Having fun in the sun is a great way to spend your summer. Unfortunately, you and your kids won’t be the only ones outdoors. Being out in the open can make you more prone to bee stings, but don’t worry, these can be relieved without taking a trip to the doctor…assuming you don’t have an allergy! Home Remedies are great because you can usually make them with the items you have in your cupboard, leading to immediate and inexpensive treatment.
Below are five ways to relieve bee stings at home. Most of these only need to be done on the first day of the sting, though you may continue to a second day if you are still having some symptoms.
TIP: Before doing any of these remedies, be sure you have removed the stinger with a pair of tweezers!
When applied to a bee sting, a cold pack can help in a few different ways. It helps to prevent swelling sometimes associated with a sting. It can also reduce the pain and itching – perhaps the worst side effects of a bee coming into contact with you.
Put a few ice cubes in a Ziploc bag, wrap with a clean cloth and apply to the bee sting for 10 minutes every 2-3 hours.
Baking Soda Paste
Making a paste with baking soda and water neutralizes the bee’s venom, therefore reducing the pain. To make the paste, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with just enough water to make it sticky and moist. Put it directly on the stung area, leaving it uncovered to dry. Reapply 3-4 times the day of the sting.
A Dab of Honey
It may seem funny since bees make honey (sorry, for the rhyme!), but their products actually help to relieve the pain and itching of a sting. It has anti-bacterial properties that will also reduce the chances of an infection.
Dab on a small amount of honey, just enough to cover the area, a couple times a day to make the sting go away (did it again!).
Garlic Oil Mixture
Garlic is another food with lots of antibacterial properties. Applying it to a bee sting will help to relieve the discomfort and swelling. Make the ointment by crushing 1-2 cloves of garlic and mixing it into 1 tablespoon of olive oil. This can be put on the sting 3-4 times a day.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is an effective home remedy for a number of ailments, including bee stings! The oil has anti-inflammatory properties for preventing infection, antihistamines to help with swelling, and are antipruritic, meaning it alleviates itching.
Mix 2 drops of lavender essential oil with a carrier oil, such as grapeseed, olive, coconut, or avocado, and apply on the sting.
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