A bee will sting when it comes in contact with a threat. Once the bee's stinger enters the body, it expels venom from a sac into the skin. It is the venom that leads to a reaction, which in some people is mild and life threatening to others. Drawing out the bee's venom with a homemade salve will help lessen the affects of the venom, resulting in less redness, irritation and pain.
Things You'll Need
- Credit card or hard piece of plastic
- Distilled water
- Lavender essential oil
- Small bowl
- Baking soda
Scrape at the sting gently with a credit card or any other hard piece of plastic. This will remove the stinger without causing the venom sac to burst under the skin.
Pour one tablespoon distilled water and one-fourth teaspoon lavender essential oil into a small bowl. The lavender will help soothe the discomfort associated with bee stings.
Add one-fourth cup baking soda to the bowl. Stir the mixture and add distilled water until a paste consistency is reached.
Apply a thick layer of the paste directly onto the sting and allow it to remain for 10 to 15 minutes.
Rinse away the baking soda paste with warm water. As the baking soda paste dries it will draw the venom out of the sting.
Tips & Warnings
- Contact a physician immediately if signs of a severe allergic reaction to the bee sting. Symptoms include shortness of breath, hives, rapid pulse, dizziness and swelling of the face or neck.
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