How to Cure Vertigo at Home

Four Methods:Using Verified Home RemediesUsing Unverified Home RemediesDoing ExercisesMaking Lifestyle Changes

Vertigo is the feeling of dizziness and spinning. The most common cause of vertigo is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BBPV), a mechanical problem in the inner ear. BBPV develops when some of the particles (otoconia) in the inner ear get dislodged and dispersed into the fluid-filled ear canals, where they are not supposed to be located. When enough of these particles build up in one of the canals, they disrupt the normal fluid movement used by these canals to sense motion in the head. As a result, the inner ear sends false motion signals to the brain that make you think that you are either spinning or that the environment is spinning around you. There are a number of different home treatment options for vertigo that you can try. However, if you experience any episodes of vertigo, you should contact your physician immediately for diagnosis to rule out serious medical conditions, like heart disease, stroke, hemorrhage or a tumor.[1][2]

Method 1
Using Verified Home Remedies

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    Rest. Get some rest during and after attacks. Make sure you are resting as much as possible. While it is not always easy to achieve in our busy modern age, getting rest and relaxation can minimize the effects of vertigo.[3][4]
    • If you feel dizzy at any point, sit or lie down immediately. Sudden movement—and sometimes any movement—can worsen the sensation of vertigo.
    • Avoid bright lights if possible, such as those from a television, overhead lighting, or your phone, as these can aggravate your vertigo.
    • If you are experiencing episodes of vertigo, avoid driving a car or operating any heavy machinery. Also avoid environments with flashing lights, such as video games, some movies, dance clubs, etc.
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    Drink water. Vertigo or dizziness may be caused by dehydration as it decreases the blood volume and thereby the oxygen supply to your brain. In addition, the balance system in your inner ear uses fluids to transmit information about fluid levels in your body, which is in turn interpreted by the brain to produce a sense of balance. Rehydrating frequently, especially while exercising or suffering from diarrhea, can help minimize your dizziness.[5]
    • The body needs 2.2–3 liters (0.6–0.8 US gal) of liquids a day (respectively). While all liquids fall under this umbrella, water is best. It has no empty calories, no caffeine, and isn't a diuretic, like some sodas, coffees, teas, and juices are.[6]
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    Try ginger. Chinese sailors used ginger for centuries to combat motion sickness, and now it's widely used to fight dizziness. Ginger can be consumed in food, in your tea or you can even munch on it raw.[7]
    • Ginger (zingiber) combats blood pressure as well as acidity and helps blood circulation overall, thus decreasing the episodes of vertigo. Ginger is believed to contain substances that control inflammation and thus soothe an agitated stomach and vertigo.
    • Add a piece of raw ginger to boiling water to make ginger tea. Up to three small roots per day is acceptable but usually one root or one tablespoon of juice is enough for the body.
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    Try over-the-counter motion-sickness medication. Taking motion sickness medicine, such as meclizine or dimenhydrinate, which are available over-the-counter, can relieve dizziness. However, this should only be taken when absolutely necessary and not depended on. It's always better to address the problem instead of over-medicating it.[8]
    • You should consult your doctor before self-medicating for dizziness. He will be able to tell you what medication and what dosage is best for you.

Method 2
Using Unverified Home Remedies

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    Eat more almonds. Almonds are one of the best nuts and rich sources of vitamins A, B and E. Consuming up to five almonds a day, every day – whether eaten directly or crushed or grated or even mixed with food – have been found to be beneficial for vertigo.[9]
    • The exact mechanism isn’t known, but it is suggested that the vitamin B and E content in almonds helps combat free radicals that cause vertigo.
    • Almonds may also be soaked in water an hour before being consumed.
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    Use lemon in your meals. Adding a lemon peel or a drop or two of lemon peel extract to your food every day not only enhances the taste of the food but also provides a good source of antioxidants and trace minerals that help with vertigo.
    • Lemons are rich in vitamin C which works by combating free radicals that cause vertigo. You can also mix it with apple juice and ginger if you'd like.[10]
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    Use apple cider and honey. Honey has been known for its curative properties for centuries. Add two parts honey to one part apple cider. Consume one tablespoon of this mixture two to three times a day.[11]
    • This may prevent vertigo from developing or treat it if you are suffering from it, since honey and apply cider facilitate blood flow to the brain.
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    Make a nausea-fighting drink. For vertigo that is associated with nausea and vomiting, mix together one glass of warm water with four crushed black peppers, seven to eight drops of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Stir well before consuming. [12]
    • This is to be used only to relieve the acute episode of vertigo you're experiencing and not for regular consumption every day. It may calm the wave of nausea occurring with your vertigo. The acidity of lemon and salt will calm down your agitated stomach.
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    Try amla, or Indian Gooseberry. This plant is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and antioxidants, flavonoids and pectin. All of these keep your body nourished and revitalized. The vitamin C present in amla neutralizes the free radicals that are released in the body and helps your body combat vertigo.[13] This is an Ayurvedic treatment, which is a form of holistic medicine from India.
    • Amla can be had raw, one to two a day. It can also be consumed as a juice, tea, blended or pureed into a paste or a juice – one glass (about 200 ml) once a day, preferably in the mornings.[14]
    • You can also marinate amla to make a pickle-like consistency which can be consumed as an accompaniment to food. About two tablespoons of this would suffice for the day’s requirements.
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    Try yogurt and strawberries. A mixture of yogurt/curds with freshly cut strawberries also may help treat an episode of vertigo almost instantaneously. This can be consumed on a daily basis as well.[15]
    • Make yourself a small bowl of yogurt (about 120 gms) with about five or six freshly cut strawberries at the very first sign of any dizziness. However, if you suffer from migraines, you may want to avoid yogurt as it contains tyramine, a migraine exacerbator.[16]
    • Flavonoids are found in all different kinds of berries like strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, and cranberries. They are rich sources of antioxidants which makes them very effective in helping with vertigo. In addition, the vitamin C in berries is also beneficial in treating vertigo.
    • You could also add some chopped almonds to the yogurt and berries for an added boost.

Method 3
Doing Exercises

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    Do the Epley maneuver. Also known as the canalith repositioning procedure, the Epley maneuver helps to reset the balance mechanisms in the inner ear by repositioning the particles in the vestibular organs (the balance organs). These particles can get trapped in the inner ear, which causes dizziness. You can do this at home, although it should be demonstrated by your healthcare professional before you undertake it yourself as it does require some quick movements. Note that the Epley maneuver is effective in 90% of cases, it can cause an intensification of vertigo initially. Consider asking a friend or family member to act as your assistant so that your head lands in the right spot each time. Here's how to do it:[17][18]
    • Sit on a bed. Place a pillow behind you so that when you lie on your back (later in the maneuver), it will be located under your shoulders.
    • Turn your head 45° by looking to the right.
    • Lie back quickly and place your shoulders on the pillow. Your head will be lower than your shoulders and you will still be looking 45° to the right. Remain in this position for 30 seconds.
    • After the 30 seconds, turn your head 90° to the left. Do not raise your head during this movement. Remain in this position for 30 seconds.
    • Turn your entire body and your head another 90° to the left and wait for 30 seconds. At this point, you should be lying on your left side. Your head should still be lower than your shoulders.
    • Repeat this exercise three times daily for best results.
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    Try the Half Somersault maneuver. Also known as the Foster maneuver, this is another good exercise and, unlike the Epley maneuver, does not require an assistant. One study found that patients who did both exercises experienced symptomatic relief but reported less dizziness and fewer complications when doing just the Half Somersault. You will likely need to do this exercise multiple times before you experience some relief. Follow this procedure:[19][20]
    • Get down on your knees and look up at the ceiling for a few seconds.
    • Touch the floor with your head. Tuck your chin slightly towards your chest so your head moves toward your knees. Wait for the vertigo to subside (about 30 seconds).
    • Turn your head in the direction of your affected ear (i.e., if you feel dizzy on your left side, turn your head so that it faces your left elbow). Keep your head in this position for 30 seconds.
    • Then, raise your head so it is level with your back while you're on all fours; your spine should look like a straight line. Keep your head at that 45° angle. Stay 30 seconds in this position.
    • Raise your head and back so that you are upright again, but keep your head tilted to the shoulder of the side you're working on. Take your time to stand up.
    • Rest 15 minutes before repeating a second time or doing the other side.
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    Practice the Brandt Daroff regimen. These exercises involve the head and the muscles of the neck and can be performed at home without a physician's supervision. The repeated head movements of this regimen help you habituate to the experience of vertigo by dispersing the particles in the vestibular organs in the inner ear.[21]
    • Begin in an upright, seated position. Quickly lie down on on one side with your nose pointed up at about a 45° angle. Stay in this position for about 30 seconds (or until the vertigo is gone). Then, get back in your seated position. Do this exercise on the other side.
    • This exercise is most effective if you do multiple repetitions at least twice daily.
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    Try the "eye patch" exercise each morning. It is the relationship between our eye muscles and our inner ears that help us stay balanced most of the time while the head is moving. However, the dislodged particles in the inner ear make you think you're moving when you're not and causes the eyes to mistakenly move, making it look the room is spinning. This is why it's important to strengthen your eye muscles. Over time, this will reduce the sensitivity of the inner ear canal which in turn will lead to reduced frequency and intensity of vertigo. [22]
    • As soon as you wake up, keep one hand on any one eye and close it for 20 seconds while using the other eye to look out into the distance and focus on a point far away. Then switch the hand to the other eye and let the previous eye repeat the same effort.Do this about 10 times every day upon waking.
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    Maintain a fixed gaze. Staring at one point can help you overcome dizziness. It helps improve your vision and maintain focus while your head is moving. Dancers, when doing turns, are told to "spot." This is where they keep their eyes focused on one spot for as long as they can as their body rotates. This lets them spin without becoming dizzy and is the same principle that can be applied here. Focus on a spot straight ahead during your dizziness spell and the dizziness will likely subside. Here's how to practice stabilizing your gaze:[23]
    • Look straight ahead and focus on something (a small coloured square or button) held at eye level in front of you.
    • Move your head from side to side, all the while maintaining your gaze on the target. Slowly increase the speed of your head movement. Make sure your target is still in focus and is not just a blur. If you start to feel too dizzy, slow down.
    • Continue moving your head for up to one minute because the brain needs this time to adapt to the adjustment.
    • Keep working on it until you can do this exercise three to five times everyday. Build up gradually to repeat three to five times a day.
    • You can also try this exercise with an up-and-down, or nodding, movement.
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    Do simple head rotations. While sitting upright on a chair, bring your head down such that your chin touches your chest and then start rotating your head clockwise, slowly but firmly, three times. This may release the spasm in your muscles and reduce vertigo.[24][25]
    • Repeat it three times going the opposite way, counter-clockwise. Pause for a break of 45 seconds between each direction of rotation. Then turn your head towards either side while using the palm of your hand of that side to resist that movement and stretch the neck muscles.

Method 4
Making Lifestyle Changes

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    Avoid substances that affect the circulation to your brain. Take care to avoid substances that alter the blood supply to your brain, which include caffeine, chocolate, alcohol and various illegal drugs.[26]
    • These substances can cause nerves to swell and blood vessels to constrict. This can increase sensations of dizziness. If you do consume any of these, make sure you're not doing so on an empty stomach as the effects will be worsened.
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    Get enough sleep. Absence of good sound sleep can cause or aggravate vertigo. Try to get a full night's sleep starting at about the same time every night and waking around the same time each morning. Though everyone's sleep needs are different, most adults do best with about seven to nine hours of sleep. Children and teens may require more sleep.[27][28]
    • If you're working on trying to fall into a more consistent sleep pattern, wait until bedtime to sleep and avoid napping during the day. Naps are a great way to recharge your batteries when you have a stable sleep schedule, but they are counter-productive when trying to change sleeping habits.
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    Maintain a healthy diet. The Anti-Inflammatory Diet can be particularly useful to reduce inflammation, including disorders that end in “itis”. This diet also provides all the essential vitamins and minerals, particularly if you eat a variety of foods. The general principles of the Anti-Inflammatory diet (similar to the Mediterranean diet) include the following:[29]
    • Keep your food as close to its original or natural form as much as possible. This means that you should try to limit any processed or prepared foods and cook from scratch as frequently as you can.
    • Reduce your intake of salt and sugar by limiting your consumption of chips, cookies, cakes, crackers, etc.
    • Use olive oil as your main cooking oil since it's full of healthy fats.
    • Avoid fried or fatty foods, like onion rings, french fries, hamburgers and hotdogs, etc.
    • Limit red meats and eat only skinless poultry or fish.
    • Increase the amount of fish in your diet. Excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids include salmon, tuna, sardines and anchovies.
    • Increase all fruits, berries and vegetables. Include brightly colored berries and fruits and leafy greens, such as Swiss chard, spinach, beet and mustard greens and kale. You should also try to include broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts, which have anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties.[30]
    • Include garlic and onions into your diet as these contain anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting substances.[31]
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    Exercise regularly. Everyone's exercise needs are different. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that adults get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (like brisk walking) per week, along with two days of moderate strength-training exercise (like weight lifting).[32][33]
    • While this exercise may not cure your vertigo specifically, it will contribute to your overall health and well-being, much like the dietary changes suggested above.
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    Do yoga. Yoga is good for vertigo as it helps release the spasms in the muscles of the neck and keep them more flexible and supple. In the long term, regular yoga for at least 30 minutes a day will prevent re-occurrence of vertigo and ensure a better stress tolerance. Yoga also helps with balance and helps cultivate your ability to concentrate and focus.[34][35]
    • Yoga is great for the mind and body. Your stress levels will be lower, your muscles will be more relaxed, and you may experience fewer episodes of vertigo to boot.
    • If you are experiencing vertigo, however, you should let your yoga instructor know before class so that she can offer you modifications for poses as needed.
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    Consider seeking professional help. Vertigo or dizziness may be caused by a serious underlying pathology; you should seek a professional opinion if you have frequent vertigo or dizziness. A full medical work up will help your physician rule out serious underlying pathologies, such as malignancy and tumors.
    • You can also contact the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) to find support groups and resources that may be helpful to you.


  • Vertigo is the feeling of dizziness and spinning. It is not the same thing as light-headedness. With vertigo, people either feel as if they are moving or that the room or environment they are in is actually spinning around them.

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