When it comes to our most common health problems, you couldn’t ask for one with more possible causes than dizziness. The term itself can mean several things…vertigo, lightheadedness, or a “falling feeling”. The key to relief is first figuring out what type of dizziness you’re experiencing, then you can choose one of the following all-time classic home remedies below.
As you’re about to see, the words “I’m dizzy” can mean so many different things. Some can be cured easily with home remedies while others may require a visit to the doctor’s office. After all, dizziness is the second most common complaint heard in doctors’ offices nationwide. At some point in our lives, 70% of us will feel dizziness*.
What Type of Dizziness Do You Have?
- Do you feel like you’re spinning? Or do you feel as if the room around you is moving? Do you lose your balance? This is vertigo.
- Do you feel lightheaded? This is different form of dizziness than vertigo because there’s no “spinning” feeling, just a momentary “blackout” feeling, as if you could faint.
Symptoms of Dizziness
The symptoms are easy to tell…and indeed dizziness can be a symptom of something else, as you will see below. But here are the main things to look for, which indicate you are dizzy:
- the world around you is spinning
- a falling feeling
- blurred vision
- a floating sensation
- sense of imbalance
- motion intolerance
Causes of Dizziness
- A Migraine
- You’re Dehydrated
- Motion Sickness
- Sudden Drop in Blood Pressure
- The Flu
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
- Ménière’s Disease (you also get nausea & sweating, pressure in ears, loss of hearing, & hearing odd noises)
- Vestibular Neuronitis
Now, there are home remedies for dizziness that’s caused by items 1-12 on this list. If you have Vestibular Neuronitis, that’s a job for the doctor.
Home Remedies for Dizziness
1. If Your Dizziness is Caused by a Migraine…
Did you know that if you have migraine headaches, you have a 42% chance of experiencing dizziness? Sometimes you get the dizziness without even having the headache. Dizziness caused by migraines can last an entire day. How to tell if this is what’s causing your dizziness? If you become super sensitive to sound during your spell of dizziness, chances are the cause is a migraine.
Home remedies for dizziness will include curing your migraine. Try fish oil- it reduces inflammation and restricts the blood vessels…in this case the blood vessels in your temples.
2. If You Have Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
There’s a natural home remedy for dizziness caused by BPPV, and that’s called the Epley Procedure. It cures 95% of people with this condition**. Lie back and have someone cradle your head. Turn your head to one side and wait 30 seconds. Then turn it just a bit further and that should reposition those crystals. Try it again if it doesn’t work the first time.
There’s also a device you can wear on your head to simulate the cure for BPPV. It guides you to move your head so that the loose particles in your ear, which cause BPPV, are repositioned. The particles are calcium crystals and they’ve somehow gotten into your semicircular canals.
You can try it without the device:
3. If You Have Meniere’s Disease
Believe it or not, there are home remedies for dizziness caused by such a serious-sounding condition. Limit your sodium intake and avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking. This cures it for most people.
4. Drink Lots of Water
This is not only a home remedy for dizziness, it’s also a cure for migraines, in some cases. Fevers can also cause dehydration, so drinking water is a good idea in this case as well.
5. Increase Your Iron Intake
If you have iron-poor blood, you may experience dizziness. Eat foods with natural sources of iron, like spinach or beef. Try taking iron pills, but start with half a pill at first, to get your stomach used to the pills.
6. Stop Taking Drugs
This can mean your prescription medication: check the label, talk to your doctor if you think your medication is causing dizziness. It may be that it’s simply a side effect that you can’t avoid. However, if you are taking illegal drugs, then stop taking them if they make you dizzy.
7. Ginger in the Diet
We always like to include an ancient home remedy, so try ginger in your diet.
8. Try Acupressure at Home
Apply pressure below your knee. To measure the distance, use four fingers below the kneecap. Press as hard as you can, gradually increasing the level. Hold it for two minutes.
*Source: National Institutes of Health
**Source: Web MD