How can I stop the sting? Let me count the ways
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Stopping the pain of wasp/hornet/yellowjacket stings
I don’t think there’s a person alive who has been driven to wildness by the pain of a wasp or hornet sting. Yellow jackets inflicted tremendous pain to be such little suckers. I got on a fb page and was searching for info on how to stop the pain of a bee sting. I asked and boy did I get a lot of answers.
In no particular order, try these:
1. Chew plantain and put directly on bite. If you don’t know what plantain is, move on but if you do, and you’re outside, I can testify to this one. May not stop the sting but helps.
2. Apply essential oils including lavender, which is soothing, and peppermint, which has pain relief properties.
3. Apply a poultice of yellow mustard
4. Chew tobacco and apply wad
5. Apply apple cider vinegar
6. Apply orajel
7. If outside and near mud, apply mud
8. Take an anti-histamine
9. Make a yarrow poultice
10. Mix baking soda and water to form paste and apply
11. Apply Adolf meat tenderizer or Lowry’s seasoning salt
12. Mix lavender oil into honey and apply
13. Arnica gel (I’ve used it, yes, is soothing)
14. Tape a penny over the sting
15. Make a juice of tomato leaf and apply. Sorry, no recipe included. Maybe boil down to make a poultice?
16. Apply a yarrow poultice.
17. Spray some windex on it (ammonia?)
18. Apply raw potato slices
19. Soak rag in epsom salts/hot water mixture and apply
20. Apply witch hazel
22. Apply bleach to sting area
23. Apply bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar mixture
24. Dab toothpaste on sting area
25. Try homeopathics. Apis for bee stings and Canthans for wasps
A lot of these may also work well for mosquito bites or ant bites.
For spider bites, the best thing I’ve ever tried is activated charcoal, mixed with water to form a paste and reapplied when it dries. A little messy to make but it helps draw out the poison.
Of course, some spider bites are serious so always see a doctor if bitten by a brown recluse, black widow or other poisonous arachnid.