What is Anosmia & How Can Essential Oils Help?
Anosmia refers to complete loss of smell and can be onset by a variety of conditions.
Anosmia is often temporary when brought on by a cold or allergies, a sinus infection, or other conditions that may irritate or inflame the nose’s lining. We take for granted our sense of smell, as it is one of our 5 senses that we use daily. Of course, you won’t be able to enjoy simple pleasures such as smelling roses, but it may also have a drastic, and even dangerous impact on your life. Loss of smell disables you from being able to smell gas leaks or spoiled food and also affects your taste, which could lead to depression.
Anosmia differs from hyposmia, which is more loosely defined as decreased sensitive to smell. Luckily, most cases of anosmia and hyposmia get better on their own with time, but it has been found that training your brain by “smelling” certain scents that you have memories attached to can help speed up the process. This is referred to as smell training.
What is Smell Training?
Loss of smell is definitely no fun and can even have an impact on how you taste food. While the path to recovery is typically natural (and can be guided by a doctor), smell training is a practice that can help speed up the process and get you back to work with one of your precious senses.
Compiling a Smell Kit with Essential Oils
To begin smell training, you first need at least 4 essential oils. Popular essential oils for a smell training kit are lemon, eucalyptus, clove and peppermint. However, you can use whichever scents you prefer or that is more personal to your memory. Guru Nanda’s 6 pack of essential oils contains 6 of the most popular scents.
Once you have compiled your smell test kit, the process is easy. At first, you will not be able to smell anything, but you must remember that is why you are practicing smell training in the first place. The goal then is to take gentle sniffs of each essential oil for about 30 seconds and focus on your memories of the scent. During this process, it is important to be focused and eliminate outside distractions.
For example, say you begin your smell training with lemon essential oil. As you take sniffs of the essential oil, focus on memories or times you have smelled the scent in the past. You may be reflect on a time you cut lemons for dinner, or maybe a memory of your grandmother making a pitcher of fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day. As you recall the memory, you are recalling the scent, although you may not be able to actually smell it.
After focusing on one scent for about 20-30 seconds, move on to the next. Be mindful that as you work with your smell kit, keep encouraging yourself. A good way to do this is to keep a log of your progress each day. Simply make a chart, or write a note on your calendar, about how much of the scent you can smell each day. You may find yourself writing “no scent” each day for a week or more, but eventually you will start to recover your sense and will be overjoyed the day you write in “faint smell” for one of the scents in your smell kit.
Have Patience In Recovering Loss Of Smell
Don’t give up! We know how difficult it may be to suffer from a loss of smell and taste, but through focus, recollection and patience, you can help to recover your senses by using essential oils. Unfortunately, anosmia or hyposmia can happen in both young and older people. Fortunately, smell training can also be done by anyone and in the comfort of your own home.
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