TMJ is the Temporo-Mandibular Joint or the joint that
allows you open and close your mouth. It can be felt just in
front of the ear as you open and close your mouth. The joint
has a small disc of cartilage to separate the bones and
allows them to slide easily during chewing and other
movements. Damage to this joint can cause pain or tenderness
in the joint or in the neck, shoulders or even in the ear.
Ability to open the mouth completely can be hampered, the
jaw can get “stuck” open or closed. Clicking each time the
mouth is opened or grinding happens with some. Secondary
symptoms can include headaches, earaches, toothaches, neck
aches, shoulder pains, hearing problems or tinnitis.
TMJ can be caused by an injury that damages the joint or
displaces the cartilage. Arthritis in the joint can result
in the TMJ symptoms. If a person grinds or clenches their
teeth it can put pressure on the joint and the same with
stress if a person clenches their teeth or tightens facial
and jaw muscles TMJ can result. Misalignment of the bite
can, over time, cause TMJ or something as simple as chewing
gum too often.
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Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Deep BlueC, FrankincenseC, Immortelle
Essential oils based
Past Tense, White Fir
Note: to understand the E and C
superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.
Topically apply Deep Blue Rub or 2 - 3 drops of
Frankincense or Immortelle on the TMJ just below the ear and
around to the back of the neck with light massaging motions.
Repeat 2 - 3 time each day.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Charly - Anyone
have ideas on a protocol for TMJ?
Lorie - I use White Fir, Past Tense and
Deep Blue around my jaw line, the back of my neck and down
my shoulders. I have a hard time opening and closing
my mouth at the dentist. This seems to help a lot.
Before I would come out of the dentist in tears.
Caroline – Immortelle works wonders on
Darva - This is so great! I have had TMJ
forever ... decades ... but when I read this it occurred to
me that even though my clenching has been worse lately
because I'm in the middle of shooting my first feature film
but since I started using Immortelle my pain is much
decreased. Wow. What great and fabulous info. I'm going to
go put more on right now!
Niki - I was
wondering if anyone has found a good protocol to help TMJ? I
have suffered from it for over 10 years now, had surgery to
repair the meniscus about 8 years ago, and I wear a night
guard. It's really been acting up and causes me horrible ear
pain. I would love to hear any suggestions or testimonials
on how things have worked for you. I don't want to be on
synthetic pain medications and would rather treat with oils.
Blake - Deep Blue rub has helped mine. I
am still trying other oils also.
HA - I went to the dentist this past
week to have 2 permanent crowns done. I used White Fir
and Past Tense and it worked great. I usually have to
be sedated. I walked out of there with no pain and a
smile on my face instead of the migraine I usually have.
Caroline - Immortelle has done wonders
for me. My chiropractor can't believe how much better
my TMJ is. And I discovered it by mistake, I was using
it on my spots and it was near my ears so I would just rub
it around the jaw and ear too.
Diane - I have a
friend with a recent diagnosis of TMJ. She has some oils and
wants to know what she can do for the pain instead of
getting the 600 mg Motrin her dentist prescribed.
Pat - What I have found to be successful
is 2 tbsp of FCO with 2 drops of clove and 2 drops of
oregano. Put it in your mouth and gentle push it around the
mouth for 10 minutes. Repeat a couple of times a day
and apply Frankincense to the outer jaw area. You place it
where the jaw hinge is.
Brooke - A freind was in a terrible car
accident last Fall. She broke her Jaw and has had
several problems since – including constant pain. When
she came to her first doTERRA Class, she came up afterwards
and asked me for information to help with the pain. I
applied Balance, and Frankincense. A couple
minutes later she came up to me in tears because the pain
was gone. Just a thought.