If you have never tried essential oils, they are renowned for resolving a variety of health concerns, everything from pain and inflammation to vertigo.
Also, they are great for those may have an aversion to traditional medicine, especially since they are plant-based and produce little to no side effects.
Essential oils are extracted from varying parts of the plants they are named after with the majority of the active ingredients coming from the roots, stems, and seeds. It should be noted that these all-natural oils can be used in aromatherapy or applied topically.
Regardless of your choice of application, there are a variety of health benefits that come with using essential oils. In this article, we will explore the benefits of using essential oils in the treatment of vertigo and what makes them such a compelling choice for so many people.
WHAT CAUSES PEOPLE TO FEEL DIZZY?
Before detailing some of the more essential oils used to treat dizziness, let’s take a moment to better under what causes this condition in the first place. (1)
Dizziness is a condition characterized by an imbalance or a spinning sensation that is, in many cases, leads to feeling lightheaded or nauseous.
To say that this experience is an unpleasant one would be a gross understatement. Nonetheless, there are a variety of things that can trigger dizzy spells including
- Tobacco use
It is worth mentioning that dizziness can be triggered by certain mental health disorders as well, namely anxiety and depression.
POPULAR ESSENTIAL OILS FOR TREATING DIZZINESS
Easily one of the most popular essential oils, peppermint oil contains two active ingredients that can help resolve dizziness, namely methanone and menthol.
So how does peppermint oil work, exactly?
Well, the combination of active ingredients improves focus while also reducing muscle spasms and feelings of nausea.
Lavender oil is another popular essential oil that benefits those struggling with vertigo.
Along with its pleasant scent, this essential oil also contains medicinal properties, which can combat nausea and lightheadedness that can be a byproduct of dizziness.
Also, lavender oil can help those struggling with anxiety or sleep problems relax, which is important as these are some of the conditions that can trigger dizziness.
Similar to lavender oil, ginger oil contains medicinal properties that can help resolve a number of symptoms associated with dizziness including nausea, imbalance, and vomiting.
Ginger oil can also be an effective treatment for diarrhea.
It is also worth noting that ginger essential oil can be used during massages as a means of relieving muscle aches and tightness in the muscles.
Clary sage is an essential oil that works to combat many of the symptoms commonly associated with dizziness; however, it has also been shown to very effective in several other areas including anxiety, general nervousness, sleeping disorders and, in some cases, convulsions.
Lastly, studies have shown that clary sage oil can be used to help improve food absorption.
Frankincense essential oil is another popular choice among those seeking relief from dizziness. However, it is also effective in resolving middle ear infections that contribute to imbalance.
Frankincense is also a great sleep aid that can be used to a good night’s rest. Lastly, it has been shown to help women restore and stabilize their hormone levels.
6. Neroli Essential Oil
Although primarily used to help in the reduction of stress and anxiety, Neroli essential oil can be used to help resolve dizziness symptoms. Beyond that, it is also an effective treatment for hypertension, which, coincidentally, can trigger dizziness.
Geranium essential oils can help improve blood flow and fast-track wound healing, which, in turn, reduces the likelihood of infection.
Similar to neroli oil, geranium essential oils can also be used to treat hypertension; so although not specifically indicated as a treatment for dizziness, neroli essential oil, through resolving hypertension and improving blood flow, indirectly helps in remediating symptoms of dizziness/vertigo.
Not to be confused with rose oil, rosemary essential oil is great at reducing dizziness.
It also contains properties that make it a must-have in treating a variety of health conditions including congestion and chronic coughing, for example.
Lastly, it is an effective treatment for migraines, reducing stress, and boosting memory.
Basil oil is not only treating dizziness but also motion sickness, which, ironically, produces many of the same symptom associated with dizziness including vomiting and nausea.
It also an effective treatment for a variety of respiratory problems and can be used to treat mental health disorders like anxiety and depression as well.
Along with being an effective treatment for dizziness, cypress oil, much like rosemary oil, can be used to relieve congestion and chronic coughing.
It can also help in improving blood circulation throughout the body.
In addition to reducing the headaches and vertigo normally associated with dizziness, tangerine oil can also be used to help remove certain toxins from the body.
Also, the properties in this essential oil are known to increase the body’s ability to fight off spasms, which can lead to a variety of breathing problems like asthma and chest congestion, for example.
Bergamot essential oil contains properties that aid in improving blood flow and digestive health.
It is also an effective treatment for anxiety and depression and, of course, resolving dizziness and vertigo.
Now that we have detailed a variety of essential oils that can help combat the effects of dizziness, let's take a brief look at the history of essential oils.
ESSENTIAL OILS AT A GLANCE
If you have ever been curious about the history of essential oils, you’re encouraged to continue reading. Essential oils, while highly praised, are nothing new. In fact, they have been around for centuries and are extremely prevalent in many eastern countries.
They are also a mainstay in a variety of religions like Catholicism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, for example. It is also worth noting that the practice of essential oil began in ancient Egypt where plants were routinely used as part of religious ceremonies and treat a wide range of illnesses.
Studies also show that ancient Egyptians also used essential oils as cosmetics and as aromatherapy. That said, essential oils are still being used today to fulfill a variety of religious and health needs.(2)
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE BUYING ESSENTIAL OILS
In this article, we have detailed a number of essential oils and their respective benefits. As such, it is easy to see how consumers may feel overwhelmed in choosing the right essential oil for their needs. That said, here are a few things that you should be aware of when choosing an essential oil:
- Costs – It is not unusual for the cost of essential oils to be very high, but it is important that we, as consumers, take into account the fact that large flower supplies s are needed to produce very small amounts of essential oils.
- Purity – Obviously, you will want the purest form of essential oil possible; however, it is important to understand that the process of cultivating and extracting essential oils can adversely affect purity. As such, you may find that the cost of some oils may be higher than others.
Testing – While it is not a universal practice, some essential oil suppliers will run tests on their essential oils to check for purity. Needless to say, this instills confidence in consumers who have concerns about authenticity and quality. That said, it would be in your best interest to purchase essential oil from these suppliers, especially if you’re purchasing them for the first time.
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