A condition characterized by the inflammation, cuts, numbness, discoloration and chapping of the lips, swollen lips can be painful and debilitating. In extreme cases, a swollen lip could also be accompanied by fever, headache, and fatigue. Most swollen lips heal themselves in less than a week or two, depending on what caused the lip to swell, and the severity of the busted area. You can treat the swollen lip and reduce the healing time by trying some of these natural remedies.
What Causes A Swollen Lip?
The most common cause of a swollen lip is a bug bite or sting. This is the least severe form of a swollen lip, and takes only about two days to heal. Sometimes, a swollen lip is the body’s response to allergens, such as dust mites, pollen, or certain food. Swollen lips, when accompanied by blisters around the mouth, can also be the result of herpes. An injury or a hard hit on the lips can also cause swelling. Certain medications are also capable of causing swollen lips. Individuals who have recently undergone surgery, especially cosmetic surgery, can also be affected.1
Ways To Treat A Swollen Lip
Here are some of the ways that can help provide relief from a swollen lip. These remedies are natural, safe, and have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the swelling.2
1. Cold Or Hot Compresses
- Pack a few ice cubes in a towel for a cold compress.
- Soak a cloth in moderately hot water or hot tea for a hot compress.
- Apply the compress on the swollen lip for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove the compress for a minute, before continuing the process
- Repeat until the pain reduces.
- Do not directly apply the ice cubes onto the lip, as it can intensify the pain.
- Avoid hot compresses on the first few days of the swelling.
2. Aloe Vera
- Extract aloe vera gel
- Apply the gel onto the infected lip and lightly massage the area.
- Leave the gel on for 15 minutes.
- Repeat the process thrice a day.
- You can also add tea tree oil to the aloe vera gel.
- Dip a cotton ball in honey
- Apply on the swollen lip
- Wash after 15 minutes
- Repeat thrice a day.
- Combine 1 tbsp of turmeric powder with 1 tbsp of multani mitti (fuller’s earth)
- Bring the mixture to a paste-like consistency by adding cold water.
- Apply the paste on the swollen lip
- Let it dry for 20 minutes
- Wash the paste off with lukewarm water
- Repeat twice a day to reduce swelling.
5. Baking Soda
- Add 3 tbsp baking soda to 1 tbsp water
- Apply the mixture on to the infected lip
- Rinse after 15 minutes
- Repeat daily.
- Dissolve a pinch of salt in lukewarm water.
- Using a cotton ball, dab the paste onto the cuts on the lip.
- There will be burning sensation that will immediately subside.
- Repeat daily.
7. Tea Tree Oil
- Mix tea tree oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive oil.
- Apply the oil mixture onto the lip, and leave it on as a moisturizer.
- Always remember to dilute the tea tree oil using a carrier oil. Undiluted tea tree oil can irritate the sensitive lip.
8. Witch Hazel
- Add 1 tbsp of salt to 1 tbsp of witch hazel paste.
- Using a cotton ball, dab the paste onto the lip.
- After 30 minutes, rinse the area using lukewarm water.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
- Mix 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar into 2 tbsp of water
- Apply the paste onto the skin
- Wash after 30 minutes.
- Repeat till you see a marked improvement
- Cut the potatoes into thin slices.
- Place the slice onto the swollen lip.
- Wash after 15 minutes.
- You can also apply potato juice onto the lip for a cooling sensation.
11. Apple And Butter
- Extract apple pulp and mix it with 1 tbsp butter
- Smear the paste onto the lip.
- Leave the paste on overnight.
What You Need To Remember
- Eat nutritious food. Include veggies and spinach in your diet.
- Avoid smoking, as it can affect the infected lip.
- Apply a herbal lip balm to keep the lips moisturized.
- Do not use lipsticks and other cosmetic lip products till the lip is healed.
- Do not lick your lips, as it can aggravate the inflammation.
- Ensure that you are not allergic to the organic substances (aloe vera, baking soda, etc.,) before trying it as a remedy.
- If you decide to go for a hot compress, do it only after the first few days of the infection.
- Do not apply ice directly on the infected lip.
- Never use tea tree oil without a carrier oil. Also, avoid using tea tree oil for children.
- If your swollen lip is the result of an allergy, identify the allergen and stay away from it.
Swollen lips do not take more than a week to heal. If the condition persists, or if the pain is unbearable, immediately consult your doctor.
|↑1||Scully, Crispian, Richard Welbury, Catherine Flaitz, Oslei Paes de Almeida. Color Atlas of Orofacial Health and Disease in Children and Adolescents: Diagnosis and Management, Second Edition. CRC Press, 2001.|
|↑2||Maroon, Joseph C., Jeffrey W. Bost, Meghan K. Borden, Keith M. Lorenz, and Nathan A. Ross. “Natural antiinflammatory agents for pain relief in athletes.” Neurosurgical focus 21, no. 4, 2006.|