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amother




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Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 12:57 pm
Got the virus over a month ago, Bh pretty mild case. But my sense of smell is still totally dead, which is pretty annoying- I miss the delicious smell of fresh challah in the oven and a freshly brewed cup of coffee- not to mention not knowing if my baby is sitting in a dirty diaper Can't Believe It Anyone tried anything that actually worked?
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ra_mom




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 12:58 pm
Yes I've been doing smell therapy/olfactory training and BH it's working. It takes 2 minutes every day and meant to be done for 4 months.
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amother




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Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:01 pm
ra_mom wrote:
Yes I've been doing smell therapy/olfactory training and BH it's working. It takes 2 minutes every day and meant to be done for 4 months.

Can you please provide more details or post a link with more info?
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malki2




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:03 pm
I’ve also been doing olfactory retraining and it’s been helping. Buy 4 essential oils: clove, eucalyptus, lemon, and rose. Smell them each twice daily. Simple as that.
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#BestBubby




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:07 pm
Maybe zinc supplement?
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amother




Pearl
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:09 pm
Horseradish
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amother




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Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:21 pm
malki2 wrote:
I’ve also been doing olfactory retraining and it’s been helping. Buy 4 essential oils: clove, eucalyptus, lemon, and rose. Smell them each twice daily. Simple as that.

Ok thanks, will try that.. how long does it take? Quite annoying and really hope it comes back!! Guess never really appreciated the simple things in life such as sense of smell!!
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amother




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Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:22 pm
amother [ Pearl ] wrote:
Horseradish

Eat horseradish? Smell horseradish?
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ra_mom




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:24 pm
https://www.businessinsider.co.....020-7

*Olfactory Training by Dr. Zara Patel, assistant professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Stanford University.*
-4 (30ml/1 oz) amber glass jars
-watercolor paper
-rose, clove, eucalyptus & lemon essential oils

(The above is all available on Amazon.)

Cut the heavy watercolor paper to fit the bottom of each jar. Insert the cut paper to line the bottom of the jars. Place 5 drops of one essential oil into the first jar. Label jar & lid and cover so you know what's in the jar; seal tightly. Repeat with remaining 3 essential oils and jars.

2 times a day, take small mindful sniffs of each scent (around 3 sniffs of each), being curious about the smell, and conjuring up in your mind what that scent smells like. Continue to the next.

Meant to be done for around 4 months.

If you need more source articles, let me know.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod.....adf56
https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod.....c5285
https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod.....e2bc1


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#BestBubby




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:25 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
Eat horseradish? Smell horseradish?


Do NOT sniff fresh horseradish. I did this as a child erev pesach and felt like I inhaled FIRE!

To this day, I have a reduced sense of smell which I believe comes from sniffing fresh horseradish.

But EATING SMALL amounts of horseradish can clear the sinuses and enhance sense of smell.
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Fab4




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:31 pm
My mother is struggling with this, but the not tasting is annoying her even more. Any tips for that? Thanks
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amother




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Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:33 pm
ra_mom wrote:
https://www.businessinsider.com/interest-in-smell-therapy-covid-19-patients-suffer-smell-loss-2020-7

*Olfactory Training by Dr. Zara Patel, assistant professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Stanford University.*
-4 (30ml/1 oz) amber glass jars
-watercolor paper
-rose, clove, eucalyptus & lemon essential oils

(The above is all available on Amazon.)

Cut the heavy watercolor paper to fit the bottom of each jar. Insert the cut paper to line the bottom of the jars. Place 5 drops of one essential oil into the first jar. Label jar & lid and cover so you know what's in the jar; seal tightly. Repeat with remaining 3 essential oils and jars.

2 times a day, take small mindful sniffs of each scent (around 3 sniffs of each), being curious about the smell, and conjuring up in your mind what that scent smells like. Continue to the next.

Meant to be done for around 4 months.

If you need more source articles, let me know.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod.....adf56
https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod.....c5285
https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod.....e2bc1

Thanks for all the details and links, really hope it doesn’t take four months!
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ra_mom




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:35 pm
Fab4 wrote:
My mother is struggling with this, but the not tasting is annoying her even more. Any tips for that? Thanks

It goes together and comes back together.
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Fab4




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:37 pm
ra_mom wrote:
It goes together and comes back together.


Ok thanks I'll tell her about the essential oils.
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malki2




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 1:40 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
Ok thanks, will try that.. how long does it take? Quite annoying and really hope it comes back!! Guess never really appreciated the simple things in life such as sense of smell!!


I felt the same way!
Let’s put it this way: when I started I was at about 5% capacity. Now (after six weeks) I’m probably up to 50%.
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ra_mom




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 2:01 pm
Don't sniff the whole bottle of essential oil the way it comes. It's very potent and shouldn't be played around with.
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tweety1




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 2:08 pm
A month is not long at all. I had covid the week after Purim and it's still not back all the way.
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amother




Aubergine
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 2:09 pm
malki2 wrote:
I felt the same way!
Let’s put it this way: when I started I was at about 5% capacity. Now (after six weeks) I’m probably up to 50%.


Could be just from time passing but I guess it can't harm.
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amother




Sienna
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 2:23 pm
#BestBubby wrote:
Maybe zinc supplement?


What is the reasoning behind this? Zinc messed up your sense of smell and taste to begin with...
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Moonlight




 
 
 
 

Post  Sun, Oct 25 2020, 2:25 pm
I'm in same situation.
My husband been really good about smelling things all day and his smell is almost all back. I'm not on top of it and cant smell at all
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