13 Home Remedies to Get Rid of a Swollen Lip

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Well one way to get rid of swollen lips is to stop getting hit in the face and avoid getting into so many fights. You know… you whirl around and you get blind sighted square in the face. This is one way to get a swollen lip very quickly. But we are here to talk about how to get rid of swollen lips. Whether it be from a bee sting, herpes, or a punch in the mouth there are plenty of home remedies on the market to help get rid of swollen lips. Definition of a swollen lip: Trauma or injury to the lip and mouth area is an obvious cause of swollen lips. Allergic reactions, either to foods, medications, or other substances, can often be accompanied by swelling of the lips. … Infections and inflammatory conditions of the skin can also lead to inflammation and swollen lips (cheilitis).

1. Traditional Cold Compress

For every swollen lip there is the cold compress home remedy. This is one of the most practical and easiest treatments to reduce a swollen lip with. Taking a cloth and wrapping ice in it and applying it to the affected area will reduce the swelling on the lip. This method is good for lips swollen by lip piercing. Here’s how:

  • Wrap some ice cubes in a paper towel or washcloth. You can also use a bag of frozen peas or a cold spoon.
  • Press the cold compress gently over the swollen area for 10 minutes, take a break and repeat.
  • Do this until the swelling goes down and you get relief from the pain and discomfort.

Warning don’t apply the cold compress directly to the lip because it can leave it sore and red and you might experience frostbite.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an unusual home remedy to use to reduce a swelling lip

Aloe Vera is an unusual home remedy to use to reduce a swelling lip but it is effective especially for swollen lips caused by insect or mosquito bites. It has anti-inflammatory properties that work very well on swollen lips and the burning sensation that typically accompanies swollen lips.

  • Apply freshly extracted aloe vera gel on the affected lip.
  • Massage the area gently so the aloe vera is absorbed into the lip.
  • Repeat two or three times a day.

3. Black Tea Bag

Believe it or not a black tea bag will reduce a swollen lip. There is more to a black tea bag than producing good tasting tea. It has tannins which contain astringent properties which can reduce the swelling of soft tissues in the lips.

  • Soak a black tea bag in warm water for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove it from the water and allow it to cool.
  • Gently apply it over the swollen lip for 10 minutes.
  • Repeat several times a day for quick results.

4. Honey

This sounds like a very messy home remedy for getting rid of swollen lips. Could you imagine applying honey to the lips to reduce swelling? As unlikely as it sounds honey may be effective in reducing a swollen lip. Plus it will taste good! Honey has natural healing as well as anti-bacterial properties that will effectively heal swollen lips. It will quickly reduce the swelling, honey will keep your lips well moisturized, prevent infection and reduce inflammation, swelling and pain.   

  • Dip a cotton ball in one teaspoon of honey.
  • Apply it on the affected lip.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse the area with cold water.
  • Repeat two or three times a day.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric powder has natural healing qualities

If this isn’t an odd home remedy for swollen lips. Apparently, it works though. Turmeric has many health benefits including returning the lips to normal size when they have become 5 times too big. Turmeric powder has natural healing qualities as well as antiseptic properties that can heal swollen lips. The antiseptic properties will prevent infection from settling in. You can make a herbal ointment with the turmeric powder. Apply the ointment to the affected area as much as needed.

  • Mix a little turmeric powder with one teaspoon of fuller’s earth and enough cold water to make a paste.
  • Apply it over the affected area.
  • Allow it to dry for some time and then clean the lips with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat twice daily to get rid of pain and swelling.

6. Baking Soda

Baking soda is also highly recommended to treat a swollen lips caused by  allergic reactions,  fever blisters, or insect or mosquito bites. It will help reduce the pain as well as inflammation. It may reduce the swelling fairly quickly.

  • Make a thick paste by mixing three teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water.
  • Apply the paste on the affected lip.
  • Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.
  • Repeat a few times a day until the swelling subsides.

7. Salt

Salt seems like a very unlikely candidate to help get rid of a swelling lip. It seems like the salt would sting the wound more than heal it. But salt is said to be quite effective in healing swollen lips. Tis seems totally contradictory but if your swollen lip is caused by a cut salt can heal the swollen lip. Normally when you apply salt to a cut it will sting sharply. Since salt is a natural disinfectant it can be applied to the cut to clean it out and reduce the swelling in the lip. Salt will also kill the germs in the cut that will cause an infection.

  • Dissolve one tablespoon of salt in one cup of slightly warm water.
  • Use a cotton ball to dab it gently on the cut. Initially there will be a burning sensation, but this remedy will be very useful in healing the cut and bringing down the swelling.
  • Do this once or twice a day.

8. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil seems to be popping up everywhere these days because of its ability to cure so many health issues. For the swollen lip issue caused by a cut tea tree is a good solution to reduce the swelling and heal the cut. It has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that will go right to the affected area and reduce the swelling.

  • Dilute the tea tree oil with some carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Apply it on your lips for about half an hour to keep them moisturized as well as disinfected.and then rinse it off. Do this a few times a day.
  • Alternatively, you can make a mixture with one teaspoon of aloe vera gel and a few drops of tea tree oil. Apply a small amount of this mixture on the lips and gently massage for a few minutes. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Repeat two or three times a day.

Note: Never use tea tree oil in its pure concentration. In case of irritation, immediately rinse the affected area with cold water. Also, avoid using tea tree oil on children.

9. Warm Compress

This is a little-known home remedy for getting rid of a swollen lip-use a warm compact. Why is a warm compact effective in healing a swollen lip? Because when the warm compact is applied to the swollen area it improves blood circulation to the swollen lips. This reduces the blood accumulation in the swollen area thereby reducing the swelling in the lips.  

  • Soak a washcloth in warm water and wring out the excess water. You can also use a heating pad.
  • Apply it over your lip for 10 minutes.
  • Repeat after one hour, a few times a day.

For best results, use cold and hot compresses alternately every three to four hours.

Note: Do not use a warm compress if you have a break in the skin. Also, avoid using a warm compress during the the initial few days of the injury.

10. Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel seems likely a very unlikely home remedy to treat a swollen lip. But it is supposed to work in reducing the swelling in the lips. It is suggested it is very effective in reducing the swelling, soothing the pain, and clean the cut that caused the swollen lip in the first place.

  • Mix one tablespoon of witch hazel with one-half tablespoon of salt.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on the affected lip.
  • Leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  • Rinse the area with cold water.
  • Repeat as needed until you notice improvement.

Along with these natural treatments, eat a healthy and balanced diet rich in vitamins to promote healing. If the swelling occurs repeatedly, consult a doctor.

11. Good old-Fashioned Ice Cubes

The universal fix for swollen body parts are applying ice cubes to the affected areas. Of course ice cubes will be a very popular home remedy to get rid of those annoying swollen lips with.

Supplies:

  • 1-2 ice cubes
  • A soft washcloth

Instructions:

  • Wrap the ice cubes in the washcloth and press this pack gently over the swollen area for 8-10 minutes.
  • Take a break of 10 minutes and repeat the process.
  • Using ice cubes is one of the most common ways to heal swollen lips. Applying ice is known to reduce edema by reducing the amount of blood flowing to the affected site
  • Repeat after a few hours if required.
  • Do not use ice cubes directly as it may result in mild frostbite or soreness.

12. Warm Water

Another beauty of this treatment is you can get warm water

This is one of the most cost effective ways to treat swollen lips. Another beauty of this treatment is you can get warm water just about anywhere.

Supplies:

  • Warm water
  • A washcloth

Instructions:

  • Soak the washcloth in warm water. Take it out and wring it to remove the excess water from the cloth.
  • Now, place it on your lips for 8-10 minutes.
  • If required, repeat this process after an hour.
  • Warm water is another effective way of curing swollen lips. It reduces swelling by promoting circulation. It also soothes the pain you might experience due to the swelling of your lips.

13. Other Home Remedies to get rid of Swollen Lips

A) Aloe Vera

Supplies:

  • Aloe Vera Leaf

Instructions:

  • Cut open the leaf and remove the aloe gel present inside.
  • Take a small amount of this gel and gently massage it on the affected area.
  • Leave it on for as long as possible.
  • Repeat this twice a day.
  • Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in reducing the burning sensation on the lips, thus curing swollen lips. If your lips are swollen due to a mosquito bite, insect bite or any allergic reaction, freshly extracted aloe vera juice or gel works best to cure the condition.

B) Witch Hazel Extract and Salt

Supplies:

  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cotton ball

Instructions:

  • Mix the salt with the witch hazel.
  • Apply this on the lips with a cotton ball and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cool water.
  • Repeat once or twice for best results.
  • Witch hazel is a widely used astringent that cleans and disinfects the skin’s surface. It also reduces inflammation and soothes the swollen and sensitive skin on your lips.

C) Tea Tree Oil And Aloe Vera

Supplies:

  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • A few drops of tea tree oil

Instructions:

  • Add the tea tree oil to the aloe gel and mix well.
  • Apply this mixture on the lips and massage gently for a minute or two.
  • Leave it on for 10-12 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
  • Repeat this once or twice a day depending on how quickly the swelling reduces.
  • While aloe vera gel can be used by itself to treat swollen lips, you can make the remedy more potent by adding some tea tree essential oil to it. Tea tree oil is a strong antimicrobial agent, and it can help reduce swelling caused by infections and insect bites very quickly.

D) Coconut Oil

Supplies:

  • Organic coconut oil

Instructions:

  • Massage a few drops of coconut oil on the swollen lips.
  • Leave it on for a couple of hours.
  • Repeat application if the swelling doesn’t go down.
  • Organic coconut oil is a boon when it comes to treating skin ailments. It has antimicrobial properties that eliminate any harmful bacteria, fungi, or virus while absorbing all the impurities from the skin pores. It is also a great emollient and keeps the skin nourished and supple.

E) Epsom Salt

Supplies:

  • 1 tablespoon Epsom salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Washcloth

Instructions:

  • Mix the Epsom salt in the water.
  • Dip the washcloth in this water and place it on the swollen lips for 15 minutes.
  • Repeat this procedure a few times until the swelling subsides.
  • The warm Epsom salt water soothes your skin and relieves pain. If there are any cuts or bruises on your lips, they will heal quickly with the Epsom salt compress. Epsom salt also reduces the swelling as it has anti-inflammatory properties.

F) Apple Cider Vinegar

Supplies:

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Cotton ball

Instructions:

  • Dilute the apple cider vinegar and apply it on the lips with the cotton ball.
  • Leave it on for a couple of minutes.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Do this twice a day.
  • Apple cider vinegar can reduce swelling due to edema and inflammation. It is also an excellent antiseptic.

G) Hydrogen Peroxide

Supplies:

Combine hydrogen peroxide and water in 1:1 ratio.

Instructions:

  • Apply the mixture on the affected areas.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the process regularly.

H) Potato

As strange as this may sound applying a potato to the swollen lip is supposed to reduce the swelling. With cooling properties and its starch content, potato is considered one of the finest natural ways to cure swollen lips.

Supplies:

  • Chop a potato into thin slices.

Instructions:

  • Place the potato slice on the affected lip.
  • Leave it on for few minutes and rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the process regularly.
  • You can blend a potato and apply the paste on the affected lip.

I) Essential Oil Mix

Supplies:

  • Combine few drops of peppermint oil or lavender oil into coconut oil.

Instructions:

  • Apply the mixture on the affected areas.
  • Leave it on to dry completely.
  • Repeat the process regularly.

J) Apple and Butter

A strange combination indeed but they are supposed to work.

Supplies:

  • Combine apple pulp and some butter to make a thick paste.

Instructions:

  • Apply the paste on the affected lip.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the process regularly.

Swelling Conclusion

home remedies are recommended to get rid of that age old problem-swollen lips

Well now we know a little more about which home remedies are recommended to get rid of that age old problem-swollen lips. Some of the options are unexpected and unusual in nature to be using as a home remedy to cure swollen lips. Others are pretty straight forward and make sense to apply to swollen lips. The good thing about some of these options is that some of them are designed to specifically treat exact causes for swollen lips. Some options may reduce the swelling very quickly and others may take a longer period of time but the results would be worth the wait. Swollen lips look unsightly and can be potentially harmful and painful. So we might as well get rid of them as soon as possible.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.