Anosmia by definition is the loss or impairment of the sense of smell.
Statistics state that 86% of patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 reported problems with their sense of smell. For them, improvement has been slow, taking upwards of 60 days for 75-85% to regain that sense. For 5% of those, some have not regained a sense of smell in 6 months, if ever. That is where smell training comes in.
What is smell training for loss of smell?
On the website: www.Abscent.org a UK organization that has awesome information on loss of smell. I highly recommend visiting and learning about this training. Joining is free, donations are accepted.
I decided to post this after I came across companies selling a set of inhalers for $22.00 on the internet. The proper use of inhalers is not the same technique used for smell training. I highly recommend Abscent.org.
According to Abscent.org, the traditional oils to use for smell training are: Lemon, clove, rose and eucalyptus.
Keep your smell training jars somewhere convenient so that you remember to use them twice daily. A good place is by your bed. This way you will remember to use them right after you wake up and then just before you go to sleep.
Dilution of essential oils is sometimes tricky, what size bottle, jar or tin are we using? Did we double or halve the recipe?
Most of the time, that is an easy equation to figure out: 5-6 drops per 30 ml of carrier. That should be the end of my blog…but it is not.
What about the oils that we must use in low dilution? Say a .07%? How do we figure that out? I do not want to make 30 ml of anything, just a 10 ml rollerball…. how much essential oil is that? Or a 5 ml bottle—I use those a lot.
Uses for essential oils are in the chart below, note the dilution rate for specific issues.