How to Treat an Insect Sting with Tobacco

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Bee Sting
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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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