Essential Oils for Vertigo/Dizziness

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Background

 

                                                 Essential Oils for Vertigo/Dizziness

                                        (with detailed descriptions and references) 

                                                                  compiled by 

                                                         Robert M. DiSogra, AuD



The information that appears on this webpage was compiled by Dr. Robert M. DiSogra, FAAA, a New Jersey licensed audiologist.


An internet search for “essential oils for vertigo” resulted in several commercial websites offering over 15 oils for vertigo/dizziness. None were able to support their claims with evidence based research.


PubMed from the National Library of Medicine (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed) had no published articles in peer-reviewed journals suggesting that any essential oil can be effective specifically for vertigo/dizziness. 


The following is the combined list of the (internet) recommended essential oils for vertigo. They were cross referenced for any published research or documentation to support their indication for relief from vertigo/dizziness.


 NOTE: The US Food and Drug Administration has not approved any essential oil for vertigo/dizziness relief. This includes dietary supplements or nutraceuticals (see References


References 

1. DiSogra, RM. Over the counter tinnitus relief products. ESCO/Oaktree Products Publ. 2015


2. DiSogra, RM. Over-the-counter dietary supplements for tinnitus: do they really help? Tinnitus Today, Vol. 39,  No. 3 December. pp.16-18, 2014


3. DiSogra, RM. OTC tinnitus relief products: why reading the label is important. Audiol Today July/August 2014


Disclaimer

The information that appears in this list is for informational purposes only!


The use of an essential oil or combination of oils is at your own risk.


Skin irritation at the site could occur.


Dr. DiSogra and www.GoDaddy.com are not responsible of any injury or harm that could occur from using any of the essential oils for vertigo/dizziness from the list.


The reader is advised to consult an otolaryngologist (ear doctor) or audiologist* about your vertigo/dizziness.
 

Use caution when using products that claim tinnitus relief from consumer testimonials rather than from information from evidence-based research.


* To find an audiologist near where you live, go to the American Academy of Audiology website (www.audiology.org) or the Academy of Doctors of Audiology www.audiologist.org and click on the “Find An Audiologist.” 


The Main References Used for this Web Page

 I. Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


Because it is still extremely hard to come by reliable information on the swarm of unregulated "dietary supplements" in today's market-place, this new edition continues to provide the reader with the closest available analog to FDA-approved labeling—the findings of the German Regulatory Authority's herbal watchdog agency, commonly called "Commission E." This agency has conducted an intensive assessment of the peer-reviewed literature on some 300 common botanicals, weighing the quality of the clinical evidence and identifying the uses for which the herb can reasonably be considered effective. 


PDR for Herbal Medicines is the product of one of the most thorough and inclusive examinations of the herbal literature ever undertaken. 


In the United States, herbal products are marketed under the provisions of the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act of 1994, which prohibits their sale for the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease. Enumeration of specific commercial preparations within an herbal monograph should not be construed as a claim or warranty of their efficacy for any purpose, by either the manufacturer or the publisher. Furthermore, it should be understood that, just as omission of a product does not signify rejection, inclusion of a product does not imply endorsement, and that the publisher is not advocating the use of any product or substance described herein. 



II. PubMed www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed


PubMed originates from the National Institutes of Health, US National Library of Medicine. PubMed comprises more than 29 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. The Search feature will identify articles by keywords or author(s). The service is free to the public.



16 Essential Oils for Vertigo Most Often Recommended on the Internet

  Name                                                                   Latin Name   

1. Basil Oil                                                         ocimum basilicum

2. Bergamot Oil                                               citrus bergamia

3. Bitter Orange Oil                                         citrus aurantiwn

4. Cannabis - see CBD Oil                               cannabis sativa

    CBD Oil                                                          cannabidiol

5. Clary Sage Oil                                               salvia sclarea

6. Cypress Oil                                                   cupressus sempervirens 

7. Geranium Oil                                                geranium maculatum

8. Frankincense Oil                                          boswellia carteri

9. Ginger Oil                                                      zingiber officinale

10. Lavender Oil                                               lavandula officinalis(lavandula; 

                                                                                   (also lavandula angustifolia)

11. Lemon/Lemon Balm Oil                            Melissa officinale 

       Melissa - see Lemon/Lemon Balm Oil    Melissa officinale 

       Neroli – see Bitter Orange                        citrus aurantiwn

12. Peppermint Oil                                            mentha piperita

13. Rose Oil                                                         rosa gallica & rosa centifolia

14. Rosemary Oil                                                rosmarinus officinalis 

15. Tangerine Oil                                                citrus tangerina

16. Thyme Oil                                                      thymus vulgaris


Essential Oils for Vertigo (with references)

  

Basil Oil (ocimum basilicum); also known as green basil, holy basil 


What the Literature Says


There is one Herbal Monograph on basil (herb and oil) from Commission E; treatment for vertigo/dizziness is not listed as an approved indication or usage.

Reference: Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that basil oil caan be used for vertigo/dizziness


Basil Oil Compounds


Chief constituents: estragole (chavicol methyl ether), linalool, eugenol. In vitro, the oil demonstrates an antimicrobial effect. 


Oil of basil is the essential oil extracted from the dried aerial parts of ocimum basilicum by steam distillation. It contains estragole (chavicol methyl ether), linalool and eugenol. The oil demonstrates an antimicrobial effect.

Reference: Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


Basil oil is an antispasmodic, meaning it can act upon the smooth muscle cells in the ears and calm down a throbbing and pulsating sensation.

Reference:  Garikiparthi M.  7 essential oils for tinnitus: benefits and how they can treat ringing ears. June, 2017 Hear Health 


Precautions

The herb contains about 0.5% essential oil with up to 85% estragole. Because of the high estragole content in the essential oil, the herb should not be taken during pregnancy or while nursing. A mutagenic effect in vitro and a carcinogenic effect in animal experiments have been demonstrated for estragole which is wh oil of basil should not be administered during pregnancy or while nursing. Basil oil should not be given to infants or small children. 

Reference: Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


Estragole is suspected to be carcinogenic and genotoxic, as is indicated by a report of the European Union, Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products.

Reference: European Medicines Agency, Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products. Final public statement on the use of herbal medicinal products containing estragole. London, 2014, pp. 1-19


What the Internet Says


Basil oil has antiseptic properties that can help reduce dizziness and vertigo. Take the leaves and boil them in a pot. When steam forms, place your face over it and breathe in. 

Reference: www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html


One of the stronger essential oils used for inhalation practices, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds can help balance the nerves and soothe the mind, while also improving respiratory function. More oxygen means better brain function and fewer symptoms of vertigo.

Reference: www.organicfacts.net/essential-oils-vertigo.html


Basil oil can help reduce stress, helping users to relax. It is also a great choice for treating nausea, motion sickness, and other digestive problems

Reference: www.belmarrahealth.com/use-essential-oils-vertigo-dizziness-benefits-


warnings-recipes/

Basil oil is very useful in treating nausea, motion sickness, and other digesting problem. It can reduce stress and helps you relax. It is very good for patients who suffer from nervous tension, mental fatigue, and depression.

Reference: www.vertigotreatment.org/post/essential-oils-for-vertigo


Basil oil contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that deliver benefits beyond treating vertigo. 

Reference: https://essentialoildiffuser.io/essential-oil-vertigo/


Basil is a traditional aromatherapy treatment for vertigo. Basil leaves from the herb plant can be added to boiling water to make a steam inhalation. Basil has a light, spicy and sweet scent, and breathing in the essential oils from these leaves helps to remedy symptoms, 

Reference: www.livestrong.com/article/101524-essential-oils-treat-vertigo/ 



Bergamot Oil (citrus bergamia) 


What the Literature Says


There are no Herbal Monographs on bergamot from Commission E. 

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that bergamot can be used for the treatment of vertigo/dizziness.


What the Internet Says


Bergamot is a plant that produces a type of citrus [orange, lemon] fruit. Oil taken from the peel of the fruit is used to make medicine. It is also used as an insecticide to protect the body against lice and other parasites. In foods, bergamot oil is widely used as a citrus flavoring agent, especially in gelatins and puddings. In manufacturing, bergamot oil is used in perfumes, creams, lotions, soaps, and suntan oils.

Reference: www.webMD.com


Bergamot oil is known for having antidepressant properties…can also help increase the efficiency of blood circulation and hormone secretion.

Reference: www.belmarrahealth.com/use-esseential-oils-dizziness-benefits-

warnings-recipes/


Cold pressed bergamot essential oil (lemonmil) it is highly phototoxic. It must be used with care on the skin and avoided when exposed to the sun or UV rays. Bergamot contains the following compounds: limonene, linalyl acetate, linalool, sabinene, gamma-terpinene, bergapten.

Reference: www.romaweb.com


Bergamot essential oil is “…very good for people suffering from depression as it contains some components that work as anti-depressants. Some of these components are alpha pinene and limonene. They can increase the efficiency of the blood circulation and of hormonal secretion…” 

Reference: www.vertigotreatment.org/post/essential-oils-for-vertigo

 


Bitter Orange Oil (citrus aurantiwn); also known as Neroli 


What the Literature Says


There is one Herbal Monograph on bitter orange (Neroli) from Commission E; treatment for vertigo is not listed as an approved indication or usage.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that ginger oil can be used for vertigo/dizziness


Bitter Orange Oil Compounds


Volatile oil: chief constituents linalool, linalyl acetate, alpha-pinenes, limonene, nerol 


Methyl anthranilate 


Limonoids: triterpenoide bitter principles


Flavonoids

Reference: Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


What the Internet Says


Neroli oil can also help reduce blood pressure, making it a great choice for those suffering from hypertension.

Reference: www.belmarrahealth.com/use-essential-oils-vertigo-dizziness-benefits-warnings-recipes/


Neroli essential oil is good for decreasing stress and anxiety. 

Reference: www.vertigotreatment.org/post/essential-oils-for-vertigo



Cannabis (cannabis sativa) see CBD Oil



CBD Oil (cannabis sativa; CannaBiDiol)


What the Literature Says


There is one Herbal Monograph on Cannabis/CBD/marijuana from Commission E; treatment for vertigo is not listed as an approved indication or usage.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that CBD oil or cannabis oil can be used for the treatment of vertigo/dizziness.


CBD Oil Compounds


Cannabinoids: chief active agent 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (9-THC = 1-THC), in addition to 60 additional cannabinoids 


Volatile oil: of a very complex composition, with, among other things beta-caryophyllenes, humules, caryophyllene oxide, alpha-pinenes, beta-pinenes, limonene, myrcene, beta-ocimene 


Flavonoids: including canniflavone-1, canniflavone-2 

Reference: Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


What the Internet Says


CBD oil is rich in cannabinoids such as cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol that are exceptionally effective in combating vertigo dizziness and stopping vertigo sickness completely. It can effectively control vomiting and cure nausea as well…Cannabis oil can stimulate the particular receptors of the endocannabinoid system of the brain that include the CB1 and the CB2. The CB1 is located in the central nervous system, whereas the CB2 is located in the immune cells and governs the release of cytokine.

Reference: www.howtocure.com/essential-oils-for-vertigo


The cannabinoids present in cannabis oil “can suppress nausea, cure headaches, and deal with vertigo and dizziness at an accelerated speed.” CBD oil is taken in the form of a capsule.

Reference: www.howtocure.com/essential-oils-for-vertigo



Clary Sage Oil (salvia sclarea)


What the Literature Says


There were no Herbal Monographs on clary sage from Commission E. 

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that clary sage oil can be used for the treatment of vertigo/dizziness.


Clary Sage Oil Compounds


Clary sage is dominated by linalyl acetate. Salvia sclarea has the highest amount of this constituent out of all the essential oils. Linalyl acetate has antispasmodic properties, which is helpful in spasmodic cough and asthma. Linalool, which is another key constituent in clary sage is usually found along with linalyl acetate. Linalyl acetate and linalool have also been found to be analgesic. “…has a rare [2%] constituent called sclareol. Sclareol is said, when isolated, to have anti-inflammatory action.

Reference: Huang GJ, Pan CH, Wu CH. (2012). Sclareol exhibits anti-inflammatory activity in both Lipopolysaccharide-stimulated macrophages and the carrageenan-induced paw edema model. 2012. J. Nat. Prod. 75, 54-59. 


Salvia sclarea is one of the most important aromatic plants cultivated world-wide as a source of essential oils. In addition to being flavoring foods, Salvia sclarea essential oil can also act as antimicrobials and preservatives against food spoilage.

Reference: Cui H, Zhang X, Zhou H, Zhao C, Lin L. Antimicrobial activity and mechanisms of salvia sclarea essential oil. Bot Stud. 2015 Dec;56(1):16.


What the Internet Says


The distilled essential oil is used widely in perfumes and as a muscatel flavoring for vermouths, wines, and liqueurs. It is also used in aromatherapy.

Reference: www.wikipedia.org


According to the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, clary sage belongs to the mint family (basil, mint, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, hyssop, thyme and lavender). Clary sage is predominately esters. Esters are known as balancing and soothing action on the sympathetic nervous system. “…effective on skin rashes, can be analgesic and good digestive aids. They are relatively safe oils as long as used properly…” 

Reference: https://aromaticstudies.com/clary-sage-essential-oil/


[Clary Sage] is sometimes contraindicated in pregnancy and is also contraindicated when drinking alcohol or even driving. “There is absolutely no evidence to support these claims.” 

Reference: Rhind, JP. Essential oils: a handbook for aromatherapy practice. 2nd edition. 2012,  Singing Dragon. London and Philadelphia


It is useful in cramping, bloating, and moodiness associated with pre-menstrual syndrome. It can be used as a toner for oily skin, due to its astringent qualities. 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. Be careful when applying sage oil on your skin as there may be adverse effects. 

Reference: www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html 


This essential oil is particularly effective for cases of vertigo caused by a nervous system malfunction. The active ingredients in clary sage oil act as sedatives and calm nervous function, promoting more normal cognitive processes and eliminating the dizziness and lack of balance caused by vertigo. 

Reference: www.organicfacts.net/essential-oils-vertigo.html


Good for those who suffer from disorders like anxiety and nervousness, making it a great choice for helping to relieve dizziness and vertigo. 

Reference: www.belmarrahealth.com/use-essential-oils-vertigo-dizziness-benefits-warnings-recipes/


Clary sage oil helps relieve you of dizziness and vertigo. 

Reference: www.vertigotreatment.org/post/essential-oils-for-vertigo


Clary essential oil is especially useful if you are experiencing vertigo caused by nervous system malfunctioning. The oil is an excellent sedative that calms your nerves while enhancing standard cognitive processes. Once your nerves are functioning optimally, lack of balance and dizziness stand no chance. Best use: Use this oil with a home diffuser, or dilute it and rub it on your chest. Avoiding using it directly on sensitive skin. 

Reference: https://essentialoildiffuser.io/essential-oil-vertigo/



Cypress Oil (cupressus sempervirens) 


What the Literature Says

 

There is one Herbal Monograph on cypress from Commission E; treatment for vertigo is not listed as an approved indication or usage. Cypress acts as an expectorant. 

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that cypress oil can be used for the treatment of vertigo/dizziness.


Cypress Oil Compounds


Chief components: alpha-pinene, D-camphene, D-silvestrene, p-cymene, L-cadinene, cedrol, terpinenol-4, terpineol, acetyl- and isovalerianyl esters of monoterpene alcohols.

Reference: Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ 


What the Internet Says


Cyprus oil 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.

Reference: www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html


The stimulating nature of cypress oil helps the brain function more effectively, due to an increase in blood flow. This elevated alertness and cognitive function make it more difficult for light-headedness and dizziness to occur.

Reference: www.organicfacts.net/essential-oils-vertigo.html


Cypress oil is a stimulating agent that boosts brain function. This oil facilitates efficient blood flow to the brain and other body parts. It raises your alertness and cognitive performance. This makes it a good preventive for dizziness and lightheadedness. Cypress oil can be rubbed on the chest where the particles are absorbed and used for treatment, or through a room diffuser.

Reference: www.themiracleofessentialoils.com/essential-oils-for-vertigo/


Cypress oil helps stimulate blood and oxygen flow to the brain and also opens up the breathing passages, helping to decrease lightheadedness.

Reference: www.livestrong.com/article/101524-essential-oils-treat-vertigo/



Geranium Oil (geranium maculatum); also known as Cranesbill


What the Literature Says


There is one Herbal Monograph on geranium (maculatum)/Cranesbill from Commission E; treatment for vertigo is not listed as an approved indication or usage.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that geranium oil can be used for the treatment of vertigo/dizziness.


Geranium Oil Compounds


Cranesbill Herb: Tannins (30%): gallotannins 


Cranesbill Root: Tannins (10 to 28%): gallotannins

Reference: Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


What the Internet Says


Reduces stress, depression, and helps users relax.

References:

1. www.belmarrahealth.com/use-essential-oils-vertigo-dizziness-benefits-warnings-recipes

2. www.vertigotreatment.org/post/essential-oils-for-vertigo



Frankincense Oil (boswellia carteri)


Old French: franc encens or “high quality incense”…known to exist in the middle east for thousands of years. Oil is produced by steam distillation of the tree resin…balsamic-spicy, slightly lemon fragrance.


What the Literature Says


There is one Herbal Monographs on frankincense from Commission E. Vertigo is not listed under Indications and Usage. Considered obsolete for medicinal use because its mode of action has not been documented. 

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ.


PubMed had no published articles in peer-reviewed journals suggesting that frankincense can be effective for vertigo/dizziness 


Frankincense Oil Compounds


Volatile oil (5-9%): chief components 1-octyl acetate (sliare 60%), 1-octanol (share 12.7%), including as well alpha-pinene (3.5%), incensol (2.7%) 


Resins (60%): components including among others alpha-boswellic acid, beta-boswellic acid, methyl ester of 3-acetyl-pVboswellic acid 


Mucilages (12-20%) 

Reference: Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


What the Internet Says


There were no websites that suggested that frankincense oil could be used specifically for vertigo/dizziness



Ginger Oil (zingiber officinale)


What the Literature Says


There is one Herbal Monographs on ginger oil from Commission E. Vertigo is not listed under Indications and Usage.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ.


PubMed had no published articles in peer-reviewed journals suggesting that ginger oil can be effective for vertigo/dizziness 


Ginger Oil Compounds


1. Volatile oil (2.5-3.0%): chief components vary greatly, depending upon country of origin: (-)-zingiberene and arcurcumene, beta-bisabolene and ar-curcumene, neral and geranial, D-camphor, beta-phellandrene, geranial, neral and linalool, (E)-alpha-farnesene, important as aroma carrier zingiberol (mixture of cis- and trans-beta-eudesmol) 


2. Aryl alkanes 


3. Gingerols: chief components [6]-gingerol (pungent substances), [8]-gingerol, [10]-gingerol 


4. Shogaols: chief components [6]-shogaol (pungent substane), [8]- shogaol, [10]- shogaol (artifacts formed during storage, arising from the gingerols) 


5. Gingerdiols 


6. Diarylheptanoids: including among others, gingerenone A and B 


7. Starch (50%) 


It is recommended that patients taking anticoagulants or those with bleeding disorders avoid the use of large doses of ginger. 

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ.


What the Internet Says


Ginger is most often used for treating nausea, but a little known effect is that it can also relieve vertigo.

Reference: www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html


Motion Sickness 

One double-blind, randomized, non-placebo controlled study compared the effectiveness of ginger and six other commonly used non-herbal drugs (scopolamine, dimenhydrinate with caffeine, cyclizine, cinnarizine, cinnarizine with domperidone, meclizine with caffeine) in 1489 participants during whale-watching voyages off the coast of Norway. 78.3% of those that took 500 mg of ginger root 2 hours prior to a boat trip were symptom-free for the 6-hour duration. 

Reference: Schmid R, Schick T, Steffen R et al.. Comparison of seven commonly used agents for prophylaxis of seasickness. J Trav Med 1994,1:203-206


Ginger 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.

Reference: www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html


Using ginger for vertigo and nausea is a traditional, natural remedy that has been used for many years. One valuable benefit of ginger essential oil is its natural nausea relief. With anti-nausea, analgesic and stimulative properties, ginger may be one of the best essential oils for vertigo and dizziness.

Reference: https://essentialoilexperts.com/essential-oils-for-vertigo/


Many studies (not cited) have shown that ginger oil and its active ingredients can have a positive effect on nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and other common symptoms of vertigo. By settling the stomach and calming the nerves, this oil is both a treatment and a preventive measure for vertigo.

Reference: www.organicfacts.net/essential-oils-vertigo.html


Studies (not cited) have confirmed that ginger is an excellent remedy for vomiting, dizziness, and nausea all of which are severe signs of vertigo. This oil can also calm the nerves and settle your stomach. As such, ginger oil has been used as both a preventive and treatment remedy for vertigo. The oil should be diluted and rubbed on the chest, neck, and temples. It helps to restore balance eliminating spinning and dizziness.

Reference: https://essentialoildiffuser.io/essential-oil-vertigo/


A 2013 study found that women who used ginger oil to treat symptoms of painful menstruation experienced fewer bouts of nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and headache. In this study, the ginger and carrier oil mix was massaged onto the abdomen. For vertigo, consider using the diluted essential oil on the upper chest, neck, and temples.

References: 

1. Rizk SA. Effect of aromatherapy abdominal massage using peppermint versus ginger

     oils on primary dysmenorrhea among adolescent girls J Amer Sci. 2013;9(11)

2. www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-for-vertigo#treatment


Ginger oil is effective for fighting off symptoms of vertigo like nausea and dizziness when an attack hits you. There are certain properties in ginger that helps send more blood circulation to your brain, which will lead to you feeling less dizzy. Apply this oil just like the others by applying it directly to your neck, behind your ears, and the crown of your head.

Reference: http://remedymyvertigo.com/essential-oils-that-make-great-natural-remedies-for-vertigo/


In the case of vertigo, it can clear the mind and improve the airways, thus ensuring proper oxygenation of the brain, while also soothing nausea.

Reference: www.organicfacts.net/essential-oils-vertigo.html



Lavender Oil (lavandula officinalis, lavandula angustifolia); also known as English Lavender


What the Literature Says


There is one Herbal Monographs on lavender from Commission E; Lavender is not indicated for the relief of vertigo/dizziness.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ.


PubMed had one article reporting on the anti-inflammatory effects of lavender on the central nervous system* but no other published research in their database to support claims that lavender oil could be used specifically for vertigo/dizziness.


*Koulivand PH, Khaleghi Ghadiri M, Gorji A. Lavender and the nervous system. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013


Lavender Oil Compounds


Volatile oil (1-3%): chief components (-)-linalool (making up 20-50%) and linalyl acetate (30-40%), furthermore, including among others, cis-ocimene, terpinene-4-ol, betacaryophyllene, lavandulyl acetate 


Hydroxycoumarins: including among others, umbelliferone, herniarin 


Tannins (13%) 


Caffeic acid derivatives: including among others, rosmaric acid 

Reference: Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


Externally, English Lavender is used in balneotherapy for treatment of functional circulatory disorders. 


Lavender might decrease blood pressure in some people. Taking lavender along with medications used for lowering high blood pressure might cause blood pressure to go too low. Do not take too much lavender if you are taking medications for high blood pressure.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


What the Internet Says


Lavender oil can also relieve dizziness, depression, and help you sleep. You can use a few dabs on your skin, spray a little on your pillow, or place some in a room diffuser for quick relief.

References:

1. www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html

2. www.livestrong.com/article/101524-essential-oils-treat-vertigo/


Well known for its calming aroma, the benefits of lavender essential oil include natural pain relief, relaxation and anti-anxiety properties. These properties may be useful for calming down users who experience stress or anxiety as a result of vertigo episodes. Its natural analgesic properties may be useful for pain caused by vision impairment, headaches, vomiting, or falling because of a vertigo episode.

Reference: https://essentialoilexperts.com/essential-oils-for-vertigo/


The uplifting and soothing qualities of lavender oil make it a perfect remedy for vertigo, as it can soothe the nerves and relieve anxiety, while also eliminating inflammation, which can often cause vertigo.

Reference: www.organicfacts.net/essential-oils-vertigo.html


Most cases of peripheral vertigo (dizziness caused by problems in the inner ear) are due to inflammations. Lavender essential oil is clinically proved to be more than capable of eliminating inflammations. It also has soothing properties that relieve anxiety and relax the nerves. This makes the oil ideal for treating chronic vertigo.

Reference: https://essentialoildiffuser.io/essential-oil-vertigo/



Lemon/Lemon Balm Oil (Melissa officinale)  


What the Literature Says


There is one Herbal Monograph on lemon balm oil from Commission E; treatment for vertigo is not listed as an approved indication or usage.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that lemon/lemon balm oil can be specifically used for vertigo/dizziness.


“…have been used medicinally as a treatment for multiple conditions and symptoms, including vertigo, for centuries.” 

References: 

1. Anonymous. Iranian herbal pharmacopoeia. 2002, Tehran: Ministry of Health 

    Publication, Vol. 1, pp.141–121

2. Zargari AI (1990). Medicinal plants. 1990, (Vol. 1, pp. 77–81).Tehran: Tehran

    University Press.


Lemon/Lemon Balm Oil Compounds 


Volatility (W2-0.8%): chief components geranial (citrala), neral (citral "S), citronellal (together 40-75% of the volatile oil, aroma carrier), furthermore, linalool, geraniol, geranylactetate, methy citronellate, trans-P-ocimene, 1-Octen-3-ol, 6-methyl-5-heptene-2-on. beta-caryophyllene, caryophyllebepoxide, germacren D, eugenol 


Glycosides: of the alcoholic or phenolic components of the volatile oil, for example eugenol glucoside 


Caffeic acid derivatives: rosmaric acid (up to 4.7%) 


Flavonoids: including among others cynaroside, cosmosiin, rhamnocitrin, isoquercitrin 


Triterpene acids: including among others ursolic acid. Only the very fresh drug (maximum 6 months old) is usable as a sedative, because of the low volatile oil content and its high volatility; the requirements of the German-language medication texts do not take this into consideration (no minimum content requirement given).

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


What the Internet Says


“… helps induce a sense of calmness and reduces stress. It can also help promote sleep, improve appetite, and relieve nausea often associated with bouts of vertigo.” 

Reference: www.belmarrahealth.com/use-essential-oils-vertigo-dizziness-benefits-warnings-recipes/


It can also relieve the vomiting desire that is associated with vertigo.

Reference: www.vertigotreatment.org/post/essential-oils-for-vertigo


Benefits of lemon essential oil include “anti-nausea properties and natural stress relief activity. While further research is required, lemon essential oil may help improve users cope with stress of vertigo episodes and help patients feel back to normal.

Reference: https://essentialoilexperts.com/essential-oils-for-vertigo/



Melissa Oil (Melissa officinale) - see Lemon/Lemon Balm Oil



Neroli – see Bitter Orange



Peppermint Oil (mentha piperita) 


What the Literature Says


There is one Herbal Monograph for peppermint oil from Commission E; treatment for vertigo/dizziness is not listed as an approved indication or usage.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that peppermint oil can be specifically used for vertigo/dizziness


Peppermint Oil Compounds


Chief components: menthol (35-45%), menthone (15-20%), menthyl acetate (3-5%), neomenthol (2.5-3.5%), isomenthone (2-3%), menthofurane (2-7%), additionally including among others limonene, pulegone, alpha- and beta-pinene, trans-sabinene hydrate 


Lubiatentannins: including, among others rosmaric acid 


Flavonoids: apigenine-, diosmetin- and luteolin glycosides, free lipophile methoxylized flavone including, among others xanthomicrol, gardenine D 


The drug has a spasmolytic effect on smooth muscle of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a carminative, cholagogue, antibacterial, insecticidal and secretolytic agent; it also has a cooling effect on the skin. 

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


What the Internet Says


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.

Reference: www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html   


Peppermint essential oil’s qualities have been reported to help reduce nausea, improve blood flow, and stimulate the central nervous system. Vertigo may cause feelings of disorientation which can lead to nausea and vomiting. When inhaled or applied topically, menthol, the dynamic chemical in peppermint essential oil, creates a cooling sensation that often provides nausea relief and helps users feel revitalized. “…peppermint is often considered the best essential oil for vertigo.”

Reference: https://essentialoilexperts.com/essential-oils-for-vertigo/


Essential oils don’t typically treat just one symptom, such as vertigo, but they can help relieve many associated symptoms of a condition at the same time. A hybrid of spearmint and water mint, this oil contains two active compounds: methanol and methanone. The refreshing scent can help relived vertigo associated nausea as well as boost energy levels.

Reference: www.belmarrahealth.com/use-essential-oils-vertigo-dizziness-benefits-warnings-recipes/



Rose Oil (rosa gallica and rosa centifolia)


There is one Herbal Monograph on rose oil from Commission E; treatment for vertigo/dizziness is not listed as an approved indication or usage. Not recommended for use by pregnant women.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that rose oil can be specifically used for vertigo/dizziness.


Rose Oil Compounds 


Tannins: oligomeric proanthocyanidins 


Volatile oil (in the fresh blossoms): chief components (-)-citronellol, geraniol, nerol, phenyl ethanol, Including as well (-)-linalool, and citral

Reference: Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ

 

What the Internet Says


 “…can be inhaled to relieve depression, vertigo, and for relaxation. 

Reference: http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html


Some people turn to rose oil when they experience a sensation of spinning. Its active ingredients can directly engage with your central nervous system to soothe anxiety and prevent many of the peripheral symptoms of vertigo.

Reference:  https://www.organicfacts.net/essential-oils-vertigo.html


“…helps to reduce symptoms of vertigo, depression, and anxiety."

References: 

1. www.belmarrahealth.com/use-essential-oils-vertigo-dizziness-benefits-warnings-recipes/

2. www.vertigotreatment.org/post/essential-oils-for-vertigo

3. www.livestrong.com/article/101524-essential-oils-treat-vertigo/


To use this home remedy for vertigo simply apply some of the oil directly into some boiling water and breath in the essence. These natural remedies for vertigo can definitely help provide some relief. But the vertigo won’t go away and will return. 

Reference: http://remedymyvertigo.com/essential-oils-that-make-great-natural-remedies-for-vertigo/



Rosemary Oil (rosmarinus officinalis) 


What the Literature Says

There is one Herbal Monograph on rosemary oil from Commission E; treatment for vertigo/dizziness is not listed as an approved indication or usage. Not recommended for use by pregnant women.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that rose oil can be specifically used for vertigo/dizziness.


Rosemary Oil Compounds 


Caffeic acid derivatives: chief component rosmarinic acid 


Diterpenes (bitter): including carnosolic acid (picrosalvin), isorosmanol, rosmadial, rosmaridiphenol, rosmariquinone 


Flavonoids: including cirsimarin, diosmin, hesperidin, homoplantiginin, phegopolin 


Triterpenes: chief components oleanolic acid, ursolic acid  and their 3-acetyl esters 


Volatile oil (1.0 to 2.5%): chief components 1,8-cineole ( 20 to 50%), alpha-pinene (15 to 25%), camphor (10 to 25%), including as well camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, beta-caryophyllene, p-cymene, limonene, linalool, myrcene, alpha- terpineol, verbenone 

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


What the Internet Says


Rosemary is often used to support health and strength in blood vessels. 

Reference: www.nativeremedies.com)


Rosemary dilates and strengthens blood vessels and is an excellent circulation tonic. 

Reference: www.healthherbsandnutrition.com


Rosemary oil can be helpful to relieve dizziness, depression, and fatigue. 

Reference: www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html


Relieves cognitive discomfort, anxiety, and stress, but it can also help relieve the symptoms of vertigo. By soothing headaches and relieving dizziness, rosemary oil works as both an acute treatment and a preventive measure for chronic sufferers. 

Reference: www.organicfacts.net/essential-oils-vertigo.html


Due to its positive circulatory effects, rosemary oil can be a very good choice for reducing dizziness.

References: 

1. www.belmarrahealth.com/use-essential-oils-vertigo-dizziness-benefits-warnings-recipes/

2. www.vertigotreatment.org/post/essential-oils-for-vertigo

3. www.livestrong.com/article/101524-essential-oils-treat-vertigo/


For vertigo [rosemary oil] helps provide relief from common symptoms it causes like dizziness, nausea, and it can also give you some relief from migraines that are sometimes associated with vertigo. If you can get your hands on the oil then applying it to the back of your neck, ears, and the crown of your head should also help. 

Reference: http://remedymyvertigo.com/essential-oils-that-make-great-natural-remedies-for-vertigo/



Tangerine Oil (citrus tangerina)


What the Literature Says


There were no Herbal Monographs on tangerine from Commission E.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that tangerine oil can be used for vertigo/dizziness.


What the Internet Says


In Chinese Medicine, the tangerine peel is called, “Chen Pi” and it is highly used in treating digestive disorders such as stomach upset, diarrhea, indigestion, and vomiting. Ayurvedic Medicine calls tangerine as “Santra Sal” that is highly regarded as a natural detoxifying agent. Detoxification is the first step in purifying the body, which leads to strengthening the immune system, improving mental clarity, and nurturing overall health. Other uses did not include vertigo/dizziness.


Some Precautions


1. Skin Sensitivity: Do not apply it on your skin if you’ll be exposed to ultraviolet light or direct sunlight within 12 hours;


2. Medical Conditions: If pregnant or under doctor’s supervision, consult a healthcare practitioner first before using this essential oil;


3. Infants and Children: Avoid using tangerine oil on infants and young children.

Reference: 

www.aromafoundry.com/blogs/aroma-foundry/tangerine-essential-oil-uses-description-recipes-precautions


 “…any citrus oil can help with migraine, tension headaches, dizzy spells, and vertigo.” 

Reference: www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html


“… ideal for reducing headaches, vertigo, and dizziness.”

References: 

1. www.belmarrahealth.com/use-essential-oils-vertigo-dizziness-benefits-warnings-recipes/

2. www.vertigotreatment.org/post/essential-oils-for-vertigo

3. www.themiracleofessentialoils.com/essential-oils-for-vertigo/



Thyme (thymus vulgaris)


What the Literature Says


There is one Herbal Monograph on thyme oil from Commission E; treatment for vertigo is not listed as an approved indication or usage.

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


PubMed did not identify any published research in their database to support claims that tangerine oil can be used for vertigo/dizziness.


Thyme Oil Compounds


Volatile oil (LO-2.5%):chief components thymol (20-55%), p-cymene (14-45%), carvacrol (1-10%), gamma-terpinene (5-10%), borneol (up to 8%), linalool (up to 8%) 


Caffeic acid derivatives: rosmarinic acid (0.15-1.35%) 


Flavonoids: including among others, luteolin, apigenin, naringenin, eriodictyol, cirsilineol, salvigenin, cirsimaritin, thymonine, thymusine, partially present as glycosides 


Triterpenes: including among others, ursolic acid (1.9%), oleanolic acid (0.6%) 

Reference:  Gruenwald, J, Brendler T, Jaenicke, C. PDR for Herbal Medicines 2007 Thomson Healthcare Inc., Montvale, NJ


What the Internet Says


Thyme is a bronchial antispasmodic, an expectorant, and an antibacterial agent. One of thyme essential oil’s benefits is its natural anti-dizziness properties. In a 2014 study,* thyme essential oil was shown to significantly reduce dizziness and nausea. Participants reported that thyme essential oil worked better than ibuprofen for symptom relief. 

Reference: https://essentialoilexperts.com/essential-oils-for-vertigo/


“… proven in a 2014 study* to significantly reduce dizziness and nausea, even providing better symptom relief than ibuprofen, a common anti-inflammatory medication."

Reference: www.belmarrahealth.com/use-essential-oils-vertigo-dizziness-benefits-warnings-recipes/


*NOTE: Both websites referenced a 2014 study that showed that thyme oil reduces dizziness. After a thorough PubMed literature search, that article could not be located.


                              

Conclusion

 There are no essential oils approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for vertigo/dizziness.


Vertigo/dizziness is a SYMPTOM of a medical problem which should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist (ENT physician) and an audiologist to determine the CAUSE. 


After a diagnosis is made a treatment plan will be initiated and monitored professionally. 


Consumer testimonials are no substitute for proper medical/audiological care.