Insomnia and TMD Relief Using Essential Oils


Serving Size: 15 oz

Container: 15 oz Amber Bottle

Essential Oils:
10 drops – Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis)
7 drops – Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
7 drops – Vetiver Essential Oil (Vitiveria zizaniodes
4 drops – Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (Chamaemelum nobile)

Base Oil:
10 ml – Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalis var. Dulcis) or any Base oil
4 ml – Aloe Vera or any Base oil


Add a very light coat of oil onto your finger tips and apply to the temporalis and masseter muscles and posterior base of skull. Use 3x per day

* I’ve modified the recipe from the case study listed above. Adjust the oils to suit your personal needs.



Female client has experienced insomnia for 18 years and has been diagnosed with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) for 4 years.  The client has not found relief for either issue and is willing to try aromatherapy.  She was given an essential oil blend consisting of Sweet Orange, Lavender, Vetiver, and Roman Chamomile.  The client noticed immediate results.  She gets a more restful night of sleep and her jaw feels more relaxed upon waking.

Case Description

Subject (L.S) is a 37 year old Caucasian female who has insomnia and temporomandibular disorder (TMD).  She would like an oil that will help with her sleep and jaw issues.

L.S. doesn’t have a problem falling asleep; however, she will wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep.  Client has had insomnia issues since she was 18 years old and TMD for the past 4 years.  She notices when awaking that her tongue is pressed firmly to the roof of her mouth and that her jaw is very tight in the morning.  She has been diagnosed with TMD from her dentist and currently sleeps with a night guard to reduce the amount of teeth grinding.  L.S. does not notice any clenching of her jaw or grinding of her teeth during the day.

L.S. has an active lifestyle, runs 2-3 times a week and eats nutritious food.  L.S. contributes her sleeping jaw issues to an overactive mind.  She has a difficult time relaxing.  She used to take over the counter melatonin or nighttime cough medicine to help her sleep.  Melatonin made her very tired in the morning.

Literature Review

Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis is produced in the United States, New Guinea, Brazil, Italy, West Indies, Spain, Palestine, Israel, Cyprus, and Japan. (American College of Healthcare Sciences, 2011)  The outer peel of the orange is distilled to make the essential oil.  The oil has an antidepressant, sedative, and calming quality. (Lehrner, Eckersberger, Walla, Potsch, & Deecke, 2000)

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia (also known as Lavandula officinalis) essential oil is distilled from the flower stalks and flowers.  Nervine and sedative qualities are attributed to this oil.

Vetiver Vetiveria zizaniodes comes from Haiti and is steam distilled from the plant’s root.  It is known for its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and relaxant qualities. (Essential Science Publishing, 2009)

Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile essential oil is distilled from the chamomile flower and is grown for oil extraction in Europe, Britain, Italy, France and the United States.” (American College of Healthcare Sciences, 2011)  It contains high levels of esters which are known antispasmodics.  Roman Chamomile also contain anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidepressant and sedative qualities.

Treatment Protocols/Methods

L.S. was given a 15 ml bottle with the following essential oil blend:  Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis Lavender Lavandula angustifolia,Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides,Chamomile (Roman) Chamaemelum nobileAloe Vera oil was used as the base oil.  The client was instructed to administer a very light coat of oil using her finger tips, three times daily, before bedtime, to the temporalis and masseter muscles and posterior base of skull.

The client was informed to not use this product if she is trying to get pregnant because vetiver (orally) is used as a uterine stimulant to promote menses and to cause abortion. (Therapeutic Research Faculty, 2011)

Client Response

CL.S. stated that initially the oil felt oily but absorbed into the skin.  Within the first 10 minutes her skin felt pleasant and cool.  Her initial impression was that she felt more relaxed and her jaw felt less tight in the morning.  After 3-4 days, L.S. has noticed a significant change in her sleeping pattern.  Her jaw feels less tight upon waking and she falls quickly back to sleep if awoken during the night.  Two weeks after her taking the blend, L.S. feels the quality of her sleep has improved and she feels clearheaded upon waking.


The overall effectiveness of the essential oil blend was positive.  The client is still wearing a night guard for teeth grinding; however, her sleep is deep and restful and her jaw feels more relaxed upon waking thus the blend has met and exceeded the client’s expectations.


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After Sunbathing Essential Oil Lotion


Serving Size: 16 oz

Essential Oils:
24 drops – Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
4 drops – Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolens)
2 drops – Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (Chamaemelum nobile)

Lotion Formula
1/4 cup – Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalis var. Dulcis)
1/4 cup – Avocado oil (Persea Americana miller)
1/4 cup – Sesame oil (Sesamum indicum)
1/2 oz – Beeswax
1 cup – Purified Water

Apply the lotion after sunbathing or up to three times per day.



A 38 year old avid sunbather is looking for an essential oil lotion to help moisturize and nurture her skin. She was given an essential oil lotion that contained lavender, geranium and roman chamomile. Even though this report does not scientifically evaluate the long term benefits of these essential oils, the client’s skin felt moisture after use. She also enjoyed the aroma of the lotion and noticed the scent throughout the day.

Case Description

Client (CJ) is a 38 year old female, who loves to sunbath. She would like an essential oil lotion that will nourish her skin after sunbathing. She would also like to use the lotion on a daily basis as a moisturizer and enjoys the aromatherapy aspect of the lotion.

CJ enjoys laying out in the sun two times per week for two to three hours per session. She wears SPS 15 while sunbathing and keeps herself hydrated by drinking eight to ten 8 oz. glasses of water a day. CJ daily applies to her face Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Wash, Aveno® Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer, Olay® Anti-wrinkle eye cream, and Olay® anti-wrinkle replenishing night cream. She also applies daily to her body Jergens® Utra Healing: Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer.

Literature Review

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia or true lavender is different from the other Lavandula oils because it contains no camphor properties. Camphor is considered a skin irritant.

There has been no scientific studies supporting the claim that Lavendula angustifolia is a useful remedy for burns; however, Robert Tisserand’s blog mentions anecdotal evidence supporting this claim as well as the scientific studies supporting the oil’s analgesic quality. He also summarizes several different studies that suggest lavender has antioxidant properties that could “inhibit degenerative skin changes such as skin cancer, sun damage and the effect of ageing.” (Tisserand, R.)

Keville and Green (2009) support Tisserand’s statement mentioning that lavender is a cell regenerator and can be used on sun-damaged skin, skin growths and that there is “no better remedy for burns” (p. 196)

Geranium Pelargonium graveolens grows well in in subtropical and tropical climates. The essential oil is distilled from the plant’s leaves and flowers. Several books have referenced Pelargonium graveolens as having skincare benefits that help with facial neuralgia, eczema, oily or dry skin extremes, burns, acne, mature skin (Cooksley, 2002, p. 348-349). In fact, for centuries geranium has been used for regenerating and healing the skin (Essential Science Publishing, 2009, p. 66)

Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile is “grown for oil extraction in Europe, Britain, Italy, France, and the United States” (ACHS, 2012, p. 53). The only part used during steam distillation is the flower.

Price (2007) states Chamaemelum nobile’s properties as “antianaemic, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, antispasmodic, calming and sedative, vulnerary, and stimulant (p. 326).

Srivastava, Pandey & Gupta (2009) conducted a laboratory study to determine whether chamomile interferes with the COX-2 pathway. This is significant because this pathway has been implicated in the process of inflammation and carcinogenesis. They found that “chamomile works by a mechanism of action similar to that attributed to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs” (p. 1) which lends credibility to the understanding that it may help prevent inflammation and cancer.

Treatment Protocol/Methods

CJ was given a 16 oz. lotion containing the following essential oils: twenty-four drops of lavender Lavandula angustifolia, four drops of geranium Pelargonium graveolens, two drops of roman chamomile Chamaemelum nobile. The essential oil blend was placed in the following lotion formula: ¼ cup of almond oil Prunus amygdalis var. Dulcis, ¼ cup of avocado oil Persea Americana Miller, ¼ cup of sesame oil Sesamum indicum, ½ oz. of beeswax, and one cup of purified water.

CJ was instructed to apply the lotion after sunbathing or up to three times per day. She was also informed of the following cautions and contraindications:

Lotion contains oils with toxic rating of I – a skin patch test is required.
Recommended Daily Dosage: 3-4 times a day.
Contraindicated in the first trimester of pregnancy.
May irritate skin, dermatitis, cause insomnia and restlessness.
Caution if allergic to ragweed or other Asteraceae family plants.
Client Response

CJ stated she loved the lotion. She enjoys its aroma, texture, and how well it absorbs into her skin. She also noticed that after applying the lotion her skin felt well hydrated. CJ stated that she will definitely use this lotion.


This case report was positive because the client enjoyed the aroma and texture of the lotion. She also felt the lotion kept her skin hydrated. Without scientific measures, larger population, skin tests before and after application, testing over a long period of time, etc. we cannot prove the benefits this lotion is offering to the client. Additional studies need to be made.


Cooksley, V. G., (2002). Aromatherapy: Soothing remedies to restore, rejuvenate, and heal. (pp. 348-349). New York, NY: Prentice Hall Press.

Essential Science Publishing. (2009). Essential Oils Desk Reference (4th ed.). ( pp. 66). Essential Science Publishing.

Keville, K., and Green, M., (2009). Aromatherapy: A complete guide to the healing art. New York, NY: Crossing Press.

Price, S., & Stuart, C., (Ed.) (2007). The complete book of massage and aromatherapy: A practical illustrated step-by-step guide to achieving relaxation and well-being with the top-to-toe body treatments and essential oils. (pp. 326) London, UK. Lorenz Books.

Tisserand. (2012, May 15). Lavender oil – skin savior or skin irritant? [blog}. Retrieved from http://roberttisserand.com/2011/08/lavender-oil-skin-savior-or-skin-irritant/

Srivastava, J., Pandey, M., & Gupta, S. (2009). Chamomile, a novel and selective COX-2 inhibitor with anti-inflammatory activity. Life Sciences, 85(19-20), 663-669. doi:10.1016/j.lfs.2009.09.007