How to Treat an Insect Sting with Tobacco

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Due to the highly basic composition of tobacco, it tends to neutralize the acidic nature of a bee or other insect sting. In addition, reduces the swelling associated with this swelling. This old herbal remedy will definitely shake up your first aid kit.

Things You'll Need

  • Small amount of tobacco
  • Adhesive bandage
  • Water
  • Unroll a cigarette, or acquire a small amount of pouch chewing tobacco.

  • Use a small amount of water to wet the tobacco. Mash it in between fingers until the juices start to come out.

  • Apply a small lump of tobacco to the sting area. Compress it onto the sting.

  • Apply an adhesive bandage over the tobacco in order to hold it into place.

  • Allow the tobacco and bandage to remain on the sting until the pain has disappeared. Depending on the type of sting, this usually takes from 5 to 10 minutes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use this household remedy at your own risk.
  • Not recommended for children under 8 years old.
  • Do not chew the tobacco and then use it on the sting.

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