Essential Oils For Bee Stings
It’s summer time!
Kids are playing outside. Some of us like to go on vacation camping in the woods. And every so often someone gets stung by a bee.
At the very least, a sting means discomfort, redness, and localized swelling, especially if the stinger is still in the skin. But a bee sting can also cause pain, fever, headache, and swelling beyond the site of the sting. If you get stung, use a magnifying glass to locate the stinger, and then remove the stinger with a pair of tweezers (if you’re in a pinch us the corner of your credit card).
Once the stinger is out, you can apply a cold pack to the sting site or soothe it with an application of an essential oil that has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
People who are allergic to bee stings can experience an anaphylactic reaction, with may include such life threatening symptoms as difficulty breathing, rapid pulse, a sharp drop in blood pressure, shock, and even cardiac arrest. An anaphylactic reaction requires emergency medical treatment.
1 pint refrigerated water
11 drops chamomile oil
- Pour the water into a glass or ceramic bowl or low basin.
- Add 10 drops of chamomile essential oil to the water.
- Choose a hand towel or bandage and place on the surface of the water, and let it become completely saturated.
- Lift from the bowl and wring out any excess.
- Keep the cold pack in place over the sting for 3 to 4 hours, replacing the water with freshly refrigerated water as necessary.
- After 3 to 4 hours, remove the cold pack, and apply 1 drop of chamomile essential oil directly to the site of the sting.
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Sources: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
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