Tuesday, May 31, 2016

5 Home Remedies for Honeybee Stings

Hey y'all!  Since Jesse and I became beekeepers, one of our most asked questions is, "Do you get stung a lot?".  Well, not really, but it is gonna happen every now and then.  So for those times of the occasional honeybee sting, here are 5 home remedies to help bring down the swelling and ease the pain a bit.  Always try to remove the stinger as soon as possible.  You can use your fingernail, a nail file, tweezers, etc. to scrape it off.  The sooner it is out the better to reduce the amount of venom being injected.

1. Ice
Place ice pack directly on the affected area.  This one is pretty obvious and does wonders to reduce the swelling.

2. Baking Soda
Shortly after getting married, I had my worst incident with being stung a whole bunch.  We tried lots of different methods and this one really did help ease the pain for me.  Directions: add just enough water to the baking soda to make a paste that is thin enough to spread on the sting, but not so thick as to be clumpy and just fall off.

3. Honey
Apply honey to the affected area, but of course only after you've left the beeyard or you'll pick up a bunch more bees. ;-)

4. Apple Cider Vinegar
This one stings a bit, but eases the pain after a just a second.

5. Mud
And lastly, rinsing the sting with cool water and applying mud or dirt mixed with water also soothes the pain and reduces the swelling.  Be sure to clean and wash it off when your done.

I hope this helps for anyone that is wanting to start beekeeping or
for anybody that gets around a grumpy hive of honeybees. :-)

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