Essential Oils For Vertigo

Best Essential Oils for Vertigo

Anyone who has experienced vertigo knows the signs and symptoms. When you are in the course of a vertigo attack, there doesn’t seem to be anything worse than what you are experiencing, and relief can’t come fast enough. 


Vertigo brings on symptoms that require immediate relief. Essential oils have been shown to provide marked improvement when symptoms of vertigo arise.

In this article, we will look at some of the causes and some of the solutions, using essential oils in the recovery. 

 

Vertigo and Its Causes

Vertigo strikes without a warning. Vertigo is caused by many diseases and disorders that predominately affect the inner ear, the vestibular nerve of the ear, or the brain. It is the feeling of being dizzy and it is medically considered to be a rotational dizziness.

Vertigo is not an illness but is the symptom of an underlying ailment. Something in the body is imbalanced and it is affecting the inner ear or causing a brain disturbance.

Since the inner ear controls stability and coordination, any number of conditions can quickly result in vertigo and debilitate you. Regardless of the cause, symptoms of vertigo are numerous. 

 

Symptoms of Vertigo

  • Fullness in Ear
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Imbalance
  • Lightheadedness
  • Motion Sickness
  • Nausea
  • Swaying
  • Tinnitus
  • Vomiting
  • Nystagmus

 

True Fact – Essential Oils Can Overcome Vertigo Symptoms

The medical research links vertigo to inner ear or brain inflammation. So, the most beneficial of essential oils will be those that are anti-inflammatory in their effect. However, other symptoms must be dealt with, as well.

The following are the most familiar and/or medically supported. Everyone loves lists, so let’s start by listing some tremendous essential oils for vertigo. 

  • Lemon Balm
  • Ginger
  • Basil
  • Cypress
  • Spinning
  • Clary Sage
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Frankincense
  • Tangerine

 

Essential Oils For Vertigo

Melissa (Lemon Balm) Essential Oil - 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade (10ml) - Gya Labs
Lemon Balm Essential Oil
Melissa Officinalis – Sweet lemon flowery in subtle grassy and herbaceous scent. Best known for its therapeutic benefits for emotional stress.
$14.99
Zingiber officinale Long known for its ability to soothe and aid digestion when taken internally, it also has potent properties when diffused or used topically. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$52.00
Cupressus sempervirens Cypress has a refreshing aroma that helps maintain emotional equilibrium. When diffused it can promote energy and when used topically can help purify the skin. Applications: Aromatic, Topical
$20.67
Salvia sclarea Clary sage essential oil has numerous health benefits for the mind and body. The floral scent of this oil can calm the mind, and topical applications can improve the look of hair, skin, and nails.* Applications: Aromatic Topical Internal  
$48.67
Rosmarinus Officinalis Being amongst the most aromatic essential oils on the market, Rosemary is a constant participant in almost all sorts of aromatherapy sessions. It also brings a lot of other benefits. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal
$18.67
Rose Essential Oil - Pure & Natural Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil - 10ml
Rose Essential Oil
PURE & NATURAL ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL - Our Rose Oil is Therapeutic Grade, Completely Natural, and Undiluted!
$8.99
Citrus reticulata Tangerine essential oil has numerous health benefits - primarily to boost the immune system with doses of Vitamin C.* It’s strong, fragrant scent is also powerful enough to awaken the sense and clear up any exhaustion. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$24.00
Boswellia Renowned as one of the most beneficial essential oils, frankincense is truly a gift of nature. It brings a range of splendid advantages and it’s truly precious, to say the least. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$93.00

 

1. Lemon Balm Essential Oil

Lemon balm essential oil has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. Lemon balm has been recognized in relevant homeopathic medicine for the treatment of migraines, headaches, indigestion, nausea, nervousness, vertigo, fainting, light-headedness, fatigue, bronchitis, arrhythmias, insomnia, epilepsy, depression, psychosis, and hysteria.

Over the last five years, there has been new and significant research done on lemon balm essential oil over the last five years that have given credibility for the use of lemon for vertigo and related symptoms. 

  • A 2014 research study(1) prescribed the effectiveness of lemon balm for symptoms including vertigo.

  • A 2013 WebMD article(2) and a 2017 Healthline newsletter(3) summarized significant credible reports on the effectiveness of lemon balm essential oil for the treatment of numerous medical conditions that manifest through symptoms of vertigo and its related maladies. The report also reported its effectiveness in the treatment of dementia, Alzheimer’s, stress, insomnia, certain viruses, and stomach upset, all conditions that can lead to vertigo. The report suggests some evidence of lemon balm effectiveness (although recommending further study) in maladies of mental performance, restlessness, pain associated with mental illness, and spasms.

  • A 2017 Health Line newsletter gave significant credibility to the effectiveness of lemon balm essential oil for the treatment of vertigo and related symptoms.

 

How Does Lemon Balm Work Against Vertigo?

In the research reviewed, lemon balm essential oil is effective in the following ways to affect the symptoms of vertigo: 

  • Headache & Migraines

  • Increases Cognitive Function

  • Reduces Fatigue

  • Reduces Indigestion

  • Reduces Insomnia

  • Reduces Nausea

  • Reduces Anxiety

  • Relieves Stress

 

2. Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger Essential OilGinger essential oil is best known for its ability to combat nausea. Nausea almost always accompanies vertigo. It has immense anti-inflammatory, digestive, anesthetic, and expectorant properties. Ginger’s fragrance is gentle and stimulating. 


How Does Ginger Work Against Vertigo?

Ginger essential oil is most notable for treating nausea due to its gentle digestive properties. However, its anti-inflammatory properties will reduce pressure in the inner ear and brain, where most of vertigo symptoms develop.

Its anesthetic properties help to reduce pain and discomfort from the migraine and nausea. Ginger’s expectorant properties will improve respiratory health and blood flow to promote increased brain oxygen, which will reduce dizziness and vertigo. 

 

How to Use

Internal: 1:1 ratio with carrier oil. Place under tongue or in capsule and take up to 3 times a day.

External: 1:1 ratio with carrier oil and apply 2-4 drops on nape, chest, temples, behind ears, or at Vita Flex. 

Aromatics: Diffuse 6-8 drops of essential oil or rub 1-2 drops in palms and inhale.

 

3. Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential OilCyprus essential oil is well-known for its effect on vertigo and has long been used as a natural antiviral remedy. The Greek word for cypress means “live forever”. As blood was believed to be the essence of life, cypress properties can increase blood flow. Its fragrance is calming and soothing.

 

How Does Cypress Work Against Vertigo?

Cypress essential oil positively improves respiration and blood flow that, in turn, increases oxygen to your brain. Impaired brain oxygen has been linked to dizziness and vertigo.

Cypress discourages fluid retention in the body, which improves all symptoms of inflammation, including vertigo. Cypress also relieves coughs and congestion from colds, which can lead to respiratory distress and dizziness. 

 

How to Use:

Internal: Can be taken as a dietary supplement.

External: 1: 1 ration with carrier oil and apply 2-4 drops on nape, chest, temples, or at Vita Flex, massaging toward center of the body.

Aromatics: Diffuse 6-8 drops or apply 1-2 drops in palms and directly inhale.

 

4. Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage Essential OilClary sage seeds were historically used to treat, among other ailments, digestive disorders, women’s ailments, enhance the immune system, reduce inflammation, and reduce muscle spasms. It is very popular today as an essential oil for vertigo.

Clary sage fragrance is known as a sedative, known to reduce stress and to promote nervous system balance. 


How to Use:

Internal: Take 1 drop daily as a dietary supplement. 

External: 1:1 ratio with carrier oil and apply on nape, crown, temples, or at Vita Flex points. Rub 6 to 8 drops on lower back for PMS symptoms. 

Diffuse: Diffuse 30 minutes 3 times daily or rub 1-2 drops in palms and inhale directly.

 

5. Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential OilRosemary essential oil appeared in Hildegard’s Medicine, (early German medicine) in the 11th century. Rosemary has been burned since the ancients to ward off infection.

Rosemary essential oil is known to have estrogen-like properties, which can affect hormonal imbalance and symptoms associated with PMS and menstrual symptoms, such as water-retention, fatigue, dizziness, vertigo, and migraines.

It has an anesthetic property to relieve pain. It also has relaxant and anti-spasmodic medical properties that can reduce muscle tension, anxiety, and stress. It can ease insomnia, often associated with vertigo and hormonal imbalance, thereby relieving fatigue and headache.

How Does Rosemary Work Against Vertigo?

Rosemary essential oil has relevant medical properties that are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidepressant, hypertension modulator, and enhancing mental clarity and concentration.

Its fragrance can improve mental clarity and focus. A University of Miami research found that inhalation of the fragrance boosted attention, improved mental ability, and eased anxiety.


The anti-inflammatory affects fluid build-up in the body that can reduce pressure in the inner ear and brain. For those suffering from the pressures of hypertension, it can relieve dizziness, migraines, and fatigue.

Its mental clarity enhancements can relieve vertigo secondary to Alzheimer’s and other mental impairments and brain ailments.

 

How to Use:

Internal: 1:4 ratio with carrier oil in a capsule can be taken internally. 

External: 1:1 ratio with carrier oil. Apply 2-4 drops on nape, crown of head, temples, or at Vita Flex points. 

Aromatics: Diffuse 6-9 drops or rub 2 drops into palms and directly inhale. 

Relevant Information: French hospitals used the essence of rosemary to disinfect the hospital air.

 

6. Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil has a soft fragrance that, when inhaled, is acclaimed to reduce signs of vertigo and migraine, and supports relaxation. Its fragrance is intoxicating that can uplift, calm, and soothe the spirit. Rose essential oil works against hypertension, anxiety, and viral infections.


How Does Rose Work Against Vertigo?

Rose essential oil has certain medical properties that are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anxiolytic, and relaxant.


The anti-inflammatory affects fluid build-up in the inner ear and brain that can reduce pressure in the ear and within the muscles. The anxiolytic and relaxant properties will reduce anxiety and tension in the muscles, also effecting the vascular system that can cause symptoms from hypertension

 

How to Use:

Internal: can be taken internally as a dietary supplement. 

External: Apply 2-4 drops on nape, crown of head, temples, or at Vita Flex points. 

Aromatics: Diffuse 6-9 drops or rub 2 drops into palms and directly inhale. 

Relevant Information: Dilution of rose oil is not required, except for sensitive skin.

 

7. Tangerine Essential Oil

Tangerine Essential OilTangerine essential oil, like any citrus, can help with migraines, tension headaches, dizziness, and vertigo. It is used to minimize symptoms of Alzheimer’s, anxiety, fluid retention, insomnia, irritability, and memory support

Tangerine’s aroma is said to promote calming and reduce anxiety and tension. A Mie University study found that citrus fragrances boosted the immune system and promoted relaxation. 

 

How Does Tangerine Work Against Vertigo?

Tangerine essential oil has relevant properties as an antispasmodic, digestive aid, and relaxant. Its antispasmodic and relaxant properties will minimize tension against muscles and digestive nausea.

The ability of tangerine to settle the digestive tract is important against nausea that often accompanies vertigo.


How to Use:

Internally: 2 drops placed under the tongue up to three times daily. 

2 drops in a capsule can be taken internally up to three times daily. 

Externally: 1:1 ratio of tangerine oil with carrier oil. Apply on nape, crown of head, temples, or at Vita Flex points. 

Aromatics: Diffuse 6-9 drops or rub 2 drops into palms and directly inhale. 

Relevant Information: tangerine essential may increase sun sensitivity. 

 

8. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential OilFrankincense has been touted throughout history as the essential oil that encompasses all healing. Its fragrance is believed to heighten spirituality and meditation.

It can reduce vertigo from middle ear infections, anxiety attacks, and stress. Its first medical reference was in 16th century BC. Its vast worth to the ancients was centered in its ability to treat every illness.

 

How Does Frankincense Work Against Vertigo?

Among other medical properties, frankincense in analgesic, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, and a muscle relaxant. The analgesic property of frankincense essential oil will act as a pain-killer. The anti-inflammatory property can reduce fluid pressure in the inner ear and nerve by reducing fluid build-up.

It also can reduce middle ear infections, such as Menears. The muscle relaxant properties can reduce stress and anxiety of the muscles that can cause the migraine, headache and muscle spasms oftentimes associated with vertigo. 

 

How to Use

Internally: 2 drops placed under the tongue up to three times daily.

2 drops in a capsule can be taken internally up to three times daily. 

Externally: 2 drops on nape, crown of head, temples, or at Vita Flex points. 

Aromatics: Diffuse 6-9 drops or rub 2 drops into palms and directly inhale. 

 

If you are plagued by vertigo, whether acutely or chronically, history and current research is giving credibility for the use of essential oils to minimize the symptoms and sufferings that go along with it.