So what causes vertigo? As it turned out, it’s everything from lack of sleep to a brain tumor. While that sounds terrifying, the most likely cause could be an inner ear infection or BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo).
If symptoms such as headaches, slurred speech, double vision or weakness in an arm or leg are also present, then your vertigo could be more serious. However, barring any serious neurological problems, and if your vertigo has hung around longer than that nasty cold, then maybe it’s time to try some home remedies to relieve your vertigo naturally.
1. Epley Maneuver
One of the most common ways to manage vertigo is a technique called the Epley maneuver. This involves a set of steps done before bed each night until the symptoms of vertigo resolve for at least 24 hours.
If symptoms of vertigo occur from the left side and left ear, the Epley maneuver can be done by:
- sitting on the edge of a bed and turning the head 45 degrees to the left
- lying down quickly and facing head up on the bed at a 45-degree angle
- maintaining the position for 30 minutes
- turning the head halfway 90 degrees to the right without raising it for 30 seconds
- turning the head and entire body to the right side, looking downward for 30 seconds
- slowly sitting up but remaining sitting for at least a few minutes
- If vertigo starts on the right side in the right ear, these directions should be done in reverse.
2. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo biloba is a Chinese herb known for resolving the symptoms of vertigo. It works by managing blood flow to the brain to relieve dizziness and balance issues. Ginkgo biloba is just as effective as the medication betahistine in managing vertigo.
3. Ginger Tea
Ginger root can reduce the effects of vertigo better than manual repositionings, such as the Epley maneuver, alone. It can be steeped in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Honey can help with the bitter taste. Drinking ginger tea twice a day may help dizziness, nausea, and other vertigo symptoms.
Almonds are rich sources of vitamins A, B, and E. Eating a daily handful of almonds can help with vertigo symptoms. How almonds help is unknown, but it is possible the vitamin content can combat the causes of vertigo.
5. Staying Hydrated
Dehydration can cause symptoms of vertigo. Even mild dehydration can trigger the condition. Staying hydrated can help minimize dizziness and balance issues.
The body needs 8 to 12 cups of liquid per day. While this includes all liquids, water is the best option because it is calorie and caffeine-free and not a diuretic. Diuretics increase the amount of water and salt the body expels as urine.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
Both apple cider vinegar and honey are believed to have curative properties to relieve blood flow to the brain. Two parts honey and one part apple cider vinegar can prevent and treat vertigo symptoms.
7. Essential Oils
Essential oils are natural and affordable options for managing the symptoms of vertigo, including nausea, headaches, and dizziness. Some of the options available for managing vertigo include peppermint, ginger, lavender, and lemon essential oils.
Essential oils are inhaled through an infuser or diluted in a carrier oil before being applied topically. A person may have to experiment with a variety of oils to find the best one to treat their vertigo symptoms.
Acupressure applies the same concepts as acupuncture, but it is without the needles. The goal of acupressure is to promote wellness and relaxation. It can help manage vertigo by stimulating pressure points throughout the body. One common method called the P6 acupressure method involves an effective pressure point located in the two tendons between the inner forearm and the wrist.