bee stings

Treat Bee Stings Naturally

Those who garden frequently are used to the friendly buzzing of their garden companions; honey bees. But just because the two can co-exist peacefully doesn’t mean they always do and sometimes a gardner or child or pet may startle a bee and cause them to sting! This is painful and can be dangerous if you’re allergic. Those with bee allergies should ALWAYS have their emergency medication (often an Epi-pen) with them when in situations where they may be stung. If you’re not allergic, these simple home remedies will help to ease the pain of the sting and help you get back out into the sun!


Symptoms of an anaphylactic  response to a bee sting

If you or someone you know has been stung by a bee and shows any of the following symptoms seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Hives
  • Welts
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Difficulty breathing


How do I prevent bee stings?

The best way to prevent being stung by a bee is to be aware of them. Unfortunately, you cannot always prevent stings and bites from animals.


How can I treat bee stings?

  • Remove the stinger and clean the wound with soap and water.
  • Garlic cloves can be pressed against a sting to help ease the pain. Crush before applying so the juices can get in there and help ease the pain.
  • Lavender oil neutralizes the venom of a sting. Just one drop is all you need.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar then spread on the sting. It’ll pull away the pain and help with inflammation.
  • Calendula helps relieve inflammation and reduce the pain of a sting.
  • Honey can be spread on a sting to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Apply ice to the area for 20 minutes.
  • Plantain (Plantago major or lanceolata, not the fruit) leaves can be crushed and applied to the wound.
  • Apple cider or white vinegar can be applied to a sting. They both neutralize the venom and relieve pain.
  • If there is itching, apply calamine lotion.
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