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Anosmia – Natural Homeopathic Medicines for Loss of Smell

Homeopathy for loss of smell

Anosmia is a condition in which a person loses his/her sense of smell. Smell is one of the five senses a human being possesses. The odor molecules in the air surrounding us enter our nostrils, and are detected by the olfactory receptors. These receptors send a signal to the brain center via a nerve where the smell is identified, this is how we identify different smells and odors.

Loss of smell makes a person unable to perceive pleasant odors (like fragrances) and also sense danger situations that can be detected by smell (like gas leakage or smoke). Our sense of smell also plays a significant role in how food tastes, and so anosmia can also lead to a loss of taste (ageusia) and lack of interest in eating.

A person may suffer from partial or total loss of smell (conditions known as hyposmia and anosmia respectively). Loss of smell can be present since birth, in such a case a child is born without any sense of smell. Anosmia may be temporary or permanent depending upon the cause behind it.

Homeopathic Treatment Of Anosmia

Homeopathy offers natural and effective treatment for anosmia. These medicines are suitable to treat anosmia in people of all age groups. Since these medicines are made of natural substances, they treat the condition in a safe, effective manner. They treat the root cause of anosmia to bring about excellent recovery.

Homeopathic Medicines for Anosmia

The top indicated homeopathic medicines for anosmia include Natrum Mur, Silicea, Pulsatilla, Calcarea carb, Kali Bichromicum and Lemna Minor. 

1. Natrum Mur – For Anosmia With Nasal Allergies

Natrum Mur is an effective homeopathic medicine for anosmia where there are nasal allergies present. The guiding features to use Natrum Mur include loss of smell along with other nasal discharges and dryness in nostrils. In a few cases, nasal discharges (that look like egg white) may be present. Other features include nose blockage that makes breathing difficult, and violent sneezing (especially during the morning). A very specific squirming sensation of a worm crawling in nostrils may be present with the symptoms mentioned.

2. Silicea – For Anosmia Linked With Chronic Cold

Silicea is a well-indicated homeopathic remedy for anosmia where the person suffers from chronic cold. The people needing Silicea have a history of yellowish, chronic, offensive, fetid nasal discharges prior loss of smell. For using Silicea, the symptoms that may be present along with a loss of smell include a burning sensation in nostrils, dryness in nostrils and the presence of hard crusts in the nostrils. In some cases, soreness and itching in the nostrils may also be present.

3. Pulsatilla – For Loss Of Smell With Loss Of Taste

Pulsatilla is an effective medicine for anosmia attended with loss of taste. In some cases, the person may experience loss of appetite. Other attending features include thick greenish nasal discharges and sneezing, especially during sleep. The symptoms tend to worsen indoors and are better in the open air. In some cases, itching in nostrils during the evening time may also be present. Stoppage of the nose in the evening while going to bed is another symptom that may be noted.

4. Calcarea Carb – For Anosmia And Nasal Blockage

This medicine offers great help when there is loss of smell and nasal blockage. Nasal blockage makes breathing through nose difficult especially at night. There may also occur nasal dryness while in some cases yellow colored nasal discharge flows. It also offers best help when loss of smell is linked with nasal polyps.

5. Kali Bichromicum – For Anosmia with Sinusitis

Kali Bichromicum is a natural homeopathic medicine for anosmia that is linked with sinusitis. The main symptoms that indicate the need for Kali Bichromicum include constant stuffiness in the nose, stringy/sticky nasal discharge and fullness at the root of the nose. A sinus headache also appears along with nasal symptoms. Other accompanying symptoms include a tickling sensation in the nostrils and postnasal discharge of mucus.

 6.Lemna Minor – Homeopathic Cure for Anosmia with Nasal Polyps

Lemna Minor is an important homeopathic medicine for anosmia in cases of nasal polyps. The person requiring this remedy experience loss of smell, obstruction in nostrils, and frequent sneezing attacks. The other symptoms include a thick, viscid or excessive purulent (pus-like) discharge from the nose. The nasal symptoms tend to get worse in damp surroundings and rainy weather.

7. Hepar Sulph – For Loss Of Smell Associated With Cold Or Sinus Infection

This medicine can be used when there is loss of smell along with cold or sinus infection. A characteristic symptom present is sneezing and nasal blockage when inhaling cold air. Discharge occurs from the nose which is thick and sometimes blood stained. At times there occur dripping of mucus from back of nose into throat. The mucus is often blood stained. Pain in bony part of nose may also be felt.

8. Phosphorus – For Loss Of Smell And Alternate Nasal Discharge And Blockage

This medicine is useful when a person complains of loss of smell and an alteration between nasal discharge and blockage. It can be attended with frequent sneezing. Sometimes there is painful dryness in the nose. The nasal discharge may dry into a crust form and stick to the nostrils. The nose may be sore to touch.

Symptoms Attending Anosmia

Depending on the cause behind anosmia, a person shows symptoms like nasal discharge, post nasal drip, sneezing and nasal blockage.

Persons having anosmia may also have loss of taste

Complete loss of smell may make it difficult to sense a dangerous circumstance and take measures to stop it, for example if there is gas leakage from cylinder or fire, a person suffering from anosmia may be unable to sense it and seek help.

Sometimes loss of smell may lead to depression.

Causes Of Anosmia

The reasons behind anosmia are variable. Anosmia may arise due to swelling in the nose, blockage in the nose that hinders odors reaching the top of nose or due to damage to brain /olfactory nerve (that sends signal of smell from nose to brain) /olfactory receptors.  However, in approximately 20 per cent of the cases, anosmia has no cause (a condition known as idiopathic anosmia). The causes of anosmia are summed below:

Causes related to nasal irritation or congestion:

1. Sinusitis (acute or chronic) –Inflammation of the lining of paranasal sinuses.

2. Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) – Nasal allergy where inhalation of allergens like dust mites, pollen leads to symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, itching in nose or eyes, watering from nose.

3. Common cold – viral infection of upper respiratory tract

4. Influenza – viral infection of respiratory tract caused by influenza virus

5. Non – allergic (vasomotor) rhinitis – In this condition, symptoms similar to allergic rhinitis appear, but without any known cause.

6. COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) – An infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus

Causes related to blockage / obstruction of nasal passage:

1. Nasal polyps – soft, non-cancerous growths in lining of nasal passage or paranasal sinuses.

2. Tumours in nose

3. DNS (deviated nasal septum) –  displacement of thin wall separating right and left nasal passage to one side.

Causes related to damage to brain or nerve

1. Ageing

2. Parkinson’s Disease – A nervous system disorder characterized by hand tremors, slowness of movement, muscle rigidity, impaired posture and balance

3. Alzheimer’s Ddisease – A neurological disorder that leads to decline in memory, forgetfulness and problems with thinking, reasoning and communication

4. Brain tumours

5. Multiple sclerosis – A disease in which there occurs damage to myelin sheath of nerve cells which impairs communication between brain and the rest of the body parts

6. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), diabetes, head/brain injury, epilepsy (tendency to get fits)

7. Chemical exposure that causes burns inside nose, certain medicines (like antibiotics, antihistamines)
8. Zinc deficiency, poor nutrition

9. Smoking, alcohol misuse

10. In some cases a baby is born with anosmia, then condition is called congenital anosmia.

Anosmia linked with COVID-19

Loss of smell is one of the prominent symptoms of COVID-19 but the mechanism behind it is unknown. It is also one of the earliest and most common symptoms reported in COVID-19. This symptom is more prominent predictive factor for COVID-19. Researches are still trying to find the underlying mechanism behind it. Certain research has found that COVID-19 does not cause permanent anosmia.


A doctor can diagnose anosmia based on symptoms provided by patient and examining the nose.

Depending on the case details the doctor may recommend some tests:

1. CT scan of brain or MRI of brain

2. X-ray of skull

3. Nasal endoscopy to view inside of nose.


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  1. Maryann Csukardi says:

    What homeopathic remedy is good for parasmia after covid. Evsmell like rotten eggs.

  2. Dr Sharma,
    My smell and taste detoriation is most probably linked to a chemotherapic treatment followed by autologe stemcelltransplantation.Are there specific homeopathic remedies to try to solve these problems ?

    Kind regards and thanks in advance

  3. I have had success restoring smell/tasting after ‘the bug’ (cv19 has never been isolated in a laboratory)
    by using the neti pot with himilayan salt or colloidal silver.
    and by using the remedy which my symptoms most closely match to.
    Just do some research and try.
    Also, if you have a polyp, or bad dental work, or took an antibiotic and now have yeast issues, these are things to address also.

  4. Hi sir please tell me a way yo regain my sense of smell.I gradually lost my sense of smell from last 5 years.I truely do not know the reason behind this.I suffered with breathlessness and congestion while carrying my baby in the last trimester. I will be delighted if u can get back to me

  5. Timothy Aaron STYLES says:

    How about lost of taste and smell due to COVID-19?

  6. Julie Schnieders says:

    Is there a particular remedy for getting smell back from covid. I don’t see an answer to this question. Can you please answer with a specific remedy.

  7. Jan Cargill says:

    Hi, about 15 years ago I had a bad cold or flu and haven’t been able to taste or smell since then, except for occasional times when I have been able to. Those times are infrequent and don’t last very long. But at least I know the ability to taste and smell is not destroyed. If there are homeopathic remedies it would be great. I do recall once trying kali bic with no success. I have used Clearlife nasal spray for stuffiness, which helps the stuffiness but doesn’t bring back any taste or smell.

  8. Dear Dr. Sharma

    Thank you for sharing this post. Which homopathic from here or another one would be the best for the loss of taste and smell from covid?

    Thank you for the reply.

    Kind regards

  9. Hi Dr Sharma,
    I’ve had loss of smell and taste for many years.(20+) My guess is Lyme Disease since it all came about when suffering from other facial discomforts around the time I acquired it. It took many years to medically discover it but once I understood symptoms I could almost pinpoint when I got bit many years earlier.

    Is there a remedy that can assist me in recovering my sense of smell?

  10. Kathleen Bosenick says:

    I have lost my sense of snell over 2 years now I may have had a cold or virus or allergy around that time Its difficult to exactly pin point Just wondering how homeopathy could help and how best to explore a remedy etc

  11. Kourtney says:

    Hi Dr. Sharma,

    I have noticed that my sense of smell isn’t as strong since having and recovering from COVID. I had mild symptoms of COVID but lost my sense of smell and taste for about a month when I got COVID. I am wondering if there is any homeopathic medication I can take to help regain my smell.

  12. Hi a friend of mine has debeloped a liss of taste and smell since having a planned gastric bypass. She does experience smells (strong ones) at times.
    What is a homeopathic treatment for this please?


  13. Cara Snover says:

    Hi Dr, Sharma, Could you please advise what remedy would be helpful for loss of taste and smell from covid. I know you mentioned the olfactory nerve and dulled receptors which the virus did.

    • Terese Jones says:

      I am concerned about a good friend who has lost their smell due to Covid. Is there hope for their sense of smell returning?

    • Katherine Moon says:

      Lost my good taste buds. Everything I eat tastes distorted. Coffee tastes like sewer water. What can I do?

  14. Mrinmoy Roy says:

    Thanks for your kindness to answer our questions particularly at this period of pandemic. Can you plz suggest a medicine to be used as a preventive or cure for covid-19?
    Thanks once again.
    Yours faithfully
    M. Roy

    • Dr Sharma,
      My smell and taste detoriation is most probably linked to a chemotherapic treatment followed by autologe stemcelltransplantation.Are there specific homeopathic remedies to try to solve these problems ?

      Kind regards and thanks in advance

  15. after 1 day fever , I lost my smell . How it come sgain

  16. Shalini Sinha says:

    Hello Dr Sharma, I lost sense of smell last January just after acute cold and cough. I receive only pungent smell not the fragrances or flavors. Please suggest the exact medicine and its dosage.

  17. I work at a health food store and wonder, since covid has the side effect of lose of smell, what would you recommend for that or is this something that could be permanent.

  18. Heather Fraser says:

    Hello Dr Sharma, your article has been very helpful to me, however I’m stuck between 2 remedies. Nat Mur and Pulsatilla. I wonder if I can take them both at the same time or just one?
    Also not sure about how much to take.
    Thank you.
    Kind regards

  19. Hello Dr Sharma

    I’d like to know what’s a good medicine to aid complete recovery of smell which I lost due to recent attack of covid. I have some sense of smell but I can smell on my strong of odors.

  20. bhavesh tolani says:

    i lost my smell last 28 days

    • Hi

      My daughter had covid in September and since then she had anosmia. It started to get little better in December but in mid January she began to have parosmia. Not only her sense of smell is badly affected but also her taste. Many foods stink to her and food tastes bad. It is very disturbing and distressing. She is loosing interest in food. Can you please prescribe any medicines to treat parosmia.

      Kind regards

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