For some reason, our neighborhood has a plethora of bees and wasps. I can’t honestly remember the last time I was stung…until this summer. We had a yellow jacket nest form in our siding and the little buggers fiercely defend their territory, even when you aren’t provoking them!
The other day at dinner a yellow jacket flew off with a huge chunk of my daughter’s chicken! It was honestly twice as big as he was! That is the level of war that we have going on with wasps in our neighborhood. (I actually didn’t even know that yellow jackets are carnivores until I moved into this house. We can’t eat meat outside without them trying to steal our dinner.)
Bee (and particularly wasp) stings HURT. I can take it, but I wanted to make sure that I had a remedy plan in place in case my 3-year-old daughter gets stung…which seems inevitable. Here is the best thing that I’ve found. It’s been self-tested and proven effective 🙂
Lavender Essential Oil (optional) (Where to buy Lavender Essential Oil)
Immediately after you get stung, look to see if the stinger is still in your skin. If it is, remove it with tweezers. In a small bowl, make a baking soda paste by mixing baking soda with just enough water to make it pasty. If desired, add one drop of lavender essential oil. Apply the mixture to the sting and let it dry. After about 1 minute I have experienced pain relief. I left it on for 20-30 minutes until all the pain was gone.
How have you dealt with bee stings??