It was then, that the doctor shared a few useful home remedies in dealing with bee stings. I am sharing herewith few of those natural cures in this article.
Effective Home Remedies For Bee Sting
First Aid Steps
Before you use any of these cures, ensure that the black stinger is no more present at the wound. If you discover that it is still lying there in the bitten area, carefully pull it off with the fingers. Removing the stinger will stop adding more venom and pain to your body.
After you have got rid of the stinger, first wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. This will act as a disinfectant and also give a soothing relief from pain. The pain in a bee sting usually lasts only for about a few hours.
Apart from pain, other symptoms in bee sting could be itchiness, swelling or redness. Now, once you are done with cleaning the affected area, try any of these instant and handy home remedies.
Yes, ice is the best easily available remedy in bee stings. The zero degree temperature of ice squeezes the blood vessels, thereby reducing the flow of venom in the body. Thus, it anesthetizes the bitten area and gives relief from the burning pain.
Directly apply the ice cube on the sting and gently rub. Alternatively, you can prepare an ice pack by tying ice cubes together in a cloth. Then put the pack on the sting for about half an hour.
We would not have even thought in the wildest of our dreams that our morning friend, which combats bad breath and protects our teeth, could also guard us from bee sting. Actually, bee stings are acidic in nature and tooth-paste has alkaline properties.
Hence, it helps by nullifying the stingy effect and reducing the swelling. Just run and grab your tooth-paste and directly apply on the stung portion. Allow it to dry and wash off with water. Re-apply in two to three hours for faster healing.
While ice and tooth-paste are the easiest to find remedies, baking soda is one of the most effective one in bee sting. Get the baking soda from your kitchen shelf and prepare a thick paste along-with vinegar.
Dab the paste on the affected area and leave it to dry. Do not wash it off. Within few minutes, the alkaline nature of baking soda will act on the bee sting and alleviate you from the swelling and pain.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar expels the venom out of the body gives a soothing effect to the skin. Apply it on the bite and within no time you will find yourself in a better condition. Sounds really convincing, isn’t it?
First they hit you and then they come to safeguard you. Yes, they might be the culprit of making you suffer from their bites, but honey – their own preparation helps in getting relief from stings.
Pat some honey on the affected area and leave. Honey has anti-microbial property which helps in preventing the infection from spreading further.
Quickly peel the raw garlic cloves and crush them to extract their juices. Apply this garlic juice on the sting. With their astringent properties, garlic helps in lessening the uncomfortable symptoms of bee sting.
Basil leaves (tulsi) apart from being the holy plant, also has several medicinal properties. Simply crush the leaves and dab them on the bite. Tulsi will immediately stop the venom from spreading and relieve you from pain.
Directly apply raw slices of onion on the sting or pour its juice slowly. Onion disrupts the chemicals in the venom which are responsible for causing pain and inflammation. Within half an hour, it will give you a relieving effect.
Lavender Essential Oil
If you have this oil in your kitchen shelf, grab it fast and apply on the bitten area. It gives promising results in curing bee sting.
Apart from these remedies, there are certain precautions which need to be taken while going out in greener areas. Avoid wearing bright-colored, shiny clothes and using perfumes or any kinds of fragrances, since these attract bees.
Also, keep a safe distance from bee-hives. And yes, avoid itching or scratching your sting by any means. Keep control over yourself and you will soon recover from the irritation of the bee sting.