Lois has over ten years' experience in the home/herbal remedy field. She seeks to inform her readers and help them save money.
At some time in your life, you will most likely get stung by a bee or a wasp. Let me tell you, it is not fun because it hurts. For most people, the area where the insect stings you gets inflamed. While it hurts, the pain will go away after a few days. While the stings heal on their own, there are several home remedies that will help speed up the healing.
The first thing you have to do after you are stung, and after saying a few choice words, is to get the stinger out of you if it is a bee sting. The longer you keep the stinger in your skin, the longer it will take to heal the wound. The best way to remove a stinger is scrape along the area with your fingernail. You may need to use tweezers to remove the stinger. Once the stinger is out, you will be in less pain. Also it is best to remain calm. If you panic when you get stung, it can increase the flow of the blood and spread the venom and make it more painful. Since wasps do not have a barbed stinger like the bee, they will not lose it if they sting you. The good news is you do not have to worry about removing the stinger from the wasp sting. However, this means that the wasp can repeatedly sting you.
Wash the area with anti-bacterial soap and warm water. This will keep the area from becoming infected. While these two steps are all that is necessary, using herbs and certain food items that you have in the kitchen will help alleviate the pain and speed up the healing process.
Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the sting. This has both infection-fighting and anti-inflammatory properties.
Take a clove of garlic, crush it and apply it directly unto the sting. You can also use garlic oil soft gels. Break one of these open and apply the oil to the skin. You can also use essential oil on the stung area. If you do not have garlic, onion works just as well because this vegetable has the same anti-bacterial properties as garlic. Slice an onion and place the slice directly to the sting.
Most mouthwashes contain antiseptic and analgesic properties. These will help clean the stung area and prevent it from becoming infected. Take note that when you first apply this or rubbing alcohol on the area, it may make the skin sting at first.
Acids work wonders for drawing out the venom of bee and wasp stings. This does not mean pouring any type of acid on your skin since some can destroy your skin rather than heal it. The best household staples to use include:
- Lemon Juice
- Lime Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Even soft drinks, such as Coco Cola, contain phosphoric acid. All you need to do is soak a cotton ball with one of these good acids and apply it directly to your skin.
There are several leaves of plants that you can crush and apply directly to the sting. They contain anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
The best herbs to use are:
You can also use essential oils to help speed up the healing of a bee or wasp. You have to look for the ones that contain anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties. The best ones to use are:
- Tea Tree Oil
While you can directly apply it directly to your skin, essential oils are potent and may need to be mixed with another liquid. Since apple cider vinegar also contains anti-bacterial properties, it is best to make a solution of twelve drops of essential oil to a cup of apple cider vinegar. Whatever you do not use, you can place in an airtight jar and save for later use.
If you do not have any of the above readily available, you can put some mud on the stung area. It will help draw out the venom. Make sure you wash the skin after the mud treatment, using anti-bacterial soap.
If you are the type of person who likes to plant or pick flowers, go camping, or basically like to spend time outdoors, expect to see bees and wasps in the area. Even if you are careful around these insects, you should expect to be stung at least once.
Keep a handy supply of these herbs and ingredients in your kitchen. While they all can be used for cooking, they will come in handy in case you should be unfortunate to get stung.
While these remedies will help you with the pain and healing of a bee or wasp, if you are allergic to bees and wasps and get stung, get to the emergency room as soon as possible. Always carry a bee sting kit if you are allergic.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Lois Ryan
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 01, 2019:
Just removed two wasps nests from the patio roof. Will keep this article as a reference for remedies in the event of a sting. Thank you.
Lois Ryan (author) from Binghamton NY on April 29, 2019:
I remember as a child I used to get car sick. My grandmother lived an hour from us and her remedy was hugs and kisses.
My mother had a remedy for bee stings with either mud or baking soda. My first bee sting was from wondering about the pretty and fluffy bug on my tricycle wheel. Gently I petted it but its behind bit me. Still don't like bees.
Pam Morris from Atlanta Georgia on April 29, 2019:
Lois, Thank you for posting a home remedy for wasp and bee stings. I am happy to read them and hope I don't need them NO time soon. Nonetheless, it better to be prepared. I can remember as a little girl my grandmother used to use home remedies, she had the answer for any illness. They were better than doctor medicine and comes with NO side effect.