When treating various beauty issues related to tips, one that you might have to deal with is swollen lips. A flip can be quite painful and embarrassing. It can be included with other issues, and can make it difficult to drink, eat, talk, or even open one’s mouth. Besides that there’s the effect on your lips’ aesthetics.
Swollen lips typically result from trauma that happens to the lips’ soft tissue. There are other causes including dryness, viral infections, weather conditions, and nutritional deficiencies, allergic reactions, insect bites, and dehydration.
There are various over-the-counter products on the market to treat fat lips. However, the good news is that you can also use one of various home remedies that are also effective in treating swollen lips. They can save you time, effort, and money, which is definitely a plus.
Warming up to Warm Compress
Not only can you use cold compresses to treat swollen lips, but also warm compresses. This is another way to treat a swollen lip effectively. It will boost blood flow to your lips and lower the buildup of blood in the area that’s swollen. It will also lower the amount of swelling/inflammation.
First soak a washcloth in some warm water. Then wring out the extra water. An alternative is to substitute a heating pad. Put it over your lip for 10 minutes. Wait to repeat the process after 1 hour, and do it a couple times per day.
Tea Tree treatment
Tea Tree oil is a helpful ingredient to use when treating a swollen lip that’s the result of a cut. The reason is that it has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. First, use a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil to make the tea tree oil diluted. Add it to the swollen lips for around 30 minutes to keep them moisturized/disinfected. Then rinse off the mixture. Follow this process a couple times per day.
Another use of tea tree oil involves making a blend with 1 teaspoon aloe vera (gel) and a couple drops of tea tree oil. Add a tiny amount of this blend onto your lips. Then massage them gently for a couple minutes. Let it set for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off the blend. Follow this remedy 2 or 3 times per day.
Which Remedy? Witch Hazel
Witch hazel can be effective in reducing swelling, reducing pain, and making the cut clean that resulted in a swollen lip. First, mix 1 teaspoon witch hazel and ½ tablespoon salt. Then take a cotton ball and add the blend to your lip that’s been affected. Let it set for around half an hour. Then it’s time to use some cold water to rinse the area. Repeat this whole process when it’s needed or until you notice major improvement in your swollen lip.
Putting the Swelling on Ice
A cold compress is an old-school yet effective treatment for a swollen lips. This remedy is not only used for lips that are swollen due to lip piercing. The first step is to use a washcloth or paper towel to wrap ice cubes. Another option is a cold spoon or one bag of frozen vegetables. Put the cold compress gently on the swollen region for 10 minutes. Then take a break. Finally, repeat the process. Follow this procedure until the swollen decreases and you have some relief from the aches and discomfort. Keep in mind not to put ice directly onto the lip as it can cause soreness a little frost bite.
Salt in the Wound
If the swollen lip has resulted in a type of cut, you can use salt to treat the problem. That’s because it’s a natural type of disinfectant that can kill microbes that could cause an infection to form in the cut. First, dissolve 1 tablespoon salt in 1 cup of water that is lukewarm. Use one cotton ball to gently dab onto the cut. There will be a burning feeling at first. However, the keep in mind that this treatment will help to heal the lip’s cut and also reduce swelling. Follow this procedure one or two times per day.
Sweet Relief for a Swollen Lip
Honey can provide natural healing and also has anti-bacterial properties in order to quickly and effectively treat a lip that’s swollen. It also helps to keep lips moisturized enough, lower inflammation pain, and swelling, and prevent infection.
First, dip one cotton ball into 1 teaspoon of honey. Then add it to the lip that’s affected. Let it set for around 20 minutes. Next, use cold water to rinse the honey off. Follow this step 2-3 times per day.
Baking up a Good Remedy
Baking soda not only helps to keep food fresh in refrigerators, but also can be helpful to treat swollen lips due to various causes including a fever blister, allergic reaction, or bug bite. It can also help to ease pain and inflammation.
Here’s what to do. Mix 3 teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon water to create a thick paste. Add the paste to the lip that’s affected. Let it set for a couple minutes. Then use cold water to rinse it off. Repeat this process a couple times per day until swelling of the lip reduces.
Tea (Bag) Time
A black tea bag can also be used to treat swollen lips since the tea’s compounds called tannins have features that can lower swelling in lips’ soft tissue.
First soak one black tea bag in some warm water for around 10 minutes. Then take it out of the water and let it cool. Next, apply it gently over the lip that’s swollen for 10 minutes. Finally, repeat this process many times per day in order to see quick results. As with other home remedies you might be surprised that you can get such results from one tea bag. However, it can certainly help to treat swollen lips. Keep in mind that what’s most important when choosing a home remedy is the result it provides.
These are just some of the most effective home remedies for swollen lips. It will help you to look more like yourself until the swelling goes down, and you can keep looking your best.