The sound of my son’s teeth grinding in his sleep sent me on a mission to understand why.

For at least 2 years my son has been grinding his teeth in his sleep and the sound not only worried me, but also sent me on a mission to understand why a child so young would experience this issue. Along with his teeth grinding, I noticed on some days he would be super cranky and would whine as if we didn’t get past the “terrible twos” stage several years prior! I used essential oils on him topically (therapeutic grade of course) and made sure his diffuser was set every night with the best nighttime essential oils (Lavender, Geranium, Peppermint, Eucalyptus). I did some research on teeth grinding and sleep problems and decided to give Valor essential oil, by Young Living, a try. I simply rubbed a drop down his jawline and a drop under each big toe (to prevent snoring) right before he went to sleep. These methods definitely helped, but unless I reapplied them 5 or 6 hours later, he would begin to grind his teeth in his sleep again, which ultimately interrupted his peaceful, consistent rest.

Lavender Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil

I began to notice a pattern. On the days he was most cranky, his teeth grinding, snoring or tossing and turning interrupted his previous night’s sleep. Even though he went to bed at 8pm and ultimately woke up the next day around 8am, it seemed it was never enough. On other days when I didn’t hear the grinding or snoring, he woke up to a perfect morning, which led to a near perfect day. The better quality of his sleep, the better he performed and the less likely he was to whine throughout the day.

One day as I was getting acupuncture, I randomly decided to talk to the acupuncturist about my son and grinding your teeth. She asked me a series of questions about how he acted throughout the day and came to the conclusion that he was not releasing all of his pinned up energy and anxiety throughout the day. I explained that my child is very hyperactive, but it obviously wasn’t enough. Her next suggestion on how to stop his teeth grinding changed the game and the way my son slept for months to follow! She suggested that I incorporate nighttime exercise routines and then cool down stretches, right before I tucked him in at night. Anxious and desperate to try anything, I began our fun routine that night. I turned on some music and led Christopher and Milani in a series of exercise routines. Eventually, they even began to make up their own. I wasn’t looking for perfection. I just wanted them to have fun and get their heartbeats pumping. They would jump around and act silly and over time I noticed their form for jumping jacks, sit-ups and push-ups improved! Now we’re at a point where they look forward to their bedtime routine. I see a huge change in both of my kids. They sleep very peacefully and I rarely hear my son grinding his teeth in his sleep. We still use our diffuser and most nights I still apply Valor essential oil to his jawline. All in all, I’m very happy with the outcome. My kids are learning great routines that will carry on into adulthood and I can enjoy cranky, whining free days with my babies!

About the author

Monique Samuels

When I was a little girl, my aunt introduced me to her holistic approach for healthy living. Whenever I was sick, she always had a natural remedy. When I became a mom, I remembered my aunt’s recipes, and sought out to find additional solutions. I soon discovered essential oils and began creating my own natural remedies for everything from the common cold, nasal congestion and earaches, to helping my children get a good night’s sleep. I started sharing these discoveries with friends, and before long I was receiving calls, emails and texts every day from friends who were searching for help, which led me to creating this site.

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  • Hey Monique. I just love your remedies and interesting facts however i struggle to find valor in oz. I would love to know if you know a suppiler in Australia?

    • Just become a Young Living Essential Oil member like I have been for years and they ALWAYS have Valor available.
      Ps..Young Living is the BEST ALL NATURAL (no chemicals or fillers) oils on the market. Yes, they are a little more expensive but most definetly worth it. Check them out, you won’t regret it. You also earn points which you can use towards future orders. Customer Service reps are AWESOME as well. Nothing they can’t help you with.
      Hope this helped!

  • Omg i cant beleive u went through the exact thing am currently going through with my 3yr old. Am going to try your remedy, at first i didnt know WHAT caused him to grind his teeth. Your post honestly explain and help alot. Thanks.

  • My first time visiting your site and already I’m glad I did. My 5 year-old has been grinding her teeth for some time now and she is also very whiny. I’m going to give these suggestions a try. Thanks so much!

  • Do you apply the valor neat or do you use a carrier oil? My son is 4 and also grinds his teeth a night–wondering if it’s safe to apply directly.

    • I apply it neat. My son has been using essential oils for years so I know his skin tolerance. If he has a reaction or irritation on his skin, I’ll add more carrier oil. Also apply a drop near under the big toes. It usually lasts for a good 4-6 hours for my son before I have to reapply.

  • I appreciate this article and will def try the bedtime exercise routine. I love all things natural especially essential oils!!! Thanks, keep doing your thing!!

  • Good for you Monique! I saw you developing your site on the show and was not sure if it would have anything for me (I’m an empty-nester). But I did get something from it. I will be checking to see how your site grows and hopefully you will have other feature authors/bloggers contributing more wisdom to enhance what you are doing. I am so proud of you doing this site and offering natural alternative remedies for all mom. God bless your efforts, and your family. Stay positive and keep your head up. I really like this site!

  • This is my first time visiting your site. I use YL and my 8 year old has the teeth grinding/terrible two fits too. I usually apply cedarwood, peace and calming, and thieves at night with some joy for what I think could be anxiety. I think I’ll be trying the nightly exercise routine. He has a hard time falling asleep so I think the routine could help with that too. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  • Love the website and I really appreciate your knowledge. People don’t realize that the Earth has all we need to survive. Keep up the good work and get this knowledge out to the world. I’m on her eon the time looking for natural remedies. THEY WORK.

  • OMG, exactly like you and the other women have said, my son grinds his teeth and he’s 4. I never understood why, and find that sound awfully annoying to the point where when he gets in my bed in the middle of the night, and he starts grinding, I literally try to open his mouth so that it will stop. But never did I think other moms had the same issue. Thank you for your suggestions as I will use them to help solve this issue I’m having.

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