Earth Clinic readers have told us about many safe, natural cures for their loss of smell, including castor oil and garlic. The popular contributor from Bangkok, Ted, has also submitted a comprehensive explanation and treatment regimen. Nose-blindness, or anosmia, can affect someone profoundly in ways that most of us don’t really appreciate. Yet for animals, smell is the most important of the five senses (sight, taste, smell, touch and sound). Imagine not being able to smell freshly baked bread, roses or your child, fresh from the bath. Food is tasteless for those without a sense of smell. Anosmia is dangerous when someone cannot smell smoke, a gas leak or spoiled food.
Loss of the sense of smell can happen at any age and affects as many as 5 million Americans. Sufferers of ‘nose-blindness’ may be told that nothing can be done, just learn to live with it. Loss of smell can be temporary, permanent or come and go. Some of our readers have reported a number of home cures that have helped them. Most of those who have lost their sense of smell would consider any remedy worthwhile, even if the sense of smell is only partially restored.
Can I Reverse “Nose-Blindness”?
Natural treatments can be effective for reducing nose-blindness. While some conditions causing nose-blindness cannot be reversed, for others these treatments are helpful as they help stimulate the development and function of the olfactory nerves. Three of the most effective treatment options are garlic, castor oil, and Ted’s remedies.
Earth Clinic’s Best Home Remedies for Loss of Smell
Below you will find the most popular home remedies for anosmia that have been submitted by Earth Clinic readers as well as a summary of Ted of Bangkok’s treatment for loss of smell. We welcome you to try these effective home cures for yourself.
- 500 mg. of L-Carnosine 2-3 times a day.
- 1-3 tablespoons of cilantro or coriander once every 2 days.
- Vitamin B50 once every 2 days.
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and ¼ teaspoon baking soda in ½ glass of water 2 times a day.
For zinc deficiency:
- Zinc acetate (without the calcium carbonate and tricalcium phosphate fillers), vitamin b6 and magnesium.
For nerve damage from aspartame, sugar and diet products:
- Omega3 fish oil once a day.
For excess heavy metals:
- 1 tablespoon of granulated lecithin, once a day on an empty stomach.
- 500 mg. of L-glutathione 2-3 times a day, for 5 days of the week.
For excess fluoride:
- 1/8 teaspoon of borax dissolved in 1 liter of drinking water, every 2-3 days.
What is Anosmia?
Anosmia or “nose-blindness” is the inability to smell even very strong smells and usually affects the ability to taste as well. The ability to smell is controlled by special nerve cells or olfactory cells situated high in the nose. As the nerves detect aromatic information, the cells send information to the brain, which helps the identification of specific smells. When this process is disrupted, you are unable to determine specific smells and even tastes.
What Causes the Loss of Smell?
The great difficulty in curing anosmia is directly related to the fact that there are so many possible causes. Sinus infection and/or congestion are often the problem. A person can be born with anosmia, it can be age-related or linked to a serious disease such as Multiple Sclerosis, Schizophrenia or early Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Some other possible causes are exposure to toxic chemicals, a vitamin B12 deficiency, certain medications and normal aging. Head trauma can injure the olfactory nerve, leading to anosmia. Anosmia can be permanent, temporary or intermittent. Getting the proper diagnosis is important.
This explains why a remedy that works well for one person may not work at all for someone else. For example, zinc can be either the cause or the cure of loss of smell. Cold preparations containing intranasal zinc gluconate gel have been known to cause anosmia, as detailed in please let us know!