For ordinary bee stings that do not cause an allergic reaction, experts agree that a home bee sting treatment is enough. When you get stung by a bee, scrape the stinger (black dot sized) out with an object that is not sharp, like a finger nail or the edge of a credit card. Do not use tweezers or fingers to pull out a stinger because this only pushes more venom into the skin. Once the stinger is out, you should cleanse the sting site well with soap and water.

Here are a few ways you can ease the pain and swelling that follows:

1. Baking Sodabaking soda in jar

Baking soda uses and remedies are pretty endless. In fact, baking soda is even part of a natural bees sting treatment. Rather than using a conventional steroid or antihistamine cream, you can apply a paste of good old baking soda and water. This simplistic, yet highly effective, bee sting treatment, also works as a wasp sting remedy.

2. Iceice cubes

One of the simplest, yet most effective, remedies for a bee or wasp sting is to apply an ice pack to the affected area. The CDC also recommends ice as part of basic bee or wasp sting management. The ice will help ease the inflammation as well as the itching. It will also draw blood to the sting site for optimal healing.

3. Elevationelevated leg

The arms and legs can be common sting sites. If you are stung on your arm or leg, elevate that affected limb. Elevation will allow gravity to help fluid leave the swollen area where you were stung.

4 Apple Cider Vinegarapple cider vinegar and apple

Apple cider vinegar can help neutralize the bee venom and therefore soothe unwanted bee sting symptoms. You can simply soak a clean bit of cloth in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

5. Honeyhoney in honey pot

When honey is applied to a sting site or wound, the enzyme glucose oxidase actually produces hydrogen peroxide. This creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria, thus preventing infections. You can apply a small amount of raw honey to the sting area, cover it with a loose bandage and leave it on for an hour or less. You can do this as many times as needed.

6. Activated CharcoalBlack particles charcoal on a wooden spoon

You can mix activated charcoal powder with water or oil to create a paste and apply it as a bee sting home remedy (also a wasp sting remedy). The activated charcoal helps to draw out any leftover venom and calm bee sting and wasp sting symptoms.

7. Witch Hazelwitch hazel

Pimples, mosquito bites, bee stings, wasp stings…the list goes on and on when it comes to all the ways witch hazel can calm inflammatory skin issues. Witch hazel is an astringent made from the leaves and bark of the witch hazel plant. Simply apply witch hazel directly to the sting site as needed.

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