Sometimes little things can disrupt our daily balance. An agnail, a paper cut, a stub on your toe…Nothing, really, but it hurts, stings, pulsates.
One of those little things that can seriously reduce the quality of our lives are crack at the corners of the mouth – Angular cheilitis, sometimes called perlèche.
Little fissures at the corner of your mouth doesn’t sound so terrible, until you get it.
So, as in everything, it is best to prevent the creation of those painful cracks. And if by some chance you get it, use the powerful effect of essential oils.
What causes those dry rhagades in the corner of your mouth?
Angular cheilitis (AC) is the mucous membrane inflammation that often results in bacterial or fungal infection. Causes can be different – from poor fitted dentures, anaemia, bad mouth hygiene to using unclean cups.
When we are not in homeostasis, we are susceptible to various infections induced by pathogens. That is why I would say that the main reason for AC is the lack of equilibrium in the function of our organs – first of all a weakened immunity.
How to treat the cracks in the corner of your mouth in a natural way?
Many conditions can be cured with aromatherapy and AC is definitely one of them. Combined with a well balanced lifestyle and some common sense, the results are very satisfactory.
Here are 3 simple steps to follow in order to heal the painful cracks.
1. Boost your immunity
While describing any kind of physiological disorder, the first and most important advice for the prevention is a healthy lifestyle. Without going into specific details (you know all that already) I will only say: healthy living includes nourishing food, enough liquid and sleep, exercise and (much) less stress.
If you think this is easier said than done, you’re right!
But, even if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle and you are willing to change, introducing small improvements every day, every month, you will see advancement very soon.
If you notice your immune system is compromised and you are catching every infection, there are many immunity boosters in pharmacies and health shops to choose from. My choice is always beta glucan and echinacea, but there are also many others.
A good idea is to increase the intake of vitamin B (either as a food supplement, or in your meals: integral grains and green vegetables are loaded with it). Also, selenium is often recommended in such cases – I find it really useful.
2. Cleanliness is next to godliness
To prevent the infection always use clean cups and glasses, change your toothbrush often. Make sure you always use a clean towel for your face (especially if you have a habit of wiping your mouth with a towel after brushing your teeth).
Keep the proper mouth hygiene and don’t touch your lips with unclean hands.
Never forcibly remove the scab that form after some time. That way you will only prolong the healing.
Be considerate toward your family and friends – never allow anybody to drink from your cup.
Oh yes, don’t kiss anybody. 😘
3. Treat the fissures with essential oils
When you first feel the forming of the crack, react immediately – maybe then it won’t develop in those painful rhagades that bleed every tome you open your mouth a bit wider.
The remedy to apply has to be occlusive (because excessive salivation only makes the thing worse), it has to have antibacterial and antifungal effect and it also needs to regenerate the skin.
All of that you can obtain in one unique preparation – a balm.
Here is the recipe for a very effective balm for cracked corners of the mouth (some experience in balm preparation is needed).
3 grams of beeswax
8.5 grams of marigold macerate (Calendula officinalis)
8 grams of centella macerate (Centella asiatica)
3 grams of Calophyllum inophyllum oil (Calophyllum inophyllum)
6 grams of Rosehip seed oil (Rosa rubiginosa)
Melt the wax and vegetable oils in a bain-marie. When everything is thoroughly melted, remove from the heat and quickly add:
15 drops of essential oil tea-tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
15 drops of essential oil palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
Mix well and pour in a clean pot. Let it cool and then close the pot.
Apply this balm on the corners of your mouth often during the day (you always have to have the feeling that the area is covered with the balm). Make sure to touch the balm and your lips only with clean fingers.
This balm will make an occlusive film on your skin and prevent further damage cause by saliva. Essential oils will take care of bacteria and fungi, and vegetable oils in the balm heal the skin.
For all of you who are not experienced in making balms and are reluctant to invest in a good scale, essential and vegetable oils, there is a solution, a shortcut.
You can mix the essential oils in shea butter. True, it is not as occlusive as a beeswax balm, but it will do.
Also, you can simply buy a natural lip balm, melt it a bit and add essential oils. Make sure, when you buy it, that the balm consists of beeswax and unrefined vegetable oils.
Always keep in mind that prevention is better than cure. Lead a healthy lifestyle, breathe deeply and enjoy life.
And if you “catch” something, rely on essential oils.
© 2016 Vlatka Mileusnic All Rights Reserved
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