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Medic for Loss of Smell and Taste

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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.

Other causes include excessive smoking, nutritional deficiencies, certain nervous system diseases, radiation therapy, fever, blocked nasal passages, sinusitis, viral or upper respiratory infections, and gum diseases.


Loss of smell and taste can have a significant impact on quality of life, often leading to loss of appetite and poor nutrition as eating food becomes less enjoyable. This can contribute to depression and many other health problems. If you are experiencing loss of taste and smell, try some simple home remedies to help restore these important senses.

home remedies for loss of smell and taste

Here are the top 10 home remedies for loss of smell and taste.

1. Castor Oil

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.

  1. Warm some castor oil in a microwave for a few seconds.
  2. Put 1 drop of the warm oil in each nostril.
  3. Do this twice daily, in the morning and before going to bed.
  4. Repeat until you regain your sense of smell and taste.

2. Garlic

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.

  1. Chop 2 or 3 garlic cloves.
  2. Put them in 1 cup of water and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and drink while it is still warm.
  4. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.

3. Ginger

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.

loss of smell and taste home remedy

  • 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.

4. Steam Inhalation

Steam inhalation can help regain your smelling and tasting power, if the cause is nasal congestion.

do steam inhalation

The moist, warm steam will reduce inflammation and clear up the blockage in the nasal passages.

  1. Boil some water in a small pan.
  2. Add a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil to the water.
  3. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam for a few minutes.
  4. Do this at least 2 times daily.

5. Cayenne Pepper

If sinusitis, the common cold or upper respiratory infections are causing loss of smell and taste, try cayenne pepper. Its active component capsaicin helps reduce nasal congestion. It also stimulates saliva production, which improves taste.

  • Mix 1 teaspoon each of cayenne pepper and honey and have it a few times a day to loosen up mucus and stimulate secretion.
  • Include cayenne pepper in your cooking to help stimulate your salivary glands. You can also use black pepper as it stimulates the taste buds.

6. Lemon

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.

Medic for Loss of Smell and Taste was last modified: August 11th, 2016 by Top10HomeRemedies
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32 thoughts on “Medic for Loss of Smell and Taste”

  1. I am reading your cownseling of the 10topremedies.It is very interesting and mayby helpful. I say maybe, beacouse I didnete try none yet. But I will start on it soon then I will say something!

    1. I read it 3-4 times. Tanks. it is very difficult to sense while cooking or otherwise.
      Please explain me should these remedies be tried all at a time. OR try one for week and then shift to next. what is L-carnosine will it help? Can I try steroid ? I am realy worried.

  2. I am using castor oil for my sense of smell and taste. Have only been using it for a couple of days, has helped some. How long before I will be able to smell everything? I also take a zinc supplement everyday! Thanks.

  3. I lost the sense of taste as a result of case of pneumonia in early December. I have not lost all sense of smell which gives me hope that I may recover some taste. I will try the suggested remedies.

  4. I had the Flu at Xmas, I went to the Doctor and was prescribed antibiotics as I also had a middle ear infection from it. I have since lost all my smell and taste. I have had a full blood test which showed all is now clear and have been told it may never return . It is very depressing, especially when you have to eat and cannot enjoy the foods you take for granted. Hoping for other ideas out there.

  5. Hi,
    If someone lose any sense, It will be big issue for him or her. I will tray each way from these remedies to get smell as soon as possible. Finally, Please don’t forget to ask God to help you.

    Have a good time,

  6. I loss smell and taste since from 3 years sinusities polyp surgery done only improve in respiratory not in taste and smell please tell some one who improve in anosmia I will thankful for them.

  7. I’m 67 years old and over the last 12 months or so I’ve lost most of my sense of taste. None of the usual explanations seemed to apply to me so I assumed it was age related. Last week I ate a serving of kimchee for the first time. The next morning my sense of taste had completely returned. Coincidence? I don’t know, but I will continue to eat kimchee.

  8. Lost sense of taste after brain surgery. I can still smell everything perfectly, but not taste. Many of these suggestions assume your smell is gone too. I am open to any additional suggestions

    1. I too have most smell but a little distorted but my taste is gone . No one has the answers for me . Would really appreciate it if you do find help if you would share please. Thank you

  9. I used to do alot of coca8ne and haven’t lived the best life at all times but my taste and smell has deminished. I thank everyone for there comments …Kimchee, can’t wait to try it. I’ll try everything and then come back qnd comment of anything works

  10. 6 months with dimenished smell, also foul smell sometimes, distorted smell of familiar things. have been taking vitamin B12, zinc, Vit C. Ginger, garlic, beets, carrots, Rhubard. smell is distorted still, have not had as much foul smell in last week. I did a scratch sniff test and go to ENT on this Thursday to see what else the doctor has for me.
    thanks for all the tips

  11. Never knew not being able to smell could be so horriable !! I had thyroid cancer I can differentiate sweet from savory but I can’t smell anything and I can’t tell what the savory is I’m eating or what the sweet is I’m eating , I can taste garlic and onion only can’t smell perfume smoke nothing!!

    1. FYI – Kimchee is fermented/rotten cabbage, by the way. It is good for you, but it smells and tastes horrible, and a very strong horrible at that (like rotten feces). It’s one of the hardest tastes to acquire, but people do and end up liking it!

  12. Its good to know im not alone… Cause I want so badly to taste and smell again & at the same time THANKING GOD I can still hear, see & feel…

  13. I’m a smoker n it’s been a number of years since I last tasted or smelt anything I can be n the worst smelling place n it wouldn’t affect me.I do wish I can get my taste back even just a little bit.I’m from south Africa I am gonna look for kimchee

  14. I put some vapor rub in my nose even though it’s not recommended, then I put a bandana or thin silk scarf headband over my face making sure to cover my nose and mouth, then I rub a little bit of vapor rub on the outside of the scarf that covers my mouth and nose. Woke up the next morning and could smell for two days, then went back to not being able to smell for years again. Fluke? Beats me. I still try it to no avail. Head injury was the cause. God bless.

  15. So depressing, I fell in September and cracked the back of my head open …suffered a major concussion with headaches and dizziness for almost two weeks-I was in so much pain, I didn’t notice I couldn’t smell-but I knew I couldn’t taste right away…then I got a terrible cold just as I was starting to feel better…so two more weeks of no taste and now smell-which made sense to me because I had a cold. Now that I am well, it is apparent to me that I have zero smell and no taste really, I can sense peppermint toothpaste, I am trying the lemon water…and can sense it is tart but the after taste in my mouth after I eat or drink anything is metallic…
    I am going to try all the remedies and pray …I am a cook and now can’t tell if a recipe is good 😔

  16. First I say Thank You Jesus for waking me this morning. I Thank everyone for all the comments as I have little smell and bad taste as I was very ill in the latter part of July past out on cement and broke my wrist in 2 places and chipped the bone. Went to ER where they discovered an UTI along with a little pneumonia stay in hospital 4 days came home and in 4 more days had to go back to ER because I couldn’t breath well I had depleated my body of oxygen had viral and bacteria pneumonia, stayed for 11 days and came home with oxygen. As of today I still have to sleep with oxygen. I feel positive about all the comments and I will reply when I have tried some of these and the Kimchee.May God Bless all of you who are suffering with this. Thank You…….. Female that is 60

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