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Most people who had Covid-19 experienced loss of taste and smell. Some got it back after recovering but there are a few people who are still struggling with these two senses. In fact, some people report that their sense of taste and smell hasn’t returned to normal even after months of having recovered from the disease.
The good news is that you can take the help of some home remedies to get your smell and taste back on track!
1. Castor oil
“Put one drop of warm castor oil in each nostril. It is necessary to do it twice a day for the best results. This practice is beneficial in eliminating inflammation,” says Dr Ankita Gupta, Ayurvedic expert from Birla Ayurveda.
Add 2 to 3 chopped garlic pods to a cup of water. Boil the ingredients in a saucepan. Once the mixture cools down, strain it completely and drink it. The anti-inflammatory properties of garlic compounds can help treat a stuffy nose.
Add lemon and honey to a glass of water. You can drink this mixture immediately. This beverage has a strong citrusy smell. The properties of these two ingredients can help with the return of taste and smell.
“Take a piece of peeled ginger and chew it slowly. Start chewing the ginger piece at regular intervals. If you can’t chew the ginger piece directly, consume ginger tea. Do this every day. The aroma of ginger is strong and can enhance your sense of smell and taste,” recommends Dr Gupta.
Take ten peppermint leaves and add them to a cup of water. Boil the ingredients in a saucepan. Strain the solution once it cools down and add some honey to it. Drink it immediately. The main constituent of peppermint leaves is menthol. It is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial in nature which can alter your sense of smell and taste.
6. Drink enough water
Drinking plenty of water helps in clearing unwanted cough. Water keeps the body hydrated. This can help avoid problems of smell and taste.
“With the help of hot steam, nasal congestion and nose blockage will be cured. That will give your nose an open gate to breathe,” suggests Dr Gupta.
“You can choose any of these home remedies to get your taste and smell back, but make sure you practice it every day. The best time to put these home remedies to practise is in the morning,” suggests Dr Gupta.
Naturally, regaining the sense of smell and taste is essential. While there is no demonstrated solution to do so after recovering from Coronavirus, you can always rely on diet changes and home remedies which may assist you to recuperate quicker.