Natural Remedies for Anosmia (Loss of Smell)

| Modified on May 18, 2022
Posted by Tommo (Scotland) on 02/23/2021
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Colonics worked for me, not only restoring my sense of smell but colonics also gave my complexion a noticeable healthy glow!

Posted by Jen (Australia) on 01/30/2021
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I lost my sense of smell due to zinc deficiency. Covid also burns through zinc, and bioavailable copper. But taking a zinc supplement like Zn picolinate alone is short term ok, but bad for copper long term. Best to eat something like oysters (high in both zinc and copper). Zinc ionophores might also be relevant eg quercetin. Make sure iron levels are not high, as iron feeds infections eg ferritin under 40, saturation under 35%. Iron chelation is being used in covid treatment. Natural iron chelators include cabbage, Bragg Apply Cider V, green tea, quercetin, lactoferrin, IP6. Cheers.

Posted by Ed (Fla.) on 01/28/2021
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For over 60 plus year I have been told that the loss of taste or smell is as a result of zinc deficiency. I know we are told not to take large amounts of zinc, but for many years I took 100mg or more every day. Everyone must make their own decisions on what and how much to take. Pray on it.

Be Well,


Alpha Lipoic Acid
Posted by Adriana (California) on 01/28/2021
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I recently had covid myself with loss of taste and smell. What has been helping with the loss of taste and smell has been Alpha Lipoic Acid 600mg 2 times a day. Also Sulphurophane (concentrated broccoli sprout extract and Barleans omega 3 oil, key lime. Good results in 2 weeks.

Smell Therapy
Posted by Nothy (On) on 01/28/2021
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It takes years to grow your sense of smell back - it grows at a rate of 1mm per year. BUT, I used different smells to grow mine. I used Vicks Vapour Rub and held it at my chin and breathed deeply so I could smell it (then later my waist, then the floor...)

Anosmia Triggered by Virus
Posted by Paracelsus (Orlando, FL) on 12/11/2020 47 posts

I read somewhere that loss of smell and taste are due to a lack of zinc. Try taking a zinc supplement.

Anosmia Triggered by Injury
Posted by Charity (faithville, Us) on 10/26/2020

interesting how cannabis is related to a zinc copper balance when I googled it. Too much zinc lowers copper and visa versa and low zinc causes loss of taste and smell. zinc used up as your body fight colds and flu and copper is used to fight grey hair and parasites. Hope this helps.

Anosmia Triggered by Injury
Posted by Laura (Southern New Jersey) on 10/23/2020
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I have not had a sense of smell since I was pregnant with my first child. Had opened a can of tuna fish and that was the last time I have ever smelled anything- he is 30 years old now. Went to many doctors explaining my loss of smell and they either said there is nothing you can do or you must be insane - ???

I believe prior cocaine use is truly to blame but - also had a bad car accident with head trauma. I cannot explain this but in recent years I have not been able to take pain medication and started cannabis

I have my sense of smell after smoking cannabis, usually the weed reeks bad (I can smell that) and then the occasional fragrance wafts up, glass of grape juice was the first time I had a sense, that was 12 years ago. I have learned to "feel" bad smells, hangs heavy or looks bad!!

But my 30 year old did save my life recently when a gas line in a house was left open, he came down the stairs yelling CAN"T YOU SMELL THAT??!!! It was accidentally left opened in the laundry area. I never would of noticed- thanks

Posted by Ginger G (Ohio) on 10/08/2018
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I have had bouts with loss of smell and taste for a few years now...Prednisone used to bring it back but that no longer works. Last night I chewed a garlic clove and I almost tasted it a little. took a zinc pill and today I tasted a little, haven't tasted for about a month now. I swabbed out my nose with caster oil without hexane and tonight I will try the drops. I'll let you know as we go along...

Capsaicin Nose Spray
Posted by Jack (Phoenix, Az) on 09/16/2017
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Restore smell loss due to too much magnesium with common nose sprays with natural ingredients:

Restoring sense of smell after losing it from too much magnesium is easy, but it burns a bit. Lots of cold cures include magnesium. I've lost my sense of smell twice using magnesium in nasal gels and cold lozenges. Just go to any drug store and get one of the capsaicin nose sprays, like Sinus Buster, at Walgreens or Walmart or CVS or wherever. They are used for sinus issues and migraines and cluster headache attacks. Just use as directed. Smell came back pretty quickly; I think it was the same day I started the capsaicin spray. The ones I still have in the fridge are Allergy Buster, Sinus Buster, and Headache Buster. I use them for cluster headache attacks. But I no longer use magnesium for colds, as it aggravates my cluster headache attacks.

Castor Oil
Posted by Phyllis (Buffalo) on 07/24/2017
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After using saline rinse and prescribed medication, I am happy to report today I can smell. I lost that sense for a couple of months. Castor oil is the remedy. I can smell again. I know it will improve with time. I'm sold, I feel like pressure is lifted from my sinuses. Remember its only day one and Im estatic.

Castor Oil
Posted by Srinivas (Hyderabad) on 07/03/2017
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Posted by Ron (Nyc) on 04/22/2017
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Serrapeptase has worked for loss of smell. I took it for about 1 month now due to a traumatic brain injury, on a empty stomach as directed right before I slept. I would wake up with blood residue/scar tissue on my nose which helped clear up the olfatory system. I have regained about 70% of my smell now after my fall. (I fell off a motorcycle and landed on my back).

Alpha Lipoic Acid
Posted by Rsw (Oh) on 04/21/2017


I always try to buy the r-alpha lipoic acid form which is supposed to be better in the body. If you look online for r-alpha lipoic acid, you will have a choice between several brands. If I am allowed to mention this, I find Life Extension to be a good source. Best wishes.

Alpha Lipoic Acid
Posted by Con (Cranbourne, North Victoria ) on 04/19/2017

Hello, I also have lost my taste and smell for over a year now due to a viral infection. I just wanted to know where can I buy this alpha lipoic acid from?

Posted by Laura (Oklahoma) on 04/02/2017

Hi, I have Hashimotos thyroiditis too. I own a small bakery. and lost my smell and taste just over 2 years ago. I know your pain. I am constantly searching for an answer.

Castor Oil
Posted by Rachel Paul (Indiana) on 01/24/2017
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Castor oil is beginning to work for me, lost smell and taste for many months, Growth in my left lower cavity on MRI, I used Qtip to swath entire nostril cavities twice a day basically one drop each side months without taste or smell, taste and smell are returning after a week.

Cranial Sacral Therapy
Posted by Deb (San Jose, Ca) on 12/31/2016
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Cranial adjustments on a regular basis helped me regain my sense of smell.

Vitamin D3 and Calcium
Posted by Caroline (Kent, England) on 11/04/2016
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I lost my sense of smell last year during a bout of bronchitis. When I was given steroids the sense of smell returned but, of course, you can't take steroids indefinitely, so when the course finished my sense of smell disappeared. Back to gloom. Then something interesting happened at the beginning of this year, I was diagnosed with a severe Vitamin D3 deficiency. Within 2 weeks of starting the D3 (4,000 units per day) my sense of smell returned. When the first part of this intense course stopped the sense of smell disappeared, only to return when the second stage started. In the end my Vit.D levels were satisfactory and my tablets stopped. My sense of smell disappeared within a few days.

My calcium levels were then found to be depleted so I was put on Calcium/D3 tablets (daily dose 3000mg calcium/800 units D3), but my smell didn't return. After discussion with my doctor he agreed to supplement the Calcium/D3 tabs with an extra daily dose 1,600 units of D3. Three weeks later glorious smell returned.

Sense of smell is governed by the olfactory nerves in the nose which send messages to the brain. Vitamin D3 is important for the neurological pathways in the body. Quid pro quo. I hope my journey helps someone else.

Posted by Vibegirl (Buffalo, Ny) on 10/24/2016 15 posts
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I knew someone years ago who had lost their sense of smell and got it back by eating horseradish daily - not too much but small amounts a couple times per day. I can't remember how long it took but thought I'd mention it!

Anosmia Triggered by Antibiotics
Posted by Lala (South Africa ) on 10/23/2016
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I have using it for almost a month now, after I have lost a sense of smell because of antibiotics given by my GP, I haven't lost hope, it will help me when the time is right, every thing smells sweet indoors and out doors everything smell metal, and I went back to my GP and he gave me nasal drops for one month, and planning on sending me to ENT, how long must you use castor oil to get results???

Anosmia Triggered by Antibiotics
Posted by Rosalia (South Africa ) on 10/13/2016
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I have loss a sense of smell two months ago due to antibiotics, but I have found that castor oil is the best home remedy and I am using it now for the past 8 days, no sign of smell but I will continue to use it with the nasal spray got from my GP when I went back to tell him that the antibiotics have impaired me. I will pray and use castor oil until I reap the outcome.

Anosmia Trigger by Antibiotics
Posted by Charity (Faithville , Usa) on 09/12/2016

I read antibiotics deplete zinc.

Anosmia Triggered by Antibiotics
Posted by Hezekiah (London, Uk) on 09/08/2016
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I just recently noticed I can't smell any more. I had an infection and doctor gave ampicillin capsules to use for a week. Immediately after the course of that medication I can't smell at all.

Anosmia Triggered by Injury
Posted by Timh (Ky) on 09/05/2016 2075 posts

In any case of injury or any case of loss of smell, the number one go-to nutrient is Zinc. 50mg daily for a few days or wks and if taken any longer add 1.5-3mg Copper.

Many other really good suggestions here, but it is worth considering also supplementing Glutamine and Omega 3 Fatty Acids like Fish, Krill, or Flax Oil. More good natural remedies for the brain is Hemp/CBD, Taurine, Acetyl L-Carnitine.

I always use Magnet Therapy immediately following an injury and daily until healed.

Anosmia Triggered by Injury
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 09/03/2016

Dear Sean,

If I were you, I think I would focus on nourishing the brain, reducing any possible inflammation that is there, and using herbs that are healing to nerves.

Brain Nourishing - Extra Virgin Coconut oil. Start with about 1 tablespoon a day. Try to work up to and maintain 2 tablespoons a day.

Turmeric - to reduce inflammation. 1/2 teaspoon a couple of times a day. Mixed into milk. Or 2 capsules twice a day.

Burdock Root is a blood purifier that helps the nerves. 2 capsules 3 times a day.

Also consider the supplement niacin for its positive effects on the brain and serrapeptase. It helps to get rid of non living tissue in the body, in the case that scar tissue is involved in the loss of smell.

Healing the brain could take some time. Research the above and then try out what makes sense to you. Try to stick with it for at least a few months before deciding it isn't working.

Keep us posted. I am hopeful that you will find a solution.

~Mama to Many~

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