Can Smell Training Help Regain The Lost Sense Of Smell?

The Scent Guru Group is announcing that their  will now include a Smell Training Guide which has been instrumental in helping some people with anosmia regain their sense of smell after suffering from respiratory viruses, aneurysms and head trauma. As a pioneer in the field of Smell Training, Dr. Thomas Hummel of the Smell and Taste Clinic of the Technische Universitat in Dresden was the first to use it in clinical testing.  With anosmia being a symptom and after-effect of COVID-19, more medical doctors and researchers around the world are suggesting that people with anosmia try Smell Training at home. In late March, Essential Awakenings® Smell and Memory Kits were given to Chris Tillett, the first recorded coronavirus patient in Connecticut who lost his sense of smell, and today, his wife reports that he has regained it, saying that the smell kit “has helped so much,” according to Ruth Sutcliffe of the Scent Guru Group.

The Essential Awakenings® Smell Training Guide was developed by renowned neuroscientist, Dr. Rachel Herz, adjunct professor in the Medical School of Brown University and part-time faculty in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Boston College.  Dr. Herz is widely known for conducting research on the sense of smell, emotion, perception, motivated behavior and cognition since 1990. According to Dr. Herz, “The way smell training helps people regain smell function appears to be due to a combination of actions stemming from stimulating the sense of smell. Included in these effects are that stimulating the sense of smell through smell training appears to: induce neurological regeneration of the odor receptors in the nose; increase the number of neurons in the olfactory bulb; help reorganize and reconnect brain circuits that are involved in the sense of smell and re-establish linkages with other brain areas; have a direct impact on re-learning the experience of odor sensation and perception.”

The Essential Awakenings® Smell And Memory Kits with Dr. Herz’ Smell Training Guide can be found on The Scent Guru Group’s website,

The Scent Guru Group, LLC is an organization that focuses on products pertaining to the importance of the sense of smell.  The distinguishable scent prompts included in the kits were carefully selected by Ruth Sutcliffe, a professional scent developer, who has been conducting Essential Awakenings® Activity Sessions at Assisted Living Communities to help stimulate the sense of smell and memory recall for its residents since 2017.

Christine Schott Ledes
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