If you or a loved one suffer from vertigo you know what an inconvenience it can be! Life pretty much stops in milder cases, and in severe cases hospitalization may be necessary. Using essential oils for vertigo is a safe effective alternative to over the counter or prescription medications. Any they may take effect more quickly as well!
WHAT ESSENTIAL OILS SHOULD I USE AGAINST VERTIGO?
There are a number of essential oils that can be used to treat vertigo. When creating a blend for a particular individual I recommend having them sniff the oil to see if it agrees with them. Some people have a natural aversion to certain scents. Inadvertently adding them to a blend will discourage the individual from using it. (That’s why I recommend creating your own blends for your family rather than purchasing the pre-made blends that are widely available)
- Lavender-this is a great essential oil to have in your EO tool box. It has an overall calming effect on your body, so quickly eases the dizziness.
- Peppermint-another EO everyone should have on hand. It’s used in many, many remedies including ones for vertigo. It calms the stomach and refreshes.
- Cypress-this one increases blood flow to the brain, thereby increasing oxygen to it and helping to relieve dizziness.
- Frankincense-another EO that is indispensable! It is used for so many ailments and in so many remedies a book could be written on it alone! It has astringent and antiseptic properties that make it useful in treating vertigo.
- Clary Sage-this oil also has a calming effect on the nervous system and acts somewhat as a sedative.
- Rosemary-also used to effect the central nervous system, has a stimulating effect on the brain.
- Ginger-very widely used in many remedies for stomach issues, it quickly calms the symptoms of nausea related to vertigo.
- Rose-to add a sweet, flowery and effective scent to your blend this EO is a good one. It can relieve dizziness on its own as well.
- Basil-I rarely use this one, as it tends to make me hungry, but it is effective against vertigo as it has antiseptic properties.
- Any Citrus Oil-Tangerine, Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, they all work to relieve dizziness and add a light pleasant aroma to your blend. Choose the one that appeals to your senses the most!
HOW DO I MAKE AN ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND?
As I mentioned previously I would begin by having the vertigo sufferer sniff the EO in the bottle. I like to line them up in order of preference and then begin adding the oils to a roller ball, starting with a few drops of the most preferred and then adding a drop or two of the next then going down to perhaps only one drop of the least preferred. Have the person sniff the blend as each oil is added and stop when you arrive on a concoction that is most pleasing to them. Each individual is different and responds somewhat differently to each scent. I wouldn’t recommend trying to put EVERY oil listed in any particular blend. Generally speaking 3-6 oils should be enough to create an effective remedy. Once you’ve got the essential oils added, fill the vial the rest of the way with fractionated coconut oil, and put on the roller ball and you’re all set!
IS A ROLLER MY ONLY OPTION?
There are other useful methods of using essential oils to treat vertigo. You can add a single oil or a combination of the oils to a diffuser and have it on overnight. You can also add the oils to boiling water, put a washcloth over the pot to collect the steam created, then cover the person’s face with the scented washcloth. These are all great methods if the sufferer is at home with others to help them. You wouldn’t want a dizzy person attempting to boil water!
Although you can utilize these other methods, I do prefer a roller. It’s compact, portable and easily applied. Just sniff the roller and/or rub it on your wrists. The oils quickly absorb and can also be discretely sniffed as needed.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post, have you used essential oils for vertigo? Please comment below!