- Sep 20, 2018
Thank the gods you can still taste coffee and enjoy tacos!Back in November of 2022, I had COVID. I completely lost my sense of smell - seriously, I could not even smell garlic or coffee. Gradually, some of my sense of smell has come back to me over the last year but not completely and also, not accurately. For example, my husband, friends and I all got on an elevator after someone had been in it with a particularly overpowering perfume. They all smelled perfume, I smelled only alcohol. It smelled like a hospital to me.
This has really impacted my food consumption. I've lost 45 lbs. Granted, I needed to lose it - but a lot of the reason is because I just don't want to eat anymore. About the only things I can taste are coffee, tuna, tacos and pickles. Thank heaven for tacos. Even when I can't taste the veggies and cheese in them, I can taste the spice and I like the crunchy texture.
I need to throw a couple of emergency tacos in my purse!
You may already know this, but you can « retrain your brain » to get your sense of smell (and taste) back.
COVID-19 can affect how some people smell and taste, even after they recover. Learn why it happens, how long symptoms last and how to speed up recovery.
COVID-19 doesn’t appear to damage olfactory nerves or taste buds directly – it only affects the cells that support your olfactory nerves.
Your body is great at rebuilding nerve support cells. Over time, the ones supporting your olfactory nerves should completely heal themselves.
However, it’s possible you may need to retrain your brain to interpret signals it hasn’t experienced for a while.
So, how can you train your senses to smell again after COVID-19? Smell therapy can help – the process involves smelling different strong scents for at least 20 seconds while thinking about memories and experiences involving the scent. We generally recommend rose, lemon, clove and eucalyptus essential oils because the smells are strong and distinctive.
Just keep in mind that it can take three months or longer to notice improvements with smell therapy. It’s important to stick with it.