Effective Natural Remedies for Jaw Pain - Relieve Discomfort Naturally

| Modified on Nov 17, 2023

Are you suffering from jaw pain and looking for natural remedies to alleviate the discomfort? Jaw pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including dental issues, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, or even stress. Fortunately, there are several natural remedies that can help you find relief without resorting to medication or surgery.

In this article, we will explore some effective natural remedies for jaw pain and provide you with tips on how to manage this condition naturally.

Cayenne Pepper

While not a cure, many individuals suffering from severe jaw pain have found quick relief with cayenne pepper. This natural remedy may help alleviate jaw pain and reduce the duration of discomfort.

Here's a simple method you can try:

  • Take one capsule of cayenne pepper.
  • Mix the contents of the capsule with a small amount of water in a shot glass.
  • Drink the mixture.

According to anecdotal reports, this cayenne pepper shot can provide almost immediate relief from jaw pain. It's believed that cayenne pepper's active compound, capsaicin, may help reduce pain by blocking nerve signals and decreasing inflammation in the affected area.

People who have used this method have reported that the jaw pain subsides rapidly after taking the cayenne shot. Without this remedy, the pain could last for as long as 20 minutes or more. Additionally, some users have noted that it can help ease the anxiety that often accompanies sudden and severe jaw pain.


For individuals grappling with jaw pain and nerve discomfort, especially when caused by teeth clenching, DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide) has emerged as an unexpected source of relief. While it's important to consult a healthcare professional for a comprehensive evaluation of your condition, some people have reported significant pain relief through the use of pharmaceutical-grade DMSO.

Here's how some individuals have used DMSO to alleviate jaw pain and related symptoms:

  • Application: They applied pharmaceutical-grade DMSO directly to the affected area. In your case, this meant dabbing it on your back teeth and gums.
  • Rapid Relief: The remarkable aspect of DMSO is its potential to provide rapid relief. In as little as five minutes after application, many users have experienced a significant reduction in pain.
  • Extended Relief: Initially, some individuals had to apply DMSO approximately every hour to maintain pain relief. However, over time, they found that the duration of relief extended to about every four hours, making it a more manageable solution.

DMSO is known for its ability to penetrate the skin and transport other substances along with it. This property may explain its effectiveness in providing relief from jaw pain and related nerve discomfort. It's believed that DMSO's anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to increase blood flow to the affected area contribute to its pain-relieving effects.

Hot and Cold Compresses

Applying hot and cold compresses to the affected area of your jaw can help reduce pain and inflammation. Use a warm compress for 15-20 minutes, followed by a cold compress for the same duration. Repeat this process several times a day for relief.

Jaw Exercises

Gentle jaw exercises can help relax tense muscles and improve jaw mobility. Try slowly opening and closing your mouth, moving your jaw from side to side, and gently massaging your jaw muscles.

Proper Posture

Maintaining good posture can prevent jaw pain. Sit and stand up straight, avoiding slouching, to reduce strain on your jaw and neck muscles.

Avoid Trigger Foods

Some foods can exacerbate jaw pain, especially if you have TMJ issues. Avoid hard, chewy, or crunchy foods, and opt for a soft diet that's easier on your jaw. One Earth Clinic reader reports that eliminating eggs from his diet got rid of jaw pain within a week.

Stress Reduction Techniques

Stress can contribute to jaw clenching and grinding, leading to pain. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga to relax your jaw muscles.

Herbal Remedies

Certain herbs like valerian root and chamomile have natural muscle-relaxing properties. You can brew them into a soothing tea to help relieve tension and pain.

Magnesium Supplements

Magnesium is essential for muscle function and can help relax tight jaw muscles. Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any supplement regimen.

Essential Oils

Peppermint and lavender essential oils have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Dilute a few drops in carrier oil and gently massage the jaw area for relief.


Acupressure involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to relieve pain. There are acupressure points on the face and jaw that can help reduce jaw pain when stimulated.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene can prevent dental issues that contribute to jaw pain. Brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist for routine check-ups.

Remember that if your jaw pain persists or worsens, it's crucial to consult a healthcare professional or dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. These natural remedies can be helpful as complementary approaches to managing jaw pain, but they should not replace professional medical advice.

In conclusion, jaw pain can be a debilitating condition, but there are various natural remedies and lifestyle changes that can help alleviate discomfort. By incorporating these natural remedies into your daily routine and addressing the root causes of your jaw pain, you can find relief and improve your overall oral health.

Continue reading below to learn which remedies helped our readers and let us know which ones helped you!

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Posted by Denise (Granville, TN) on 02/18/2021

Not a cure, but a relief. I sometimes suffer from severe jaw pain that wakes me in the middle of the night. I take 1 capsule of cayenne, mix it with water in a shot glass and drink it down. The jaw pain immediately goes away. If I don't do this, the pain can last as long as 20 minutes. It also eases the anxiety I feel once the pain starts.

Chiropractic Manipulation

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Posted by Bev (Long Beach, Ca) on 02/19/2012

It sounds like the same thing I suffered with years ago. My chiropractor put his fingers in my mouth and pressed on my left side at the hinge area. My jaw was stuck on the right side. He kept applying pressure until the right side relaxed. I have used this technique when I feel one side or the other start to lock. Do it yourself... Between your upper and lower jaw at the hinge. Good luck.

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Thomas M (Toronto, Ont) on 12/18/2017

I had severe jaw pain and was prescribed naproxen (an anti-inflammatory) by my doctor. After trying other remedies, I heard that I might be allergic to eggs. I stopped eating them and in 2 weeks, my pain was gone. It was also recommended that I cut down on bananas and potatoes for a little while, as they irritated my gums. It definitely helped.


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Posted by Nancy (Lake Stevens WA) on 02/28/2022

I have recently started to experience jaw pain, and nerve pain on the lower right side causing nerve pain in those teeth. At first I thought I had an ear infection went to the doctor about that and my doctor said it was a sinus infection. I went to see my dentist and he explained that the nerve pain was from clenching my teeth on one side. He put some temporary pain medicine on those molars but it only lasted a day.

I stumbled on DMSO read up on it and ordered some pharmaceutical grade DMSO. I dabbed full strength on my back teeth and on my gums. in about 5 minutes all the pain was gone. I also put some down my jaw line and next to my ear and immediately I had experience relief.

At first I had to apply DMSO about every hour but now I only apply about every 4 hours. What a huge miracle.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted by Michael (Melbourne, Australia) on 10/06/2014

I have chronic and worsening osteomyelitis in my maxilla (Jaw) bone and have begged for months for surgery, yet I have been turned down a dozen times or more. I am desperate. I am going to try drinking H202 35% at ratio: 8oz pure water to 3 drops H202,3 times per day. I am apprehensive to say the least. I am presently consuming 17 Antibiotics per day.

Is it safe to continue the AB along side the H202 therapy?

I also have dentures and I figure I should remove these from contact with H202?

I also feel like political prisoner within my own country of birth and I am desperate to return to my tribe, to my real family.

Replied by Prioris
(Fl, US)

I came across this at a conventional medicine site

"Infections of bones and joints are difficult problems that until recently were considered incurable. The old adage was that bone infection could never be completely cured. We no longer believe that to be true. The basic principle of treatment of bone infection is to remove all nonliving materials and space because these are regions where bacteria can hide from the body's immune defense system. To eradicate infection the body needs to deliver antibiotics, antibodies, and infection-fighting cells to the bacteria-infested areas. This is possible only if there is blood circulation in these areas. In general, when there is dead bone and hardware present, it is not possible to eradicate infection. Therefore, the first step is usually to remove all of the infected nonliving material"

Maybe Serrapeptase can help remove the dead tissue in order for the antibiotics etc to be more effective.

Replied by Timh
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I read that the standard osteoporosis meds like Flomax inhibit new bone formation.

After twenty yrs living w/ non-organic Manganese in my bones plus the hyper parasite & pathogen infections, I have been fighting for my life for the last 4 yrs. Only until very recently have I begun to make a stop to the progressive infection as well as successfully removing substantial amounts of heavy metals.

As for the infection alone, I have had temporary relief from MMS as well as a host of other natural remedies like zapping Colloidal Silver, Lipo-C, herbs, etc.

Serrapeptase & Nattokinase have proved very effective in bursting the biofilms that house the infections in the bone. Turpentine seems to be equally effective in this regard. There are medical professionals testifying their finding in journals and even YouTube of the problem of ignoring the presence of Biofilms in particularly bone infection and/or metal devices implanted in the body. Over time these devices attract the biofilms which protect the pathogens from standard drug treatment, and so may folks have to undergo reparative surgery.

Not until I began combining H2O2 w/ Colloidal Silver did I get any kind of lasting relief, and that was still not enough. After reading Walter Last update of combining MSM w/ Vit-C have I made a stop and now showing slow progress.

As for long-term consequences I will certainly need addressing as I can already detect bumps or protrusions in several areas of my bones like the sternum, ribs, collar and shoulder.

Replied by Prioris
(Fl, US)


I found this in an orthodontal journal reference. You can use this as a lead to do further research to see if it is useful.

"THE use of surgical maggots in cases of chronic suppurative infections has, in the past decade, become a universally accepted treatment. The war time discovery of the beneficial action of maggots by Dr. William S. Baer revealed that these maggots had the power to clean up an infected wound by the effective manner in which they removed the necrotic tissue and reduced the infection in the wound. It was as a result of investigations by Dr.William Robinson, of Dr.Baer's discovery, that allantoin received its first recognition as the active principle of maggot therapy.

According to Robinson; allantoin is the principal product of purine metabolism in animals below man and the manlike ape, and it results from oxidation of uric acid through the action of uricase. It is regarded as an excretory material, resulting from metabolism of the cell nucleus.

Allantoin is a white crystalline powder, odorless, tasteless, and stable when dry;it is only slightly soluble in cold water but is readily soluble in hot. It is bland and harmless, and its solutions are nontoxic and nonstaining. It has no superior as a stimulator of cell proliferation and tissue growth, inducing rapid granulation of ulcerated areas as well as promoting phagocytosis.

Although it is not my belief that allantoin can in any way replace maggots in this form of treatment, I have used it with splendid success in cases of osteomyelitis of the mandible in which the maggots could not be used because of the position and nature of the infection or because of objections by the patient. It has also been used with good results in chronic ulcers and open wounds of the mouth as well as in burns and lesions in other parts of the body. Allantoin in a 2 per cent concentration may be used as a salve for topical application, but its more common usage is as a 0.4 per cent solution on suitable wet dressings or as an irrigating solution directly in the wound. "

It has no superior as a stimulator of cell proliferation and tissue growth, inducing rapid granulation of ulcerated areas as well as promoting phagocytosis. Although it is not my belief that allantoin can in any way replace maggots in this form

Replied by Sophie

First off, most regular dentist and oral surgeons will not do this type of procedure you need to find a expert holistic dentist that are educated in dental cavitation surgery is where they open up extractions sites in the mouth look inside and clean out all infections, laser, ozone or disinfect the sites. Many times it is discovered that there is a hidden bone infection that not show up on regular x-ray or CAT scan that is causing illness,

This is what I did after my dental cavitations surgery ( since many dental cavitation surgeries have to be done two or three times which I was trying to avoid ) I used DMSO with MMS mixed with sterilized water and poured it on the infected sites, I alternated with DMSO and Iodine in the evening. Sometimes I would use oregano oil and DMSO I also used a infrared lamp and shined it on my jaw everyday for months to kill the infection. and I did oil pulling for a little over an hour a day.

(Pleasant Hills)

Bone infections, are treated in western medicine with surgery and/or long term antibiotics Most doctor for bone infection send you to nuclear medicine for a bone scan with tracers. That determines if you get a PET OR SPECT.

Also drink daily cilantro juice this chelate out heavy metals. From my research heavy metals must be chelated out they interfere and block medicine, and hide viruses and bacteria so it drags down the immune system 'chelating give the immune system

After dental cavitation surgery, my ND put me on Allimed, this is a super duper potent garlic. I also found food grade hydrogen peroxide and mixed a drop of it with DMSO and a tablespoon of water. I brushed my gums with this and avoided my getting it on my teeth.

In the evening I would use a 1/4 teaspoon DMSO and 1/2 tablespoon sea salt with 1/4 cup sterilized water, I would rinse with this and let it soak in my mouth for 20 minutes avoid getting it on your teeth it make teeth sensitive.

I would do oil pull with coconut oil, mixed with drop of peppermint oil and oregano oil. My doctor clinic had a blue laser that kills and sterlizes it is strong. I used this one week (blue laser rental cost 150). I read people have dental cavitation more than once I did not want to be one of those individuals, so I did many things to help my body.

(Pleasant Hills)

Infrared light helps kill infections, just shine it on the infected area and it does wonders! It is cheap, you can buy the light at the store for like $10. and buy the clip light or lamp.

I lay down cover my eyes with a towel and turn on the light and just let it shine on my jaw area it is so relaxing I do this twenty minutes or longer every day. I think soaking your mouth in dmso and hydrogen peroxide can do wonders. My doctor suggested making sure I take lots of enzymes, always on an empty stomach serrapeptase or nattokinase and he really like wobenzyme he gave me mile long list of why I should do this.

Anyhow, it dissolves biofilms it breaks down tissue, helps drain. For lymph nodes that are swollen the doctor had me alternate with ice packs, and then I would shine the infrared light on the sites to get the lymph nodes draining, and he put me on lymphatic drainage system and will be sending me to the hyperbaric chambers at the hospital. I think oxygen is important. Wishing all good health!


Where did you buy your infrared light?

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Where can I get this stuff. I had unsuccessful treatment for mandible osteo and my jaw and face even my cheek bone is in horrible pain. I am allergic to the antibiotics amoxicillin and no one will treat me. Also..how do I use it? It's worth a shot. This pain is horrific.

Magnesium Supplements

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Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia) on 02/16/2012

Clenching and grinding teeth may be a magnesium deficiency. Try having a 30 minute bath/soak with Epsom salts before you go to bed and see if there is any difference.

Oil Pulling

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Posted by Mt (Ottawa, On Canada) on 02/19/2012

I found on EC one article about tmj under the sesame oil pulling section -it looks that sesame oil pulling helps on the jaw pain.

There are also at least 2 acupuncture points dedicated to locked jaw condition -I guess that an acupuncture session may help.

Stress Relief

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Posted by Andrea C (Cardiff, Wales) on 02/22/2012

I too have been under great stress due to ilness and 'every day life' xxx there is nothing finer than 'stress for beating the body up!! I am going to suggest a book, yes a book xxx Its by JOHN E. SARNO, M. D. He discovered what he named, 'Tension Myositis Syndrome' (T. M. S) I too had 'locked jaw's' and intensce pain, which I belive were origanally triggered off by a medication. Which in turn getting off of it AND withdrawaral symptoms, only made my 'stress levels' escalate even more!! I nearly bit my dentist fingers off at 1 appointment because I could not 'open wide' and the dentist shoved their hand in the corner of my mouth and tried to pry it open futher, bad mistake! My jaw and 'clamped completely closed, and I was panicking 'more stress!! ' and the dentist was break dancing and screaming, and I was in agony, trying 2 scream, and then had a bloody 'asthma attack' just 2 cap it off!! (even more stress! ) see?

Anyway 2 cut along story short the book is called 'THE MIND BODY PRESCPIPTION' by JOHN E. SARNO, MD. U can search the web for info, on him and T. M. S but BUY the book xxxxx Howard Stern also used this when he was in agony from back and shoulder pain. You can get it on 'Amazon' there is a lot of positive reviews on it, and a few neg 1's, but do not let this put you off. Also, a wise west indian nurse once told me, 'even if the pain or thoughts won't let you sleep lay down and rest the body 4 its as important as resting your mind. Believe me you have my sympathy as I have med probs that besides chronic pain stop me from being able 2 do the simplest of tasks. But I also belive in 'seek and you will find the answer' xxxx Anything is worth a try when you are suffering to the point of despair which only causes more anxiety, stress, and pain xxxx hope this helps you, you may have to read it a few times as some people stated, but stick with it and try 2 avoid people, or situations that stress you, even your own family!! They're usually the worst offenders!!! LOVE Andrea c xxxxxxxxxxxx