Ouch! A bee sting!
While generally harmless, a bee sting can pack a punch. Swelling could last days, and the throbbing pain may linger for a few hours. What options are there to find you some relief? Essential oil bee sting treatments could help you!
Keep reading to learn about which essential oil works best for bee stings!
Bees, wasps, ants, and hornets are all insects known for their painful and potent stings. Not every ant can sting, but bees and wasps are always quick to deliver a painful attack whenever threatened.
We all know the sharp pain of an insect sting, but why do these tiny wounds hurt so much? Whenever a bee stings you, it uses its barbed stinger to pierce into your skin. Some of the initial pain you feel comes from the sharp intrusion.
Bees also inject venom, a chemical called melittin, whenever delivering their painful sting. Besides its pain-inducing qualities, melittin creates swelling, redness, and severe allergic reactions to bee stings.
Honey bees discard their stinger inside your body following a sting, leaving behind the appendage to spread more venom. Without fast action, you could have prolonged symptoms!
Some bees retain their stingers, like bumble bees and carpenter bees. Typically more docile, it’s unlikely either will ever sting you, but always be cautious around these insects. Both can sting multiple times!
So, will essential oils work well for your achy insect stings? Surprisingly, some oils may reduce swelling and pain, getting you back to feeling your best in no time!
The big question is: Which works best for me?
Often used in teas and lotions, this plant is a popular ingredient in many sleep-inducing products. Chamomile tea can help soothe you back to sweet dreams.
As an insect sting treatment, chamomile oil could help reduce pain, redness, and itchiness. Like bug bites, bee stings begin to itch after the initial pain wears off. While it’s tempting to scratch at the itch, avoid causing further irritation.
Lavender oil is another pick for its pain-relieving qualities. You can either softly dab some of the oil directly onto your skin or mix it with water to dilute the strong scent. Unless you have skin sensitivities, you shouldn’t worry about adverse reactions.
After applying the lavender oil, expect relief in a few minutes to an hour. While it won’t cure the wound, the product may accelerate healing and help the annoying pain and itch!
Mint or Peppermint Oil
Like the other options, mint oils can help soothe inflammation and reduce redness around your wounds. Whenever dealing with a gnarly-looking bee sting, try diluting these oils in a bowl or spray bottle with water before applying them to your stings.
Plus, peppermint oil can even be an insect repellent! After dressing your bee stings, you can soak cotton balls in peppermint oil or apply a few drops to a bottle to create the perfect repellent. In conjunction with other pest control products, peppermint oil can keep bees and wasps away!
Other Essential Oils to Consider
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Essential oils may help reduce the healing time for rough stings by easing the swelling, pain, and itchiness you feel.
Untreated skin irritation could make you scratch at the itchy area, but we advise leaving these spots alone. Scratching a bite inhibits the recovery process, causing it to heal slowly. Repeated irritation can even introduce bacteria into your wound, resulting in an unpleasant infection.
Because bee stings are notoriously painful, essential oils can provide you with needed relief and quell some of the symptoms you face. Plus, you can incorporate your favorite scent into your sting treatments.
Try adding essential oil to a unscented lotion to spread over your skin, especially if you have multiple bee stings or insect bites. The oil will reduce inflammation, and the lotion will keep you feeling silky smooth!
In the mood for a relaxing evening after battling pests? Try incorporating the essential oils into your bath time routine. Because many essential oils need dilution, a bathtub full of warm water is the perfect solution!
Add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice to a full bathtub and soak in the relaxing mixture. If many bees have stung you, the water and oil blend should help soothe the ache and itchiness.
Essential oil for bee sting treatments won’t cure the painful welts, but these tips should give you relief against any lingering side effects!
However, if you’re experiencing severe reactions to bee stings, avoid DIY methods and consult a medical professional. Allergic reactions need prompt medical attention as anaphylaxis can cause rashes, hives, and difficulty breathing.
Multiple bees or wasp stings can also make you incredibly ill, even if you’re not allergic to stinging insects. Visit a doctor’s office or the emergency room if attacked by a swarm of bugs, and keep an eye out for any reactions.
While essential oils help painful bee stings, we want to help you prevent these critters from flying close enough to cause harm!
Staying far away from active nests is one of the easiest ways to prevent bees from stinging you. Avoid approaching or bothering active bee hives near your home. When left alone, bees are typically docile and won’t try to harm you.
Also, don’t swat at the bees that curiously flit by or make sudden movements. You might frighten the bee or mark yourself as a threat to the insect. Avoid slapping at the bug or your skin if a bee lands on you. They could accidentally sting you!
Flowers bring bees and wasps to your yard in droves. Consider planting any flowering plants away from the perimeter of your home. Never try to remove a bee hive alone. Always call a trusted pest control professional about dangerous hives on your property.
Here at Zunex, we cover stinging insects in our general pest control treatments. If you suspect these little pests are building on your lawn, give us a call today!