At some time in your life, you most likely get stung by a bee or a wasp. Let me tell you, it is not fun because it hurts. For most people, the area where the insect stings you gets inflamed. While it hurts, the pain will go away after a few days While the stings heal on their own, there are several home remedies that will help speed up the healing. I have been stung time after time and use many of the home remedies to treat my stings.
The first thing you have to do after you are stung, and after saying a few choice words, is to get the stinger out of you. The longer you keep the stinger in your skin, the longer it will take to hear the wound.
Wash the area with anti-bacterial soap and warm water. This will keep the area from becoming infected. While these two steps are all that is necessary, using herbs and certain food items that you have in the kitchen will help alleviate the pain and speed up the healing process.
Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the sting.
Take a clove of garlic, crush it and apply it directly unto the sting. You can also us garlic oil soft gels. Break one of these open and apply the oil to the skin. You can also use essential oil on the stung area. If you do not have garlic, onion works just as well because this vegetable has the same anti-bacterial properties as garlic. Slice an onion and place the slice directly to the sting.
There are several leaves of plants that you can crush and apply directly to the sting. They contain anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The best herbs to use are:
You can also use essential oils to help speed up the healing of a bee or wasp. You have to look for the ones that contain anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties. In my opinion-and after studying essential oils for over ten years-the best ones to use are:
While you can directly apply it directly to your skin, essential oil is potent and may need to be mixed with another liquid. Since apple cider vinegar also contains anti-bacterial properties, it is best to make a solution of twelve drops of essential oil to a cup of apple cider vinegar. Whatever you do not use, you can place in an airtight jar and save for later use.
If you are the type of person who likes to plant or pick flowers, go camping, or basically like to spend time outdoors, expect to see bees and wasps in the area. Even if you are careful around these insects, you should expect to be stung at least once. Keep a handy supply of these herbs and ingredients in your kitchen. While they all can be used for cooking, they will come in handy in case you should be unfortunate to get stung. While these remedies will help you with the pain and healing of a bee or wasp, if you are allergic to bees and wasps and get stung, get to the emergency room as soon as possible.