Aromatherapy/Essential Oils for Dizziness
How is Aromatherapy Used to Treat Dizziness?
Although a number of essential oils can be used for the treatment of dizziness, those most commonly recommended are:
basil (Ocimum basilicum) has a light, sweet, spicy scent. It is antiseptic and tonic.
cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) has a fresh, woody aroma, and is antiviral.
lavender (Lavendula officinalis) has a sweet, floral scent, and is a sedative, vermifuge, decongestant and antidepressant.
ginger (Zinziber Officinale) has a warm, spicy aroma, and is a tonic.
peppermint (Mentha piperita) has an invigorating minty scent, and is a stimulant.
rose (Floracopeia spp.) has a strong floral and sweet scent, is an antidepressant, tonic, laxative, and aphrodisiac.
rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is fresh and sweet, is a laxative, stimulant, antiseptic, and antidepressant.
sage (Salvia officinalis) has an herbaceous aroma and is a stimulant.
tangerine (Citrus reticulata) has a fresh, sweet, citrusy scent, and is a stimulant for the liver and stomach, as well as a digestive tonic.
The oils can be applied directly to your skin or inhaled by a variety of techniques. For example, you can add a few drops of the essential oils to a warm bath. Sitting in the bath allows you to inhale the fumes of the oil. In another approach, you can place a drop or two of the essential oil onto your forehead or temple, allowing the oil to be absorbed through the skin.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a practice in which essential oils are used to improve your physical and emotional well-being. Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from the flowers, leaves, stems, bark, roots and other parts of plants. The oils are usually extracted from the plant by steam distillation. The plant is heated in a flow of steam, and the essential oils evaporate, escape from the distilling apparatus, recondense and are captured for use.
Aromatherapists use dozens of different oils for a variety of medicinal purposes. These oils are believed to be effective in treating one or more specific medical conditions. Some commonly used essential oils are those obtained from anise seeds, bay leaves, chamomile flowers, cedarwood, cypress bark, ginger root, juniper berries, and peppermint leaves.
Essential oils are used therapeutically in one of three ways. They may be added in drop-wise portions to a piece of cloth and inhaled. They may also be applied topically and rubbed directly into your skin. A third way to use aromatherapy in treatment is to add or mix essential oils with a warm liquid, such as bath water; this causes the essential oils to vaporize so that you can inhale the oil’s essence.
What Cautions Should Be Observed in Using Aromatherapy for Dizziness?
If aromatherapy or other treatments are not successful in treating dizziness, a person should seek traditional medical advice. The condition may be symptomatic of a more serious medical issue that may require conventional treatments. Care should also be taken in the use of essential oils. In their concentrated form, essential oils can be harmful to the skin or respiratory system of some individuals.
In no case should you use more than the recommended amount of oil in a treatment. Young people and children should use smaller amounts of essential oils than the quantity recommended for adults. An Aromatherapist can determine a course of treatment including dosing instructions and recommendations on which essential oils should be used to treat your condition. Pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems should not use essential oils. In case of doubt about the use of essential oils, you should consult a qualified Aromatherapist.