Buzz Off! 4 Natural Remedies To Treat Your Bee Sting

Sitting outside and enjoying the last days of summer sounds relaxing--until someone gets stung by a bee. Unfortunately, there's not much you can do to prevent getting stung, and contrary to popular belief, avoiding yellow clothing won't decrease your chances of getting stung. If you have an allergy to bee stings, you'll want to see a doctor immediately after getting stung; if you're not allergic (most people aren't) you'll know because you'll only have pain and swelling around the site of the sting. If you're not sure whether you're allergic or not, you may wanted to get tested by a group like Oak Brook Allergists.

If you find yourself stung by a bee, you should always remove the stinger first so the bee's venom doesn't continue to seep into your skin. After removing the stinger, clean the area with soap and water to remove any bacteria, and then consider using one of these four natural remedies to treat your bee sting.

1. Honey. While this might seem counter intuitive at first, honey is a great remedy because it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Dab a small amount of honey over your bee sting and cover it with a piece of gauze. Keep the gauze in place for at least 30 minutes, and the pain from the sting will begin to subside.

2. Meat Tenderizer. When you're stung by a bee, your body recognizes the venom as toxic, which is why your body produces a reaction of some sort. Meat tenderizer can help heal a bee sting because it has enzymes that can help break down the toxins from the venom. Combine meat tenderizer with water to create a paste, and apply it to the sting for at least 20 minutes.

3. Toothpaste. The venom from bee stings is highly acidic, which is why toothpaste makes a great remedy for it; toothpaste can help neutralize the acidity of the venom, which will in turn help decrease the pain and swelling of the site. Apply enough toothpaste to cover the wound completely, and let it soak in for at least 20 minutes.

4. Lavender Oil. Lavender oil won't only make you smell great, but it will also help soothe your bee sting because of its healing properties. Apply a small dab directly to the sting at least once a day until it feels better. The lavender oil will help ease the discomfort of the sting, and help reduce the itching and swelling that comes along with it.

Getting stung by a bee is usually a painful experience, but with these natural remedies, you won't have to go too far to get some relief.