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Natural Remedies to Cure Chapped Lips

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Chapped lips, also referred to as dry lips, which occurs when the lips aren’t properly moisturized or due to certain illnesses. Here are a few natural ways to treat chapped lips.

1) Honey – Honey can cure almost anything, including chapped lips. Honey acts as a natural lip balm and moisturizes your lips with its powerful antibacterial properties. Dab a little honey on your lips a couple of times during the day, and an extra dose before bed to prevent chaffing.

2) Water – One of the most common causes of cracked lips is dehydration. It’s extremely important to keep yourself properly hydrated during the day to prevent dry mouth. Try to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. Make sure you carry a large water bottle when you leave the house, so you can stay fully hydrated no matter where you go.

3) Petroleum Jelly – A little Vaseline can cure those dry lips. The petroleum jelly moisturizes your lips and helps to repair the dead cells. Alternatively, you can also apply a bit of honey to your lips, wait for it to dry a few seconds, and add a light smear of petroleum jelly. Remove the substance with a cotton ball dipped in warm water.

4) Aloe Vera Gel – Aloe Vera is a multi-purpose skin treatment. It can be used to get rid of chapped lips as well. Place a small amount of the gel to the damaged lips a few times during the day. The aloe Vera keeps your lips fully hydrated, which allows the dryness to heal much quicker. The taste may be a bit unpleasant, but the results are worth it.

5) Coconut Oil – The minerals found within the coconut oil helps to moisturize the uncomfortable dryness, and softens the cracked areas of your lips. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to apply the coconut oil:

How to Prepare It:

• Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil together with a teaspoon of sea salt into a bowl.

• Apply the mixture all over the chapped lips, by gently using your fingers in a small circular motion.

• Continue the circular motion for about a minute, before rinsing with a warm washcloth

6) Castor Oil – Did you know that castor oil can actually be used to nourish and repair dry lips? Castor oil stops the peeling and works like magic too. Place a dab of the oil over the chapped lips, and cover it with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. Glycerin may be used in place of Vaseline, and here’s how to prepare the mixture:

How to Prepare It:

• Mix one teaspoon of castor oil, with a teaspoon of glycerin and a few drops of lemon juice into a small bowl.

• Apply the mixture over your dry lips before going to sleep, and wash it off in the morning with a cotton ball dipped in warm water. Repeat this treatment daily until your lips are smooth again.

7) Cucumber – Sliced cucumbers can reduce puffiness in the eyes, and work wonders for flaky or dry lips. Cucumbers are high in ascorbic acid, which stimulates the production of collagen. Here’s how to prepare a cucumber lip balm to treat the chapped lips:

How to Prepare It:

• Take a small cucumber slice and gently rub it on your dry lips.

• Let the cucumber juice sit on your lips for around 15 to 20 minutes, and then wash your lips with lukewarm water.

• Repeat this process periodically throughout the day to allow your lips to heal quicker.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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