Last Modified on Jul 13, 2014
While you have probably considered what it would be like to lose your sense of sight or even hearing, you may not have realized that you could just as likely lose your sense of smell. Anosmia, a condition that affects the most overlooked of the five senses, disrupts more than just your ability to smell but also your ability to taste. To help remedy this condition, we suggest using a variety of natural cures, such as garlic, castor oil, and vitamin B12.
What Is Anosmia?
You can consider the condition known as anosmia as “nose-blindness” or the inability to smell even very strong smells. However, the condition typically affects an individual’s 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 you identify specific smells. When this process is disrupted, you are unable to determine specific smells and even tastes.
While temporary issues such as a cold, allergies, or a sinus infection may cause acute anosmia, a number of other factors cause more chronic conditions. Nasal polyps, injury to the nose, exposure to toxic chemicals, certain medications, and even old age may cause the deterioration of the senses.
Can I Reverse “Nose-Blindness”?
In most cases, natural treatments are effective for reducing nose-blindness. While some conditions cannot be reversed, these treatments help stimulate the development and function of the olfactory nerves. Three of the most effective treatment options include garlic, castor oil, and vitamin B12.
Garlic functions to treat nose-blindness in a number of ways. A member of the sulfur family, garlic is wrought with antibacterial and antiviral properties. As such, this treatment helps clear infection, reduce inflammation, and restore olfactory processes.
2. Castor Oil
Castor oil also possesses important treatment properties. You can use this treatment as a pain reliever, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. These properties help reverse the growth of nasal polyps and keep the nasal passages wide open to support the sense of smell.
3. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the primary causes associated with olfactory issues. As such, a daily supplement can help restore your sense of smell.
While you likely wish you could turn off your sense of smell at times, the permanent loss of smell is no joking matter. Try one of our suggested treatment options or browse our list of reader-contributed treatment suggestions to find something that works for you. If you've discovered a natural cure for anosmia, please let us know!
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."
[YEA] 07/09/2014: Susanne from Illinois: "I lost my sense of taste and smell after taking about 6 zinc lozenges over a 2 day period - only noticed it after the cold ended and I still had no taste or smell. I regained it by using castor oil one drop in each nostril morning and evening in addition to smelling raw garlic and onion several times per day. Most importantly though I prayed that God would restore me back to normal and after reading in my daily devotional "taste and see that the Lord is good" I knew that He would and He did!! Didn't prevent me to completely freak out while it was happening though...:-)"Replies
07/10/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Susanne, what kind of Castor Oil did you use?"
07/12/2014: Susanne from Streamwood, US replies: "I got castor oil from Walmart - think I paid around $2.50, nothing fancy."
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.
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~"
04/25/2014: Fellow Suffering Anosmiac from California replies: "I too have been suffering with not being able to smell or taste the things that I used to taste, but it has gone so much further that things that are supposed to smell good actually smell worse than awful and all the things that I used to love to eat I don't anymore. I have been to neurologists, EENT docs and had all kinds of tests done and medications prescribed and nothing has worked. It has now been a year and a half and the EENT finally said that it was probably a virus that destroyed the olfactory nerve endings that "sense and taste" the sent molecules. Unfortunately when nerve fibers die there is no regenerating, however I stumbled upon this medical study about the heavy metal Cadmium and the signs & symptoms of toxicity. Now I won't list all the symptoms beside taste and smell and taste, but it might be a good idea to discuss it with your doctor especially if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or other kidney issues."
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."
06/30/2014: Mohammed Kutty from Doha Qatar: "Hello. I am 54 year old male. I am anosmic since birth, means I can't smell anything, but can taste, when I was about 10 years old I could remember people saying some bad smell is coming from my nose. I was so ashamed, then eventually nobody told anything like bad smell coming from my nose, which is great for me. Recently I told with my wife about this condition, she was surprised, then she said this is the reason when she is choosing some perfumes I am not showing any interest. My 2 daughters and son are able to smell. I met some ENT docotors they said I have to forgot about this. Since I am blind for smell rose looks nice, but I do not know how it smells, any help for me?"
06/28/2014: Divya from Hyderabad: "since from my childhood I am not able to smell anything.very rarely, and in very very very less amount I can smell any strong perfume, ginger garlic paste, petrol...I think these are the only things I can smell.and I can only smell these things when they are very very close to my nose.otherwise I don't know what is a sense of smell..I am not worrying about this because my life is going good even without smelling anything. I just want to know that this problem lasts forever, or can be cured by any means?"
05/08/2014: Denise from Seattle, WA: "I have a friend who fell and hit the back of his head on the pavement while doing house work outside.This is 6 months later and he has recovered except for the sense of smell is gone...I would like to know if anyone knows or has a suggestion for a remedy as Dr's tell him his sense of smell may or may not come back..Essentially it's a brain issue. I'm leaning towards Acetyl L carnitine or coconut oil, but I'd like some feedback from someone who may have had this experience or knows of it. Thank you very much..."
05/06/2014: Prentiss from US: "I can smell cantaloupe, and fresh lettuce along with fresh ground coffee, fresh ground chocolate, that's it I need help."
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: "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 )"
06/30/2014: Diamond from Ma, US replies: "Nolan: This is only a suggestion, but try checking with a lawyer to see if the state or country you came from can compensate you for the injuries inflicted upon you because of the taser gun. Not for the sake of money but to be able to afford expenses to see specialists for your problem caused by the taser gun. Also it's good to make the state aware that using a taser gun is dangerous no matter what the incident is. Taser guns are dangerous and can and do cause permanent and life time injuries. Good luck."
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."