Among all the insect stings, it has been found out that a bee sting is the most common and happens to a lot of people
at least once in their lifetimes. And we know how it can be quite hurtful when it actually happens. The sting hurts for days afterward. In worst cases, it can even lead to an anaphylactic reaction and if not treated immediately can be fatal. However, in most cases, light medication and simple home remedies are all that bee stings need to fade away.
What kind of home remedies do we use for these seemingly stubborn and highly painful bee stings? Many of the remedies for bee stings are simple herbs and kitchen spices. They are useful as an immediate remedy for bee stings so that it doesn’t get worse as time passes. They are easy for use and barely leave any side-effects. We’ve listed out ten such quick-acting bee sting remedies which have had good testimonies from a good number of users.
What Happens When a Bee Stings?
Before we try and attend to our bee stings, it is important to find out what actually happens when a bee stings us. This is what happens when the bee stings us usually.
- The bee injects its sting into our skin and releases its venom which is acidic in nature.
- It then tries to pull the sting out – sometimes successfully and sometimes leaving it in our skins.
- Most of the times, the bee dies after biting a human.
- Our bodies then react to the venom – most of the time, a redness and swelling is what it leads to that lasts for a few days. In some serious cases however, it can lead to allergic shock which can end up being fatal.
How Do Home Remedies Against Bee Sting Work?
The home remedies that are usually used against a bee sting work in giving you a pain relief and a lowering of the inflammation and mainly help in preventing further damage to the skin through the venom or through our own immune system reaction. And this is how they can usually do that.
Anti-inflammatory action Most of the remedies that we use work on the immune system, calming it down. This is what it means when they are showing an anti-inflammatory action. Inflammation, pain and redness are all reduced due to this action.
Neutralizing the venom Bee sting is acidic in nature and this means that the best way to make it stop showing its action is to neutralize it with something alkaline. Since most of these remedies we use here are alkaline, they work in this aspect and alleviate many of the effects the venom shows.
Closing the pores of the skin Some remedies also work by closing the pores of the skin and this makes the venom not go too deep into the skin.
Pain-relieving action Along with anti-inflammatory action, the harsh pain that lasts really long when a bee stings can be relived to a great extent by these remedies as they act as pain killers as well.
10 Nature-Based Remedies for Bee Stings
The only thing that we’d like to happen when a bee stings us is the sharp pain to go away. Along with that, the swelling and the irritation should be reduced too. Most of these home remedies work in those lines. Give these home remedies a try to curb the reaction of your body to bee stings as a first is before you act on it further on.
Wet Aspirin for Bee sting
Aspirin is an NSAID – which means that it can act on the skin against the inflammatory system. It can calm down the pain, itching and redness that usually occurs at the bite on your skin. Sometimes, the pain can be unbearable and in such cases, Aspirin works best. Being an anti-inflammatory, it also works in reducing the swelling that is seen during bee stings.
We use Aspirin externally here. While you can also take it internally, for immediate effects, it is best to use it externally on the skin as it can then act directly. How do you use Aspirin for bee stings on your skin? Here’s how…
- Take an Aspirin and dissolve it in water slowly and completely.
- Now dab this liquid around and on the bee sting area of your skin.
- Let it stay on there for 15 minutes or more.
- Wash it off after you feel relieved of the pain and swelling.
Toothpaste for Bee sting
One of the most immediate remedies that is often used for bee stings is toothpaste. When you don’t have time and need to lower the swelling and the pain, toothpaste works so that the reaction does not get much bigger. How does Toothpaste work on a bee sting?
One of the major reasons that makes toothpaste works according to experts is that the alkaline nature of it works against the acidic bee sting neutralizing it and numbing its action. Along with that, the menthol and other anti-inflammatory substances that are present in it, help in calming down our reaction to the bee sting. This is how you can use the toothpaste remedy for bee sting.
- Take some toothpaste and rub it on and around the bee sting gently.
- You can also dilute it so that it can get softer making it easily absorbable.
- Leave it on until the pain subsides and wash it off your skin.
Witch Hazel for Bee sting
Witch Hazel is one of those herbal remedies for bee stings that has been used since ages. This is because of all the benefits that it can show on your skin when a bee bites into it. The extract from this herb is known for its excellent anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it reduces the swelling and the pain in the area drastically.
Witch Hazel has got another benefit and that is – it can close the pores of the skin and this makes the poison not go deeper into the skin and spread the pain and the allergic reaction to it. It is also known for its astringent and anti bacterial properties which make sure that there is no infection in the effected area.
We get Witch Hazel extract in many herbal drug stores of late. You can use this directly on your skin to save a lot of time. If you get the herb instead, here’s how you can use it.
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- Add Witch Hazel to it and continue boiling.
- Cool this water to room temperature before you dab it on your bee sting.
- Leave it on until the pain goes away.
Tea tree oil for Bee sting
One of the best essential oils that you can use for bee stings is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil works in multiple ways on your bee sting – by calming the allergic reaction because of its non-inflammatory nature, by working as an astringent and by preventing infection because of its anti-microbial properties.
Tea tree oil can be used directly in this case as although it is a strong essential oil, it can be quite potent in reducing the after-effects of the sting. Here’s how you use it.
- Find some pure tea tree oil.
- Take a clean cotton and drop a few drops of this essential oil on it.
- Gently dab it over the sting area and the area around it.
- Massage it gently and leave it on for a while.
- After your pain and swelling goes away, (say in about a 15 to 20 minutes), wash it off your skin.
Baking soda for Bee sting
Baking soda is yet another quick remedy that can be used to work against a bee sting to immediate effect. This is primarily because of its alkaline nature. Since bee venom is acidic in nature, it tends to neutralize and prevent it from going deeper into the skin causing bigger reaction. Along with that, it tends to show anti-inflammatory properties as well, acting on the pain and the swelling.
Using baking soda is easy and it doesn’t leave any side effects as well. Here’s a simple demonstration of how you use baking soda for bee sting.
- Take some baking soda powder and add some water to it so that you can make a paste out of it.
- The paste should be fine and without any lumps.
- Apply this paste on and around the skin where you have the sting and gently rub it.
- Leave it on for a while (about 20 minutes) until the pain goes away.
Calendula oil for bee sting
Calendula oil is one another commonly used remedy for bee stings. One of the major reasons that we use it for the stings is because of its very potent anti-inflammatory properties. It works against the pain and the inflammation really well curbing it in a few minutes after application. It can also be very healing to the damaged blood vessels inside the skin as it helps in skin regeneration and wound healing.
This is a reason why it is used so commonly for cuts and wounds on the skin. Once you get yourself a pure version of Calendula oil, here’s how you can use it.
- Take a clean cotton pad.
- Add a few drops of Calendula oil onto it.
- Rub the cotton gently against the area of your skin where the bee stung.
- After you rub it this way for a while, leave it on for about half an hour before you wash it off your skin.
Aloe Vera for Bee sting
Aloe vera is one of those herbal remedies that can work effectively on many skin issues. The inflammatory property of this gel is what is of interest to us here – in clearing out the bee sting and its after-effects. The gel is also hydrating, which means that along with calming the immune system, it also hydrates and soothens the skin thereby giving you relief from the pain.
You can use the gel directly on the skin once you get yourself some pure, unadulterated version of the gel. This is how it can be done.
- Take some aloe gel onto your finger (which is clean) and apply it on the skin around the bee sting.
- Rub it gently on your skin for a while.
- After you leave it on for a while (say a half an hour), you can wipe or wash it off.
Garlic for Bee sting
Garlic is one of those kitchen spices that is known for its anti-inflammatory effects. The astringency and the anti-microbial effects of garlic also come in handy when we are using it to prevent the after-effects of a bee sting. It can therefore reduce any pain and swelling, prevent the venom from spreading and help keep your skin from getting infected.
Using garlic can be simple as well and completely pain and side-effect free. Here’s how you do this.
Method 1 : Rubbing a garlic directly
- Take a garlic clove and cut it into two.
- Rub one of the clove’s cut end over the bee sting and the skin around it.
- After you leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes, wash it off.
Method 2 : Using Garlic essential oil
- The garlic essential oil, which is available in the market off late is of great use in such cases because of its potency.
- Take a few drops of this garlic essential oil onto a cotton pad and rub it against your bee stung skin and on the skin around the area.
- Massage gently for a while and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Wipe or wash it off once the pain subsides.
Activated Charcoal for Bee sting
Activated charcoal is an amazing anti-toxin that works in absorbing toxins into it when used on the skin. In this case, it can absorb the bee venom. Along with that, it can also work against the swelling that is caused on the skin and the pain and redness that linger around after bee stings the skin.
We usually get activated charcoal in the form of a black powder. This powder can be used for healing the skin off the bee sting as we show you here.
- Take some activated charcoal and add water to it so that a fine paste is formed.
- The paste should be lump free and completely dissolved in the water.
- Apply this paste over the skin and around the area where the bee stung.
- Leave it on for a while and wash it off after about half an hour when the pain heals.
Honey for Bee sting
Honey is yet another immediate cure that can act against your bee sting. The viscous honey when applied over your skin works in curbing the swelling and pain because of its string anti-inflammatory and soothing effects on the skin.
It can also hydrate the skin and keep it cool when we use it for a bee sting. Here’s a simple means by which you use it.
- Take some honey onto your fingers and apply it over the skin on the bee sting and the area around it.
- Leave it on for a while on your skin.
- Wash it off after about 20 minutes when the pain and swelling subsides.
We should warn you that if any of the signs persist after a few hours or get worse, you should consult a physician or an expert to make sure that they do not lead to anaphylaxis.
Additional tips in dealing with bee stings
- Firstly, stay calm and don’t go into panic mode. Bee stings aren’t a huge threat to us really unless it leads to an anaphylactic reaction. Even in these cases, you should consult a doctor or use anti-allergy meds, all without panicking as anxiety always makes things worse.
- Wash the area on your skin with bee sting with soap and water before you do anything else. Sometimes, water is the best remedy.
- Don’t scratch the area as things could get worse when you do so.
- It would be better if you left the area of the skin free without tying anything around it as that will only make the healing much slower.
- If any of the remedies seem to be increasing the irritation or making things worse, you should consult an expert before you continue using them.
- Be patient until the sting heals by itself – sometimes it could take longer than two to three days.
Bee stings have been dealt with from ages and therefore we know that a little care is all that is needed to make it go away. Like we’ve said over and over again, you should watch out for an anaphylactic reaction and go for a treatment immediately if you suspect that you are having one. However, this is rare. Do let us and our readers know of your experiences with bee sting and how any of these above remedies worked out for you!
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