Essential Oils for TMJ

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is estimated to affect up to 10 million Americans. The temporomandibular joint (also called TMJ) is a hinge that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. This joint is found in the front of each ear and assists with talking, chewing, and yawning.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder include an audible cracking of the jaw when opening the mouth, being unable to open the mouth wide, a locking feeling that causes the jaw to remain open or stay firmly closed, and pain or swelling on the sides of the face. Migraine headaches can also be a symptom of TMJ disorder.

TMJ disorders are typically caused by stress, grinding of the teeth (usually unintentional and unknown because it occurs during sleep), or an injury or trauma to that area of the face such as being hit by a baseball.

Targeted facial exercises, dietary changes (eating more soft foods), and use of essential oils can ease TMJ symptoms.

Below are essential oils that can alleviate TMJ disorder and their modes of action.

Most Effective Essential Oils for TMJ

#1 Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is the most popular natural remedy. It is a cooling oil that has an analgesic effect on the facial muscles, so it works by relaxing them and easing the pain. Peppermint essential oil is very potent so it should be combined with a carrier oil (coconut oil) and applied topically on a small test area to ensure there is no adverse skin reaction before use.

Editor’s Pick for Peppermint Essential Oil:

Best Peppermint Oil (Large 4 Oz) Aromatherapy Essential Oil for Diffuser, Burner, Topical, Useful for Hair Growth, Headaches, Skin, Home Office, Indoor, Mentha Piperita, Mint Scent
  • Bulk 4oz Bottle of Peppermint Oil - Amazing, fresh smelling Peppermint essential oil at an incredible value.
  • You'll Love the Smell - We know most customers use essential oil for aromatherapy or for their wonderful aroma. We tested 100s of samples to ensure every batch of Peppermint oil smells amazing!
  • Perfect for Aromatherapy and DIY Products - Add a few drops to your favorite essential oil diffuser, or add a few drops to homemade candles, soaps, lotions, or shampoos for a wonderful smelling homemade Peppermint products.

#2 Lavender

Lavender oil is a multi-purpose oil. It is calming so it is known to relax muscles and is known to assist with insomnia. In addition, it is an anti-inflammatory oil. Lavender oil can be applied topically without being diluted.

Editor’s Pick for Lavender Essential Oil:

Organic Lavender Essential Oil (4 oz) USDA Certified, Premium Therapeutic Grade, 100% Pure, Perfect for Aromatherapy, Relaxation, DIY by Mary Tylor Naturals
  • USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC: Lavender oil, 100% Pure and Natural, Has a Sweet and Fresh Lavender Flower Fragrance.
  • LARGE 4 OZ BOTTLE: Amber Glass Bottle Comes with a High Quality Glass Dropper for Convenient Use.
  • PURE LAVENDER ESSENTIL OIL: USDA Certified Organic, Free of any Pesticides and other Chemicals.

#3 Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil can be helpful because TMJ patients tend to suffer more headache pain if they have sinus congestion. Eucalyptus oil eases sinus congestion. It should be diluted before application because it is potent.

Editor’s Pick for Eucalyptus Essential Oil:

Eucalyptus Essential Oil - 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Eucalyptus Oil - 10ml
  • Highest Quality Pure & Natural Eucalyptus Essential Oil - Our Eucalyptus Oil is 100% pure, undiluted, all-natural, and therapeutic grade. Every drop of this Eucalyptus essential oil is steam-extracted right from the source without any additives or harmful chemicals.
  • Gc-ms Tested for Purity & Dilution - Every batch of our eucalyptus essential oil is tested using a a type of testing called "gcms". This ensures the essential oil's authenticity and purity. These test results are publicly available on the manufacturers website.
  • Bottled in a 10ml Glass Bottle with Built-In Eyedropper - All of our essential oils are bottled in an amber glass bottle right here in the USA. It also has a built in Euro style eyedropper for easy pouring and application.

#4 Ginger

Ginger oil can also reduce inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. Like peppermint and eucalyptus oil, it must be diluted before application.

Editor’s Pick for Ginger Essential Oil:

2 Pack Ginger Oil for Lymphatic Drainage,Vamotto Massage Essential Oil, Natural Body Massage Ginger Oil for Swelling,Skin and Relieve Muscle Soreness 30ML
  • ★ Ginger Massage Oil is a great natural solution for lymphatic drainage, edema, spider veins and varicose veins. Extracted from ginger root, ginger oil benefits you by relieving swelling & pain by its warming and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • ★ Natural Essential ginger oils,Rapidly reduces swelling,Volume: 30ml/bottle, For external use only
  • ★ The Essential Oil help with immunity,Decreases swollen glands after surgery or injury and inflammation

#5 Frankincense

Frankincense is one of the oldest known oils and was initially used for religious purposes. However, its pain-relieving properties work similarly to aspirin. Dilution is required before safe use.

Editor’s Pick for Frankincense Essential Oil:

Handcraft Frankincense Essential Oil - 100% Pure and Natural - Premium Therapeutic Grade with Premium Glass Dropper - Huge 4 fl. oz
  • 100% PURE & NATURAL FRANKINCENSE OIL- Handcraft Blends oils are exactly that!! Many oils being sold online make that claim but are in fact made of natural isolates and mixtures. Each essential oil is tested by an independent lab for its constituents which is why every bottle comes with a Quality Guaranty.
  • PREMIUM THERAPEUTIC GRADE & PREMIUM QUALITY – All Handcraft Blends Essential Oils are tested by an independent lab to test the efficacy of each oil. Each oil is tested for its constituents as well as to have no fillers, additives and to be undiluted.
  • HIGH QUALITY GLASS BOTTLE W/ PREMIUM GLASS DROPPER - Our Frankincense Essential Oil comes in an amber glass bottle to keep out UV rays and protect the oil against sunlight. We also provide a Glass Dropper so you can get the exact amount of oil you need without any waste.

#6 Tea Tree

Tea tree oil has many medicinal uses including the relief of TMJ pain. It relieves pain and tension and can be applied topically and without dilution to the affected areas.

Editor’s Pick for Tea Tree Essential Oil:

Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil (4 oz), USDA Certified, 100% Pure Essential Oil, Therapeutic Grade, Melaleuca alternifolia by Mary Tylor Naturals
  • USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC Tea Tree Essential oil, 100% Pure and Natural. Produced through steam distillation of Hand Picked, fresh Tea Tree leaves.
  • LARGE 4 oz Amber Glass Bottle Comes with a High Quality Glass Dropper for Convenient Use.
  • PURE TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL: USDA Certified Organic, Free of any Pesticides and other Chemicals.

#7 Clary Sage

Clary sage oil is lesser known but also effective. It relieves muscle spasm and pain but must be diluted with a carrier oil for safe application.

Editor’s Pick for Clary Sage Essential Oil:

Clary Sage Essential Oil - 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Clary Sage Oil - 10ml
  • Highest Quality Pure & Natural Clary Sage Essential Oil - Our Clary Sage Oil is 100% pure, undiluted, all-natural, and therapeutic grade. Every drop of this Clary Sage essential oil is steam-extracted right from the source without any additives or harmful chemicals.
  • Gc-ms Tested for Purity & Dilution - Every batch of our clary sage essential oil is tested using a a type of testing called "gcms". This ensures the essential oil's authenticity and purity. These test results are publicly available on the manufacturers website.
  • Bottled in a 10ml Glass Bottle with Built-In Eyedropper - All of our essential oils are bottled in an amber glass bottle right here in the USA. It also has a built in Euro style eyedropper for easy pouring and application.

In addition to being applied topically, the essential oils for TMJ can be gently massaged into the affected area with the fingertips or knuckles.