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Getting stung by a bee is no picnic; though you might find yourself the unwanted recipient of a sting if you attend one. Some types of bees are attracted to the sweets and goodies that are found at outdoor eating events, but others will give you a sting just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Why Do Bees Sting?
Most types of bees want nothing more than to mind their own beeswax and pollinate. The majority of them are non-threatening, unless they feel threatened by you. Common bee stings occur when one walks barefoot through the grass and interrupts a bee who is feasting on clover. This type of bee is most likely a honeybee, and once you get stung by a honeybee, you’ll need to remove the stinger that they leave in your skin.
Other types of bees, such as wasps and hornets, do not leave their stinger, and can sting multiple times. This can be problematic due to the venomous toxins the stings leave behind.
Common Reactions to Bee Stings
Most of the reactions to a bee sting are mild and very common. These include:
Those who have an allergic reaction to bee stings might experience more severe reactions, such as:
- Swelling in tongue or throat
- Rapid pulse
- Difficulty breathing
If one or more of these symptoms occur, it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Natural Remedy for Bee Stings
For those who suffer with the milder symptoms that come from bee stings, a trip to the doctor might not be necessary. There are many home remedies for bee stings that can ease irritations and alleviate the worst symptoms of itching, swelling, and pain such as:
- Honey. Though this may seem like an ironic natural remedy for bee stings, apply honey to the affected area and cover with a loose bandage. Leave on for about an hour.
- Baking soda. A very common home remedy that can neutralize the pain, itching, and swelling from a bee sting, try mixing baking soda with water to make a thick paste. Apply this natural remedy for bee stings and leave for 15 minutes. Re-apply as needed.
- Apple cider vinegar. This is a natural remedy for bee stings that can neutralize the bee venom and ease symptoms. Apply a vinegar-soaked cloth or bandage to the skin, or soak directly in the liquid for 15 minutes.
- Meat tenderizer. Mix meat tenderizer with water to make a liquid solution that can break down the protein in bee stings that cause pain and itching. Apply to sting and leave on for 30 up to minutes.
Using Essential Oils as a Natural Remedy For Bee Stings
When it comes to the irritation, itchiness, and pain that can come from a bee string, there are several essential oils that one can use to alleviate the symptoms. Thanks to their analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties, consider these essential oils as a natural remedy for bee stings:
- Sweet Basil Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Thyme Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Add a few drops of these essential oils to any of the natural remedies for bee stings that are listed above to speed healing and alleviate the symptoms.
These essential oils can also be diffused into the air with a nebulizing essential oil diffuser to keep symptoms from continuing, or coming back. Add a few drops to keep the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties going while you sleep.
Hope this helps someone.
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