Smell and taste are two strong senses that work in harmony. The ability to taste something is highly influenced by one’s ability to smell an aroma. Our smelling power also plays an important role in warning us against harmful or even life-threatening fires, toxic chemicals, poisonous substances or certain gasses.
There are many causes behind loss of smell and taste. One of the main causes is aging, which brings on degeneration of nerve cells that control smell and taste buds.
Here are the natural remedies for loss of smell and taste.
Castor oil is one of the best home remedies for loss of smell and taste. It has antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which help keep the nasal passages clear.
- Warm some castor oil in a microwave for a few seconds.
- Put 1 drop of the warm oil in each nostril.
- Do this twice daily, in the morning and before going to bed.
- Repeat until you regain your sense of smell and taste.
Garlic also helps restore the senses of smell and taste. It helps clear nasal congestion and open up blocked nasal passages, in turn improving your smelling power.
- Chop 2 or 3 garlic cloves.
- Put them in 1 cup of water and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Strain and drink while it is still warm.
- Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
Ginger is another effective remedy for loss of smell and taste. The pungent flavor of ginger can enhance the sensory quality of the food and make eating a more pleasurable experience. It also activates the taste buds and stimulates taste.
- Chew small pieces of raw ginger at regular intervals.
- Mix ½ teaspoon of finely chopped ginger and a pinch of rock salt. Consume it 30 minutes before having your meals every day for a couple of weeks.
- You can also drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea daily.
The citrus smell and flavor of lemon juice can help restore your smelling and tasting power. Moreover, it is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that enhances the body’s immunity to help fight diseases and infections.
- Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into a glass of warm water. Mix in 2 teaspoons of raw honey. Drink the warm mixture twice daily.
- Eat a small piece of fresh or pickled lemon between meals to stimulate the taste buds.
- Put a few drops of lemon essential oil on a handkerchief and sniff it in the morning and evening for a few seconds at a time. Do this for several weeks.
- Also, use lemon juice to enhance the flavor of foods.
Oil pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic practice, can help restore your sense of smell. Oil pulling helps keep your taste buds moist, which is helpful in improving your sense of taste. Plus, it aids in the removal of toxins from your mouth as well as body. You can do oil pulling with coconut, sesame or mustard oil. Do not use refined or any coloured oils. It will do no good for you.
- Put 1 tablespoon of pure coconut/sesame/mustard oil in your mouth.
- Swish the oil thoroughly around your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Finally, brush your teeth as usual.
- Follow this process daily in the morning before eating anything.
Note: Do not swallow the oil.
- Put a handful of crushed curry leaves in a glass of water. Let it sit for 30 minutes, strain and drink the water twice daily.
- Add 1 tablespoon of fresh mint leaves to 1 cup of water. Cover and steep for 30 minutes, then strain it. Drink this infusion twice daily.
- If blocked nasal passages due to a cold are causing loss of smell, adequate rest and sleep is the best remedy.
- Maintain proper oral hygiene. Brush and floss twice daily, and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after eating.
- Take all possible measures to treat a sinus infection.
- Add spices to your foods to make them tastier.
- Include a variety of foods in each meal. This will help you enjoy your food.
- Quit smoking as it can permanently damage your smell and taste senses.
- Avoid very hot foods and fluids as they can damage your taste buds.
- Drink a glass of water at regular intervals to prevent dry mouth that can adversely affect your sense of taste.
- Use a humidifier to increase moisture in the air.
- Go for a brisk, 10-minute walk or run before eating a meal. Sense of smell is higher after exercise.