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

  • When bees sting, they deposit formic acid into our skin, causing itching, pain and swelling. Treat bug bites and bee stings naturally with these home remedies.
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  • Yellow onion contains sulphur compounds that neutralize bites and stings, helping to reduce inflammation.

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.

Kevin
7/30/2019 12:02:48 PM

Try an onion on a bee sting... just slice it and apply the juicy side to the sting for about a minute. There is no swelling or pain if you can do this within a few minutes


Dr Sandra
2/17/2018 6:00:07 PM

A Chance discovery in India by vedic research and innovations, helps you Revive, Energise and Multiply tour Bees and Birds and Profits every second month.These are Trans-receivers of Life Force Energy[ PRANA] and transmits the same to the users- human, animals, Birds and Bees and plants or whatever that comes in contact except Metals The Tool is Prana Yantra or Tesla Purple Energy Healing and Reviving Plates. Just place the plate at the Entrance of your weakest HIVE. This will keep keep mice from getting in .And BEES and BIRDS stepping on these “Tesla Purple Energy Healing and Reviving PLATES” get their immunity system strengthened and Programmed instantly. Now your injured, hit by Electric Cables, Dehydrated, effects of Pesticides and Radiation and “DYING and UNCONSCIOUS” Birds, Bees and Butterflies can be REVIVED, ENERGISED within seconds and then they gather more pollen and foods and MULTIPLY in a healthy manner. They are unconscious and seems like dead and don’t even respond to Water and die within a few minutes. The vets explain that such birds/bees hardly survive, even if timely medicines are provided. However, these Life Force Energy Transmitting Plates help revive and Energise the DYING birds/bees and they fly off within SECONDS. For Stings place the plate on the spot and get relief within a minute


Dr Sandra
2/17/2018 6:00:04 PM

For stings, place the Energy Plate at the spot and find relief within a minute. A Chance discovery in India by vedic research and innovations, helps you Revive, Energise and Multiply tour Bees and Birds and Profits every second month.These are Trans-receivers of Life Force Energy[ PRANA] and transmits the same to the users- human, animals, Birds and Bees and plants or whatever that comes in contact except Metals The Tool is Prana Yantra or Tesla Purple Energy Healing and Reviving Plates. Just place the plate at the Entrance of your weakest HIVE. This will keep keep mice from getting in .And BEES and BIRDS stepping on these “Tesla Purple Energy Healing and Reviving PLATES” get their immunity system strengthened and Programmed instantly. Now your injured, hit by Electric Cables, Dehydrated, effects of Pesticides and Radiation and “DYING and UNCONSCIOUS” Birds, Bees and Butterflies can be REVIVED, ENERGISED within seconds and then they gather more pollen and foods and MULTIPLY in a healthy manner. They are unconscious and seems like dead and don’t even respond to Water and die within a few minutes. The vets explain that such birds/bees hardly survive, even if timely medicines are provided. However, these Life Force Energy Transmitting Plates help revive and Energise the DYING birds/bees and they fly off within SECONDS.




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