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The flowers are in bloom all around our house. Even the flowering trees at the park are in full bloom – it’s a beautiful sight.
As nature goes, where there are flowers, there are bees. I have told the girls many times to stay away from the bees because – not only do they sting – we need them to help make flowers and grow food. However, they are bound to get too close to them now and then.
Last year, a bee stung Kaylee and we weren’t prepared. I didn’t know anything about natural remedies for bee stings, so off I went to the pharmacy for Benadryl. That’s the knee jerk reaction when you aren’t prepared…
So, shortly thereafter, I started looking up natural home remedies for bee stings. I don’t like giving the girls pharmaceuticals or over the counter medications if it can be avoided, so now I feel prepared for bee season this year.
Here are 14 natural bee sting remedies when you need them:
Apis Mellifica is a homeopathic remedy made of whole bees that is supposed work amazing wonders on bee stings. Check with your local health food store for options.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Make sure it’s raw for full benefits, but you can jut put a drop of apple cider vinegar on the sting for relief.
You can crush up basil leaves and it’s supposed to be effective for relieving pain cased by bee stings.
A plant, you just prepare the Monarda didyma leaves the same way as plantain leaves as described below.
Baking Soda & Water
Just mix these 2 staple ingredients together to form a thick paste and slather it on the sting to neutralize the pain. Don’t wash it off for best results.
Simply crush a garlic clove to release its juices and press it against the sting.
This is a fast and easily accessible remedy anyone can use to reduce swelling and pain by numbing the sting area.
Cut an onion in half and press the inside of the onion against the bee sting.
We don’t have meat tenderizer in our house, but I remember it being a staple in our home as a child. You can make a paste just like you would with baking soda and apply it to the sting for some relief.
I’m going to be honest. When I would read about plantain remedies, for years I though of the fruit that’s similar to bananas. This plantain, however, is a weed that is found in nearly every region and climate. You just chew up the leaves to release the juices or roll them firmly roll between your thumb & fingers for the same effect. Once the juices are released, press the leaves against the bee sting.
While this would probably be a last resort for us, you can put a dab of toothpaste over the sting, much like the baking soda remedy, and it should neutralize the pain and swelling.