Here are some natural remedies for bee sting if you should happen to get stung. The majority of these items can be found around the average household, but you may want to purchase a couple of them to have handy for the growing season.
The first thing you should do when treating a bee sting is to look for the stinger. If there’s one still attached, scrape it out with your fingernail carefully, but don’t be slow about it. If you take a good look at the stinger, you’ll see that the hind end of the bee is still attached as well. (YUCK!)
The bee’s hind end contains a sac that holds venom. You can actually watch the sac pumping more venom into the skin the longer it sits there. So, you need to get it out ASAP.
The next thing that you really need to do – even if your kid is jumping up and down and screaming in your ear – is wash the sting with soap and water before applying any natural remedy. This helps ward off bacteria that could cause an infection later. (Please also remember- The pain and swelling remedy that works for one person may not do much for another, so below is a short list of the ones that our readers have said to work the best. )
1. Garlic cloves –This one is quite popular and is said to be one of the best for the pain of a sting. Crush a garlic clove to release the garlic juices and press it against the sting.
2. Lavender essential oils – Just a drop on the sting site is all you need. The essential oils in the lavender are will neutralize the venom immediately. (note, this is the remedy we use all the time and it works wonders! My 7 year old just got stung today as you can see in the picture above. His middle finger started swelling up immediately and he was crying. The swelling in picture above was less than minutes after the sting- it did get worse 🙁
I placed 2 drops of Lavender Oil on the sting and little boys tears stopped 🙂 This is the Lavender Oil we currently use. (be sure to check here some other great uses for Lavender)
3. Baking soda and water – Mix the baking soda and water to form a thick paste then slather it onto the skin. Don’t wash it off.
4. Good Old Fashioned MUD– Grab a hand full of dirt, get it nice and wet, slap it on the sting and wait for it to dry.
5. Vinegar – Applying vinegar to the sting site also works. Place some on a cotton ball and then used a bandaid to hold it in place for 30 minutes. This will help a lot with the pain and the sting site won’t swell much either. Plus helps if it gets itchy.
6. Peanut butter – We have had several readers tell us this does work so if you get stung and don’t have any of the other remedies we have listed here…give it try!
7. Basil – Using crushed basil leaves is said to be extremely effective for pain caused by stings.
8. Onion – Cut an onion in half and press the inside of it (the juicy part) on the sting.
9. Honey – So, how ironic is this? I mean, it seems only fitting that if the bees have the sting; they also have the cure. Pour some honey on the affected site.
10. Parsley – I would crush quite a bit of parsley so you could really get some juice to try this one.
What has worked for you? Let us know in the comment below!