Home Remedies for Bee Stings

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Unlucky is the person who disturbs a honeybee making its way to the next flower or comes too close to a hidden beehive. Spring and summer are filled with stinging reminders of bumblebees, honeybees, and carpenter bees. With warmer weather sending these winged creatures into flight, you should limit colorful flower-like pieces of clothing and sweet smells that tend to attract bees. If you are unsuccessful in your attempts to avoid a clash with this common backyard insect, consider home remedies for bee stings.

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Symptoms of a Bee Sting

A bee sting causes the skin to become red, swollen, intensely painful, and plagued with a burning sensation. In some cases, severe allergic reactions take place, where victims of bee stings suffer difficulty breathing, trouble swallowing, swollen eyes and mouth, and disorientation. In the worst instances, unconsciousness or death is a possibility.

Bee Sting Home Remedies

When attacked by a bee, one of the first things to do is carefully remove the stinger – making sure not to squeeze it. This will avoid the excessive transfer of allergic chemicals into the body. Other home remedies for bee stings known to calm the pain and encourage healing include:

a) Toothpaste:

To ease the burning sensation of a bee sting, apply toothpaste.

b) Sugar:

To prevent a bee sting from leaving behind a scar, rub granulated sugar over the affected site.

c) Raw Onion:

Prevent infection and help draw out toxins by rubbing a slice of raw onion on a bee sting.

d) Meat Tenderizer:

Neutralize bee sting poison in a couple of minutes by applying meat tenderizer to the site – the kind that you use for cooking.

e) Baking Soda And Vinegar:

To remove the stinger of a bee, place baking soda on a sting and then pour vinegar over the baking soda until the powder disappears. The bubbling effect will draw out the poison and help ease out the stinger.

f) Parsley:

Apply freshly crushed parsley to a bee sting and rub it in, which helps ease pain and neutralize the poison.

g) Ammonia:

Beekeepers usually keep a highly diluted solution of ammonia in a spray bottle nearby for treating bee stings.

h) Basil:

Crush fresh basil leaves and apply directly to a bee sting to ease symptoms.

i) Apple Cider Vinegar:

Tame the sensation of a bee wound by rubbing apple cider vinegar quickly after suffering a sting.

j) Baking Soda:

Mix baking soda with water to create a thick paste that will soothe bee stings when directly applied to the skin.

k) Papaya:

Cut a slice of fresh papaya and apply to a bee sting for one hour.

l) Mud:

Add dirt to a small amount of water to create a mud pack that attaches to the stinger and easily pulls it out, as well as reduces swelling.

m) Window Cleaner [1] :

Reduce the swelling and pain of a bee sting by applying on a bit of spray-on window cleaner after removing the stinger. Choose a product that contains ammonia, but stay away from concentrated selections.


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 385


  • paul

    when I got a bee sting my wife suggested that I pick at it until it came out but that took an hour and it still didn’t work then I got the tweezers and picked it out by the end of the stinger it got it out imediately and I felt no pain


    Another thing that works is ciggarette tobacco. Something in the nicotine takes away the sting almost immediately and will help reduce swelling and reddness. Trust me it really works.

  • Susan

    The protein in egg whites will work to pull the sting out when getting stung by a bee.

  • Randy

    My grandmother used to tell me that when she was a child that her mother would dip some snuff then apply the spit to the bee sting to relieve the pain.

  • kelly

    Apply a penny to the sting for a few minutes and you’re good to go!