The 'Home' or 'Natural'
Bee Sting Remedy

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!

In short, I do not know whether these bee sting remedies work or not, although if I were to be stung by a bee, I'd probably try a couple of them out.

In any case, if your symptoms are serious, or if you are concerned, it is better not to take chances. I recommend you get medical assistance quickly.

Take a look here for further information about bee sting reactions.

Now before you go any further,

    firstly, remove the sting if it remains in the skin, using a blunt ruler or the flat of your hand.

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 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:

1.  The simplest natural and home bee sting remedy: Ice

Obviously cooling, soothing, cheap, and a great help against the swelling.

2. Bee Sting Remedies from the kitchen cupboard

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.

Sodium bicarbonate
A paste of made of baking soda and water or baking soda and vinegar is believed to reduce itching.

3. Bee sting remedy made with plants & herbs

Crush fresh parsley leaves (above) and apply to a bee sting to help ease pain and neutralize the venom.

Mallow Leaves
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.

4. Fruit & vegetable bee sting remedies

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...

Lemon Juice
Applied directly to the skin, lemon is reported to reduce itching.

Stop Press!

I received a great little email via the contact form on this website, from a Mr Paul Slattery of the USA. He said:

    "I read with interest your remedies for bee sting. Shortly after I got started in beekeeping 35 years ago, an old beekeeper told me about putting a dab of raw honey on a sting (after flicking away the stinger). It has worked for me ever since. Within minutes, the pain is gone. Good reports from others also ... family members, visitors and guests. If it is a placebo, it is a very good one. Oh, and... nice website!"

Thank you so much for sharing your tip Paul and for your kind comments about the site!

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Bee sting reactions
Bee sting swellings, anaphylaxis, bee sting allergies - learn more about reactions to bee stings.

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