7 Herbal Remedies For TMJ Disorder That I Swear By

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If you're like me, and have struggled with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), you know that finding relief can be quite a journey.

From expensive therapies to failed attempts with over-the-counter pain killers, I've tried most of it.

But if I'm honest, most of my success has come from Mother Nature herself, in the form of herbal remedies.

These herbal remedies have not only eased my symptoms but have also improved my overall wellbeing.

1. Chamomile

Who knew this tiny flower could pack such a powerful punch against TMJ pain? I didn't until I began drinking chamomile tea daily.

Chamomile is known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

Now, instead of wine, a cup of chamomile tea is a staple in my nightly routine, helping me unwind and alleviate jaw tension.

2. Valerian Root

Say hello to my secret weapon for those sleepless nights caused by TMJ pain - valerian root.

This herb is known for promoting relaxation and improving sleep quality.

And let's face it, good sleep is half the battle won when dealing with TMJ.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric, with its potent anti-inflammatory compound curcumin, has been my go-to for pain management.

I incorporated turmeric into my meals and even started taking curcumin supplements.

The research-backed benefits of turmeric for pain relief are something I can personally vouch for.

4. Lavender

Breathing in the soothing aroma of lavender has been one of the most surprising and effective remedies for my TMJ headaches (lowers my anxiety big time).

Lavender's relaxing properties have often given me much-needed relief during painful flare-ups.

It's also great in a diffuser.

5. Peppermint

Peppermint, with its cooling effect and anti-inflammatory properties, has been a blessing for my TMJ-related muscle tension.

Applying a drop of peppermint oil (diluted in a carrier oil) to my jaw area helps reduce tension and pain.

6. Ginger

Ginger's anti-inflammatory properties are not just good for your gut but I can anecdotally share that it's worked for my jaw as well.

Incorporating ginger into my diet has helped reduce inflammation in my joints.

7. Kava Kava

Kava's a controversial root and banned in a lot of countries (it's a cannabinoid after all).

It's known to promote relaxation and help manage stress if you drink it after straining it in water.

However, it's crucial to use this herb responsibly and under a healthcare professional's guidance due to potential risks associated with it (can cause major liver issues so use it only occasionally).


My journey with these herbal remedies has been eye-opening.

They've played a significant role in managing my TMJ symptoms. If you're struggling with TMJ, consider exploring herbal remedies instead of prescription meds or painkillers.

Always consult with a healthcare professional before introducing any new herbs into your regimen.

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