Essential Oils for Vertigo, Dizziness, and Nausea

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

AromaTouchEvery now and then, I get a touch of vertigo. If you’ve ever had this experience, you know it is not fun! So I was especially bummed this morning when I felt a bit queasy only an hour before yoga class. I didn’t really want to skip class, but I couldn’t imagine how I’d get through it either. Still, I went, because I knew 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. In fact, I was afraid I was going to get into an accident because I was feeling like I’d just gotten off a roller coaster. But I was halfway there, so I kept going, and, thankfully, I arrived safely. When my teacher arrived a short while later, I was sitting outside the studio with my head in my hands. I was thinking about a bottle of peppermint essential oil that I knew was on a shelf inside. A few drops of that might help steady me, I thought. I use peppermint essential oil often when I have a headache or when I feel that roller coaster feeling.

I told my dear teacher was feeling out of sorts, and it turns out, she had something even better to offer. She reached into her bag of tricks and pulled out an essential oil blend by doTerra called  AromaTouch. I rubbed a few drops in my hands and inhaled the aroma. I was surprised that I almost immediately felt better! Odd, I thought, since the name of the oil suggested it was not necessarily blended to treat vertigo.

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 proud of myself for showing up when I could just as easily have gone back to bed).

Essential Oils for Vertigo

So what, I wondered, was in this AromaTouch blend, and were any of the ingredients known to help with nausea or dizziness? From the name, it seemed like the blend was intended to be used as a massage oil, but I figured that by coincidence there is something in it that’s good for dizziness as well. When I got home, I looked up the product and found the list of ingredients. Aroma Touch Blend contains:

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

I already knew that peppermint is effective in treating dizziness and nausea. It turns out that more than one of the other ingredients is steadying as well. In fact, when I looked up essential oils for treating vertigo, 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 Do Terra, AromaTouch is good for relaxation and stress relief, and it also helps promote circulation. 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 (or if you already have), let me know how they work for you!


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


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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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