. Due to its broncho- dilating properties, it is primarily used for respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma. It is said to be anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic.
Cumaru ash from the wood and bark are also used.
Emburana comes from the seeds from the Cumaru Tree.
Brazil has a variety of Cumaru species with different seeds but with the same general scent and medicinal properties. There are two families, the Dipteryx odorata and the Amburanas, which include: Amburana acreana, Amburana cearensis and Amburana claudii. They all produce seeds used for scenting perfumes snuff, cigars and even deserts due to their scent and flavor, a fusion of vanilla and almonds which is quite delicious.
The seeds from the Dypterix are long and black, the Amburana seeds are smaller round and spotted. Their smell is very similar; both getting their scent from the Coumarin present in the seeds. Some people call only the Amburana seeds Amburana, Emburana or Imburana and refer to Dypterix seeds as Tonka, or Favo tonka which means Tonka beans in Portuguese, but generally they are all known as Emburana.
Our snuff is prepared with the Tonka beans and ashes from Cumaru, Dypterix, wood and bark.