sense of smell

The sense of smell is one of the five senses that God has bestowed upon us and through which we communicate with the outside world, and the sense of smell is one of the strongest chemical senses, closely related to the sense of taste, feelings and sensations, the strength of this sense weakens with age and also weakens when injury Sinus infections, or as a result of exposure to pollution from surrounding factors such as car smoke, chimneys and unpleasant odors, in addition to inhaling harmful gases, and because of this we will discuss the importance of the sense of smell, and practical ways to take care of it and strengthen it.[1]

The importance of the sense of smell

The sense of smell is very important as it includes:[2]

  • The main function is to bring air into the lungs.
  • Purification of air from dust and particles stuck to it through the mucous membrane.
  • Humidify and warm the air to match the internal temperature of the human body.
  • Purification of the throat and pharynx from the mucous material secreted by the sinuses.

Tips to enhance your sense of smell

You must follow the following tips to strengthen your sense of smell:[3]

  • Eating foods rich in zinc, which is necessary to support and strengthen the sense of smell, as failure to eat this mineral weakens the nose’s ability to smell, and this is the reason behind the decline in the sense of smell when suffering from cold and cold, as it depletes the body’s need of zinc, and of foods rich in it. Legumes, sunflower seeds, lentils, meat and seafood such as oysters.
  • Washing the nose with saline, in order to get rid of the dust and dirt deposited in the vicinity of the nose, in addition to the mucous secretions.
  • Smell the aroma of coffee several times, which helps to smell good and distinguish odors well, and ground coffee is used in perfume shops to distinguish odors.
  • Exercising to stimulate blood circulation, which in turn improves the performance of the sense of smell.
  • During the winter, the air that is inhaled should be moist, not dry, in order not to discourage the smelling process.
  • Avoid smoking, as it weakens the sense of smell as a result of killing the nerve impulses that transmit the smell from the nose to the brain.
  • Avoid spicy foods, which stimulate the secretion of mucus.
  • Drink plenty of water to maintain a certain degree of moisture inside the nose.
  • In the case of sinus infections, it is best to avoid eating dairy and its derivatives, in order to reduce the amount of nasal secretions.
  • Basil oil is good at strengthening the sense of smell.
  • Stay away from cleaning products that contain chemicals and replace them with those containing natural detergents such as white vinegar and soda carbonate, thus protecting the nose from inhaling chemicals.
  • Practicing exercises to increase the strength of the sense of smell, through concentration and attention, and trying to distinguish aromas and essential oils.

the reviewer

  1. ↑ Nancie George, “10 Incredible Facts About Your Sense of Smell”,, Retrieved 7-13-2018. Edited.
  2. ↑ PAOLO PELOSI (23-8-2016), “The importance of smell”, blog.oup, Retrieved 7-7-2018. Edited.
  3. ↑ John Cunha, “Smell Disorders”,, Retrieved 7-13-2018. Edited.

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