Try sucking lemon drops, mints or chewing gum if you have a bitter or metallic taste. Add salty, sweet, bitter and sour ingredients to stimulate your taste buds. To compensate for losing taste buds, you can get more flavor out of your food by topping it with spices and herbs, like basil, oregano, cilantro, and black. How can I get my sense of smell and taste back after COVID? · Clearing up sinus inflammation · Saline rinses with a neti pot · Nasal sprays to reduce.