Natural Home Remedies for Insect Stings

You may have heard that honeybees can sting only once, but that is not true of all stingers. Bumblebees, hornets, wasps and yellow jackets can sting multiple times and do not leave their stingers behind.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness

PREVALENCE

Of the couple hundred thousand reported stings each year, under 100 will result in death.  Allergies to insect poisons is not uncommon and if you have an allergy, you should carry an epinephrine/adrenaline syringe and a firm plan for getting medical help.

MEDICAL FIRST AID

  • Identify the insect that stung you.
  • Remove the stinger, if there is one, ASAP; don’t squeeze it as it will release more poison. Scrape the dull edge of a knife across the stinger.
  • Wash the affected area with soap and water or apply an antiseptic.
  • Heat or Cold for pain
  • Aspirin for pain (if you are not allergic to aspirin)
  • Antihistamine

SELF TREATMENT

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Calendula oil or leaves, topically
  • Comfrey oil or juice, topically
  • Peppermint leaves or oil
  • Plantain leaves

ESSENTIAL OILS

Since scents may attract bees, use these oils when you are out of harm’s way.  Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut (3% diluted solution), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath.  If you use a carrier oil, you can apply the mixture directly to the sting area.

  • Basil
  • Camphor
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Thyme

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

  • Thiamin
  • Zinc

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Aloe vera, topically
  • Apply a baking soda and water paste
  • Apply a paste of water and activated charcoal.
  • Apply a sliced onion to the area.
  • Apply apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball
  • Apply mud
  • Avon’s Skin So Soft may repel stinging insects
  • Bentonite Clay – make a paste with water and apply to the area
  • Don’t wear scents
  • Immediately apply an enzyme-based meat tenderizer
  • Lemon balm poultice, topically
  • Slice of lemon, topically
  • sliced cucumber, topically
  • Wear white or other light colors.

CAUTIONS

  • Beware of killing a yellow jacket because if you break the venom sac, other yellow jackets will be drawn by the chemical and your problem can increase exponentially.
  • Seek medical help immediately if you have trouble breathing.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Chinese Medicine – http://www.asiaone.com/health/how-tcm-can-help-allergic-reactions-bedbug-bites
  • EFT – https://www.emofree.com/pain/stings/wasp-sting-pain-relief-article.html
  • Homeopathy – homeopathy for insect stings
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