I’ve been getting a LOT of emails from people that have lost their sense of taste and smell due to Coronavirus, which is normal. “Respiratory viruses, including cold viruses and the flu, are known to trigger anosmia (loss of smell).”
But, what is NOT normal is that the ability to smell and taste is not coming back for some folks. Here is an example:
“My husband and I both got Coronavirus at the end of March. I have fully recovered but my husband still has trouble smelling and tasting. Are there herbs or foods that can help?” Terri F.
I received that email on May 31st. That means her husband had been without taste and smell for two months!
Prince Charles revealed that he too lost his sense of taste and smell while suffering from Coronavirus in March, and as of mid-June, it still hadn’t returned. That’s almost four months.
Egads! That’s a long time to go without being able to smell or taste food.
And, it’s very telling about what’s happening inside the body.
According to recent medical studies in Italy, the average recovery time for 90% of patients to regain their smell and taste was four weeks.
In April, both my husband and I were diagnosed with Covid-19, and we also lost our sense of taste and smell. But, it returned within 5-6 days.
So how did my husband and I get our taste and smell back in less than one week?
By using the wisdom of ancient healing practices and specific foods, flavors and herbs that assist the body to regain its normal functions.
According to ancient healing practitioners, each of the organs is supported and nourished by a specific flavor.
For the lungs (respiratory system), the flavor is spicy/pungent. What that flavor does is clear excess mucus from the lungs and from the large intestine.
We all know by now that Covid-19, first and foremost, attacks the lungs. So we need to give the lungs the flavor it needs to do the best work and keep energy flowing.
The first thing I did, was prepare a thyme steam that we breathed in to clear the nasal passageways. Thyme is a spicy/pungent herb that helps to clear mucus from the lungs. You can learn exactly how to do a Thyme Steam in this article: There is no cure for Covid-19, but a lot you can do to heal.
Plus, I cooked quite a few delicious healing soups like this one: Dashi Broth with Maitake Mushrooms.
Many of the soups I cooked contained onions, scallions, garlic, medicinal mushrooms and hot pepper flakes.
Mushrooms contain zinc and have an earthy mildly sweet flavor. Low zinc can contribute to a loss of taste and smell.
Many of the other ingredients in our soups fell into the pungent/spicy flavor category. We needed that flavor to clear excess mucus from our lungs.
We stayed away from dairy products and flour products because that can contribute to congestion in the lungs and in the digestive system.
I covered what to eat and what not to eat in this quick video here:
We also used bitter flavored foods and herbs to stimulate the salivary glands and digestive enzymes, that activate digestion. This can help to bring back taste and smell by getting the system back into action and functioning well again.
My favorite herb for this specific task was Goldenseal. It’s a natural antibiotic.
Just 5-7 drops on the tongue 5-10 minutes before meals for a few days. It’s an extremely bitter tasting herb containing berberine that is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Traditionally, Goldenseal was used to treat respiratory tract infections, colds, allergies, eye infections, and even cancer.
For the folks that have still not regained their sense of taste and smell after a long period of time, this can be very telling about their condition. It can indicate that even if your most recent blood test says you are negative for Covid-19, or that you have the antibodies, the lungs and respiratory system still need to be supported.
These people could be at higher risk for future lung infections or could suffer a return occurrence of coronavirus because their energetic system has not yet regained full functioning.
So, if you have lost your sense of smell and taste, start using the wisdom of the ancient practitioners to stimulate your body and get your energy moving again!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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