Natural Home Remedies for Bee Stings


| 4/19/2011 1:29:04 PM


Spring is here, which means April showers, May flowers and buzzing bees. If this last one brings on a sense of apprehension, just relax. If you don’t suffer from bee allergies, bee stings can easily be treated.

bee on green flower 
Bee stings can easily be treated at home with a few natural remedies. Photo By Arnold Lane/Courtesy Flickr.  

When a bee stings, it injects a barbed stinger and a venom sac into the skin. Immediate removal of the stinger and the venom sac can prevent futher pain and swelling. The best method for removing the stinger is to scrape the stinger out with a credit card or longish fingernail. If you try to pull the stinger out, you will likely break the sac, releasing more venom and making the sting feel worse. And remember, hands off! Although you may want to scratch the sting, this can increase swelling (and therefore pain), as well as increase your chances of infection. Treat your bee sting at home with these natural remedies.

Honey: Folk lore says that if you’re stung by a bee, treat it with honey! Honey’s antibacterial properties will prevent the sting from getting infected.

Baking soda: Bee stings contain formic acid, so applying a paste of alkaline baking soda and water helps to neutralize the sting and its side effects. (If you’re suffering from a wasp sting, which is more alkaline, apply vinegar, which contains acetic acid, to the sting instead.)         



Toothpaste: Although it might sting at first, applying toothpaste to the stung area can help neutralize the pain. Like baking soda, toothpaste contains alkaline ingredients that neutralize the venom in the sting.



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