Everyone has experienced feelings of lightheadedness, unsteadiness, and loss of balance at some point in their lives. These are usually common symptoms of fatigue and dizziness and even vertigo – a condition where the world around you starts spinning all of a sudden and you feel as if you’re about to drop any moment.
Dizziness, in turn, is a symptom of health conditions like low blood pressure, dehydration, anemia, and head injuries, car sickness, or a change in your body’s natural hormonal balance. Because dizziness can hit you anywhere at any time, it is helpful to have a few quick home remedies at hand.
Here are 10 of the most tried and tested ones.
Dehydration is often one of the most important causes of dizziness and happens when the body has lost too much fluid. This means you need to restore your body’s fluid levels. The quickest way to do this is to drink plenty of water throughout the day and this will automatically help keep you from feeling dizzy.
For centuries, ginger was used by Chinese sailors to keep motion sickness and dizziness at bay. There is no concrete evidence as to how ginger might help to ease dizziness and other symptoms associated with motion sickness and vertigo. However, researchers suggest that ginger contains certain compounds that help boost blood circulation to the brain and other parts of the body, thereby curing dizziness almost instantly.
You can either chew on a piece of ginger or drink a tea with finely powdered dry ginger root.
3. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo biloba is a herb that is full of antioxidants, of which the most powerful ones are found in the leaves. These include antioxidant flavonoids like quercetin, kaempferol, and isorhamnetin and terpenes like ginkgolides and bilobalide. In addition to this, ginkgo also contains potent polyphenol antioxidants like proanthocyanidins.
By increasing blood circulation in the brain and helping to restore balance in the inner ear, this herb has been found to be an effective herbal remedy that can help cure dizziness.1
The dosage may range from 80 to 720 mg/d for durations of 2 weeks to 2 years and could vary from person to person. Therefore, consult your doctor for the dosage amount that is ideal for you.
Everyone is well aware that lemon is a powerful source of vitamin C, a micronutrient that gives your immune function a powerful boost.2 Lemon juice has been found to help hydrate your body quickly and also prevents transepidermal water loss.3 This explains why lemon juice-infused water is such a favorite in the hot summers.
All you need to do is squeeze half a lemon in a glass of cool water and mix half a teaspoon of honey in it. Drink this down and you will find yourself being cured of your dizziness soon enough.
5. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry (also known as Amla) is a fruit that originated in the Middle East and certain countries in Southeast Asia. It is recognized as one of the top herbal remedies by Ayurvedic medicine and has been used to treat a wide range of health conditions like cancer, diarrhea, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, pain and swelling of the pancreas, joint pain, and eye problems.
Indian gooseberry is also just as effective in treating dizziness. Similar to the workings of lemon for dizziness, this vitamin C-rich fruit also helps increase fluid retention by the body. Being a good source of vitamin A as well, Indian gooseberries also help boost immunity and blood circulation to various parts of the body including the brain, thus curing dizziness and instability.
Take 2 Indian Gooseberries and de-seed them. Grind them into a fine paste and add this to a cup of warm water. Add 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds to this concoction and leave it to stand overnight. Strain and drink on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Repeat this process every day for the symptoms to vanish completely.
6. Strawberries And Yogurt
This is probably the most delicious home remedy to cure dizziness! Strawberries are, once again, loaded with vitamin C that prevents your skin’s pores from losing water too quickly. Yogurt, being full of essential B vitamins helps enhance blood circulation to your brain. Furthermore, B vitamins aid in metabolic functions and neurochemical synthesis. Because they can easily pass through the blood-brain barrier, they are thought to play a significant role in not just improving brain function but also in restoring brain equilibrium, thus curing dizziness effectively.
So go ahead and serve yourself some yogurt topped off with freshly sliced strawberries.
7. Rapid Eye Movement Exercise
Sit in a chair comfortably. Move your eyes up and down rapidly about 20 times without moving your head. Then move your eyes from left to right rapidly for another 20 times, once again, without moving your head.
The rapid eye movement exercise is one of the effective exercises that are included in vestibular rehabilitation therapy that helps reestablish lost vestibular function.4
8. Deep Breathing Exercise
Breathing properly can also help restore your brain equilibrium and relieve you from dizziness by giving your brain a boost of oxygen. This exercise can also help relax the nervous system. Inhale deeply and count from 1 to 5. Exhale slowly and release the air, once again, counting from 1 to 5. While doing the exercise, it can help to imagine the air filling up in your belly, just below your navel.
9. Concentration Exercise
Lie down straight on a flat surface. Fix your gaze on any immobile object around you and concentrate on staring at the object for a few minutes. This will help distract you from the dizziness in your brain. Simultaneously, it will also relay information from your eyes to the brain and help restore the equilibrium of your body, thereby curing your dizziness.
The purpose of a good massage is to boost blood circulation in your body. The rush of oxygen-rich blood to various far ends of your body, including your brain can not just help relax your central nervous system, but can also effectively help cure the problem of dizziness. Give yourself a massage that includes lavender oil for added relaxation benefits. Remember to concentrate on the sides of your temple when massaging your head.
|↑1||Cesarani, A., F. Meloni, D. Alpini, S. Barozzi, L. Verderio, and P. F. Boscani. “Ginkgo biloba (EGb 761) in the treatment of equilibrium disorders.” Advances in therapy 15, no. 5 (1997): 291-304.|
|↑2||Thomas, W. R., and P. G. Holt. “Vitamin C and immunity: an assessment of the evidence.” Clinical and experimental immunology 32, no. 2 (1978): 370.|
|↑3||Telang, Pumori Saokar. “Vitamin C in dermatology.” Indian dermatology online journal 4, no. 2 (2013): 143.|
|↑4||Han, Byung In, Hyun Seok Song, and Ji Soo Kim. “Vestibular rehabilitation therapy: review of indications, mechanisms, and key exercises.” Journal of Clinical Neurology 7, no. 4 (2011): 184-196.|