Dizziness is a disorienting feeling, giddiness, lightheadedness, loss of balance or unsteadiness that someone experiences. When you feel dizzy, you may feel like you are about to faint or that the environment, around you, is spinning or unsteady.
Dizziness is not a disease. It is often a symptom of an underlying ailment. Most causes of dizziness are harmless. However, some causes could be serious. These serious causes could be; hypotension (low blood pressure), hypoglycemia (low sugar in the blood), inner ear problems, heat stroke, heart disease, vertigo, internal bleeding, anemia (low red blood cell count), etc.
Dizziness could also be caused by hormonal changes, motion sickness, dehydration, stress or excessive exercise.
Furthermore, dizziness could also be caused by psychiatric conditions such as depression, hyperventilation, somatization (conversion of mental illness into physical symptoms) or anxiety.
Symptoms of dizziness include; weakness, nausea, clumsiness, feeling of off balance, a perceived sensation of movement or spinning.
If your dizziness is not serious, you could take some home remedies or natural treatments to take care of the dizziness. However, consult your doctor if symptoms persist.
Below are 26 home remedies and natural treatments for dizziness;
1. Deep Breathing
Practice deep breathing. Deep breathing is an effective way to deal with dizziness. This is because deep breathing would help provide oxygen to the brain which would calm the nerves and reduce the giddy or dizzy sensation you are experiencing.
Include honey consumption in your diet. You could add honey to your tea. You could also mix 2 teaspoonfuls each of honey and apple cider vinegar. Honey can help prevent low blood sugar which is a major cause of dizziness. Also, due to the natural sugars in honey, it can boost your energy levels and prevent dizziness.
3. Ginkgo Biloba
Take ginkgo biloba tea or supplement. Ginkgo biloba helps improve blood circulation to the brain. this could help stop the disorienting feeling you feel when you are dizzy. Also, ginkgo biloba is also good for tinnitus treatment which is one of the causes of dizziness. However, consult your doctor before taking this supplement as it may react with other medications.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Drink diluted apple cider vinegar. Multiple studies have shown that apple cider vinegar helps control sugar levels. This would help prevent the bouts of dizziness you may have as your blood sugar level would be better regulated with your consumption of apple cider vinegar. (http://www.thealternativedaily.com/multiple-studies-you-can-control-blood-sugar-with-apple-cider-vinegar/)
5. Epley Maneuver
You could practice the Epley maneuver. The Epley maneuver is an exercise, that can be done at home, that helps treat dizziness especially dizziness caused by Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). It is an exercise designed to remove crystals from the ear canal and minimize dizziness.
The Epley maneuver is safe. However, it could be helpful if someone is at home with you to give you the necessary peace of mind. You can read more about Epley maneuver here: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/other/home_epley_maneuver_135,405
6. Self Awareness
If you are self-aware that you are prone to dizziness or giddy bouts, you may be more alert to incoming bouts and take preemptive actions such as taking a healthy snack for instant energy, immediately resting, instantly checking your blood sugar level, e.t.c. This could help prevent you from falling or losing your balance as you take corrective actions. Thus, preventing any injury.
Eat a few feverfew leaves when you feel dizzy or giddy. You could also drink feverfew tea by boiling and straining feverfew leaves. Feverfew is a good option for dizziness. Not only does feverfew help treat dizziness, it also treats the accompanying symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, and headaches.
8. Healthy Diet
Maintaining a healthy diet is a major way of preventing dizziness. You could prevent a number of the underlying causes of dizziness, such as low blood sugar, low blood pressure, and anemia, if you eat a healthy diet. Eat foods that are rich in folic acid, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. Preferably, you should eat small healthy meals several times a day.
Migraines could also cause dizziness. As such acupuncture could be an alternative medicine that you might subscribe to in order to eliminate the migraines. As you eliminate the underlying cause of the dizziness, being migraine, in this case, the dizziness would dissipate.
10. Stay Away From Hot Showers And Baths
Pregnant women are susceptible to the feeling of dizziness after taking a hot bath or shower. This is due to the hormonal changes that occur in their body when they are pregnant.
These hormones cause the blood vessels to relax and widen for better blood flow to your baby. However, this can lower your blood pressure. In order to prevent the blood pressure from dropping even lower, avoid having hot baths and bath with water that is close to body temperature.
Dilute lemon juice with water and drink. You could add honey to this juice too. Lemon is effective for dizziness because it has antioxidant and healing properties that help boost the immune system to fight the underlying ailment that could be causing the giddy feeling. Lemon also helps hydrate the body, liberate energy for body use and keeps you refreshed.
12. Indian Gooseberry
Eat Indian Gooseberry (also known as Amla). Amla has been traditionally used, in Ayurveda, to treat dizziness. Indian gooseberry is rich in vitamins A and C which help boost the body immune system and help in blood circulation. This would help alleviate numerous underlying causes of dizziness. However, consult your doctor before taking a supplement.
13. Stay Hydrated
When you feel dizzy, drink a cup of water. Also, strive to drink copious amount of water throughout your day to keep you hydrated and prevent dizziness. You could also take herbal tea, juice, or soups to help in hydrating your body.
Dehydration is a major cause of dizziness. This could be dehydration from not drinking enough water or dehydration from excessive sweating from exercising. It could also be dehydration from diarrhea or vomiting that cause loss of excess fluid from the body.
Eat food. This is because dizziness could be caused by low blood sugar level especially if you are diabetic. Furthermore, hunger could cause a dizziness or giddiness bouts. As such, if you are prone to being dizzy or giddy, try to avoid going hungry for a long period of time. You could eat a snack. You could take fruits which are high in fluid content. You could take nuts. You could take yogurt.
Drink ginger tea or ale or you could chew freshly sliced ginger. Ginger has been traditionally used as an effective home remedy for giddiness and dizziness. Ginger helps stimulate blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body, helps prevent nausea that often accompanies dizziness or giddiness and also helps reduce the intensity of the dizzy sensation.
16. Simple Exercises For dizziness
Simple exercises can be done to help prevent dizziness bouts. The exercise you could do include the; standing upright or Romberg exercise, front and back swaying exercise, sideways swaying exercise or the Brandt-Daroff exercise.
17. Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and meditation are effective remedies for giddiness and dizziness. Yoga and meditation would help calm you down and dissipate the dizziness. To treat dizziness with yoga, focus on strong grounding exercises. There are several yoga poses you could do. They include; mountain, pose, Auspicious Pose, Bridge Pose or the Staff Pose.
Drink juice to help dissipate dizziness. The juice could be that of carrot, ginger, pineapple, orange or mixed juice. These juices help provide necessary nourishment and energy to dissipate the dizziness. These juices also have anti-nauseating properties that make them handle some accompanying symptoms of dizziness such as vomiting and nausea.
19. Cold Compress Therapy
You could use an ice pack for instant dizziness relief. You could apply the ice pack on the back of your neck. Remove the ice pack when you feel relieved. The chilling effect of the ice would help soothe the dizziness away.
Drink garlic tea. Garlic has been traditionally used as an effective home remedy for giddiness and dizziness. Garlic helps stimulate blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body, helps prevent nausea that often accompanies dizziness or giddiness and also helps reduce the intensity of the dizzy sensation.
21. Strawberries and Yogurt
Strawberry and yogurt are good home remedies for dizziness. Strawberry is loaded with antioxidants that help prevent water loss from the skin pores. Yogurt is rich in vitamin B which improves blood circulation to the brain. Also, vitamin B aids in metabolic function and neurochemical synthesis that help restore the brain’s equilibrium. Thus, helping to treat dizziness.
22. Rapid Eye Movement
The rapid eye movement procedure is one of the effective procedures used in vestibular rehabilitation therapy to help reestablish vestibular function. People with vestibular disorders often have problems with vertigo, imbalance, dizziness and visual disturbance.
To do the rapid eye movement exercise/procedure; sit on a chair comfortably. Then move your eyes, up and down, rapidly about 20 times without moving your head. After that, move your eyes, left and right, rapidly about 20 times without moving your head.
23. Concentration Exercise/Procedure
The concentration exercise is another remedy that is effective for curing dizziness. To do the concentration exercise; lie down straight on a flat surface. Then, concentrate on staring at an immobile object around you for a couple of minutes. This would help distract your mind from you dizziness as well as help restore your body-mind equilibrium. Thus, helping to cure your dizziness.
Have a good massage done on you. You could use your favorite essential oil such as lavender oil while having the massage. massage helps improve blood circulation around the body. thus, sending oxygen-rich blood to various parts of the body including the brain. Massage also gives the body a calming effect and helps dissipate dizziness.
25. Drink Water Before Eating
Drink water about 15 minutes before you eat. Eating can lead to a drop in blood pressure which can cause lightheadedness and dizziness. This drop in blood pressure condition is called postprandial hypotension and can be alleviated by drinking water before eating.
26. Essential Oils For Dizziness
You could use various essential oils to treat dizziness or its symptoms;
- Apply a mixture of peppermint oil and almond oil to forehead and back of neck to help treat nausea, headache, and dizziness.
- Diffuse grapefruit oil in your room to feel fresh and prevent dizziness bouts.
- Diffuse a mixture of cypress and basil oil in your room to help increase your blood flow and as such send more oxygen to your brain.
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