I do not know of any scientifically proven home or natural bee sting
remedy, nor have I had cause to use them. When I was a child, I seem to
recall my mother applying calamine lotion. Other than that, I recall
crying because I was worried about the bee (I thought it would die - now I know that not all bees die after they sting you).
In short, I do not know whether these bee sting remedies work, although if I were to be stung by a bee, I'd probably try a couple of them out.
Take a look
for further information about bee sting reactions.
Now before you go any further,
In addition, I recently came across a venom extractor kit. If you are concerned about whether you will react to the venom of a wasp or bee sting, or to the bite of a snake, then this is something you could consider keeping at home in your first aid cabinet.
These venom extractor kits work by removing the poison or venom from beneath the skin - be
sure to follow the instructions for use.
You can also try one of these natural remedies for bee stings:
Obviously cooling, soothing, cheap, and a great help against the swelling.
It is believed the glycerin in most toothpastes dries out the venom concentrated under the sting area, whilst the alkaline properties neutralize the acid in the bee's venom.
A paste of made of baking soda and water or baking soda and vinegar is believed to reduce itching.
If you wish to try a plant or herbal bee sting remedy, you could see whether or not parsley, mallow plantain help.
Crush fresh parsley leaves (above) and apply to a bee sting to help ease pain and neutralize the venom.
Soak fresh leaves in hot water to make an effective poultice for wasp and bee stings - believed to reduce inflammation. Marsh mallow leaves in particular are believed to be especially helpful.
Leaves of the Plantain plant (Plantago major or P. lanceolata)
Crush the leaves of the plant. Placing them directly on the sting area for several minutes. Plantain reputedly contains allantoin, a substance that soothes inflammation.
Rubbing a slice of raw onion on a bee sting is said to help prevent infection as well as help draw out toxins.
Potato apparently also contains allantoin. Peel and crush a potato, apply it to the sting.
And last but not least...
Applied directly to the skin, lemon is reported to reduce itching.
I received a great little email via the contact form on this website, from a Mr Paul Slattery of the USA. He said:
Thank you so much for sharing your tip Paul and for your kind comments about the site!
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