If you have lost your sense of smell...
I lost my sense of smell this past year and although it is now back I went through quite a journey to recover it. I wanted to share this.
Have you or someone you know lost your sense of smell recently?
Did you know that inhaling essential oils can help with your olfactory abilities?
Use a piece of cotton pad and drop on an essential oil.
It is best to use a couple of the same essential oils each day. For example suitable candidates are:
Clove bud for spices
Lavender or Geranium for florals
Wild Orange or Tangerine for citrus
Close one nostril and use the open one to inhale and sniff from the cotton pad. Do this 5 times and then swap to the other nostril. Then leave a break of about 3-5 minutes and swap to a different essential oil aroma. Sometimes it can help to take a sniff of coffee between aromas as this can be used to 'clear the palate'. You can pop the cotton pads in separate jam jars with lids or just use a new drop each day (be sure to write down on a label what each one is).
You can keep a log of what you notice about each one and at first it may be nothing. I found the citrus aromas took the most time to return. You may wish to add in another aroma as other ones return and become more noticeable - be mindful of any safety aspects.
Other essential oils I added after a time were Black Spruce, chamomile, magnolia (touch) and Peppermint (the latter was the easiest to notice).
If you want to know more about essential oils that I use please contact me.