DIY Natural TMJ Relief

Are you familiar with TMJ? Temporomandibular Joint Disorder? I have been suffering from TMJ for the past 20 years, all started a couple years after I had braces. My orthodontist back then did not work on the jaw and bite; he rather worked on aligning my teeth. It took a couple years until the bite started worsening.

With time, my mouth open got tighter until I reached a point where I could open hardly to eat. In 2010, I had a surgery where the surgeon found that one side was broken, and the other side had the joint displaced. It was scary and shocking as I had no accident I could remember that would lead to that. Anyhow, the surgery was done but with the pain that lasted for a month I was unable to do the exercise I was asked to, which is a big issue here. As the bite was corrected, my mouth opening did not get any better, and over the years the pain got back.

Now that the pain is bone and joint inflammation related, it has been unbearable. I’m not a fan of painkillers and so I would just continue to suffer from the pain. Everyday I would do pressure on the jaw next to my ears) to comfort inflamed joints. Until I made a blend of essential oils for inflammation. I started applying it on the area of pain. On the third day I woke up and did that same pressure and it was that surprise!!! No pain!!! Yes, the inflammation pain thing was not there. Of course bones are still in pain when I bite and eat, but nothing else. I continued to use that blend for a week and all got better.

A few days after I stopped, the pain came back. Well, totally! Oils here are not fixing the bite and bone issue, its rather helping with the inflammation where the real cause is not gone. So, I figured out I have to continue using it. Totally fine!! Like, if I were a painkiller person I would have used painkillers/anti inflammatory continuously right? So applying oil is of no harm at all.

Now, the recipe:

In a 10ml bottle:

4 drops winter green essential oil

4 drops peppermint essential oil

4 drops turmeric essential oil (CO2 for better absorption)

Start by adding the essential oils and then top up with a carrier oil of your choice (coconut fractionated oil is my favorite here!)

Apply on the area of pain. Keep a journal if possible to see the progress. Use as needed.

This is a 4% dilution which is for chronic pain so in other cases we do not use this strong strength.


***The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition***

This recipe uses what are generally considered safe essential oils, but please keep in mind that while completely natural, all essential oils are powerful plant compounds that you and your family (including your pets) might have a reaction to. Never use essential oils undiluted or take essential oils internally (diluted or undiluted) without the guidance of a professional, and always read up about the possible side effects of each type of oil before you use it. Avoid the use of essential oils (diluted or undiluted) during the first trimester of pregnancy, on babies, and on anyone with severe allergies to the plants the oils are derived from. And if you see any reactions in yourself, your family, or your pets, stop use of your essential oil products immediately and contact a medical professional.


When using essential oils, be careful and read the instructions on the label. Misusing essential oils could be harmful.

The topical application of essential oils may prove to be extra beneficial because the transdermal properties of the oil permeate your skin and enter your bloodstream faster. Your olfactory nerve receptors also sense the smell and send signals to your brain.

However, before topical application, you should patch test oils on your skin by rubbing a small drop on the inside of your wrist and letting it sit for 24 hours. If there is no reaction within this time, the essential oil may be safe for you to use. Patch test essential oils every time before using them on children. We do not recommend using essential oils on babies younger than one-year-old.

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