Hypnotherapy for Parosmia and Phantosmia
Written By Alison Ralph July 2022
For many, COVID19 seems like a distant memory and there is almost a feeling that it never existed. However, this is not the case for others who struggled through the pandemic for whatever reason or are still suffering with long COVID symptoms. You may be reading this post because you or somebody you know are suffering with the symptoms of long COVID. In this blog post I will explain how hypnotherapy could help you to overcome parosmia, phantosmia, or both and help you to get your taste and smell back and I will be providing you with the chance to access a hypnotherapy recording that you can use to access the subconscious part of your brain and get everything working again.
Long COVID affects around 10% of 18-49 year olds who became unwell with COVID19, rising to 22% of over 70’s. If you are one of those people or if you live with one of those people you will know how difficult and deliberating it can be, no matter what the symptoms are. In this blog post I aim to:
- Explain what parosmia and phantosmia are
- Explain what hypnotherapy is
- Explain how and why hypnotherapy can work for long COVID
- Offer you a hypnotherapy recording at an affordable price that you can download and listen to and which aims to help get your smell and taste back
What are parosmia and phantosmia?
Let’s first look at parosmia. Now I am sure that most of you reading this are very aware of what it is and what it feels like to have it but for those who don’t; parosmia is an abnormality in the sense of smell. It is the inability of the brain to properly identify an odour’s natural smell; the odour is transcribed into an unpleasant smell. It may be that their favourite air freshener or perfume has a different smell – how annoying! We all know how long it can take to find the right perfume!
This is when people are detecting smells in their environment which are not actually there. After COVID19 people have reported a fishy smell and a smell like rotten food. Not nice, when your food or house smells like this or when you have that constantly lingering in your nose. It isn’t always foul smells that people are reporting, it can be pleasant ones too.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy or hypnosis works with the subconscious part of our thinking. This is where everything we have ever done; any feelings, emotions or behaviours are stored. It is also the part of us that instructs the body to work. It is the part of us that knows when and how to digest food, the part of us that remembers how to walk and the part of us that is responsible for our sense of smell and taste. When we learn to do new things, even from a tiny baby, these things are stored in our subconscious and we can then continue to do them whenever we need to. The best way to describe this is when we think about learning to drive. If you are a driver, you will know that you can drive whilst thinking about something else or talking to a passenger and that is because the part that is driving is the subconscious part of us. When you access hypnotherapy, the hypnotherapist will guide you into a state of hypnosis. When you are in this state, which is just a state of relaxation, your brain waves are working at a slower level. This level is ideal for subconscious activity and it is when the hypnotherapist can start working on making those changes. It can be extremely effective in changing the way your brain thinks and people often see fantastic results.
How and why can hypnotherapy work for long COVID?
When we break a bone in our body we are unable to use that limb for a while. Once the cast is off and we are able to use that limb again, we have to relearn how to move it correctly again and we have to gain confidence in using it. If you are experiencing parosmia or phantosmia due to long COVID, it is likely that the virus has affected the function of supporting cells in the upper nasal cavity. The good news is that it is thought that they are not permanently damaged and therefore you can learn to bring back the correct smells and taste again. This is where hypnosis comes in. Accessing the subconscious part of the brain, which works everything, we can help you and the brain to believe that things can go back to normal again. The mind is a powerful place and we can use it to our advantage.
If you think hypnotherapy could help you and would like to give it a go. You can access this recording for only £5. The recording is made to listen to frequently and after each time, I will ask you to go and smell something or eat something. The aim of this recording is to let go of any negative emotions attached to long COVID and then looking at making all the parts of the nose, throat and mouth working correctly again and allowing normal smells to come through. It aims to rid you of parosmia or phantosmia and live a happier, fulfilling life!
Please note, I am not a medical professional. If you are unsure why you have the symptoms, you do I would recommend booking an appointment with your doctor.
Here’s the link: Parosmia and phantosmia recording