Loss of smell after Corona: Nose training

Updated: 08/07/2022 – 09:11

Fragrance experts in the interview
Loss of smell after Corona: Nose training


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In many cases, the sense of smell can be reactivated or improved.

Loss of smell is one of the most common symptoms of corona infection. Marie Urban Le Febvre and Alexander Urban explain how to re-energize your sense.

Loss of smell can lead to severe mental stress in those affected. It is also one of the most common symptoms associated with a corona infection. But there are ways to train your nose and therefore your sense of smell. Two reputable fragrance experts share how to do this.


Loss of smell after Corona: How to train your nose?


BILD der FRAU: You work as a perfumer in Berlin and have also developed a fragrance training kit for people with an olfactory disorder. How did this happen?


Alexander Urban: We dealt with olfactory disorders long before Covid and, among others, B. worked on the research in Charité under the supervision of prof. Jalida Sehouli. It was about chemotherapy that influenced the senses. When the pandemic broke out, we were prepared and then based our kit on the research work of the University of Dresden professor Thomas Hummel. Patients smell different odors correctly. Prof. Hummel conducted his research with four notes that represent the spectrum of scents: lemon, rose, clove and eucalyptus. We added birch which has a strong smoky and charred smell, increasing awareness of burnt food.

How do you use the five fragrances?

The five fragrances should be smelled alternately twice a day – preferably in the morning and in the evening. Duration: approx. 20 to 30 seconds. Please take a one-minute break after each smell so that your nose can neutralize itself. Only then is she ready to be prompted by another fragrance. It is important to continue training consistently. We recommend a duration of at least four months.


When will the first successes appear?


It may take a few days or it may take weeks. It differs from patient to patient.


Couldn’t you just buy fragrances in the form of essential oils from drugstores?


Well, on the one hand, we only use natural ingredients, on the other hand, we dilute our essential oils with a solvent that is also natural to protect the user’s nasal mucosa. You should be careful and move away from z. B. consult a pharmacist.


From the age of 50, every fourth German smells worse


Fragrance training is suitable not only for patients with a crown …


no For example, older people also benefit from it. Studies have shown that nearly a quarter of people in their 50s and about a third of people in their 70s have an olfactory disorder. In people over 80, even every second person has problems with the sense of smell.


How much does this affect the daily life of those affected?


In the elderly, cloudiness of the sense of smell is in most cases a gradual process. You’ll only notice this if you suddenly eat too much salt or add too much sugar to your coffee or tea.


If you smell bad, do you taste bad too?


The senses are closely related. In fact, most of the tastes in our food are perceived through the sense of smell. The taste buds on the tongue are just there to distinguish between sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. The sense of smell does the rest.


If I was practicing every day now, could I become a perfumer?


A beautiful nose alone is not enough. Marie is our perfumer. She studied chemistry and then attended the renowned perfume school in Versailles. Perfumery is all about memory, you need to know thousands of ingredients and be able to recognize them blindly by their smell.


How afraid are you of catching Corona and losing your sense of smell as a result?


It would be fatal, so we try to protect ourselves as best we can. We’ve been lucky so far.


Offers for injured persons


  • The fragrance training with five essential oils: rose, clove, lemon, eucalyptus and birch can be booked at www.urbanscents.de. The kit costs 60 euros.
  • According to research, nasal oil with vitamin A should positively influence the regeneration of the smell. Acupuncture may also be an option.
  • University clinics offer fragrance consultations. Talk to your doctor about this.
  • In the digital self-help group Long-COVID-Germany, around 6,000 affected people and their relatives are currently exchanging ideas, https://longcoviddeutschland.org.


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