Can essential oils help with Vertigo?

Have you ever suffered from vertigo?

Sometimes vertigo is attributed to an inner ear infection that affects the vestibular nerve. The vestibular nerve can help you respond to sensory stimuli, and help you to know where you are as you move your body.

 If you are looking for a more natural approach, essential oils are the way to go.



Peppermint is used for many reasons, and has been used for many centuries. It can help relieve the vertigo as well as help relieve the nausea that may accompany it.

Peppermint has the ability to cool you and make you feel refreshed, which takes away from the “fainting” feeling. Place a few drops into your diffuser and inhale the benefits. Alternatively, you may add a few drops to a cotton pad and just inhale the vapour.


Ginger has properties that are very well known for treating nausea. Most people are not aware that it is also effective in relieving vertigo. Ginger helps to improve blood flow to your brain and relieve dizziness. 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 diffuser.


Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils, and with good reason. It has a ton of properties that are good for a variety of ailments. The smell of lavender is sweet and relaxing. It helps to relieve dizziness, depression, and helps you sleep.

Add some drops to your room diffuser or you can use a few dabs on your skin, spray a little on your pillow, or take a bath with it.


Basil has anti-septic properties that can help reduce dizziness and vertigo.

Add 10–12 drops to a pot of hot water. When steam forms, place your face over it and put a towel over your head, covering the pot; breathe in. You can also use it in your diffuser.


Clary Sage is a great oil to help combat vertigo. Clary sage can help balance the nervous system, and act as a sedative. In addition, it has been used as a remedy for seizures and anxiety attacks.

Add a few drops to your diffuser, or add a few drops to a pot of hot water and breathe it in deeply. You can also use a diffuser. When you inhale the vapors, your nerves will be calmer and your senses heightened. Be careful when applying sage oil on your skin as there may be adverse effects. As always, make sure you dilute all essential oils with a carrier oil, if you are applying directly to your skin.


Rosemary oil can be helpful in relieving dizziness, depression, and fatigue. It can also alleviate migraine headaches. Use with your diffuser, or by adding some oil to a pot of hot water and inhaling with a towel over your head, and covering the pot.


Frankincense is a resin that is obtained from the sap of the Boswellia family of trees. Place a few drops of oil a the base of the neck or at the temples of the head. You can also breathe in the benefits by adding a few drops to your diffuser or a hot pot of water. This is a great oil that can assist in reducing vertigo from middle ear infections, anxiety attacks, and stress.

If vertigo persists, and you are unable to relieve it with essential oils, ensure you see your doctor immediately. Vertigo may be a symptom of a serious health condition that needs evaluation and treatment from health professionals.

Always dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil when applying to the skin. Always use with caution, especially the ones with stronger scent. They can have side-effects, and may not be tolerated well in people with respiratory illnesses. Essential oils should not be used during pregnancy, breastfeeding or by people who have immune system deficiencies. If you are using a citrus essential oil, ensure that you do not go into direct sunlight after applying to the skin. Citrus essential oils can be photo-toxic.

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