Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Thai Inhalers to revive the senses. Poy-sian, a nosy addiction

(This post keeps getting updated every year!)

First Wiffs in 2012

When we first arrived in Thailand almost 5 years ago, we would take taxis since we weren't very well versed in public transport. When we visit now we hardly take taxis cause the traffic is unbearable in them, but that´s not the point. The thing is that on the very first taxi we took, we immediately noticed a funny herby kind of smell coming from the drivers seat, turns out he was sniffing a white tube, constantly, like every minute and a half. Sometimes he would leave the tube just hanging off his nose.

After many other taxis and seeing and smelling the same funny little tube, two weeks passed and we had already ventured to more places in Bangkok and saw more and more people with their little inhaler. 

Of course we had to know what all the fuss was about so we bought one in the 7-11, a Poy-Sian inhaler with Camphor and Eucalyptus and Menthol and Borneol. Turns out its for restoring your senses when you're tired or have a headache or feel dizzy. Hello hangover remedy!!! Now try getting Big Kiddo to stop smelling that darn thing! He just sticks it up his nose like its going to touch his brain! Now we are used to seeing it and smelling it, but as always the Thai will surprise you...

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"Maybe its good for raves...."

Teen Kiddo and I were on a visa run and through the rear view mirror I saw the driver of the bus with the Poy-sian thing up his nose, just hanging there...like when you stick paper up your nose when you have a nosebleed. When i went up to the front of the bus to take the picture, he immediately took it out...I was like "no, with the Poy-sian!" Many laughs around the front of the bus, from the thai visa run leaders and the Filipino girls in the front seat.

Researching about the Thai Inhalers we found that its original form is really a metal container with little holes on top. It as a top that can be opened, so you can manage the amount of menthol and other herbs the inhaler has and you can refill it how you want it at the Chinese pharmacies in chinatown. I can really only take so much of that stuff, its like sticking eucalyptus Vicks up your nose permanently. 

Now you can get your very own Poy-Sian Thai inhaler via Amazon!


UPDATE on April 28, 2015:
We have become completely addicted to herbal inhalers. I prefer the natural ones with herbs over the ones with oils. We brought two of every kind to Bali because we didn't know if we would find them here.

UPDATE on June 28, 2017:

We are in Sri Lanka now and I have different Thai inhalers all over the house and bag full of new ones in the closet for when we run out. We buy some every time we travel to Thailand!

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