The balance problem and dizziness you may experience from time to time is also known as vertigo. It is the third cause for which people go to the doctor, after fever and pain in general. But what do oils have to do with it? Well, essential oils for vertigo can make your life easier. It doesn’t take much to start using them either.
In this article, you’ll find information about:
- How essential oils help in the treatment of vertigo and how they can be used.
- 5 of the best aromatic oils to use for vertigo.
- What to expect from a blend recipe when you feel dizzy and disoriented.
- Simple essential oil recipes for vertigo.
- More facts about vertigo for those who need a bit more information.
Did You Know?
- Vertigo is such a frequent phenomenon that one in seven people is affected by it.
5 of the Best Essential Oils for Vertigo, How They Work and How to Use Them
Often felt like the room is spinning or being off balance, dizzy and ready to fall at any moment, vertigo can be quite a problem. It can be so, especially if you get often episodes. It can be worse than fainting because then, at least you lose consciousness.
When you wake up, all is well again. While with a vertigo, dizziness and nausea, and the lack of coordination may last from minutes to days.
Other symptoms that come with vertigo are:
- Hearing problems.
- Feeling unstable.
- Loss of equilibrium.
- A sensation of falling.
How Can Essential Oils Make a Good Vertigo Treatment?
First of all, they’re natural plant extracts. This means they’re very concentrated, and one drop of an essential oil could be equal to twenty cups of herbal tea. This requires moderation and attention to what and how much you use.
These oils contain volatile molecules that give them their properties and fragrance. These molecules travel by air, via the nose to the brain and nervous system. The oils have soothing and antispasmodic, pain relieving and anti-nausea properties.
These effects make them calm down the dizziness and relax your body and mind. They can soothe migraines and spasms of the body very fast. On top of all this, essential oils for vertigo can calm the symptoms directly.
There are times when some of the symptoms might just seem worse than they actually are. Using one of the next oils can deal with that panic and help you see thing clearer.
How to Use These Essential Oils for Dizziness or Vertigo
There are many ways in which an oil can be used. Some of these ways can be quite creative, and I invite you to read this article I wrote. It’s about how to diffuse and inhale your favorite oils in a simple and creative manner.
The best methods however, in my opinion are topical applications and direct inhalations. Why? I like these two methods because they are simple and fast to use.
And you need something fast and simple to use once that vertigo episode hits. You can make a special vertigo treatment blend in advance to find it easier and apply when needed.
Thus, I recommend adding 6 – 12 drops of essential oil/Oz (30ml) carrier oil for topical applications. When it comes to direct inhalations, you should keep your eyes at a minimal distance from the bottle. Essential oils are quite strong scented and they can make your eyes watery and irritate your nose.
Inhale deeply from above the bottle for a few good minutes. You can then continue with a few drops on a cotton pad and inhale from it to avoid the evaporation of your oils.
This method however, might seem a bit too much when the dizziness is strong. It’s better to avoid dropping the bottle simply by sitting down when you inhale.
As a preventive or an intense treatment method, you could diffuse a mix of oils for 30 minutes, every 2 hours.
1) Cardamom essential oil
There is a center inside the brain called postrema. It intercepts changes in the inner ear, equilibrium and pressure. When it feels like it can’t deal with the changes, it causes nausea and a vomiting sensation to signal it needs help. This is where Cardamom can help.
- It stimulates the nervous system and the digestive system.
- Cardamom has impressive antispasmodic, anti-nausea and pain relieving properties.
- It can help with headaches and migraines.
- Its scent is very uplifting, but it can be too strong for certain people.
- The oil should not be used on children younger than 6 years old.
- Pregnant women and nursing mothers should also avoid it.
Why I like it:
I like the way Cardamom oil smells, and I like to inhale from it especially when seasons change. It helps me feel better and get rid of asthenia (lack of energy and weakness).
It is also a great addition to homemade perfumes. All in all, I believe Cardamom is one of the best essential oils for vertigo that can be used anytime.
2) Ginger essential oil
This is one famous oil that can deal with nausea and dizziness. It is often used in motion sickness blends because its fragrance and properties work very well.
- It has great toning effects over the nervous system.
- It can also stimulate the body’s essential processes and relieve nausea.
- Ginger oil is great to use against stress and anxiety.
- There are many types of Ginger oils. It’s important to buy the Zingiber officinale variety to get the best vertigo treatment you need.
- It is pretty expensive compared to other pure essential oils.
Why I like it:
I really like the acidic/astringent smell of ginger root, but Ginger essential oil smells a bit different and stronger too. I usually add only a drop or two in my blends, and it’s usually in combination with other oils. It is great to use as digestive oil as well.
3) Peppermint essential oil
One of the most famous oils in Aromatherapy, Peppermint can be used for almost anything that causes discomfort.
- This oil is especially appreciated for its anti-nausea effects. These effects are possible because of its mentholated, fresh scent.
- It can diminish the intensity of the off balance feeling.
- Peppermint can also give you more energy, stimulating all the vital processes.
- It can’t be used on large skin areas. The high concentration of menthol it contains may cause a sudden drop of temperature.
- Make sure you buy a pure essential oil, as it can often be mixed with other types of mint oils.
Why I like it:
Whenever I’d get nauseous, either because of motion sickness or food sensitivity, I’d inhale from Peppermint. I can feel the oil’s cool fragrance, which helps relieve nausea and makes me think clearer.
This makes Peppermint another one of the best essential oils for vertigo. It can help you get a better grip of reality and calm down.
4) Pine essential oil
Whenever there’s an ear infection, Pine can help relieve the pain and inflammation that cause it. It is a very stimulating essential oil that can also purify the air, preventing viral infections.
- This oil is great at improving the blood circulation. This feature can deliver more oxygen to the brain and ease up the tension in the inner ear.
- It can also make you feel good by stimulating the production of serotonin – the “feel good” hormone.
- This oil should not be used by people suffering from hypertension. It can increase the blood pressure.
- Make sure you buy and use Pinus sylvestris, because other Pine oils have different chemical profiles. Therefore, they each have different health benefits.
Why I like it:
In my opinion, Pine is among the best essential oils for vertigo because it can work on so many levels. It can deal with dizziness and a potential ear infection. But it can also improve your mood, boost your immune system and purify the air.
5) Bergamot essential oil
With its citrusy fragrance, bergamot is one interesting oil to use for vertigo treatment. Citrus oils are always uplifting. They can “cut” nausea and vomiting sensations just like the fruits.
- It’s a very good oil to use to manage those anxiety and panic attacks when vertigo hits.
- Its scent is very stabilizing and it helps with all the symptoms related to a nervous dysfunction.
- Bergamot can also stimulate a better circulation, delivering more oxygen to the brain and allowing the blood to flow easily.
- You will need to use Bergamot oil without bergaptene. This is a substance that makes this oil not suited for summer use. It makes the oil phototoxic, which means the skin may react badly to UV light.
- Bergamot oil needs to be used moderately and carefully as it can cause allergies.
Why I like it:
I simply love all citrus oils and Bergamot is no exception! I’ve used it when I felt good and when I felt nauseated or dizzy. Each time, it has been a pleasure to inhale the oil of Bergamot.
I believe it should make it into any vertigo blend as Bergamot can be considered a great essential oil for vertigo.
What to Expect from an Essential Oils for Vertigo Blend
A simple blend to use as vertigo treatment can:
- Diminish the level of dizziness felt during a vertigo episode.
- Reduce the feeling where you forget where you are.
- Reduce physical weakness.
If the episode lasts longer, you should go to the doctor immediately. There might be a more serious cause.
Essential Oil Recipes for Vertigo
What would theory be without practice, right? I’ve described to you all the benefits of using essential oils for vertigo and told you about five easy-to find and use aromatic oils. Now it’s time for a few recipes to help you put them to the test.
#1 Vertigo Diffuser Blend
- Peppermint essential oil: 8 drops
- Bergamot essential oil: 12 drops
- Frankincense essential oil: 10 drops
Mix the oils together and keep them in a glass bottle, in a cool, dark place. Undiluted essential oils are known to eat at plastic. So, unless they’re mixed with carrier oil, make sure you store them in glass bottles.
Pour 5 – 7 drops in a diffuser and keep it on for 30 minutes, every 2 hours. You can also put them on a cotton pad and inhale deeply for 5 – 10 minutes. This essential oil recipe for vertigo is easy to make and it’s very pleasant to inhale.
#2 Vertigo Treatment and Nausea Relief Blend
- Macadamia or Coconut oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Pine essential oil: 5 drops
- Ginger essential oil: 7 drops
Mix all the oils together and shake the blend really well before use. Store the blend in a roll-on bottle so you can carry it with you everywhere or to keep it closer. Rub a moderate amount on your temples, spine, soles or the back of the ears whenever necessary.
I hope these two essential oil recipes for vertigo will help you get the relief and peace you need. Feel free to do some more research on those oils you like best. Some of them may be very useful to add to these blends. Keep away from strong, floral or resinous fragrances as they can worsen nausea and dizziness.
Ventilate your room really well while inhaling essential oils. Also, if pregnant or nursing, seek medical advice before using any essential oil.
Types of Vertigo
Vertigo may happen because of many things. There can be a general weakness in your body (asthenia) or a disease, an ear infection or if you rise suddenly. All these may cause a loss of balance and dizziness, maybe even nausea if you’re dehydrated, for instance.
Whatever the cause, you must know that there are many types of vertigo. Also medically speaking, some symptoms are not believed to be vertigo symptoms. They can be:
- Illnesses or diseases like Meniere,
- Anxiety attacks,
- Or low blood pressure.
These symptoms should all be a cause for you to go to the doctor right away.
Those types of vertigo I was telling you about may last between seconds to days. Some may even return on an almost regular basis, and if this happens you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Usually, those that last a few seconds or minutes and don’t happen often can be because of an internal ear problem. Or it can simply be because your body is weak. Conventional medication for these easier types of vertigo usually includes:
- Calming drugs to prevent any panic or anxiety attacks.
- Antihistamines (anti-allergic pills).
- Something to calm nausea and reduce vomiting sensation.
Essential oils for vertigo can have the same effect as pharmaceuticals. Only they are better because they’re non-toxic and have almost no side effect.
I am not suggesting giving up your prescribed treatment, as essential oils are a complementary therapy. Under specific circumstances, essential oils can be potentially dangerous. They are very concentrated substances after all.
Natural remedies can be a wonderful choice. They can make your life easier when it comes to dealing with vertigo symptoms.
But they can also help you manage your anxiety that comes with this problem. Please don’t take your returning dizziness lightly, and go to a doctor to see what the exact cause is.
Essential oils for vertigo and dizziness can be added to your health regimen so easily. Plus, they’re very beneficial to your health. Not only do they soothe spasms, relieve nausea and ear inflammation, but they can also improve your mood and help you manage your emotions. How good does that sound?!
What is your favorite vertigo treatment? Have you used essential oils for this problem before? How did it go? Leave me a comment and tell me more about your experience.