17 Home Remedies for Fainting
There is not just one thing that causes fainting, though each fainting should be taken seriously. If fainting occurs frequently, please see a doctor because it could be a more serious issue than you may think.
More often than not, fainting is caused by lack of oxygen to the brain. Fainting is a way of the body trying to save itself. When blood or oxygen levels drop too severely, the brain shut down everything that body doesn’t need to survive so that the vital organs can use everything it needs.
The actual fainting can be lead by falling down, dizziness, or lightheadedness. It can also be followed by confusion, lightheadedness, and blurred vision.
Home Remedies for Fainting
Sitting with Your Head Between Your Knees
If you are able to sit up after fainting, sit with your head between your knees. Sitting in this fashion will increase the blood flow to your head. This will help you to become less dizzy. It may even help to prevent fainting.
Smelling salts can be bought over the counter, you can make your own with ginger and black pepper, or you can even just cut a fresh onion in half and wave it under their nose. They are used to wake the person up or to help bring them back to their senses as they are waking up. This home remedy to be used if someone has already fainted and you want to wake them up.
Sit Up Slowly
When first waking up from a fainting spell, never sit up quickly. Always open your eyes slowly and sit up even slower. Sitting up too fast can cause vertigo and you can pass out again.
Sugar or Protein
Sometimes fainting can occur because of low blood sugar or because you’ve gone too long without eating something. Once you’re sitting up, try eating something with lots of sugar like candy or chocolate. When you’re feeling more stable, trying something with some protein like cereal or a granola bar.
Baslin is an antidepressant that helps to calm your nerves. If you’re feeling like your going to faint, chew on a basil leaf or two.
Rather than chewing on a leaf, you can have a tea preset if you know that you’re prone to fainting. You let three tablespoons of dried and crushed basil leaves stew in eight ounces of boiling water and drinking it.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used to clear respiratory passages which ensure that there will be more oxygen going to the brain. Stir two tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of honey into a glass of eight ounces of warm water. Drink this twice a day and it should help.
When you think you’re feeling faint, lay down and elevate both legs above your heart. Prop your legs up on a chair, a yoga ball, or whatever works. Just make sure you’re laying on your back with your legs elevated. This position can help to increase blood flow to the brain.
Exercise gets your blood pumping and getting your blood pumping can result in more blood getting to your brain. So, keeping with moderate but gentle exercise (think yoga) is a good idea. You don’t want to over do it though because too much exercise could affect breathing and slow the oxygen to your brain.
Cold Water or Showers
Cold water quickens the blood flow to your brain. When you think you’re feeling faint, take a cold shower, you can even just run your hand under cold water, or if you live in a region that gets cold winters, try stepping outside for a few minutes. However, do not do this if you are home alone, just in case you faint before the home remedy can keep the effect.
Dark chocolate will do a world of good–when taken in moderation. Milk chocolate will not do much to help.[/caption]
Chew Some Gum
The muscles involved in chewing work with a part of your brain that helps to build different kinds of memory as well to help further blood flow. So chewing gum gives lots of different flavors while there being the benefit of increased blood flow.
Though caffeine is a blood thinner and seems like it would be useful for increasing blood flow, it’s actually just the opposite. Thinning the blood can make you even more light headed and even more prone to fainting. If you are prone to fainting, it is best to cut caffeine out of your diet entirely.
Blueberries are known for increasing cognitive functions. So attempt to eat more blueberries or even just drink some blueberry juice.
Fainting can sometimes be as easy as being dehydrated. Do your best to drink plenty of water and it might help more than you would expect. To learn more about preventing and treating the dehydration, read the article 20 Home Remedies for Dehydration.
These bright yellow and sour fruits are packed full of vitamin C which boosts your immune system and keeps you energized. Mix in half a cup of lemon juice with a glass of water and some sugar. See if drinking this mixture keeps you more energized than the caffeine.
Honey is packed full of natural sugars that keep you energized like a lemon will. The mixture mentioned in home remedy #16, maybe mix honey with the water and lemon juice instead of sugar. The sugar in the honey can also help to stave low blood sugar that can also result in fainting.
All of these remedies are short-term fixes. If you’re fainting or experiencing dizziness or any of the other symptoms for more than a couple of days, there could be a serious underlying issue that could take professional medical treatment.