When the world seems like it has started to spin, even though you aren’t moving, you may be suffering from an episode of vertigo. This spinning sensation can be very disconcerting, leading to nausea, instability and excessive sweating. Vertigo often stems from a problem in the inner ear that affects the vestibular nerve. This nerve helps you respond to sensory stimuli and, know where you are as your body moves. While there are medications for this condition, essential oils for vertigo can help relieve your symptoms naturally.
1) Peppermint; People have used peppermint for many different ailments for centuries. It is a highly effective remedy for vertigo and can also help relieve nausea that may accompany the condition. The active chemical in peppermint ismenthol, which has the ability to cool and make you feel refreshed. Just place a few drops of the oil on cotton or a tissue and inhale the vapor.
2) Ginger; This oil is most often used for treating nausea, but a little known effect is that it can also relieve vertigo. There are chemicals in ginger that help improve blood flow to your brain and relieve dizzy spells. Just place one or two drops at the nape of your neck, on the bottom of your feet, and behind your ears. You can also put a few drops in your room diffuser for extra effect.
3) Cypress; is one of the essential oils for vertigo and has long been used as a natural antiviral remedy. Cyprus increases the blood flow and gets more oxygen into your brain. It can relieve congestion, which may take away the dizziness that comes with colds and flu. Just place a few drops of this woody scented oil in your room diffuser and breathe in.
4) Sage (Clary); Another one of the most popular essential oils for vertigo is Clary Sage. This herb has a strong aroma and can stimulate your senses. Clary Sage can help balance the nervous system and act as a sedative. It has even been used as a remedy for seizures, anxiety attacks, and hysteria episodes. Put a few drops of Clary Sage oil in your diffuser, or massage onto the back of the neck, temples and forehead.
- Add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water. Hover your face over the water (being careful not to touch it). Place a towel over your head and the bowl, and inhale for a few minutes.
- Place drops of essential oil in a diffuser that will scent the room.
- Combine two to three drops of any of the above listed essential oils with 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil such as coconut, olive, jojoba or grape seed. Massage the mixture onto your forehead, back of your neck and temples.