Bees are surprisingly passive creatures. The main reason for this is that they can only sting once. In the process of stinging they leave their sting in your body, literally tearing off part of their abdomen, killing them.
But, that won’t stop them stinging to protect their hive or they perceive another threat. It certainly won’t help if you’re allergic to bee stings and need an Epipen.
That’s why you should contact your local pest control specialist if you have a beehive in your yard. They’ll know how to handle it and remove it for you, if necessary.
Assuming you’re not allergic then the following home remedies can help to alleviate the pain of a bee sting.
Honey is produced by bees and is surprisingly good at soothing a variety of issues on your body. Simply spread a little on your bee sting and the pain will be reduced, as will the itching.
You’ve probably already got honey in your cupboards, making it an easy and effective solution. Just remember to spread honey indoors, you don’t want to attract more bees.
2 Baking Soda
Baking soda is one item that you should never be without. It has a surprising number of uses. One of these is dealing with the burning sensation of bee stings. Add a little water to half a teaspoon of baking soda and mix yourself a paste.
Then apply it directly to your bee sting. The paste will neutralize the bee venom. This will lower the pain and prevent it from being itchy. It can even help to reduce the swelling around the sting.
Make sure the paste is thick, leave it on your sting for at least 15 minutes. You can always reapply if needed.
Scientists are still not sure why toothpaste works but in most cases, it is an effective pain reliever and prevents inflammation. All you have to do is smear a little on the sting and leave it. The toothpaste will go to work almost immediately and leave you feeling much better.
4 Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another old-fashioned but useable technique for dealing with bee stings. Simply put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a bowl with a cup of water and then soak the sting area in the basin for approximately 15 minutes.
If you can’t put the sting area in the bowl then soak a bandage in the bowl and press this over the sting.
5 Wet Aspirin
Surprisingly a wet aspirin tablet can help to reduce the pain and reduce the level of inflammation. Simply get your tablet wet and press it against the bee sting for several minutes. You should feel the difference very quickly.
Again, if you notice a beehive in your yard you need to contact the specialists, find out more here about your local ones. Hopefully, these home remedies for bee stings will help you to avoid getting stung. But, if this isn’t possible then at least you know what to do to minimize the aftereffects.