How to Draw Venom Out of a Bee Sting

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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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