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Meniere's Disease

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Tinnitus, Vertigo

Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder usually affecting one ear. Although it can affect those of any age it usually affects those in in their 40s and 50s. Many times it is progressive starting with vertigo (unbalance) and/or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) attacks and progressing with more frequent attacks and hearing loss.  For some the vertigo is severe enough to be debilitating with dizziness and nausea.

Ear with detailThe cause is not known but is related to the structure of the inner ear.  The vestibular organ (also called the semicircular canals) includes the endolymphatic sac and duct that helps control the fluid in the inner ear that are key to the body’s system of balance.  It is believed that Meniere’s disease results when the endolymphatic sac or duc is inflamed, damaged, scarred, or deformed from birth or this system of fluids is disrupted in other ways. Some reasons noted that might cause such disruption include ear infections, upper respiratory tract infection, or head injuries.  Also there is some connection to the herpes virus, syphilis, multiple sclerosis, and thyroid disorders.


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Frankincense, Helichrysum

Essential oils based products: GI Cleansing Formula/Probiotic Defense Formula

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Suggested protocols:

1 - 2 drops of Frankincense applied to the back of the ear and run down the jaw line.  Repeat starting at top of ear and run down front of ear and jaw line.  Repeat every 1 - 4 hours.

Some report a root cause may be Candida and using the GI Cleansing Formula/Probiotic Defense Formula cleanse is a help.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Lisa - I was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease and have some issues with it. I have the initial tinnitus and ear fullness but the other stuff is brain fog and a little dizziness. Is there anything that would be worth trying to help the brain fog and dizziness? I've been really good the last several days but ya never know when the symptoms will flare up.  I saw the suggestions on Everything Essential about using Frankincense. Is there anything more to help with brain fog and dizziness? 

Becky - Frankincense under the occipital (base of the brain)  and over the Thymus (between the breast on the breast bone), Basil on the Mastoid bone and tap your thymus  at least twice a day ( place or ground one hand by placing it on the body) with the other hand tap, firmly,  three-ten times, the sternum over the Thymus.

Pat - I agree with Becky on the Frankincense on the base (back of neck) but would add Helichrysum  to that also.  I would also put these same oils in back of the ear and down the jaw line on both sides. Since Menier's is usually associated with hypoglycemia I would monitor the diet very carefully. Drink lots of water with Lemon and/or Grapefruit. Protective Blend on the bottom of the feet.  Also if you could find someone to do a lymph massage to get your lymphatic system working well, that would also help.

Sallie - Hi Lisa! If you search the forum you will find a lot of threads and information. After 7 months of trial and error, I perfected with a process using 8 oils that makes a huge difference for me and I have to do it 3x daily. My Meniere's is 24/7.  Anti-Aging Blend is also great for vertigo. You can roll it across the base of the neck, around the ears and down the jaw line. I found that it also works well by rolling in the palm of my hand and then adding some FCO, mix it up with my finger and then apply it. Helichrysum is magic for tinnitus, I have it in a roller bottle (straight, no FCO) and roll it in front and back of my ear and then roll it inside my ear around the ear canal.

Sallie – Here is my process for tinnitus.  Everyone will be different. As for the tinnitus, I am lucky that Helichrysum works for me. Just a drop rubbed in the ear with my pinkie finger (remember do not drop the oil in the ear canal). There are a lot of oils and combinations to try.

And for Meniere's,  It took about 8 months of research with trial and error to find the combination that worked for me. 3 times daily in this order (I am going to be very detailed):

I drop the FCO into my palm, add the oil and then use the index finger of the other hand to apply. After each oil I rub my hands together going down over each wrist for the added benefit of absorbing into my wrist.

5 drops FCO and 2 drops Sandalwood along my back hair line and down the back of my neck

3 drops FCO and 1 drop (per ear) Geranium massaged onto the top of each earlobe, pulling the oil down the edge of the ear

1 drop Helichrysum (per ear) behind each ear and into the hair line

2 drops Lemon over the Sandalwood on the neck

1 drop Ginger (each ear) over the Geranium on the ears

1 drop Peppermint (each ear) over the Helichrysum behind ears

2 drops Frankincense over the back of neck oils

1 drop Frankincense (each ear) over the oils on the back of the ear.

I now smooth the oils down my jaw line, down the side and back of my neck. Interesting, when I top everything with the Frankincense, the oils sing, meaning the Peppermint and Ginger feel stronger on my skin.

These oils cross the Blood Brain Barrier to heal brain nerves and cells. The Peppermint is excellent in healing the Myelin Sheath that protects the nerves. I have tried many oils in the last months but for some reason this process works for me. My husband and family are very impressed with my visible change.


Amelia - I have a question...a family friend has severe Menier's disease...Do any of you have any suggestions as to what oils should be in the protocol for this?

Larissa - I had a client come to my office (I am a natural health practitioner and I do muscle-testing sessions) and she was complaining about her Meniere's disease. I did find the problem was linked to her Candida and other digestive problems.

So in light of that, I would have your friend start cleaning out and strengthening her digestive system. Of course since I know, use, and trust (...) body cleanse products, I recommend them.

Rosemary - My husband has had problems with his ears for years.  The doctors cannot figure out why the skin keeps rotting.  We started putting Melaleuca on the back of his ear and ran our fingers down his throat area.  In the morning, the skin on the back of his ears was cracked and yeast was all over his head and hair.  Yeast was the culprit!

Joy - My friend has been diagnosed with this disease. She uses Frankincense and when she feels an attack coming on she puts it behind her ears.

Jan - My brother has this as does my mom. I say has, and should say had. I gave them Helichrysum in front of the ear and along the jaw line and on the bone behind the ear. Almost instant relief. The ringing goes away and the dizziness stops. My brother used the Helichrysum when the ringing or pain started and just used a drop or two on each side. He knew it was expensive but was thrilled with the results. He called it his miracle in a bottle. He had had no prior relief before he started the oils, even when on prescription drugs for it. I will suggest the cleanse to him as well.


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