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Essential Oils for Wasp Stings | Our Top 5 Picks

Updated: May 26, 2021

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.*

1.  Lavender

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.

Lavender roll-on from The Original Oil Shop

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. 

Tea tree plants

3.  Eucalyptus

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.

Eucalyptus leaves

4.  Frankincense

Don’t underestimate frankincense, it can help encourage healing, reduce pain, swelling and it’s known to be antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.  

Frankincense made from Boswellia bark

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.

 Chamomile Roman flowers

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.  

For intensely painful stings, try our Happy Relief Roll-On! With 250mg of CBD and our signature Happy Relief blend of essential oils, it really packs a punch. Simply roll the oil directly on to 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. 

No Wasps, No Stings!

The best way to treat a wasp sting is to avoid getting one in the first place! There are tons of bug repellants on the market today, but why use harsh chemicals when you can opt for a natural option?

According to the NCBI, these essential oils showed positive results repelling wasps:

  • Lemongrass

  • Citronella

  • Patchouli

  • Ylang Ylang

  • Lavender

Our Happy Camper blend contains many of these oils and is made to repel wasps, mosquitos, and other pesky bugs that interrupt your time in the great outdoors. This blend comes in a convenient pump bottle to make application easy. Plus, the smell is fantastic!

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