Meniere’s Disease, Vertigo Dizziness: Essential Oils & Heel Thumps Offer Remarkable Relief!

by Cynthe on June 29, 2012

cartoon illustration meniere's disease bppv dizzyness My father used to suffer from Meniere’s Disease. It started in the 1990′s, and may have been related to the beginning of his hearing loss disabilities. Dad was in his mid-60s / early 70′s. The symptoms were VERY debilitating with rapid eye wavering, severe vertigo dizziness, and an inability to keep his balance.

In 2005, I researched and developed a proprietary combo of therapeutic essential oils that support nerve health and are anti-viral. This article is about my father’s experience, since he’s SO pleased with the results.

label image for standing tall therapeutic essential oil blend for relief of dizzyness, meniere's disease symptomsThe StandingTall™ blend is available from our on-line store: www.GaiasPharmacopeia.com  For ease of use, we have pre-diluted the blend to a 20% concentration. For chronic health issues, diluted essential oils blends are often more effective in supporting our bodies’ healing process.

USAGE SUGGESTIONS:
~ Apply daily upon arising & at bedtime, 1-2 drops to pads of big TOES / THUMBS / BASE of SKULL
(brainstem).
~ For symptomatic relief – Inhale deeply for 1-2 minutes, apply 1-3 drops on TEMPLES / BASE of SKULL

One of the health-supporting effects of using therapeutic-quality essential oils are they’re ability to oxygenate our cells. Dr. Joseph Serpe’s Neuro-Institute site also discusses the importance of Oxygen Therapy, which they use to treat patients suffering with Meniere’s Disease, and dizziness from BPPV:  “Oxygen is fuel for the brain and nervous system and is important for the health and recovery of the cerebellum.”

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Easy, Self-Help Hand Holds Support the Body’s Nervous System

Along with applying the therapeutic essential oils, use these easy, self-help, Hand Holds – on your tailbone & at the base of your skull – combined with deep, relaxed breathing. According to Acupressure / Jin Shin Jyutsu / Chinese medicine, etc. the breath drives the body’s energy flow through the energy meridians.

HOLD until you feel pulses (like a subtle heartbeat), matching in intensity & rhythm. If you can’t feel the pulses, holding the position 3-5 minutes will help anyway.

illustration of cerebellum brain's center of balance and smooth muscle movement

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Doing Heal Thumps Daily May Improve Your Balance

One of my Chinese Tai Chi teachers also recommends doing “Heel Thumps” daily to improve your balance. An article on WilsonEar’s website states “In over 90% of cases of Meniere’s Disease, a weak cerebellum is why you still have balance problems, dizziness, vertigo and nausea.” This Heel Thumps technique stimulates and strengthens our primitive brain, the cerebellum.

illustration of inner ear canal with otoconia 'ear crystals'Animation of dislocated inner ear ‘crystals’

The following Heel Thumps technique may also settle inner ear debris or otoconia crystals that form as we age.

~ Wear athletic shoes to cushion your feet.
~ Hold onto a wall or sturdy (heavy) piece of furniture.
~ Rise up on the balls of your feet and “thump” down onto your heels (not too hard), so your whole body jiggles a bit from the impact. This stimulates the balance center in the primitive brain.
~ Do them morning & evening, 20 thumps per session, for 3-6 months to see if you notice an improvement.

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Great Results! Simple Daily Routines Eliminated Dizziness

~ My Dad applied Standing Tall™ faithfully per the usage suggestions above.
For the past 2-3 years, he’s changed his routine to only inhaling the oils deeply instead of applying them to his neck.
~ He did the Heel Thumps daily along with the oils application…and now in his late 80′s continues to do them.

Before starting these self-help practices, he walked like a ‘boat at sea’ with a rolling, listing quality that made me nervous to watch, fearful he might trip and fall, especially on the steep, straight, 16-step flight of stairs to his basement office.

The difference in his balance and steadiness while walking & using stairs was dramatically improved, after only a year, when I was able to visit him next. His bouts of severe eye rolling and vertigo have completely ceased and he hasn’t suffered a recurrence in years.

Hope some of these ideas help relieve YOUR dizziness!

RESOURCES:

Animated Otoconia GIF from Northwestern University,my mother’s Alma mater: http://www.northwestern.edu

Read more on Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/disorders/bppv/bppv.html

Read more on Meniere’s Disease http://www.wilsonear.com/education/balance/menieresdisease.html

Read more on other therapies at Dr. Joseph Serpe’s Neuro-Institute’s site: http://napervillebbt.com/menieres-disease-2

Cynthia Brush, Young Living Oils Distributor #168709Cynthe Brush ~ Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist, Therapeutic Essential Oils Practitioner & Self-Care Health Educator has used Young Living & Original Swiss Aromatics essential oils for personal, family, & client health issues since 1999.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Tonia November 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I would like to know what oils are in Standing Tall before I use it on my body. Thank You.

Cynthe November 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Hi Tonia ~ Standing Tall™ is a 100% pure therapeutic essential oil blend of 3 different citrus oils with ginger essential oil, all of which support nerve health. It may be diluted to a 20% strength (1 drop Standing Tall™ + 4 drops jojoba) per application to make the oils last longer.

Citrus oils can cause skin issues when exposed to sunlight, so I suggest folks apply Standing Tall™ in the evening and on the organ vita-flex points of the palms & soles, where the skin is less sensitive. It also may be used by inhaling deeply from the bottle. These instructions come along with every purchase. Thanks for your interest.

Pam May 29, 2014 at 11:11 am

Cynthe,
I’m reading this article you have on dizziness and wonder what the other oils are in addition to ginger. I use YL oils and hope I have the other citrus oils on hand.

Cynthe May 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Hi Pam ~ Thanks for stopping by to make a comment. Standing Tall™ is a proprietary recipe I researched and developed based on my clinical aromatherapy training and intuitive guidance. I formulate bottles of the blend when a customer makes a purchase. If you want to experiment on your own, use the ginger and whatever citrus oils you are drawn to along with the exercises I suggest in the article.

Diane June 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I just purchased a bottle of Standing Tall, but did not receive any instructions with the bottle. Can you send it to me. Thanks, and are there any testimonials.

Cynthe June 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Diane ~ I’ve just sent you two emails. One was Wednesday’s shipping notice that had gone awry. It has a PDF of usage suggestions. If you don’t receive the email or PDF, please let me know and I’ll send it again.

Wish folks would post their comments and experiences right here for folks to read! I do have a couple of recent email TESTIMONIALS:

6-4-2014 “I used it last week when I had a BPPV episode and was relieved and pleased that the symptoms only lasted a day instead of the usual 5/6 days. So it worked really well, and I shall certainly order it again. Thanks” ~ Gill (United Kingdom)

5-12-2014 “I’m doing well! My ear still hums a bit, but NO vertigo so, I’m not changing a thing, haha! Thanks for checking in!” ~ Kellie (Maine USA)

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