Essential Oils for Vertigo
For the longest time I didn’t know I had vertigo.
I, like many people, thought it was the fear of heights, and that dizzy feeling you get when you look over the edge. But that’s not even close describing the complexity that it encompasses.
I remember, more so when I was younger than now, I would be doing something completely mundane, sitting in class, walking down a street, reading a book, and I would get this super strong, sudden dizzy/ nausea combination. My stomach would tighten, I felt like I was going to be sick, all the while my head spinning.
I would always have to stop what I was doing, close my eyes and put my head down, kind of pleading with my mind to stop. Now, I don’t know how long these “spells” lasted, they could have been 1 second, they could have been 1 minute. All I know was I was completely disorientated, confused, and wondered if this also happened to other people.
What is vertigo
Vertigo refers to any spells of dizziness that can either be temporary or ongoing. Some people are lucky enough to experience this feeling for only a few minutes before it disappears without the usage of any medication. Others may have to withstand this condition for days and could even be forced to take drugs for it to end. It doesn’t matter which of the two you get because when either of the two hits you the dangers are terrible.
Vertigo will alter your day-to-day life, and that’s not all; in some cases, this disease is accompanied by double vision, nausea, vomiting, racing heartbeats, and headaches. The unpredictability of the condition also poses a grave danger to its patients.
My scariest experience was getting vertigo while I was driving on the freeway. Thankfully everything was ok, but during that moment, I remember pray for it to pass, because there was no way I could stop, pull over, or really do anything if it got so bad I lost control of my car.
You can take quick measures to counter the condition if you feel any of the following signs:
Symptoms of Vertigo
Rotational dizziness is the most common symptom. The problem is by the time you feel it; it’s almost always too late for you to do anything to prevent what follows. There is, however, a few other signs that can warn you of the condition:
- Tinnitus or sensation of noise that’s not coming from external sources
- A headache
- Motion sickness
- Vomiting and nausea
- Fullness in the ears
- Lightheadedness followed by balance problems
What Causes Vertigo?
Vertigo typically happens when there is a problem with one’s brain or inner ear. The common causes of vertigo
- Meniere’s disease – Refers to the buildup of fluids inside the ear
- Labyrinthitis – Inflammation of inner ear labyrinth
- Cholesteatoma – A skin growth in the middle ear caused by repeated infections
- Vestibular neuronitis – Inflammation of the vestibular nerve caused by viral infections
- Stroke in certain parts of the brain
- Basilar artery migraine
Treatment of vertigo can be done from various approaches depending on the cause. If you experience dizziness that happens only once in a long while, then you may not need any treatment. If on the other hand, you have more aggressive spinning moments frequently, then undergoing treatment is inevitable.
In extreme cases you may require invasive procedures to tackle the underlying cause. However, some other cases of vertigo, such as dizziness resulting from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BBPV), are treatable through physical therapy.
There is another unique and highly effective treatment approach that requires neither the use of pharmaceutical chemicals nor surgical equipment. This approach tackles all sorts of vertigo regardless of their cause using perfectly safe natural ingredients.
Thats, right, essential oils. Certain oils have the capability to efficiently restore balance in your inner hear and treat underlying causes as well as help preventing these onsets.
Essential oils for vertigo
Most cases of peripheral vertigo (dizziness caused by problems in the inner ear) are due to inflammations. Lavender essential oil is clinically proved to be more than capable of eliminating inflammations. It also has soothing properties that relieve anxiety and relax the nerves. This makes the oil ideal for treating chronic vertigo.
How to use: Lavender oil is best used with a diffuser, or a couple drops can be applied to your pillow cover as you sleep.
Cypress oil is a stimulating agent that boosts brain function. This oil facilitates efficient blood flow to the brain and other body parts. It raises your alertness and cognitive performance. This makes it a good preventive for dizziness and lightheadedness.
Application: Cypress oil can be rubbed on the chest where the particles are absorbed and used for treatment, or through a room diffuser.
Studies have confirmed that ginger is an excellent remedy for vomiting, dizziness, and nausea all of which are severe signs of vertigo. This oil can also calm the nerves and settle your stomach. As such, ginger oil has been used as both a preventive and treatment remedy for vertigo.
Dilution: The oil should be diluted and rubbed on the chest, neck, and temples. It helps to restore balance eliminating spinning and dizziness.
Basil oil contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that deliver benefits beyond treating vertigo. The oil will go as far as enhancing your respiratory performance, soothe your mind, and steady the nerves.
How to use: The oil can be used through a home diffuser, or you can add five drops in a pot of steaming water and inhale the mixture.
Clary Sage oil
Clary essential oil is especially useful if you are experiencing vertigo caused by nervous system malfunctioning. The oil is an excellent sedative that calms your nerves while enhancing standard cognitive processes. Once your nerves are functioning optimally, lack of balance and dizziness stand no chance.
Best use: Use this oil with a home diffuser, or dilute it and rub it on your chest. Avoiding using it directly on sensitive skin.
Make the spinning stop
Hopefully you won’t have a need to use these oils, but if a bout of vertigo strikes, the more prepared you are with the oils above, the quicker you can end the feeling of disorientation.
Taking my own advice, and now remembering what a horrible experience this is, I’m ordering a bottle of ginger essential oil now.