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How to Heal Dry, Chapped Lips the Natural Way

Updated on April 17, 2013

Heal Your Chapped Lips Naturally

 Many people have problems with dry, chapped lips, especially in the winter. Chapped lips can be irritating and painful, ad well as unsightly. People tend to lick their lips when they are dry, and this only makes the problem worse.

Many people apply petroleum jelly or products like Chapstick, thinking this will solve the problem. This will work for some people, but for many, they just have to keep applying more and more every time it rubs off, and it doesn't really solve the underlying problem.

There are natural methods you can use instead to combat dry and chapped lips, that will keep your skin soft.

Olive Oil for Chapped lips

Using extra virgin oilive oil is the best way to soften chapped lips. It is full of omega 3 fatty acids, which naturally softens skin.

It just takes a couple drops, once a day, to keep your lips soft, with more applications in the winter if you live in a place with cold dry air. Use the tip of your finger, a cotton ball, q-tip or soft washcloth to dab on just enough olive oil to moisten your lips. It will dry in a few minutes, and you will be able to tell the difference right away.

If your lips are really dry and cracked, you can put on the olive oil every couple hours until the dryness is gone. Use a warm, wet washcloth to gently rub off dry skin from your lips, then apply the olive oil.

If you don't like the taste or smell of olive oil, flaxseed oil is the second best choice.

B12 for Chapped Lips

 The best thing you can do to keep your skin soft, and this includes your lips, is to keep your body healthy with the right nutrients. Vitamin B12 is the most important nutrient for keeping lips from getting chapped and dry.

There are some foods, especially seafoods, which provide the most readily available natural source for B12.

These seafood sources of B12 include crab and lobster, shelfish like mussels, clams and oysters, some fish, like cod, and caviar. Caviar and oysters are the best sources that I've found for providing B12.

Other food sources include beef, lamb, liver, eggs, and cheeses like mozzarella and Swiss.

You can also get vitamin B12 through using suppliments, but the best method is by getting enough naturally in your diet.

Water for Softer Lips

 You probably already know your body needs plenty of water to function, and that includes your skin as well.

So I will just say it quickly and easily: Drink your 8 glasses of water everyday if you want to maintain soft lips that aren't dry or cracked. Easily enough said, but how many people actually do it? It's up to you.


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      Susie Lehto 20 months ago from Minnesota

      With the furnace running during the winter months my lips tend to be drier then other times of the year. These are good practical tips. I did not know that about B12. Thanks you.

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      lovetherain 6 years ago from Untited States

      kashmir, thanks, and it really works, i use olive oil myself

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Good tips and advice for a natural way of taking care of chapped lips,thanks!

      Great hub!!! Welcome to Hubpages lovetherain!!!

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      lovetherain 6 years ago from Untited States

      Thank you both for commenting, cooking diva and Darene:)

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      DSteelman 6 years ago from Bucks County, PA

      Thanks for the tips... I suffer from severe chapped lips in the winter and yes, am guilty of licking them constantly!

      Must start taking B-12 again.


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      cookingdiva 6 years ago

      Great tips! I love natural way of healing dry and chapped lips, specially in winter. Thanks.