Updated: 29th April 2021
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 remedies work, although if I were to be stung by a bee, I'd probably try a couple of them out.
Please note that if you have been stung by a honey bee and the sting remains in your skin, firstly, remove the sting using a blunt ruler or the flat of your hand.
Read about bee sting reactions.
Obviously cooling, soothing, cheap, and a great help against the swelling. Read about why bee stings hurt.
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.
Crush fresh parsley leaves (above) and apply to a bee sting to help ease pain and neutralize the venom.
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.
If you wish to try a plant or herbal bee sting remedy, you could see whether or not parsley, mallow plantain help.
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.
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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