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Natural Remedies for Bee Stings

Updated on February 27, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

For most people getting stung by a bee is not a very big deal, but some people are fatally allergic to bees and wasps. If the person who got stung is experiencing any of the following syptoms you should seek immediate medical attention.

  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Nausea
  • Sudden rash
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Blurred vision

You can also give a dose of Benadryl immediately to help alleviate reactions and symptoms of allergies.

There are many natural remedies for bee stings. However you should always try to remove the bee’s stinger first. Sometimes the venom sack is attached to the stinger and it can release venom for several minutes after being stung. This can cause the symptoms to get worse and last longer. Remove the stinger by scraping it off rather than pulling it out. This will help the sac stay intact.

Once this is done you can consider one of the following natural remedies for bee stings.


Apis Mellifica

Apis Mellifica is a homeopathic remedy. Homeopathy was developed by Rev. Brauns in 1835 in Thuringia, Germany.It works on the principle that minute amounts of

The active ingredient in Apis is whole honey bee. The bee is chopped, crushed and mashed, then steeped in alcohol to extract the essential components from the bee that helps to relieve:

  • Swelling
  • Stinging
  • Itching

The small apis tablet should be held under the tongue until dissolved. Don't drink or eat anything for 30 minutes.

Plantain can be found almost everywhere. image:sxc
Plantain can be found almost everywhere. image:sxc


Plantain is an herb which is known as a “common weed”. It can be located any where soil has been disturbed. Plantain can be found growing between the cracks in the sidewalk or even in your back yard. It is very adaptable.It will grown in the sun or in shade and in almost any soil.

Plantain is a low growing plant, which is green in color and has oval-ribbed short-stemmed leaves that can grow up to six inches long and four inches wide. However their size can vary depending on the type of soil and how much light the plant it getting.

Plantain grows a flower stalk which is leafless in the summer and fall seasons. These stalks can be up to ten inches tall and an odd shade of green and purple. Plantain is known to have a great drawing power. It can draw out the stinger and the venom from the wound. It also cleans the wound and provides relief to the burning and itchiness which can follow a bee sting. To use plantain on a bee sting:

  • Pick several leaves from the plant
  • Chew the leaves really well keeping leaves and saliva at the front of your mouth
  • Spit it out and place it on the stung area
  • Hold it on stung area for several minutes.
  • Repeat if necessary


If you do not have Apis on hand or can’t find plantain plants, mud can stand as a suitable substitute. Make a paste from mud and water, if water isn’t available saliva would work also. Apply a thick layer of the mud paste to the stung area. Leave the mixture on until the mud dries and begins to flake off. Then rinse with cool water. The mud paste draws the bee venom from the wound and can relieve the redness, itchiness and burning caused by a bee sting.

Bee stings can be a large nuisance and create much unneeded discomfort. If it is not treated immediately, the venom from the stinger can spread through the blood stream and make the symptoms worse. That is why it is not only convenient for comforts sake, but also important to have some knowledge of natural bee sting remedies.


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    • RalphGreene profile image

      RalphGreene 6 years ago

      Very helpful article. Great tips here.

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      Violet Flores 7 years ago from Kentucky

      Great information! I had never been stung by a bee before, but had read about Plantain leaves being a good remedy. Well one day I got my first sting on the underside of my foot, and I used the plantain leaves in my backyard, and it worked so well! No swelling or pain at all after I treated it.

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      lafenty 8 years ago from California

      When my granddaughter got into a nest of bees, and was stung several times, her dad applied tobacco to each sting. I had never heard of doing that, but it seemed to take the swelling down right away.

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      Thanks for the suggestions. Mud will be useful when nothing else is around. I always used a paste of baking soda and water. That is cool that you can get revenge on the bee that stung you by boiling him up and using him to heal the bee sting. Although I usually don't go the eye for an eye route. But, the bee will be dead anyway.

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      pmalik 8 years ago from India

      Wow.. This is very helpful.. we have a lot of bees here and this info is good to know and memorize..