Natural Remedies for Treating Bee Stings and Bug Bites

Don’t let bug bites spoil your summer fun. Soothe stings and bites with natural remedies from your backyard or pantry.

| July/August 2012

Welcome to summer and all it entails: barbecues, hiking, evening walks—and bee stings and bug bites. Take heart: You don’t have to spend the entire season scratching. Many of the best anti-itch remedies are as close as your backyard, kitchen or local health-food store. No single remedy will work for everyone, so experiment to see what works best for you.

Treating Bug Bites with Natural Remedies

When bugs bite or sting, they deposit irritating saliva or venom into your skin, which can cause itching, pain and swelling. To stop the reaction, you need to neutralize the saliva or venom. Fortunately, several natural products are adept at doing just that.

Baking soda: One of the components of bee venom is formic acid. To neutralize the acid, apply a paste of alkaline baking soda to the sting. If you’re on vacation and don’t have access to baking soda, try toothpaste instead.

Calendula and chamomile: Herbal lotions or creams containing calendula or chamomile may help soothe bug bites or mild stings. Both have been shown to reduce inflammation and encourage healing. Calendula lotions can also help take the itch out of chigger bites.

Lavender and peppermint essential oils: These essential oils help disinfect bites and soothe itchy skin. In most cases, these oils are safe to apply directly to skin, but all essential oils are potentially irritating, so test them on a small patch of skin before applying liberally. If you find the oils too strong, add them to clay, olive oil or vegetable oil before applying.

Ice: Try applying ice to the bite or sting. Anecdotal evidence shows that this simple remedy may be the most effective at providing immediate relief.

Luis Simauchi
10/30/2012 7:41:31 PM

One should follow these guidelines more or less -- remove the stinger from the wound. -- minimize the swelling by elevating the wound above the heart. -- treat for itch and pain with over the counter anti-histamines. for more the info on these tenants look here:

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