Home Remedies for Bee Sting

Bee stings are very painful, but not always avoidable and when you get stung you want quick relief to ease the pain.

A variety of at-home remedies can help ease the pain of a bee sting; however first and foremost, you should ensure the stinger is not in your skin. Sometimes the stinger will get stuck and could release more venom as opposed to being removed immediately.

Home Remedies for Bee Sting

Tweezers are often efficient in pulling the stinger out. You can tell if the stinger is there by looking for a black spot where you were stung. Once the stinger is removed wash the area and try one of the following home remedies for bee sting.

1 – Crushed Garlic

Simply crush garlic clove (or two if needed) and press it against the area. You can then apply a moist rag or towel over the area and leave it for up to 30 minutes.

2 – Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is a great remedy for a variety of things, but it can also help with a bee sting. Just apply a drop or two of lavender essential oil to the area and the oil will begin neutralizing the venom instantly.

3 – Ice

Ice is a common pain reliever for bee stings and other stinging insects as well. You can apply ice to the area for about 20 minutes to allow it to numb your pain and slow down the blood flow in that region to reduce any swelling.

4 – Meat Tenderizer

Just take some meat tenderizer and mix it with water until a paste forms and then apply it to the area for up to 20 minutes.

5 – Honey

Yes, honey does come from bees, but it’s also effective for bee sting relief. Just apply a small amount of honey to the area and place a small rag or some gauze over it for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour. (Obviously, if you are allergic to honey or bees, avoid using this remedy.)

6 – Toothpaste

Toothpaste is similar to baking soda in terms of acting as a ‘base’ to help neutralize a bee sting, relieving the pain and lessening the swelling. Just apply a little bit of toothpaste over the area for 20-30 minutes.

7 – Vinegar & Baking Soda

One of the popular home remedies for bee sting is to mix baking soda with vinegar until a paste forms. Apply a small amount of the paste to the area and leave it in place for half an hour.

8 – Plantain

Plantain is a garden weed common to most gardens. Look in areas of the garden that are regularly disturbed. Plus, it is often noticed in cracks in the pathway or patio area. It is possible to buy the plant from a local nursery and leave it at home. Even though it is classed as a weed, it can still look attractive with its leaves and foliage in purple. To use as a home remedy for bee sting extract the juice from the leaves (crush or bite the leaves) and rub the fresh juice over the affected area. Leave in place for 25-30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.

When you have left the treatment on, whichever remedy you use, for the recommended time, just cleanse the wounded area with a wet cloth or paper towel. You should then apply an antibiotic cream like those found in your first-aid kit.


How to Treat Bee Stings at Home (Video)


Further reading:

  1. Bee sting allergies: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
  2. Allergy to Wasp and Bee Stings
  3. Bee stings – How honey bees and bumblebees sting