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Natural Cures for Dizziness

This page looks at some effective natural cures for dizziness using herbs, homeopathy, and aromatherapy. It also looks at some common causes of dizziness/vertigo.

Dizziness is a general term used to describe everything from feeling faint or lightheaded to feeling weak or unsteady. Dizziness that creates the sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving is called vertigo.

Dizziness is not a disease in itself; it is a symptom of an underlying problem which usually is not too serious. To treat dizziness, we need to first identify the underlying problem.

Symptoms of Dizziness

Symptoms of dizziness include:
  • A sensation that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving (vertigo)
  • A loss of balance
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Feeling unsteady and lightheaded
  • Feeling faint and weak
  • Blurred vision during quick head movements


Possible Causes of Dizziness

Some minor problems that can often cause dizziness include:

  • Motion sickness
  • Returning to a standing position after a long period of sitting or lying down
  • Rapid changes in motion
  • Hyperventilation
  • Fever
  • Reaction to drugs or alcohol

There are, however, some more serious problems that can also cause dizziness, such as:

  • Inflammation in the inner ear
  • Meniere's disease (an inner ear disorder characterized by vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss)
  • Migraine-related vertigo
  • Circulatory disorders, such as high blood pressure
  • Anemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Brain tumors
If you cannot determine the cause of your dizziness by yourself, and you are suffering from chronic dizziness, then be sure to see your doctor.


Natural Cures for Dizziness

For dizziness caused by minor problems, natural cures for dizziness using herbs, essential oils, and homeopathy are sufficient and effective.

If you are unsure of the cause and are waiting for a proper diagnosis, you can still use some of the natural cures for dizziness below to relieve your symptoms.

Natural Cures for Dizziness - Herbs

The following herbs can be used as to treat dizziness:
  • Ginger: Ginger has long been used as a natural cure for dizziness and nausea and many people have used ginger to relieve symptoms caused by motion sickness. Ginger capsules are available at health food stores. You can take 300 mg two to three times a day. You can also try drinking a couple cups of fresh ginger tea.
  • Ginkgo: Ginkgo extract is prescribed extensively in Europe for vertigo. You can try 60 to 240 mg a day, but don't go any higher than that.


Natural Cures for Dizziness - Homeopathy

Various homeopathic remedies can be used as natural cures for dizziness. Choose a remedy that most closely matches your symptoms and follow the instructions of use on the label.
  • Aconitum napellus: This remedy is for sudden dizziness brought on by stress, anxiety, or panic. The person has a fast pulse and may even fear that he is going to die.
  • Bryonia alba: This remedy is for dizziness that occurs upon getting up from a sitting position, turning the head, or bending over.
  • Cocculus: This remedy is for motion sickness as well as dizziness brought on by looking out the window. The person may feel nausea.
  • Gelsemium sempervirens: This remedy is for dizziness caused by a viral infection. The person may feel drowsy and droopy.
  • Nux vomica: Dizziness caused by a hangover or food poisoning can benefit from this remedy.
  • Pulsatilla: This remedy is for dizziness that occurs when a person is in a warm or stuffy room. Open air and walking can bring relief.


Natural Cures for Dizziness - Aromatherapy

Essential oils that can reduce symptoms of vertigo include:

  • Lavender
  • Ginger
  • Black pepper
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Rose
  • Basil
For immediate relief of vertigo, dab a drop of lavender on your temples. You can also place a vial of the oil directly under your nose and inhale deeply.

Ginger oil can relieve nauseous feelings. You can inhale the oil directly from the vial.

You can also use any or a combination of the above oils in a warm bath, or dilute them in a carrier oil and use in a massage.


Balch and Stengler, Prescription for Natural Cures, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004)
Duke, J.A., The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook. (St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2002) (

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