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Bee Stings

When a beautiful summer day out in the great outdoors takes a turn for the worst, you could find yourself battling the aftereffects of an angry insect. Bees are busy little workers that fly from flower to flower gathering pollen, and it’s quite easy to accidentally disrupt their progress. For soothing relief, you may want to look into the healing power of natural cures for bee stings.

Symptoms of Bee Stings

For some people, the sting of a bee is not the only discomfort felt. Most people experience a localized reaction – red skin and pain. Swelling and/or itchiness may develop with the pain subsiding within a few hours. A more serious response may see the swelling, redness, and pain persist for up to a week. Surrounding skin may also become involved.

Other people are not so lucky and can feel the effects of a bee sting in their entire body. Hives may develop with redness and swelling. Other symptoms may include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and dizziness. In the most serious cases, anaphylactic reactions cause wheezing, trouble breathing, and a drop in blood pressure that can actually lead to shock. Immediate treatment is required for these cases.

Bee Sting Natural Cures

Bee stings can become so hazardous that about 50 people die on a yearly basis in the United States when severe anaphylactic reactions take place [1]. This type of reaction usually occurs within minutes of a bee sting. For all other cases, the following natural cures for bee stings can help when looking for a solution from Mother Nature:

a) Parsley:

Freshly crushed parsley can be rubbed on a bee sting to stop pain, as well as neutralize the poison that causes other symptoms to arise.

b) Jewelweed:

To soothe the skin and ease the itching of a bee sting, take two to three leaves of jewelweed and break to release a healing juice. Apply the natural remedy over affected skin.

c) Yellow Dock Leaf:

Treat the sting of a bee by neutralizing it with one teaspoon of yellow dock leaf tincture and two teaspoons of baking soda. Mix the ingredients to create a poultice that is applied when needed.

d) Basil:

An effective natural cure for bee stings is fresh basil leaves, which you can crush up and directly apply to bee-stung skin.


e) Garlic Cloves:

You can treat a painful bee sting by applying the juice from a crushed garlic clove to affected skin.

f) Plantain:

With the ability to treat bee stings, plantain is a common weed that you may want to consider using when stung in the yard. You should become familiar with identifying the plant so that you can locate the proper remedy when outside. Chew up some of the leaves to release its juices – you can also firmly roll the leaves between your thumb and fingers to achieve the same results. Press the juicy leaves against the sting to see results.

g) Calendula:

Calendula flowers possess properties that can treat bee stings. Crush the flowers to produce enough juice that can be applied to a sting.

h) St. John’s Wort:

A paste made out of St. John’s wort oil and bentonite clay can be directly applied to bee stings. The clay helps draw out the poison from the bite and the anti-inflammatory properties of the St. John’s wort works towards eliminating some of the pain.

i) Lavender:

To stop the itching and reduce the swelling of bee stings, lavender can come in quite handy. When using lavender essential oil, apply one drop on bee stings as a spot treatment. Do not rub the oil over large sections of skin.

j) Papaya:

A slice of fresh papaya can be applied to bee stings for about one hour to soothe the discomfort.

k) California Poppy:

To soothe the pain of a bee sting, take two droppers of California poppy tincture after being stung. For the rest of the day, take one dropper of the tincture every two hours.

l) Onion:

Apply a slice of onion on a bee sting to treat symptoms. Keep the onion in place for about one hour.

m) Dirt:

To remove the stinger of a bee, add a small amount of water to a bit of dirt to create a muddy paste. Apply to a bee sting to pull it out, and encourage the swelling to go down.

n) Lavender and Vegetable Oil:

To create a healing lotion for your insect sting, mix one teaspoon of lavender essential oil and one tablespoon of vegetable oil. Mix the ingredients and then apply directly to the affected skin. Do not use this natural cure around the eyes.

o) Echinacea and Lavender:

To treat a bee sting with an extra strength natural solution, mix one tablespoon of echinacea root tincture, one tablespoon of distilled water, and 1/8 teaspoon of lavender essential oil. Slowly add the liquid to one tablespoon of bentonite clay – while constantly stirring to blend. After the remedy has been mixed, the paste should be a consistency that will stick to the skin. Apply the paste to affected skin. Any leftover remedy can be stored in a container with a tight lid.


Resources

[1] http://www.medicinenet.com/bee_sting_treatment/views.htm




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