Our ability to smell and taste is highly dependent how effective our senses responsible for smell and taste is. These senses help us to appreciate various aromas and also warns us of dangers that can from fire, chemical substances, and toxins.
Factors that can affect loss of smell (anosmia) and taste include; radiation therapy, smoking, nutritional deficiencies, sinusitis, viral infections, gum infections and aging (which could lead to nerve degeneration).
Here are tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with a loss of smell and taste;
- Ensure your stay hydrated to prevent having dry mouth as dry mouth could hamper your sense of taste.
- If the loss of smell and taste is due to nasal congestion, then rest and sleep are adviced.
- Quit smoking as smoking cigarettes could severely damage your sense of taste and smell.
- You could do a light exercise before eating as exercise heightens our sense of smell.
- Ensure you maintain proper dental hygiene.
- You could add spices to your foods to make them tastier.
Below are 13 natural home remedies for loss of smell (or nose-blindness) and taste;
Castor oil has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. This makes it good in opening up the nostrils. Warm castor oil. Put a drop in each nostril.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV acts as a stimulator to the taste buds. It also has antibacterial properties that can be used getting rid of nasal infections. Drink a mixture of apple cider vinegar, honey and water 3 times a day.
Eat Foods Rich In Zinc
Deficiency in zinc has been linked to poor taste and smell issues. You could also take zinc supplements. White spots on the nails, horizontal ridges on the nails, hair loss and poor rate of healing are symptoms of zinc-deficiency. Consult your doctor if you notice any of these. Zinc-rich foods include diary products, beans, and oysters.
Mint leaves is great in rejuvenating our sense of taste and smell. Add mint leaves to a cup of water. Leave to steep for about 30 minutes. Strain the water out and drink.
The pungent flavor of ginger can activate and stimulate the taste buds. This helps improve our ability to taste the food. You can consume ginger as you deem fit either as spice or chewing it intermittently throughout the day or drink ginger tea.
Drinking plenty of water would keep your mouth hydrated. This would help to improve our ability to taste. It is also good to drink plenty of water, especially during nasal infections, to help our ability to smell.
Lemon’s pungent smell and flavor can improve one’s smelling and tasting ability. It is also rich in vitamin C which fights nasal infections. Take lemon between meals.
Carom seeds have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that makes it good to clear nasal blockages. This is because it reduces swellings, thus, opening nasal pathways. Make a small sachet of carom seeds tied in a thin cloth. Inhale the fumes produced when you heat the sachet.
Inhaling steam would help clear nasal blockages. Thus improving our ability to smell. Cover head with towel, over boiled water, and inhale the steam for a couple of minutes.
Garlic can help in opening up blocked passages. Thus, improving one’s ability to smell and taste. Simmer garlic in water. Drain and drink the water while it is still warm.
Curry leaves is great in reactivating our sense of taste. Crush the leave and add to water. leave to steep for 30 minutes. Strain the water out and drink.
Capsaicin, in cayenne pepper helps improve saliva production and decrease nasal blockage. Take cayenne pepper and honey or include in preparing food to enjoy its benefits.
Cinnamon’s sweet smell can improve your smelling ability and its strong flavor helps to bolster your tasting senses. apply a mixture of cinnamon spice and honey to the tongue. Leave for about 5 minutes. Rinse off with water thereafter.
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