A bee sting is very painful. When you are stung, the bee dies, but before it does, it leaves behind a sac of venom under your skin, which should be withdrawn immediately. Bee stings can be fatal if proper measures are not promptly taken.

You will experience swelling, itching and constant pain due to the sting. Many people who have not experienced a bee sting are unaware that they may be prone to common allergic reactions which can take a person’s life.

These are some of the severe symptoms you can identify of someone experiencing an allergic reaction:


  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Heart palpitation
  • Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Severe headaches
  • Shock
  • Disorientation


When stung, the very first thing you should do is to eliminate the venom sac that is left behind by the bee. Don’t try to pull out the stinger, but rather remove it by scraping along the skin with a blunt object like a plastic card. The chances of the sting being inflamed are greatly reduced when the stinger is removed.


Home Remedies for Bee Stings

First, wash the affected area with soap and warm water to clean the wound. An ice pack to covering the wound with light pressure applied will reduce any swelling and prevent further inflammation.


  • You can then dab a small amount of ammonia to the injured area, or if you don’t have any, you can use the juice of the plantain leaves to relieve the pain caused by the bee sting. You can then use apple cider vinegar to reduce swelling and prevent the spread of the poison.
  • For faster pain relief, you can also place sliced raw onion on the wound so that the poison is drawn out immediately.
  • To quickly neutralize the bee sting venom, apply a paste made of baking soda and water onto the wound and keep it for 20 minutes. After which, you should rub granulated sugar on the area so that the wound would not form a scar.
  • Certain organic mixtures may also provide significantly effective natural care for bee stings. Mixing 1 teaspoon of lavender essential oil and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and applying the concoction directly on the wound helps reduce the pain significantly (do not use this solution on insect stings near the eyes).
  • You can also use a paste made of meat tenderizer, baking soda and vinegar to hasten the healing process.
  • Another home remedy is to make a paste out of water and aspirin—this will eliminate the itching and burning sensations caused by the bee sting venom.

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