Loss of smell or anosmia can be temporary during a cold or sinusitis infection or it can even be permanent as a birth defect. Permanent anosmia could occur due to damage to the olfactory nerves after trauma or disease. Certain medical conditions like brain tumor, viral infections, shock and steroidal drugs can also impair one’s sense of smell. Whether temporary or permanent, the loss of smell can be a distressing problem which can impact the quality of life. Since sense of smell is closely related to taste, people and animals with anosmia often suffer from lack of appetite and related conditions. Let us take a look at some ways and remedies to get rid of anosmia.
1. Aromatherapy essential oils
Aromatherapy is the study and use of aromatic essential oils derived from natural materials such as plants, flowers, stems, leaves and seeds etc. The highly concentrated oils have medicinal properties which work through the human olfactory sense to restore, repair, heal and nourish. Some of the best essential oils that may help in restoring sense of smell and taste due to cold, nasal congestions or other upper respiratory issues include: Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Lemon Balm and Chamomile essential oils.
Here is a simple remedy to overcome temporary loss of taste and smell: Take some hot water in a bowl and add a few drops of Rosemary and Chamomile oils along with a teaspoon of sea salt. Cover up your head with a towel and inhale the vapors for 10 minutes.
2. Massage the nasal area
Take a few drops of wheatgerm oil, grapeseed extracts and chamomile oil. Mix all ingredients well and use a few drops of this blend to massage the nose, sinus area and forehead (in between the brows). Massage in a gentle circular motion around the cheeks too. Repeat several times a day to get your smell and taste buds back after a cold.
3. Use a diffuser or humidifier
Excess dryness inside the nostrils and nasal airways can also impact one’s sense of smell. To avoid dryness at night time, sleep with a humidifier or room diffuser on. Add a few drops of essential oils like Lavender, Eucalyptus or Chamomile to these to soothe the nasal passage.
4. Keep the nose moisturized
Applying a few drops of coconut oil inside the nasal cavity can prevent dryness and restore sense of smell lost due to cold or sinus infections.
5. Castor oil
Using Castor oil for anosmia is a proven remedy to relieve temporary loss of smell. Most doctors believe that congenital or trauma-related anosmia cannot be cured. But for temporary loss of smell, applying castor oil inside the nasal cavity could show positive results. Use a Q-tip to swab the entire nasal passage with the oil. Do this twice a day for 2-3 weeks or until you are able to smell and taste again.
6. Vitamins and supplements
Many vitamin deficiencies can affect the sense of smell. A deficiency in zinc can lead to loss of sense of smell. Take zinc acetate supplements but look for ones without calcium or tricalcium fillers. Also take vitamin B6. Likewise, you must overcome deficiency in vitamin B12. Magnesium supplements also work with zinc and Vitamin B6 to restore sense of smell and taste. Another vital supplement to take in order to get rid of anosmia caused due to a viral infection is Alpha lipoic acid. Many tests have proven this and you can read about these studies here. Take at least 600 mg of Alpha-lipoic acid daily. Vitamin D3 is another important player as it is needed for neurological connections in the brain which impact the olfactory and other senses. People with severe loss of smell have benefitted by taking 4000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day.
Borax is a great remedy for restoring the sense of smell lost due to sinusitis, root canal treatment, rhinitis or other allergies, colds, nasal congestion etc. Make a solution with warm water, Borax and sea salt. Use this solution inside each nostril to rinse them out. Doing this daily will bring back the sense of smell and taste.
8. Nasal sprays with capsaicin
Capsaicin nasal sprays are very effective for humans and animals who have anosmia due to nasal congestion, chronic colds etc. The spray has a stimulating effect on the mucus membrane and prevents excess mucus formation. It also has an anti-inflammatory action and clears nasal congestion that may impact your breathing.
9. Cranial sacral therapy
For anosmia that occurs due to head injury and trauma, cranial sacral therapy or CST could help. If you are looking for natural treatment options for loss of sense of smell or taste due to injury/accident, seek help of a CST therapist.
According to this article on Serrapeptase.org, Serrapeptase enzyme can improve mucous fluidity and reduce nasal congestion and obstruction. Taking 10 mg serrapeptase 3 times a day can restore the lost sense of smell and taste in case of temporary anosmia.
We hope these 10 remedies help restore your lost sense of smell soon.