7 Powerful Home Remedies For Bee Stings

home remedies for bee stings

Yep, it’s that time of year again in the UK.  The summer – when our little pollinating friends are out and about in gardens, meadows and wild spaces, busy in their work.

And sometimes unfortunately, us and the bees come across one another.  So we get stung and the bees lose their lives.  And it’s all rather sad.

And if you’ve ever been stung by a bee, you’ll know it is mighty painful.
I mean seriously YOWCHY!  And later on that sting site gets really swollen, very red and damn itchy.  And then it can lead to a horrible big mark which lingers for a while, looking very unsightly indeed.

So if you want instant relief from those symptoms without pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter treatments, then these natural home remedies for bee stings are just for you.

Many of these natural remedies will already be in your kitchen, which makes them super-convenient and easy to grab at short notice!  And all of them are natural anti-inflammatories that don’t cost the earth and are very gentle on the body.

Essential Bee Sting First Aid

BUT before we get to the best home remedies for bee stings, you need to know what to do immediately after you’re stung.  This is really important for reducing any after-effects and symptoms later.

1  Get rid of that bee sting as quick as poss! 
The best way to do this is to flick it off with your finger, or scrape it off with something like a credit card.  This is so you don’t squeeze any more venom into your skin and make the symptoms worse.

2  Clean the area.  Give the sting site a really good rinse with soap and water, to flush away venom and contaminants.

3  Keep the area elevated.  If you’ve been stung on the hand, arm, foot or leg, try to keep that area elevated if possible.  At least until you start using one of your home remedies.
Doing so will lower blood circulation to the area and help limit the spread of venom.

7 Best Home Remedies For Bee Stings

And so here they are – 7 of the very BEST home remedies for bee stings you can find.  Use them for yourself and to ease any bee stings your loved ones might succumb to…

1  Baking Soda

Baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda), which is tucked away in your ingredients cupboard, is a wonderful natural treatment.  You can use baking soda for SO many different uses,  32 of which I cover here!

Bicarb makes a seriously effective cystitis remedy which I’ve used several times, and one of the best household cleaners.

For bee stings, mix yourself up a baking soda paste (using a little water) and apply it to the sting.  You can also use baking soda for wasp stings, because it’s so versatile.

2  Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is undoubtedly one of the best home remedies for bee stings, and just about everything else as well.  There are 20 fab reasons to keep apple cider vinegar in your cupboard, and bee stings is just one of them!

The pH and healing compounds of ACV have an anti-inflammatory action and are great for neutralising bee venom.

Make yourself a simple poultice, by soaking a piece of clean cloth in ACV and applying it to the sting site for 15-20 minutes at a time.

3  Ice

Ice works simply by quickly lowering the temperature of the skin at the sting site.
This in turn causes blood capillaries to contract, preventing venom and inflammation spreading through surrounding tissue.

Ice also just feels ultra-soothing and numbs the area slightly, making it more cool and comfortable.

4  Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)

Witch hazel is renowned for its skin-soothing properties and turns out it’s not just useful for spots and acne.  Compounds present in witch hazel can soothe swelling and redness (erythema) as effectively as commercial drugs, such as steroid and antihistamine creams [4].

Simply apply some distilled witch hazel to your bee sting several times a day to soothe and lessen the inflammation.

5  Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is a fantastic binder for toxins, helping to neutralise them and render them inactive.  Charcoal also has good anti-inflammatory and wound-healing action on the skin [5].

By mixing a simple charcoal paste using a tiny amount of olive oil or water, you can apply it the bee sting site to detox your skin and reduce inflammation.

6  Honey

Yep, the bee’s very own honey also happens to be a fab antidote for bee sting symptoms!
And when I say honey I mean RAW, organic honey, not the cheap supermarket stuff that’s been pastuerised and had all its nutrients stripped out.

Raw honey isn’t processed so still contains loads of vitamins, enzymes and bio-active compounds.  These all have powerful anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving action when applied to the bee sting area.  And of course great anti-microbial, wound-healing properties [6].

Bees are truly amazing creatures, making healing substances from all parts of the plant that they harvest.  Not just the honey, but even the bee pollen is super-healing too.

To source a good quality, raw honey – use your local farm shop or bee-keeper, so you can be assured of the provenance of the product.

7  Quercetin

Quercetin is a wonderful oral antihistamine which can be used as a natural treatment for allergies of all sorts.

Quercetin is a plant-based flavonol which dampens the immune response – suppressing release of histamine, immunoglobulins, immune cells and inflammatory compounds [7].  Once it builds up in your system, quercetin is fab at easing all your itchy, inflammatory symptoms and calming everything down.

So quercetin isn’t necessarily a quick-action remedy, but it IS a great treatment for carrying on with in the week or two after you’ve been stung, when you want to reduce inflammation.

I use Amazing Nutrition’s Quercetin & Bromelain during the summer to ease my hay fever and also when I have loads of itchy insect bites that need soothing.  So it’s a really fab all-round antihistamine treatment.

So, what are your go-to home remedies for bee stings?  Are there any treatments that aren’t on this list, that you would recommend?
Let me know in the comments x

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