Updated February 2021
Getting stung by a bee is such a stressful event for both parents and kids. Fortunately, mine are not allergic to bee stings; however, I’ve had my fair share of emergencies when we had to take care of a sting. Those were the times when I desperately needed a bee sting soother to make life easier.
When my daughter Riley was three, she got stung by a bee right above her lip. At that moment, I didn’t have any kind of sting treatment on hand, so I tried using ice to reduce the swelling and ease the symptoms. However, she fought us each time we tried to keep the ice pack on her face.
Since that unfortunate event, I made it my mission to find a natural remedy that will ease the stinging and the other symptoms. After a little research, I found just the right mix of ingredients to create an efficient treatment that does the job, soothes the symptoms, and smells great. What’s even better, you can carry it in your purse or pocket because it fits in a small bottle.
As you already know, I always opt for natural ingredients in my household, so I’ve done a lot of research on what works best for this kind of situation. Below, I’ll share my favorite soother recipe, together with several other natural alternatives you can use to treat a bee sting.
Bee Sting Soother Treatment
This remedy is all-natural because it is made using only essential oils.
Thanks to essential oils, I have learned so many ways to remove chemicals from our home and for our children. We now use the essential oils for so many other purposes, including cleaning the house, making DIY facial products and the best Hazelnut hot chocolate, and more.
One of my top tricks for this recipe is to get a glass roll-on bottle, which makes it much easier to apply the remedy right on the spot. Now, let’s get to the actual recipe.
- 4 ml lavender essential oil
- 2 ml peppermint essential oil
- 2 ml German chamomile essential oil
- 2 ml vetiver essential oil
Step 1. All you need to do is mix the ingredients together right in the roll-on bottle. My bottles also come with an oral syringe, but you could always use one of the syringes or droppers from medicine for infants.
This natural bee sting treatment gets its beautiful blue hue from the German chamomile.
Step 2. When the soother is ready, you need to store the roll-on bottle properly. Make sure that it’s closed securely and stored in a dark spot so the oils don’t evaporate. That way, it will last much longer.
Another way to go is to use opaque colored paper or a label on the outside of the bottle to protect it.
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Other Home Remedies
If you’re not sure how to treat a bee sting, and you don’t have any essential oils at home to recreate this recipe, there are several other home ingredients you can use as bee sting remedies.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Soak a cloth or any type of material that you have on hand with apple cider vinegar. Place it on the sting area and wait for about 15 to 20 minutes.
You only need to apply a small amount of the vinegar to reduce the pain and swelling, helping you feel better.
Baking soda is one of the best multi-purpose ingredients that most of us already have at home.
All you need to do is mix baking soda with a little water and apply it on the spot. You should make a thick paste. Cover the applied baking soda paste with a bandage to secure it.
Wait for 10 to 15 minutes, and if you need to apply the paste again for more relief, go right ahead.
Baking soda reduces the symptoms of the sting including itching, swelling, and pain, because it can neutralize the acidity of the venom.
Meat tenderizer contains an enzyme that can target the protein from a bee sting that leads to itching and pain.
For this natural sting treatment, you need to mix four parts water and one part meat tenderizer. Place the solution on the sting area and leave it on for half an hour.
How Long Does It Take For A Bee Sting To Stop Stinging?
Bee and wasp stings can, unfortunately, be dangerous for some people. How long the stinging will last depends on the defense reaction that the person has. If you’re not allergic to insect stings, the reaction will be on the milder side and you’ll feel the stinging together with some swelling, pain, and redness.
The pain starts first, accompanied by stinging and burning. This lasts for up to two hours. Next, you might notice swelling that usually appears up to two days after the sting and can last for as long as a week.
Last, but not least, you will probably see redness that in most cases lasts for three days.
Some people, though, can develop serious allergic reactions to insect stings, especially bees. It’s important to know whether you’re allergic to this type of sting because if you’re not aware, it can turn out to be a life-threatening situation.
During an allergic reaction, people will still feel pain and stinging around the site, but they will also have other more intense, systemic symptoms.
Should I Remove The Bee Stinger?
Yes, you should remove the bee stinger as soon as possible. One of the best ways to do that is with a credit card or other similar card like a driver’s license. You can find one easily, plus it does a great job at removing the stinger from your skin.
Grab the card from your wallet, and using the edge rub it over the sting site. When you see the stinger, remove it with your fingernails.
Treating a bee sting with natural ingredients is a safe way to reduce pain, itching, and swelling. Aside from my favorite natural sting treatment recipe, you should definitely try the other natural alternatives that do a great job as well.
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