A bee sting is strictly a sting from a bee (honey bee, bumblebee, sweat bee, etc). In the vernacular it can mean a sting of a bee, wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket. Some people may even call the bite of a horse-fly a bee sting. The stings of most of these species can be quite painful, and are therefore an object of dread for many people.
Bee stings differ from insect bites, and the venom or toxin of stinging insects is quite different. Therefore, the body's reaction to a bee sting may differ significantly from one species to another. The best way to reduce any reaction to bee venom is to remove the bee stinger as quickly as possible.
There are quite a few home remedies for bee stings that are very effective in alleviating the pain and the discomfort caused by this painful affliction.
. Take freshly crushed parsley and rub it on the bee sting. This should stop the pain and at the same time, begin to neutralize the poison.
. Crush up fresh basil leaves and apply them directly on the bee sting.
. Apply just 1 drop of lavender essential oil on the bee stings. Only use as "spot treatment", do not apply over large areas of skin.
. Place a slice of bread on the area of a bee sting. A bread slice will absorb the poison or any other bee secretion like saliva injected during the sting.
. Make a paste of cabbage leaves by grinding the cabbage and then applying it over the affected area for immediate relief from pain and irritation caused by the bee sting.
. You can use garlic to treat bee stings due to its antiseptic properties. Place a slice of garlic on the wound.
. Rub apple cider vinegar on the bee sting as soon as possible. It prevents swelling and spreading of poison.
. Mixed baking soda with water to create a thick paste and then apply directly on the bee sting.
. Take fresh papaya, and slice off a slice. Apply it to the bee stings for about 1 hour.
. Take an onion and slice it. Apply the slice to the bee sting and either hold it there or tape it in place for about 1 hour.
. Prepare a poultice of potatoes and apply it on the wound to relieve the inflammation and irritation caused by the bee sting.
. Apply turmeric in combination with olive oil over the bee sting.
. Take a small amount of water, mix it with dirt to make mud, then stick it on the sting. It will pull out the stinger and make swelling go down.
. Put baking soda on the bee sting and then pour any kind of vinegar over the baking soda until the baking soda is gone. It will bubble the poision and stinger out.
. Mix vinegar with meat tenderizer,apply on to the sting and left on, until the pain subsides, after which it can be washed off.
. Apply toothpaste on the sting. This will help reduce the pain and bring down the swelling.
. Rub the affected skin with wet aspirin. This is a very effective remedy and gives immediate relief.
. One of the remedies for a bee sting is to apply a mix of honey and lemon to it. Honey will negate the toxin and lemon juice will sanitize the stung area.
. Eggs applied to bee stings also make the swelling and stinging go away.
. Ice cubes need to be applied to the affected site for at least 30 minutes or more to reduce bee sting swelling.
. Covering the bee sting with a small dab of mustard can also be very helpful in relieving the pain and reducing the swelling, redness and itchiness.
. Thyme and rosemary mixed with vinegar are also very good to relieve pain.
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