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


EarVertigo is a false sense of motion or that your surroundings are in motion that results in difficulty in maintain balance and even nausea.  The body’s sense of balance comes from the vestibular organ in the inner ear.  This is organ is connected to the brain via the vestibular nerve.  Vertigo can originate from problems in either the inner ear or the brain.

Problems in the inner ear is called peripheral or vestibular vertigo. BPPV is usually brief periods of intense dizziness triggered by some movement of the head. This temporary or transient peripheral vertigo can come from inflammation (bacterial or viral infection), chemical insults, or physical trauma.  Chronic vertigo is most commonly caused by BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo).  Less frequently other diseases including Meniere’s may be the cause.  One theory for BPPV suggests it results from small crystals of calcium carbonate (ear rocks or otoconia) that normally occur but because of damage to the inner ear (injury, infection, aging) they are not properly reabsorbed into the system and this excess accumulation results in vertigo.

Problem within the balance center of the brain in known as central vertigo.  This is typically a milder vertigo and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as double vision or slurred speech.  Head trauma, neck injuries, severe migraines can cause central vertigo.  Decreased blood flow to the brain (arteriosclerosis) can be another cause. 


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Frankincense, GingerC, LavenderEC, PeppermintC, Ylang YlangC

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

Also consider: BasilEC, GeraniumC, HelichrysumC, Roman ChamomileE, RosemaryE, ThymeE

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Suggested protocols:

Prevention: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) taken regularly. Daily apply 2 - 3 drops of Ginger topically around the ear and on bottoms of feet. Ginger can also be taken in a capsule internally.

Relief from an attack: Frankincense, 2 drops under the tongue when experiencing an attack, follow on with an additional drop after 30 minutes.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Amy - I have a friend who has severe and debilitating vertigo and has for the last few years.  She has tried everything she could find and has pretty much given up.  Her doctors have concluded that she will just have to live with it.  It has gotten to the point where she is sick continually and cannot work any more.  Does anyone have any suggestions for this?

Pat - Yes, Frankincense on the back of the neck and the crown of her head. Be consistent with the oil.

Dian - Vertigo is usually an inner ear problem.  I also suggest that she use Frankincense around the ear bone.

Debbie - My husband had it as well for about a year and a half off and on. It wasn't totally debilitating but it was not a good situation either.  The doctors couldn't figure it out.   He started taking the LLW, Ginger, Frankincense, Lemon, Protective Blend, Peppermint, Grounding Blend, Digestive Blend.  The vertigo left immediately upon taking the oils. One time it started to come back but he had missed 3-4 days of the oils.  When he began taking them again, immediately the vertigo was gone.  His strongest feeling is that the Ginger and LLW are the keys.  He takes the other oils as well for other ailments. I only tell you about them because we just aren't sure what exactly has done the trick.  But this last week he really had a test to see if it was still there but hiding, it would have reemerged.  He spent 3 hours on a ladder replacing fluorescent lights in a ceiling, one after another.  He had a ten minute break.  No sign of the vertigo.  

His recommendation would be to take the LLW faithfully, and load up on Ginger. Obviously the Grounding Blend would make sense as well.  I would put the Ginger around the ear externally, on feet, on reflex points - feet, hands, ears, take internally, and diffuse aromatically.  

Kathy -  I had a man come into my shop and was experiencing vertigo so I gave him some Peppermint and he put it on the back of his neck and temples and it went away in a split second!

Lori - In the past I have had some very severe bouts with vertigo.  I can't stress enough how much Ginger helped me.  I agree with the others about the LLW also.   Be persistent and you can manage this problem!

Stephanie - I too have suffered from debilitating vertigo. I put 2 drops Frankincense under my tongue and within minutes I noticed a difference. About 30 min later I apply one more drop and it's gone for good.

Stephanie (6 months earlier)- Occasionally I experience vertigo, I don't know what brings it on, other than stress or lack of sleep, as sometimes I miss out on many hours of sleep if I'm at a birth.  It is like a migraine without the headache pain. I get nauseated, everything around me spins, it usually last for 3-4 hours, sleep in a dark room with NO movement helps. This last time is was worse than in the past, it lasted for 2-3 days, I tried 2 drops of Frankincense under my tongue and to my amazement, I felt instantly better, not 100%, but at least I could function. I continue this routine every hour or two, as I could feel symptoms coming back, and knew it was time for my drops again, but by the next day I was much better.

Debbie - Vertigo is such a hard illness to cure.  Because my husband has had it we have researched and found so many people just deal with it.  He has been taking the wellness supplements and Frankincense and numerous other oils for other things and last night he had a real test that would tell him if it was really still an issue.  All the environmental elements were there to bring on the attack.  He knew it was coming and it didn't.  He is so grateful for these oils.  We aren't quite sure what has kept it at "bay" or actually rid his body of it, but we definitely give thanks to (...).

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