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Treating Loss of Smell with Essential Oils

Overview

Alleviating Loss of Smell Naturally with Essential Oils

Author: Joshua Yorgason, MD and Patricia Carpenter, Wellness Advocate

                                                                                                                         

Loss of smell can occur due to trauma, chronic nasal infections or congestion, and advanced age in addition to other causes. In individuals over 80, nearly 75 percent will experience Anosmia, or loss of smell. Nearly half of Americans ages 65-80 will experience Anosmia as well. Over 200,000 people visit their doctor annually related to a smell disorders which also affect taste. Because patients are often unsatisfied with standard medical treatments and because treatment options are very limited, there is a strong need for complementary and alternative medicine approaches for this condition.

 

Overview:

In this protocol, lemon, respiratory essential oil blend,* and protective essential oil blend** are inhaled using special nasal inhalers to help stimulate the olfactory system and reduce loss of smell. Additionally, the protocol recommends swabbing the inside of each nostril with cellular complex essential oil blend*** and taking the cellular vitality complex supplement**** to help restore post-infectious and post-traumatic olfactory dysfunction via cellular repair.

Author's Preliminary Clinical Observations

 

“Anosmia, or loss of smell, is an uncommon condition, which we as otolaryngologists see too often.  We typically work this up with an MRI to rule out a tumor, and then treat with steroids.  It usually does not get better with this algorithm.  We think that loss of smell most commonly is from a virus, and call also be a preliminary sign of dementia, such as with Parkinson’s.  So as I became more familiar with the essential oils, and their aromatic and anti-inflammatory properties, anosmia, or loss of smell, was one of the first conditions I thought to use it for.  I have had only a few patients try this protocol, but a couple have had great success with return of smell function, which I had never seen with conventional medicine.  I feel that for the right cause of loss of smell, you can retrain the olfactory system to grow new cells or for the existing cells to revive and grow new dendrites for the olfactory retraining to be successful.  If you are suffering from loss of smell, you should definitely try this protocol, as you have nothing to lose and only everything to gain.” –Dr. Joshua Yorgason

 

Read About Anosmia (Loss of Smell) by Patricia Carpenter

Background Research Article Summaries and Discussion

 

Essential oils such as peppermint are widely used in alternative medicine for migraine headaches due to their chemical compounds that help stimulate the olfactory response. Various studies have found that essential oils including orange, eucalyptus, rose, clove, and lemon have improved olfactory impairment to help restore loss of smell from both infection and trauma, demonstrating that sensitivity to smells can be returned. Essential oils are thus a viable treatment option for many Anosmia sufferers who have otherwise found no relief or do not wish to medicate.

 

A study using essential oils including peppermint,^  eugenol^ and orange^^  on blotting paper, it was determined that the oils are able to be used as a rough quantitative screening to determine the degree of olfaction impairment. (Ganz H. Assessing olfaction in general practice, A study of suitable odors. HNO. 1987 Dec;35(12):511-4. ABSTRACT)

 

In a study performed over a 12-week period, those with anosmia who underwent olfactory training using Rose EO, Eucalyptus EO,^ Lemon EO and Clove EO^^ saw improvement whereas the group not participating in olfactory training with essential oils did not show any improvement. (Hummel, T, et al. Effects of olfactory training in patients with olfactory loss. Laryngoscope. 2009 Mar;119(3):496-9. doi: 10.1002/lary.20101. ABSTRACT)

 

In a study of 119 participants with post-infectious and post-traumatic olfactory dysfunction, those using essential oils for anosmia (Rose EO, Eucalyptus EO,^ Lemon EO and Clove EO^^) twice daily saw increased olfactory sensitivity. (Konstantinidis, I, et al. Use of olfactory training in post-traumatic and postinfectious olfactory dysfunction. Laryngoscope. 2013 Dec;123(12):E85-90. doi: 10.1002/lary.24390. Epub 2013 Oct 4.  ABSTRACT)

 

Following an upper respiratory tract infection, alpha-lipoic acid^^^ was demonstrated to help reverse the loss of smell in a study of 23 participants. (Hummel, T, et al. Lipoic acid in the treatment of smell dysfunction following viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. Laryngoscope. 2002 Nov;112(11):2076-80. ABSTRACT)

 

^Found in Breathe Respiratory Essential Oil Blend

^^Found in On Guard Protective Essential Oil Blend

^^^Found in Alpha CRS+ Cellular Vitality Complex

When to seek a medical professional for treatment:

 

If after 2 weeks of the Self Treatment Protocol you are still having Anosmia symptoms, or are having nasal discharge, congestion, sensitivity, headaches, or tenderness, then consider taking nasal steroid spray (Flonase, Nasonex, etc) daily together with a 10-14 course of antibiotics (Augmentin, Levaquin, Bactrim) as directed by your physician. If symptoms persist, talk to your physician to discuss further treatment.  For chronic symptoms consider seeing an ENT/Allergist for allergy testing and treatment. Continue to follow the protocol while being treated by your physician.

 

Share this protocol with your physician:  Share the protocoled website with your physician, or download a professional handout to give to your doctor.  If your provider would like to be listed on this website as a provider open to discussion natural alternatives with their patients, please have them contact professionals@protocoled.com.

 

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We are collecting data to demonstrate how effective this protocol is, and how to improve it.  Learn how you can get a free product by contributing to the research for this protocol, by contacting your wellness advocate, or by emailing members@protocoled.com.

 

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