A couple weeks ago, Little Sister disturbed a nest of ground bees and got stung. We were visiting our neighbors at the time, and I wasn’t sure what was wrong – I just knew she was hurt. When I picked her up, I got stung. Then, sure enough, Big Brother got stung, too. (It was then I figured out Little Sister’s ouchie was a bee sting.)
Once I got the three of us into our house, I found live bees hiding in the children’s clothing and quickly killed the insects. Finally I was able to calm my children and search exactly how to treat bee stings. With three of us suffering, I was able to try many different methods. Here they are – I’ll share what worked and what didn’t.
First, remove the stinger. Then, wash the bee sting with soap and water. Next, ease the pain with one of these methods:
1. Apply an ice pack. (This remedy worked wonders!)
2. Make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply to sting. (This remedy did not ease any of my pain.)
3. Crush fresh parsley. Apply to sting. (This remedy did not ease any of my pain, either.)
4. Crush fresh basil. Apply to sting. (Like the fresh parsley remedy, this did not ease any of my pain.)
5. Dab apple cider vinegar on the sting. (This was the most effective remedy for me!)
6. Accidentally Green readers Jamie and Tami both suggested applying a paste made of meat tenderizer and water. (Unfortunately, I didn’t have any meat tenderizer, so I couldn’t try this.)
7. Cover with a dot of mustard. (I did not attempt this remedy.)
8. Cover with honey. (Because of the stickiness, I did not attempt this remedy.)
9. Accidentally Green reader Kristen suggested dabbing the sting with peppermint essential oil or PanAway essential oil. (I didn’t have either one.)
10. The following day, my neighbor brought me a tube of Pinxavdiaper rash ointment – she swore that it relieved all sorts of skin irritations including bug bites, poison ivy, sunburn, heat rash, and chafing. I was excited that it was touted as all-natural and made with aloe, vitamin E, eucalyptol, clove oil, menthol, lanolin, and wintergreen oil (methyl salicylate). (It also contains petrolatum, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, and aluminum hydroxide.) I rubbed the Pinxav in to my stung skin – and it relieved the pain.
What bee sting remedies have worked for you?
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