Today, our Contributing Writer Kerri Z., presents some natural remedies for bee stings:
Before using one of the oils below, make sure to thoroughly clean the sting site. If the stinger is still inside your skin, you have to remove it first. Don’t try to pull or pluck it out, as you may rupture the sac which will release more venom. Simply scrape across the skin with a card or your finger nail to swipe the stinger away. Once you’re sure it’s gone, gently clean the area with water and soap then go on to use one of the oils for assistance with the stinging.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender should assist in stopping the venom almost instantly. Just put a drop of lavender oil on the sting site.
Since bee stings contain formic acid, using something with an alkalinizing effect like baking soda can help neutralize the sting. Just add enough water to some baking soda to form a paste, then apply it to the sting site and don’t wash off.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Just a drop or two of ACV on the site will help relieve pain. This is especially good wasp stings since they’re more alkaline. Make sure it’s raw Apple Cider Vinegar for the best benefit.
Surprisingly, adding honey to the sting site will reduce pain and swelling. Honey is also anti-bacterial and will help prevent infection. Local, raw honey is always best.
This is an old folk remedy that apparently works very well. Just crush a garlic clove to release it’s juices, then press it against the sting site to relieve the pain.
**** These natural bee sting remedies should only be used by those who are not allergic to bee stings. A normal reaction includes pain, itchiness, swelling, and redness. ****
If you experience an allergic reaction, or the following symptoms, get medical help immediately:
- difficulty breathing
- multiple bee stings
- swollen tongue
- slurred speech
- blurry vision
- abnormal swelling
- rash or hives