(NaturalNews) Dry and chapped lips occur all the time without warning. This is not life threatening, but it can cause inconvenience and affect the way people live their lives. There are different manifestations that can be observed, including the presence of one or several of these symptoms: sores, tenderness, flaking, cracking, redness and dryness. When left untreated, dry and chapped lips can worsen and affect the other parts of the oral orifice.
Causes of developing dryness on the lips include too much exposure to sunlight, too much licking of lips, smoking, dehydration, allergy, vitamin deficiency and harsh climate.
Home Remedies for Chapped Lips
There are over-the-counter ointments to remedy chapped lips, but there also other home remedies that are considered to be safer and more effective. Among them are:
Natural oils such as coconut oil, olive oil or mustard oil are good in keeping the affected area moist. These oils are best for those cases where the culprit is either dry or cold weather.
Juicing cucumber slices and slathering the affected area with the liquid is a good way of easing the discomfort of dry lips. It is recommended to keep the lips moistened by doing this several times in a day.
Although its odor and taste are unpleasant, there is no doubt about the healing properties of aloe vera. The advantage of this plant is that it can be grown in your back yard. When the need arises, it will be easy enough to simply pluck a leaf and lather the lips with the juice.
If there is no aloe vera plant available, rose petal extract is a great alternative for relief of chapped lips. This extract mixed with raw milk can serve as a moisturizing agent. The recommended regimen is to apply the mixture two to three times a day and then once before going to bed. If raw milk is not available, glycerin is a good substitute.
The calming and hydrating effects of water can alleviate the pain. Keeping the body hydrated will provide a favorable environment so that it can efficiently perform the chemical processes to repair and rejuvenate the body.
petroleum jelly can be used several times a day and also once before climbing the bed. If the concentrated greasiness of petroleum feels uncomfortable or if it is causing more pain, coating the lips with honey first before brushing with petroleum may just do the trick.
Milk cream is an excellent skin softener, and it has the ability to hasten the elimination of dead skin. Leave cream milk drops on the lips for ten minutes. Afterwards, rub the remaining traces of milk cream from the lips with cotton dipped in lukewarm water. That will hasten healing.
The key is to moisturize chapped lips as soon as possible to help hasten the healing by avoiding the thing that is causing it in the first place. Keep hydrated, eat cruciferous or juicy foods, avoid the sun and keep warm inside your room during chilly nights.
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