Last Modified on Mar 16, 2014
Anosmia: When You Have Lost Your Sense of Smell
Anosmia can be considered nose-blindness. The warm, yeasty smell of baking bread and the fragrance of a rose are unknown to anosmia sufferers. The sense of smell is one of the five senses (sight, taste, smell, touch and sound), but the most overlooked. Yet for most animals, smell is the most important sense they possess. As many as five million Americans suffer from anosmia.
Why Does It Matter?
The sense of smell is closely linked to taste and also warns us of dangers from spoiled food, leaking gas or fires. People with anosmia are more likely to be depressed. It can also be a symptom of many illnesses, including diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Some people are born with no sense of smell. The flu, a cold or sinus problems can cause temporary or, rarely, permanent anosmia. Nasal polyps, tumors or a birth defect can be a problem. In fact, the list of possible causes goes from A to Z: from age-related causes to a zinc deficiency. The cause may never be found. Some potential causes are very serious, including Huntington's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Schizophrenia, so consult your doctor.
Precautions That Should Be Taken
- Have several smoke detectors.
- Use only electric appliances since the smell of leaking gas cannot be detected.
- Keep track of expiration dates on food.
- Pay attention to warning labels on cleaners, bug sprays, etc.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector.
Natural Treatments for Anosmia
Some of the home remedies recommended below from our readers include Vitamins B-12, Zinc, and a drop of warmed Castor Oil in each nostril. We hope you will share your remedies with us if you have found a cure for loss of smell!
01/28/2013: Alinthing from Exeter, NH USA: "My granddaughter was born with a part of her corpus collosum missing. she is now 25 years old and has never bee able to smell. her condition is acc (agenesis of the corpus collosum) Anyone out there familiar with this condition?"Replies
01/29/2013: Connie from Slc, Utah, USA replies: "Hi Alinthing; I've read that in infants born with B12 deficiency, some of the neuroradiological findings are; cortical atrophy, slowed myelination, and thinning of the corpus callosum.
With B12 deficiency, there can be disturbances of all of the senses, including smell.
Even though neuro-damage may be permanent, there's still a chance for improvement."
03/15/2013: Juanita from Goldsboro, North Carolina replies: "I had surgery in 2008 after surgery I lost my smell and some of my taste. Just would like to know if there is any hope to getting back my smell?"
03/16/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "So you still have your sense of taste? Most people I read about have the loss of both at the same time. A zinc imbalance can cause a loss of them. Usually a zinc imbalance shows up as white spots on the fingernails. I just looked and doc oz commented on this and said try zinc 30 ? I forgot.... Whoops , ... My bad
I use a full spectrum mineral and it is solving some problems I've had for a while. You didn't mention if this was sinus surgery or how it would impact your smeller."
12/07/2010: Hernando from Plano, Texas, Usa: "My wife lost her sense of smell seven month ago. I want to contact Tenderson from St. Louis, Missouri, about the suggestion of using castor oil. I want to be sure that it works and its secondary effects. Please contact me as soon as you can. My wife is getting crazy with this situation and I really appreciate any help."Replies
12/08/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "I would say that this is due to a glandular problem. You might need to get her on an alkaline diet and then do some chiropractic adjustments. How has her digestion been? I would think that maybe it has been off a little. The alkaline diet will help with that. Ask her if she has a problem or a slight problem with the sense of taste and sight. If so - then definitely get her to a chiropractor. After the chiro if she can, then have her take a steam bath or a long hot bath to open her pores and after you should rub a 50/50 mixture of olive oil and peanut oil w/ a little lanolin into her back, specifically her spine. The rub is to give her body some "food" to her bones and muscles. And then I would follow all of that with the castor oil packs. I might do this for approx 5 days and then rest for 2 and then start again (the baths and castor oil packs) I would go to a chiro for maybe 2 or 3 times on the first month and then 1x a month after. For the glandular problem - if a doctor tells you that she has that - then the doctor would be able to let you know what she should take. Hope this helps!"
12/08/2010: Gaiane from North Hollywood, Ca replies: "Please let me know what you find. My little sister just lost her sense of smell after a fall. I would do anything to help her"
06/29/2011: Margit from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "To Gaiane from North Hollywood:
How is your sister doing?
I am a journalist from Europe, now staying in L.A. to attend a filmmaking program. Right now I am doing reasearch for my next documentary - about the loss of sense of smell. And I am looking for people I can talk to and who experience this loss of smell. It would be awesome to hear from you! My email adress is sonnenschein2406(at)hotmail.com. Thank you & I hope to hear from you!
10/24/2011: Hihello from Austin, Tx replies: "I would love to hear more about this documentary. People have a hard time relating and it would be nice to hear other stories."
12/06/2011: Gladys from Miami, Fl Usa replies: "REPLYING TO MARGIT:
I LOST MY SENSE OF SMELL 17 YEARS AGO.. IT HAS BEEN A HASSLE!!"
05/16/2012: Jamacc from Houston, Texas replies: "Can someone please explain to me about the castor oil in greater detail? How often and how much? I lost my sense of smell 5 years ago and was told it was due to Nasal Polyps, I had them removed and my sense of smell only comes back temporarily with the use of steroids, such as a Medrol Dose Pack. It is way to unhealthy to take steroids continuously and I worry about building up an tolerance so I save the steroid route for once or twice a year when I just cannot stand not being able to smell anymore.
I have had 5 ENT's One told me he had never heard of someone losing their sense of smell only to regain it temporarily with steroids, so he never addressed my complaint. I have never had a single Doctor ever use the word Anosmia, in fact only one out of five attempted to address the issue at all. So I am looking for any ideas, I am in my thirties and the thought of not being able to smell again depresses me. One more thing that happened; I hit my head on an open cabinet door once and was able to smell perfectly for one hour before it faded away, any one else have an odd experience like that as well?"
05/17/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Jamacc, from your testimony, there is the possibility of heavy metal toxicity. You can order an hair analysis kit online to be sure of this, or simply begin using the common spice Cilantro (Coriander) and the algae Chlorella. Both these are found in food or supplement form. Following 2 wks of this, supplement Zinc 25-50 mg daily for a few days for results (loss of smell is one of the most common symptoms of zinc deficiency). Also apply some Cod Liver Oil over the nose (you will need endure the fishy smell, which you might even enjoy as it is a smell, lol! ).
Hope this helps and good luck."
06/23/2012: Joelcoqui from Roslyn, Ny replies: "Do you mean Castor or Cod Liver Oil?? Im smelling smoke and it burns my nostrils and I smell weird things. It usually happens when Im indoors. Sometimes I pick up a smell in a store im shopping at and it stays with me for days. I taste my delicious foods as if Im congested and have a cold. I can hardly taste it. Im so disappointed. I have lost so much weight because of it too. I only eat because Im hungry not because I enjoy it. Im also IgA deficient but all these NY doctors dont know what to do about it. I have IBS-D as well. This olfactory/taste problem started about a year ago. An ENT said to try Zinc 50mg a day. Already went thru the cortosteroid thing. HELP> I cant take it. Im 53 /female."
07/11/2012: Janis from Flat Rock, Nc replies: "I have been without smell for two years. I have tried the castor oil, zinc, acupunture, alpha lipoic acid, and steroids. Don't want to try and hit my head again. Anybody know of another treatment option. Hypnosis? Neural implant??? Don't miss the bad smells on the bright side."
07/11/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Janis, Have you ever considered Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture? It really is an amazing system. It finds the source of the problem and then treats the body based in a wholistic manner. In this system, there are relationships between organs and body parts that are not recognized in Western medicine or allopathy. You would be amazed how two seemingly unrelated organs and/ or body parts are connected! I just know that I have sent over 30 friends and family to my acupuncturist and all have had results for various issues. I think you would find an answer there. Best to you on your path, Lisa"
07/12/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Janis, loss of smell is a very common side effect of Heavy Metal or possibly some kind of Zenobiotic toxicity. You can purchase Hair Analysis kits from online vendors or labs to check for HM. Detox Foot Pads are quite effective at eliminating all manner of toxins. Lots of recent comments on Far Infrared Sauna therapy here on Earth Clinic. Ionic Trace Minerals would certainly help."
12/10/2012: Gcook from Newnan, Ga replies: "I have a similar problem relating to loss of smell. See the segment on nasal polyps. I tried the tea tree oil recommendations on my sinus polyps and they are gone. To ensure the never come back, I mixed tea tree with alkalol in a old sinus spray bottle and use twice a day. Last Friday; a sinus polyp fell out and I have been smelling every since."
12/29/2012: Russell from Abuja, Nigeria replies: "I noticed that I developed Anosmia and hypertension after I slumped while carrying a heavy object. I hit the back of my head on the floor when I fell.
I still have my sense of taste in place but I can not smell at all. It has been this way for over a year now. I was booked for endoscopy to check for any possible nasal blocks but this has not been done. Viewing my nostrils exteriorly has shown no Polyps.
Can I please get any suggestion on what to use. I am in Nigeria, and the variety of options I can access may be limited. I would be glad to know what chances I have to regain my sense of smell back because the situation is really messed up for me"
12/30/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, USA replies: "Russell: Magnet therapy would most likely help your injury."
10/26/2013: Pam from Nashville, Tn replies: "I just ran across this site tonight and am glad I did.
I had a fall over 7 months ago and hit the front of my head and then quickly fell back on the back of my skull, fracturing the skull and spent 5 nights in the ICU. I was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and the Drs. are treating it like I had a seizure. I have no past of having seizures, and am currently on 500 mg of Keppra (down from 1500 mg) daily. I have no real sense of taste or smell. When I do get tastes, they are so way off that it makes me sick. I either have a taste like soap or a very burnt ash taste. I have lost weight and like others on here have posted, I only eat to survive and keep my strength up. I have no cravings whatsoever. I am still weak and tired (have to take more rests than ever before) I am a otherwise healthy 55 year old woman with no other health issues. I am going to the Smell and Taste Clinic that is affiliated with UPenn Hospital in Philadelphia, PA in December. The Dr. there, Dr. Richard Doty is very well known in diagnosing and treating patients with this disorder. I am very happy with the neurologist that I am currently seeing, but am discouraged that this problem is not more well known or researched. I am glad I found this site."
10/28/2013: Toourlady89 from Hayward Ca replies: "There is more about this topic on this website, titled: Cure Loss of Smell or Anosmia"
03/14/2014: Ooi from Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia replies: "Need help to cure my loss of sense of smell for 3 years."
03/14/2014: Dallas from Amesbury, Ma replies: "Hi. I do not have this problem but I have heard that taking zinc, after a while, will help with the inability to smell. This can be a serious problem as, if you have no sense of smell, you cannot tell when food is bad, which happened to my mom last week, and she got VERY sick. She would never try zinc before; maybe now she will. Check online for dosages. I think 50 mg./day is tops. You CAN overdose on zinc so be careful. It may take a few weeks to improve."
03/14/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "To Ooi from Malaysia,
Re loss of smell for past three years.
Hello Ooi...if you google "Google Scholar" and type in "loss of smell" you'll find a number of articles that reference that such loss of smell can OFTEN (not always) be tracked to sinus infection. I just recovered (four weeks ago) from a sinus infection (and some in bronchial passages) that I fought off for a full month before clearing. I used my old stand by ... Colloidal Silver and I make it myself so I know the strength will work. This recent infection was a very bad one and I suspect it was a lipid coated variety.
Well, during the illness, I lost my sense of smell.
That loss went on for a period of about a week and only as I gained control over the infection did I find the sense of smell return. That was the first time that had ever happened to me that I recall. But now, full recovery with elimination of virus.
I use an ear syringe to squirt the Colloidal Silver into sinus passages (called an irrigation) and let drain down back of throat or exhaling mucus first and then a second irrigation into back of throat. I never miss irrigating the ears also as I've found over the years that the eustachian tubes which connect ears to sinus cavity can also hold viruses and is a source for secondary infections. So; irrigate both sinus cavities and ear canals also.
And if the infection (if there is one) is the cause of the loss of hearing, the hearing will begin to return in time unless permanent damage was done to the nerves.
You might ask if the loss of hearing was precipitated by an infection or by medication? You said it started three years ago. Some more information for us might help give the cause. The idea of infection as cause is just a guess, after all."
03/15/2014: Toourlady89 from Hayward Ca replies: "Loss of smell unless caused by any physical issues is related to Magnesium deficiency. RDA for Mg is 350 to 400 mg elemental Mg a day.. Takes months to rebuild Mg stores in the body, so you will need to be patient.. Google Magnesium and loss of smell. Avoid Mg Oxide. Best to use will be Mg glycinate 3 caps a day.."
03/16/2014: Oscar from Syracuse, New York replies: "I have no answers to this loss of smell issue. All I can add to the discussion is that the sense of smell is unique of all the senses. It`s anatomy is different than all other senses. The pathway this sensory information is processed by our brains is unique as discussed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olfactory_system#Central"
[YEA] 03/17/2009: Gautam Desai from Vadara, Gujarat, India: "i had severe problem of sinus coupled with loss of smell. Doctors suggested this is dsue to polyps and i had them removed about 5 years.
this surgery has given temporary relief but the loss of slell continued.
some of my friend suggested use of castor oil.
i put one drop of luke warm castor oil in morning and one drop before i sleep.
this i am doing for last 10 days and to my surprise i got rid of my sinus problem and smelling sense is gradually coming back"
EC: Thank you for this feedback! We take it you mean 1 drop of warmed castor oil in each nostril?
03/17/2009: Gean from Salina, KS replies: "Does this have to be cold-pressed castor oil, or is the regular kind that is odorless and tasteless OK?"
[YEA] 07/09/2010: Tanderson from St. Louis, Missouri, Usa replies: "I tried it but I didn't warm it. IT WORKED ALMOST IMMEDIATELY! Thank you SO much for the castor oil suggestion! Since the smell returned, so did my lack of taste. What a great, safe remedy! I love this site. It's provided me so many wonderful suggestions and this is one of the best!"
07/12/2010: Jeff from Stockbridge, Ga replies: "Tell me more about how you applied the oil to make it work. I have put one drop into each nostril and tilted my head back to get it way up in there. I even "sniffed" a bit too. I hope this works for me. Have been without smell/taste for over two months after a sinus infection!"
10/09/2010: Joanne from Stony Brook, Ny replies: "I just read your threads regarding castor oil. At the vitamin shoppe I frequent, I was referred to this treatment and to increase zinc to my vitamin regimen. I just tried the castor oil. What do you suggest about zinc? I lost my sense of smell from a sinus infection (not sure if the meds and nose sprays I also was told to take may have contributed to this loss of smell. I feel like it got worse over time, and I didnt notice it right away..."
11/02/2010: Funnychica07 from Batavia, Ny, United States replies: "I've had the same problem with loss of smell; I'm only 21, but I've already had three surgeries that temporarily relieved my anosmia, but the doctor I've been seeing seems to have no other solutions. My question was, what exactly do you do with the castor oil? I'd be willing to try just about anything to try to get my smells to come back, I appreciate your insight!"
11/03/2010: Candy from Fort Madison, Ia replies: "You might want to check into zinc. I've heard it helps for this."
01/22/2012: Sunil Kumar from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh replies: "hi.... My name is Sunil Kumar from India and I am 25 years old. From child hood I have been suffring from nasal allargy and cough problembs. I contacted to Allopathic Doctor and I took medicines for 2-3 years, But I did not get any relief from those medicines. Now I am very frustrated with this disease. Due to this disease I have lost my smell power, I can't smell whether there is dirtly place. And I saw your website and I found it can be cured by using 'Castor Oil'. If it is so please suggest me something ASAP...."
[YEA] 10/26/2012: Diane from Oakland, Ca, Usa replies: "I have had a diminished sense of taste and smell for over a month, following a bad bout with the flu and pretty bad congestion. I have spent hours searching for cures online. I have been irrigating my sinuses with warm saline for about 2-1/2 weeks and it seems to have helped somewhat. Then I read an article about "re-training" your brain by smelling things with strong odors (coffee, cloves, pine, etc). That helped a bit but not substantially becuase I could only smell those things in a diminished way.
I finally came across the posts about castor oil a couple of days ago and just went out and bought some today. After trying it just once this afternoon I noticed a big improvement in being able to smell things more. I am thrilled that this seems to have helped. Tonight it was chilly in the house and I put the heat on (gas heat) and for the first time in ages I could actually SMELL the heat! My food already has more flavor and I am looking forward to more improvements as I continue the castor oil treatment (one drop in each nostril; head hanging over the bed).
By all means, give it a try! The castor oil was less than $2 and really seems to be working like a charm. Thanks so much for posting this information!!
A very, very grateful renewed smeller/taster"
12/13/2012: Carol from Calabasas, Ca/ United States replies: "This information about the Castor oil is very exciting. I have had 14 surgeries on my sinuses over the past 30 years. The only time I can smell or taste is when the doctor's have put me on steroids. I am going to start the treatment with Castor Oil and zinc, as suggested. What I would like to know is, exactly how to administer the drops. From what I'm understanding, the head is tilted backward from laying head back on the bed. Once the drops are used how long should I lay in that position. I'm assuming the oil goes down the throat and swallowed or is that such a small amount it just lines the inside of the nose. Thank you so much for any help here."
01/26/2009: Prentiss Belton from Santa Clara, CA: "i was shot on the left side of my upper nose bridge by a bb gun, we never found the kid that did it, the doctor said i almost lost my left eye , i was 10 years old but before that i had perfect smelling ability... I am now 66 years old and thanks to god i am in good shape still, is there a chance i can regain my smell, i can smell fresh ground coffee and fresh chocolate, i can smell fresh lettace... i can not smell perfumes and saops and most delicious foods, i can not smell wine, of the items i listed that i can smell, its only for a moment then i can not smell them again. can any one help me. prentiss belton"Replies
01/27/2009: Candy from Fort Madison, IA replies: "this is for Prentiss Belton who wrote about his loss of smell. you might try supplementing with zinc. i've read that it helps with that."
12/28/2009: Larry from Austin, Tx replies: "Reading the remedies for anosmia was disappointing at best. A couple people said use zinc. Another says, too much zinc can cause loss of smell. Aonther says sugar may damage the nerves and cause the problem but aspartame is worse.
"The best remedy for lack of smell or anosmia is L-Carnosine." Since when? And heavy metals cause loss of smell. Where do these people get this stuff?
Some say use this or that or the other thing but not one says anyone actually got results from these chemicals or potions.
This is all just people's opinions and very mis or poorly informed opinions. What good does this do for the person who has anosmia.
This is not helpful at all for people who suffer from anosmia. All it does is promote people trying goofy and quite possibly dangerous things in desparation with nothing good coming from it.
Sorry to say but this site was a waste of time to find any help with anosmia.
Loss of Smell Remedies
01/09/2014: Kajal from South Bend, Usa: "Sir, I cannot smell since last four months. I went to the doctor and he did my allergy test . When the results came he told me that I am allergic to dustmites. I am trying my best to keep my house dust free but still no smell."Replies
01/10/2014: Jan from Canada replies: "I found chiropractic adjustments helped restore my sense of smell."
07/17/2013: Francisca from La Romieu, Gers, France: "Hi, a friend of mine lost all sense of taste and smell after she had a virus a while ago. The doctor tell here that they will never come back and she is really sad. Does anyone know of a solution for this problem? She came to us for dinner and it was really terrible to see her only enjoying the colors and textures without knowing what anything tasted like. I promise her to try to help her find a solution. Help!"Replies
07/17/2013: Liz from Boston, Massachusetts replies: "Welcome back, Francisca. :)
A couple of weeks ago, I posted asking if anyone had heard from you as I hadn't seen you post here in ages and wondered how you'd been progressing after your arm surgery.
Hope that it all went well and that you're as good as new."
07/17/2013: Ruth from Hot Spot, Texas replies: "Tell her to try taking zinc. A really good book that discusses vitamin and mineral loss due to drugs etc, is "Drug Muggers". Sometimes the drugs we take deplete us of certain nutrients. Or it may be that the virus did. Also vit c would be good as the body uses it up in fighting the virus."
07/17/2013: Mama To Many from Middle, Tennessee, USA replies: "Dear Francisca, Doctors' hopelessness at times can be so discouraging! If a virus caused her to lose the sense of taste and smell, perhaps the virus isn't really gone? Or perhaps there is lingering inflammation caused by the virus?
The first thing that comes to my mind is Extra Virgin Cold Processed Coconut Oil. This is antiviral and anti-lots of other things and good for you. :) When my son had mono a couple of years ago he was very, very sick and we tried so many things to heal him. The doctor who diagnosed him (he did bloodwork) said there was nothing we could do except steroids if it got really bad. Well, we really didn't want to go there! Finally, we read about coconut oil on earth clinic and within days he was so much better! I was floored that it worked so well. Anyway, your friend could try it. 1 T. twice a day. She might start out with 1 t. twice a day and work her way up.
Whenever I don't know what to do, I try apple cider vinegar and blackstrap molasses (1 T. of each twice a day) as they are so good for so many things and so inexpensive.
If inflammation is the cause (which you can't tell, I guess) turmeric could be helpful. 1 T. twice a day. I prefer mine in capsules (4 twice a day. )
I would do any or all of the above for at least 2 weeks and more like a month to see if they work.
Have a great day!
~Mama to Many~"
03/15/2013: Worried Mom from Westwood, Ma: "My young adult daughter had a bad head injury with brain bleed 2 yrs ago.. It has resulted in loss of taste and smell however she does get odd metalic or chemical tastes and smells.. Is there a treatment that anyone knows that will help her regain these senses?"Replies
03/15/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Wow, just this week I heard a podcast of a woman who used a nasal spray that destroyed her palate and ruined her sense of taste and smell and she was a writer of garden type work. At first her symptoms were horrible taste and smells that wouldn't go away. She went to a doc and used an old anti depressant that helped her to get rid of the first symptoms, but completely took away her smell and taste. Her name is Bonny Blodgette, not sure of the spelling. After almost a year she healed and regained her senses. Hope this encourages you.
I know a zinc deficiency can cause a loss of taste. You don't want too much zinc either."
11/24/2012: Cleopatra from Portland, Oregon: "I lost my smell and taste in April 2012 after a strong dry cough that last two months. My taste came back after one month, and my smell too but was something wird. I smell burning iron and it burn my nostrils like hot peper. Sometime I pick up a strong smell that stays with me for few days. Usully happens when I'm indoor. I work on electronic fild where I was hierd in March thi year. Could be the chimicals, could be the homeopatic product that I used for a week then? I went the doctor for that cough where I got the Prednizone and antibiotics for 15 days. I did the catscane for my synus, but nothing wrong with it. Plese help me to find my smell again. I used to stop on my daily waks and smell every flower on my way, but now I, m worry if my smell will ever come back. Is terible when part of you is lost.
Thank you much.
10/11/2012: Nolan from Saginaw, Michigan: "Nolan from Dallas, Tx. I had a situation with an police officer and was shot in the head with a taser which has resulted in my loss of smell and taste. This has been going for about a year and its depressing not being able to enjoy meals, loss of apetite, not being able to enjoy life like I was before my accident. I just want my life back and was wondering if anyone had any advice regarding this topic."Replies
10/11/2012: Tinydancer from Dayton, Ohio, Usa replies: "I was reading an article the other day about Lions Mane Mushroom capsuels, and the effect that it has on the brain. Check it out, and see if there is anything that might be able to help you. It is stated that the mushroon stimulate nerve regeneration in the brain. Here is one of many links concerning Lion's Mane:
10/24/2012: Prentiss from Fremont, Ca replies: "Yes where can I buy the lyons main, I was shot with a bb gun on the left side of my nose when I was 10 years old. Back in those days if you said you could not smell people thought you were crazy when I was in my 20s 30s and 40s I could smell only fresh coffee grounds , cantilope, lettice, and fresh ground chocolate, as I have gotten older I cant smell any thing, I am now 70 years. ( I feel like I am 40 )"
09/30/2010: Olisa from Chicago, Usa: "Carbon dioxide like smell on inhalation:
Hi all, anyone ever experienced this: for some days now, I have been having this scary CO2 like smell when I breathe in. Initially I thought it was just in the house, but it is following me everywhere. Interestingly, when I cover my nose with my hands or clothes, I do not smell the co2."
EC: Hi Olisa,
You might want to call the gas company and have them come check the house as soon as possible just to be sure. Some lawn fertilizers also smell like natural gas after application.
11/21/2011: Michael from Philadelphia, Pa, Usa replies: "I have a similar type thing. I do not think it is from the outside. Seems to be a "sensation" inside my nasal cavity. Sometimes it is stronger than others. I do not have gas in my house and the "sensation" goes everywhere with me."
Zinc Acetate, Vitamin B6, Magnesium
01/17/2006: Melanie from Surrey, B. C. Canada: "I have not been able to smell anything for many years and wondering if you have some magical natural cure for this?"Replies
Ted from Bangkok,Thailand replies: "Your conditions of not being able to smell anything is called Anosmia. Anosmia is a condition where you cannot detect smells. I believe this is caused by a zinc deficiency. For the body to best respond to zinc, I suggest you take zinc acetate (without the calcium carbonate and tricalcium phosphate fillers), vitamin b6 and magnesium. These three seems to work in synergy."
05/24/2008: Murthy from Hyderabad, INDIA replies: "For Lack / Less of Smell Sense
Zinc Acetate - Powder?
Vitamin B6 - "Riboflavin" - Strip?
Magnesium - Which Form / Compound - Powder?
DOSAGE per day?"
05/31/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The best remedy for lack of smell or anosmia is L-Carnosine. The condition is often due to excess heavy metals in the neural system, lack of vitamin B complex and excess toxins which causes loss of smell.
The remedy that I would likely to use is 500 mg of L-Carnosine usually twice or three times a day. Some cilantro or coriander taken once every two days, usually of a small amounts such as one- three tablepoonful, and B50 taken once every other day. Magnesium is synergistic, where magnesium citrate or magnesium gluconate maybe helpful.
Certain foods that should be avoided that kill the nerves includes aspartame, sugar, and avoiding paints, thinner and moldy environment. Sometimes the toxicity of chemical toxins may be neutralize includes 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water twice a day.
To be correct, riboflavin is vitamin B2, vitamin B6 is pyridoxine. The zinc is not used. If fungus, moldy or allergy is indicated, the common remedy is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day to reduce the allergy and fungus problem that induces anosmia or loss of smell.
Sugar may damage the nerves but not as dangerous as aspartame, sweet n low, or diet products. Lack of balance in dietary fats are often common cause too, so I would likely take fish oils, which are high in omega 3 once a day. Granulated lecithin also helps reduced some excess heavy metals as it reduces free metals due to their hydrophopic fat soluble properties, of which granulated lecithin is soluble. The dose I would use is one tablespoon a day, often on an empty stomach.
As to the magnesium it is synergistic with the vitamin B complex, especially B6. Excessive zinc can also cause anosmia (loss of smell) and hence chelation therapies such as cilantro, fish oil, and lecithin is helpful. While l-glutathione is not a chelation it does detoxify to help recovery of neural degenerative disorders and I might take these 500 mg twice or three times a day, usually 5 days out of a week.
Quite often in certain parts of India, high levels of arsenic (usually north part) and certain regions of India, is high in fluoride, which causes neurodegenerative disorder. Fluoride increases absorption of free metal toxicity, such as aluminum, and possibly, free metal zinc, etc. causing neural damages. The demyelination of aspartame, monosodium glutamate as also causes in which avoiding these is most helpful. The lecithin can help myelination which protects neural damages and some neural transmitter supplements of vitamin B complex, but also certain amino acids that increases serotonin such as L-tryptophan maybe helpful. To further protect more damages, the use of dechlorinator in drinking water is best in reducing the inflammation of the nerves and tissues which deaden the sense of smell. Woman especially the sense of smell swings greatly depending on their menstration period, which are often linked to hormonal changes. Reduction in toxic effect of fluoride as well as
more normal hormonal levels, is the use of borons supplements. The boron I prefer is borax, such as 1/8 teaspoon of borax dissolved in one liter of drinking water, perhaps once every two or three days, assuming I don't know the level of fluoride in drinking water.
The constant source of free heavy metals is usually from defected water faucet and water filtering devices. A change of old water faucets, old metal pipe fittings, old water filters, is especially helpful as the prime source of heavy metals come from that. Interestingly, I have found out heavy metals also come from vegetables and flour due to fertilizers high in heavy metals. but people without a way to check heavy metals are pretty much blind by the level of toxicity from metals going on which leads to Alzheimer, lupus, Parkinson's disease and even Multiple Sclerosis. Sometimes a mild condition starts with concentration problems, anosmia, for example. Wheat products and excess oils used in cooking products are also a problem because they are acid forming and oils used in cooking products sop up heavy metals during cooking when one uses metal frying pans, and other metalic cooking utensils. Even the excessive use of cellular phones can cook the brains as it is microwave
radiation, destroying nerve cells. For example when I do use cellular phones, I often used it on a handsfree mode.
This is the updated remedy."
01/02/2012: Bea from Kc, Mo replies: "Will to be in doc. Lost my sense of smell and taste. Very dangerous, can't tell if something is burning until the smoke and/or alarm goes off. can't tell if food is bad until I get sick."
02/16/2012: Rhonda from Watertown, Ny, Usa replies: "I lost my sense of smell & taste almost a year and a half ago. I had a head injury where I had broken my jaws and when the wires were removed I was physically sick every day for 3 weeks until they finally hospitalized me. During this time I lost both my smell and taste & vertigo set in.
I read, on the net, that if you swab your nose with castor oil, a thin coating, it will help & it has! I can't smell in full or properly, but it's there & that is HUGE for me!! I don't do it everyday, nor every week or month, but plan to do it more often now that I've realized just helpful this is.
Unfortunately, I cannot find that article that made the suggestion.
Since I use such a small amount of castor oil I'd think there is no risk or harm involved, but I am not a doctor and if anyone reads this and finds that statement to be inaccurate, I'd like to know."
09/18/2012: Mark from Alpena, Mi replies: "Hello Everyone, I was anosmic for 20 years. A handful of times I got my sense of smell back temporarily when taking steroids or having a steroid injection. Once or twice in those years I got a temporary low percentage of smell back after I had been drinking lemon water for a few days. (I realize now I temporarily alkalized my system with the lemon) I tried hundreds of different remedies to no avail throughout the years and then suddenly 2 years ago I got back my smell and it has been perfect everyday since. Looking back I believe the reason I became anosmic is because of dehydration, an acidic system and the allergies that accompany those problems.
There are 3 things that I changed in my life over the course of a year that I believe was responsible for me getting my smell back. The first is I practiced the watercure which is drinking one half of your body weight, in ounces, of water per day along with taking sea salt. The other is I became vegetarian and the third is I used a silver sinus nasal spray every day. My theory is I was chronically dehydrated and my body was way too acidic. Those problems manifested themselves into chronic sinusitis and anosmia. When I started the watercure I experience an incredible detox and as I increased my fruits, vegetables and alkalizing foods my sinuses cleared. The sinus silver spray helped heal my chronically irritated sinuses and one morning I put on some coffee & I smelled it.
That was 2 years ago and I have been smelling perfectly since. I am so thankful to have this sense back and I hope all of you suffering from anosmia take a look at yourself and do whatever you can to keep your body hydrated and at the proper ph. Every medical doctor I ever went to said there was nothing you can do about smell loss. Well with determination, luck and prayer, I proved them wrong. I hope it can help some of you out there."
12/10/2012: Nathina from Montpelier, Vt Usa replies: "Thank goodness I came across this!! I have been losing my sense of smell for almost 2 yrs now. I have changed my diet, stopped drinking and smoking. I thought that this would help but not until last month I got strep throat and the flu at the same time and had to take antibiotics. The day after taking them I could smell!! I had a fever and was still a little delirious walking around my house smelling everything and tasting as much as I could!! I could smell for about 2 weeks but then my antibiotics wore off and back to no smelling. I feel like crying all the time. I almost can't even take it anymore. I see all these posts about castor oil but I have no idea what kind or how far up the nose to put it. Someone help!!!"
10/09/2013: Isabella from Vancouver, Canada replies: "Mark from Alpena, thanks for validating what I had been thinking. I haven't had my smell for over 10 years. The only time it came back was when I was nursing (with both my babies, must have been a hormonal thing), a year at a time and then gone once I stopped nursing althogether. It wasn't until a few months ago that I got my smell back for about 1 month. I was so excited! And then disappeared again. I have been wondering what was I doing differently? Like you, I was drinking water with squeezed lemon in it all summer long. I was eating lots of fresh herbs and greens, cilantro being one of them. What I was doing was keeping myself hydrated and my alkaline levels high. Starting tomorrow, I'm going out to buy a big bag of lemons and stock up on my greens. It worked before, it should work again. What I found though was that as soon as I stopped, my sinus problems and no sense of smell came back.
Thanks again Mark, it's so nice to hear someone had the exact same story as me. Can't wait to get my smell and taste back."