Essential Oils for Vertigo, Dizziness, and Nausea

When it’s Time for Yoga but You’re Feeling Dizzy…

Every now and then, I experience a bit of vertigo. If you’ve ever had this experience, you know it is not fun! Recently, I was feeling a bit queasy an hour before yoga class. I didn’t want to skip class, but I couldn’t imagine how I’d get through it either. Still, I went, figuring I could always spend the hour in the back of the room in savasana.

A few minutes into the drive to class, I had second thoughts and feared I was going to get into an accident. I was feeling like I’d just gotten off a roller coaster.

But I was halfway there, so I kept going, and, thankfully arrived safely. When my teacher got there a short while later, I was sitting outside the studio with my head in my hands thinking about a bottle of peppermint essential oil I knew was on a shelf inside! A few drops might help steady me, I thought. I often use peppermint oil when I have a headache or when I feel that “roller coaster” feeling.

I told my dear teacher what was happening, and it turns out, she had something even better to offer. She reached into her bag, and pulled out an essential oil blend by doTerra called  AromaTouch. I rubbed a few drops in my hands and inhaled the aroma.

To my surprise, I felt better almost immediately! Odd, I thought, since I this blend is typically used as a massage oil.

Armed with the peppermint and AromaTouch blend, I placed my mat at the back of the room (just in case) and managed to get through the entire class feeling pretty good (and glad I’d showed up when I could easily have gone back to bed).

Essential Oils for Vertigo

So what, I wondered, what was in this AromaTouch blend, and were any of the ingredients known to help with nausea or dizziness?

When I got home, I looked up the product and found the list of ingredients. AromaTouch Blend contains:

  • Cypress
  • Peppermint
  • Marjoram
  • Basil
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender

I already knew that peppermint is effective in treating dizziness and nausea. And it turns out that more than one of the other ingredients is steadying as well. In fact, when I did some research, I found this list. :

  • Peppermint
  • Cypress
  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Tangerine

No wonder this oil blend helped my dizziness! I don’t know why they don’t market it for that purpose, but maybe they should. According to doTerra, AromaTouch is good for relaxation and stress relief, and it also helps promote circulation. All good!

In any case, now I know which ingredients to turn to the next time I feel like I’ve just gotten off a roller coaster. If you have similar symptoms, you may want to try these oils as well. If you do try them (or if you already have), let me know how they work for you!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marilyn Lamer
    Mar 04, 2017 @ 17:09:38

    When you said you tried aromatouch did you take it internally or topically?


  2. Treblemaker
    Mar 14, 2017 @ 17:06:52

    Where did you apply it?


    • Maria Kuzmiak
      Mar 14, 2017 @ 17:13:27

      I put it on my hands and inhaled the aroma. I also left the open bottle next to my mat during the rest of the practice.


  3. Rachael Wilson
    Jan 31, 2018 @ 01:05:43

    So glad to have come across this post. I believe this full moon is enhancing some dizziness tonight. I have my aromatouch out and will keep it open next to me as I sleep. And I am definitely going to have to remember it more as an aromatic helper, and not just for muscles, etc. Thank you!


  4. Marcia Post
    Aug 08, 2018 @ 20:34:59

    How many drops of each oil is used for a vertigo blend?


    • Maria Kuzmiak
      Aug 09, 2018 @ 07:23:48

      Hi Marcia! I’m not sure what you mean by the vertigo blend. If you’re referring to the list of oils for vertigo in the post (the second list that starts with peppermint), those are all oils that may help individually. The blend I used (AromaTouch) is a proprietary blend from doTerra, so it’s already formulated.


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Maria Kuzmiak, M.A. is a health and well-being writer with a background in nutrition, psychology and education and a passion for yoga. She has written hundreds of articles, blogs and newsletters for clients in health-related fields, particularly those specializing in yoga, natural medicine, nutrition, and spiritual health and healing. Maria has also worked as a nutritionist, teacher and technical editor. Learn more about her writing at

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