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Tag: bee sting

Natural remedies for bug bites and insect stings

My 5-year old daughter enjoyed an outdoor symphony performance on the grass the other night and came home with several enormous itchy welts on her ankles. Luckily, I know several remedies to help ease the itching and calm the inflammation that I feel safe using on such a sensitive little one.

1. First, I gave her some homeopathic Apis Mellifica underneath her tongue. This is the same homeopathic remedy I suggested using when a friend was stung by a bee recently.  I recommended she take a dose immediately, then a second thirty minutes later, and if needed for discomfort, a third two hours after that. My daughter’s fierce mosquito or spider bites required one pastille of Apis that night and a second the next morning before breakfast.

2. For topical relief, I rubbed in some homopathic Florasone, a remedy helpful for skin irritations in general. If I could have located it in my house, I would have applied some homeopathic SssstingStop gel, but the Florasone worked quite well, as it usually does.

3. For bee stings and spider bites, it’s helpful to place a drying masque over the area to draw out the poison. Mud works great and is easily available, as does tooth paste (not gel). A clay facial masque will do the trick, too.

4. Finally, disolving about 2 cups of Epsom Salts into a warm bath for a soak will help reduce swelling and relieve itching.

Natural first aid for bee stings

Last weekend, my 36-year old sister got stung by a bee. It was in my house, of all places, where a bee had landed on the back of a chair as we were going in and out to a block party all afternoon.

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

My sister has been stung twice before, and each time had a reaction of increasing severity so she was terrified to have been stung. The danger with bee stings, of course, are that they can trigger anaphalactic shock quickly, and each incident can be worse than the previous.

After removing the bee from the house, I moved quickly and gave her 3 pellets of homeopathic Apis underneath her tongue. We coated the sting area with calamine lotion, though mud works just as well, if not better, and let it dry to leach the toxin out. About 15 minutes later I gave her 3 pellets of homeopathic Ledum as a follow up. (I also keep Benedryl and an EpiPen in the house, just in case, but they weren’t needed.)

The result of our homeopathic first aid? No breathing difficulties, no swelling in the throat, not even any swelling at the sting site. She was amazed.

Basic 36 Homeopathic Remedy Kit
Basic 36 Homeopathic Remedy Kit

I was up on my bee sting procedure as the week before my 3-year old daughter had been stung while on the slide in a playground. We were lucky because it had rained the night before and we found some great mud in the baseball diamond in the park. We packed it onto the sting sites and it gave her some immediate relief. We were not home until an hour later, at which point I gave her an Apis pellet shortly followed by a Ledum. She was able to sleep comfortably that night, and by the next day had no swelling at all.

I find this Basic 36 Homeopathy Kit at handy to have around for times like these.