Loss Of Smell And Taste
The important senses of smell and taste are our evolutionary guides that we use as warning against dangerous gases and spoiled food-both senses also tell us which foods are good to eat as well. The taste of food is heavily influenced by how it smells and odorless food does generate the same interest in us-fragrances and smells are also known for their ability to evoke vivid memories of the past, usually recollections that are connected with particular smells or odors.
A specific or particular aroma or smell always attracts somebody-though any aroma enjoyed by a person is likely to be loved by other people as well. The sweeter smells such as those from strawberries are preferred by children.
Beside age, sex also plays a role in how humans interact with smells-most children tend to possess a keen sense of smell, as do most women during their term of pregnancy-why, this is so is a matter of conjecture. An epileptic seizure may be preceded by a strong smell hallucination in some individuals affected by this condition.
While the ability to separate salty and bland food may still remain, food tends to taste very bland without the smell or aroma-thus people who suffer from loss of smell tend to eat very little food. The second sense of taste is just as important and is also an exceptional sense, taste enables use to enjoy our food and thus supports our appetite.
The production of saliva or drooling at the smell of food or on tasting a lemon, is a sensation triggered by both senses working in tandem during a meal-this sensation kicks starts the flow of digestive juices which are essential for the proper digestion and assimilation of food in the stomach.
A deficiency of the essential mineral zinc is suggested by the presence of white spots or horizontal ridges on the nails, further symptoms are slow wound healing and sudden hair loss, loss of smell and taste along with a poor memory, are also signs of a deficiency in zinc. Thus these two senses are also controlled to some extent by the amounts of nutrients present in the body.
The presence of a head cold or a sinus infection may be accompanied by the usually minor symptom seen as a loss of the ability to smell-this is temporary in nature. The sense of smell is also impaired and reduced appreciably if the person has a stuffy or runny nose in the allergy season – the loss of smell affects the way in which foods taste to the person.
The receptors for smell are located deep in the nasal cavity and the loss of smell affects how we taste food because the swelling in the nasal mucous membranes will result in the prevention of any aroma from reaching these receptors deep in the nose. Long term affects of the ability to smell aromas can also result if the person is affected by a chronic nasal inflammation-often resulting from an allergy or an infection in the nasal region.
Though rare in occurrence, smell receptors can also be injured by viral infections – this also will result in the complete loss of smell for a temporary period of time.
The presence of any change in the sense of smell-indicates the person is in an environment that has extremely dry air-this will carry far less of the aroma than will moist air environments. The ability to smell and taste things can also be blunted by smoking as the smoke will dry out the nasal passages in a significant manner-especially if the habit is maintained over a long period of time.
An injury can also result in damages to the brain cells regulating the sense of smell due, such loss of smell can also be induced by the presence of a tumor – both these instances are very rare in occurrence. The taste of foods and the ability to differentiate foods can be altered by certain medications-the chemicals in drugs can affect the quality of aromas we smell.
Poor sense of smell and taste results due to a deficiency of the essential mineral zinc in the vast majority of cases and this can be rectified by a suitable supplemental regimen using minerals.
Supplements and herbs
An underlying sinus disorder may be responsible for a lack of smell or taste in the majority of cases. The first aim then must be to treat the cause of the allergy, the cold or the sinusitis affecting the person. The delivery of zinc directly to the cells in the oral cavity is best achieved through the use of zinc lozenges used on a regular basis.
The symptoms of the cold can also be treated using supplements of the vitamin A. topical administrations of a liquid vitamin A in the form of a micellized fluid may be done directly on the affected tissues – this will bring immediate improvement in the affected tissues. The antioxidant actions of the vitamin will fight off all infections and help protect against the possibility of recurring symptoms.
Taste buds that have become desensitized by an over indulgence in sweets, tobacco and coffee is usually relieved by taking a one to three day fast-drinking only water during the period. The liver is also rejuvenated and detoxified by this method.
Try herbal remedies for a couple of weeks, use a tsp. of Swedish bitters mixed in some water – take this herbal remedy before and following meals on a daily basis. The loss in the sense of taste can be regained by taking a combination herbal remedy consisting of three tbsp. of the herbs such as chamomile, along with two tbsp. of the lavender herb, two tbsp. of the herbal calendula infusion, three tbsp. of the thyme herb, followed by four tbsp. of the hyssop along with three tbsp. of juniper berries.
Use a single cup of water to boil. two tsp. of this herbal mixture, and let the herbs steep in the water for fifteen minutes, carefully strain the mixture and drink three cups of this herbal concoction every day for a treatment period lasting a few weeks.
At times a persistent candida infection or infection from parasites can result in the loss of taste or smell; in such cases the tea tree oil is effective in treating the loss of smell or taste. Use this herbal oil for rinsing your mouth two times every day-use only a few drops of the tea tree oil, mixed in water-this treatment must be followed for a few weeks at a time.
Micellized vitamin A, 25,000 IU.
Zinc lozenges, 15 mg thrice a day.
Other beneficial herbs
- From Glen Houston
- I lost my sense of taste and smell in 2006 after a tonsillectomy that went wrong. An artery in my throat ruptured 2 days later. After my recovery I had lost my sense of taste and smell. I tried everything from nasal sprays to diet changes, vitamins…you name it. It came back twice but only for 2 days both times and only mildly.
- A cat scan showed that my sinuses were all blocked (sinusitis) but nothing except Prednisone cleared it up but that sent me to the hospital with bad side effects. It wasn’t until 1 week ago that I decided to try using a gel ice pack that I got results. After applying it to my forehead and cheeks for 15 minutes (1 day) my smell and taste started to return. 2 days later… I have been using the gel pack now for a week and my taste & smell are getting stronger day by day.
- It is unbelievable that something so simple has returned something to me that I figured was gone for the rest of my life…Now I have to worry about ballooning out because eating is so much fun now ! ! I hope this help somebody Glen.