Lavender Oil: Using lavender oil for teeth grinding May 09 2014
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, has a host of possible “causes.” These include personal anxiety, poor bite alignment, digestive problems, irregular sleep patterns, central nervous system disorders, and even a magnesium deficiency. People who grind their teeth in their sleep may experience the urge to do it while awake, but have the ability to suppress it in waking hours. As a person transitions from a sleeping state to a waking state (and vice versa), the autonomic nervous system, motor system, and cognitive processes are activated. This is the time when the body uncontrollably allows itself to grind the jaws and teeth. Frequent teeth grinding can cause a host of dental problems, so as soon as you become aware of it, it’s best to work toward
Studies have shown that the scent of lavender can actually change brain wave patterns and calm nerves. Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) has no potential for drug abuse and no sedating side effects. In addition to a mouth guard, it is thought to be an effective and well-tolerated alternative to the sedative drugs commonly prescribed for severe teeth grinding.
How to use lavender oil to ease teeth grinding:
Room diffusers that produce a vapor mist are perhaps the easiest way to disperse lavender oil, especially to children. Add 5-10 drops, sit back, and inhale.
At bedtime, apply 1-2 drops to key points on the body, such as the temples, back of the neck, chest, shoulders, inside of the wrists, in the armpits, and on the reflex points of the feet (particularly the bottom of the big toe).
In the evening, place 1-2 drops of lavender oil in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil and massage onto back, shoulders, neck, or arms.
At bedtime, add a few drops to a warm bath or shower, utilizing the natural heat and steam to absorb the scent.
Add 5-10 drops to a small spray bottle of water and spray onto pillows and sheets before bedtime. For children, this mist can also be used on stuffed animals and blankets.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.
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