Updated: Jun 12
It's Summer! That means more time spent outdoors with your family...and sometimes the wasps too. Wasp stings can be extremely painful and some of you may feel that there's not much you can do if you've already battled the bee and lost. Good news! I come to you with advice. Here are our top 5 essential oils that could help you feel relief from your sting, fast! As always, everyone is different. Some of these remedies may work better for you than others.
*These essential oils should not be used as a treatment for anaphylaxis. As always, please seek medical attention if you have an allergic reaction to bee stings.*
Lavender is a gentle and soothing oil. It nourishes the skin and has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties, making it an excellent natural remedy for your wasp sting. You can find some here.
2. Tea Tree
This powerhouse oil has been used as an antiseptic for centuries. It can help kill germs and has been known to ease any pain or itching from your bee sting.
This oil is specifically cooling and can help with the burning sensation that often accompanies bee stings. Eucalyptus could help relieve some swelling and pain as well.
Don’t underestimate frankincense, it can help encourage healing, reduce pain, swelling and it’s known to be antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
5. Chamomile Roman
Known for its skin nourishing properties, chamomile roman has traditionally been used for pain relief, swelling and is calming to the nervous system. This may be a great oil for anyone that feels particularly stressed around bees.
How to Apply These Essential Oils
Try gently rubbing these oils (diluted with a carrier like coconut or almond oil) to the sting directly, in a compress, or make a simple paste with baking soda, a drop or two of oil, and water. Wasp venom is alkaline so using a few drops of oil with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice on a cotton ball may help neutralize the sting.
Essential oils may be applied every few hours as needed but make sure to use common sense and always seek professional medical care if needed.
Don’t forget, something as simple as ice can also help with the discomfort and swelling.