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Natural Remedy for Bee Stings

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Chad Pegura | 21 comments

Natural Remedy for Bee Stings

Getting stung by a bee is no picnic; though you might find yourself the unwanted recipient of a sting if you attend one. Some types of bees are attracted to the sweets and goodies that are found at outdoor eating events, but others will give you a sting just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Why Do Bees Sting?

Most types of bees want nothing more than to mind their own beeswax and pollinate. The majority of them are non-threatening, unless they feel threatened by you. Common bee stings occur when one walks barefoot through the grass and interrupts a bee who is feasting on clover. This type of bee is most likely a honeybee, and once you get stung by a honeybee, you’ll need to remove the stinger that they leave in your skin.

Other types of bees, such as wasps and hornets, do not leave their stinger, and can sting multiple times. This can be problematic due to the venomous toxins the stings leave behind.

Common Reactions to Bee Stings

Most of the reactions to a bee sting are mild and very common. These include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Tenderness
  • Redness

Those who have an allergic reaction to bee stings might experience more severe reactions, such as:

  • Hives
  • Swelling in tongue or throat
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing

If one or more of these symptoms occur, it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

Natural Remedy for Bee Stings

For those who suffer with the milder symptoms that come from bee stings, a trip to the doctor might not be necessary. There are many home remedies for bee stings that can ease irritations and alleviate the worst symptoms of itching, swelling, and pain such as:  

  • Honey. Though this may seem like an ironic natural remedy for bee stings, apply honey to the affected area and cover with a loose bandage. Leave on for about an hour.
  • Baking soda. A very common home remedy that can neutralize the pain, itching, and swelling from a bee sting, try mixing baking soda with water to make a thick paste. Apply this natural remedy for bee stings and leave for 15 minutes. Re-apply as needed.
  • Apple cider vinegar. This is a natural remedy for bee stings that can neutralize the bee venom and ease symptoms. Apply a vinegar-soaked cloth or bandage to the skin, or soak directly in the liquid for 15 minutes.  
  • Meat tenderizer. Mix meat tenderizer with water to make a liquid solution that can break down the protein in bee stings that cause pain and itching. Apply to sting and leave on for 30 up to minutes.

Natural Remedy for Bee Stings

Using Essential Oils as a Natural Remedy For Bee Stings

When it comes to the irritation, itchiness, and pain that can come from a bee string, there are several essential oils that one can use to alleviate the symptoms. Thanks to their analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties, consider these essential oils as a natural remedy for bee stings:

Add a few drops of these essential oils to any of the natural remedies for bee stings that are listed above to speed healing and alleviate the symptoms.

These essential oils can also be diffused into the air with a nebulizing essential oil diffuser to keep symptoms from continuing, or coming back. Add a few drops to keep the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties going while you sleep.

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21 Responses

Julie
Julie

May 07, 2018

I have used the baking soda trick – it does work. Hardest part is getting the stinger out in piece.

Cassandra D
Cassandra D

May 07, 2018

Great to know article. I did not know about Meat tenderizer as a Natural Remedy for Bee Stings.

Izabel
Izabel

May 07, 2018

People don’t distinguish between bees and wasps most of the time. Bees would rather not sting you because when they do, they die. Please don’t bother them and they won’t bother you.

BLang
BLang

May 07, 2018

Helpful information, I didn’t know about the use of essential oil.

Kim Muell
Kim Muell

May 05, 2018

Great ideas

Veronika
Veronika

May 05, 2018

We have used the first three but never thought of adding essential oils….

melissa mc
melissa mc

May 04, 2018

ty for the info and will be sharing :)

Cyndie Walls
Cyndie Walls

May 04, 2018

Very informative and interesting information! So many Great Remedies for Bee Stings. Thank you!

Rhonda
Rhonda

May 04, 2018

I am differently sharing this with all my friends.. thank you!!

MLHenson
MLHenson

May 03, 2018

I am going to share this info with friends and family. There will surely be someone benefit this spring and summer.

Thank you!!!

Dyani
Dyani

May 03, 2018

I’ve been stung so many times in childhood! I wonder if they react to a certain chemical that is from a certain diet or something?

Holly Simpson
Holly Simpson

May 03, 2018

I’ve been stung twice on the sole of my foot as a kid, from memory a baking soda paste helped a lot with the itch – my mum uses this remedy for any type of bite! :)

Mary W
Mary W

May 03, 2018

I did not know you can use essential oils for insect stings. I learned something new!

Susan P.
Susan P.

May 03, 2018

I’ve used baking soda for bee stings before.

Scotty
Scotty

May 03, 2018

Very informative & timely article!

Irena
Irena

May 03, 2018

It’s good to know

Sandra Watts
Sandra Watts

May 03, 2018

Good remedies. I didn’t know about the honey.

Coline T.
Coline T.

May 03, 2018

Thank you for this information :) I’ve knowledge of some of the remedies, but definitely not all!

LM
LM

May 02, 2018

Good article!

alicia brown
alicia brown

May 02, 2018

I can honestly say I have never been stung but this is great info to know!

Ashley
Ashley

May 02, 2018

Pinning this!

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