Can essential oils help with the loss of smell derived from Covid-19?
What help can essential oils give in Anosmia situations? With the advance of the pandemic, it has been reported by about 10% of the population affected by the Covid-19 virus, who even after 6 months continue with partial or total loss of smell.
The loss of the sense of smell is called Anosmia (total or partial loss of olfactory capacity).
According to studies by Dr. Jane Parker, associate professor of flavor chemistry at the University of Reading, and Dr. Simon Gane, a rhinologist at the University of London, explain that for most people there was local inflammation of the olfactory membrane, this is the membrane responsible for "smell", in which it was obstructed by mucus and swelling and for that reason blocked from the perception of "smells". For most people when these symptoms go away and the swelling resulting from the inflammation reduces it is a matter of a few weeks before the sense of smell is restored.
Some people have had severe inflammation of the olfactory membrane, in which case damage to the nerves and membrane tissue may have resulted in loss of smell. However, they indicate that like several other nerves in the peripheral nervous system, these are possible to regenerate and recover, "They have good chances."
Essential oils and the neuroregeneration of the olfactory membrane
Essential oils are the subject of several studies to determine their degree of effectiveness in helping olfactory recovery. However, it is already possible to see positive testimonies from people who say they have maintained an olfactory training practice with essential oils for 2 months.
The essential oils recommended for this training of our nose are Essential Oil of Rose, in this case it will do the Rose Touch (Roll-On), but also Lemon Essential Oil , Clove Essential Oil (Clove) and Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
The choice of these 4 oils follows the experiences of Thomas Hummel, a German psychologist who developed this technique in 2009 to help nerve recovery of the olfactory membrane. The choice of oils represents 4 categories of aromatic origin (floral, fruity, spicy and resinous). You should inhale each of these oils for 20 seconds twice a day for a period of 2 months.
Essential oils also work as memory-awakening agents that we often associate with emotions, so this practice works not only with the sense of smell, training the nose to smell, looking for the aroma, but also calls for recovery which can be facilitated by scents to which we are most emotionally attached.
Here the important thing is to start having results and little by little perceive the aromas, starting with essential oils that are potent aromatic sources. But in the end you should practice your sense of smell with everything you can. To start, and to give you motivation, look for stronger aromas, such as coffee or strong spices that you have at home.
There are several people who say that Peppermint has been a great help.