Natural Health Remedies for Insect Bites and Stings

Natural Health Remedies for Insect Bites and Stings


Almost anywhere you reside on this planet there are small creatures, tiny insects that attack to sting or bite you, either because they see you as a threat to their very existence or as food for their survival.

Insect bite appearance is noticeable by one or more red bumps which are extremely itchy. Yes, you want to scratch it – but don’t! Easier said than done I know; problem is, scratching will exacerbate the itchiness and make it bleed.

If you have a tick, flee or a mosquito bite, they have been feeding off you; and most irksome is the thought of that nasty itchy bump left behind from a mosquito is actually full of its saliva.

Insect stings are commonly ants, bees and wasps; their sting penetrates your skin injecting poison into you.

Whilst ants and wasps will sting you several times, a bee stings once, leaving its stinger under your skin with a sac full of venom on the surface. The tendency is to panic and try to brush it off with your hand; this only serves to pump in more of the venom as will trying to remove it with your fingertips or tweezers.

Yes, it’s a bit of a shock and it hurts! Keep a cool head, slide your fingernail under the sac and scrape away the sting. You could use the edge of a, not too sharp knife, or the edge of your bank or credit card.

A bee sting or a wasp sting can cause an allergic reaction which could be fatal if not treated urgently – medical attention may be required immediately!

The symptoms of allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, are: hives, swelling in the mouth and/or throat, laboured breathing and rapid heart rate.

If you have many bites and stings, and you don’t have an allergic reaction you are not out of danger you can still become sick from many aspects of the injected fluids.

We’ll assume you have been stung once – the bee sting is out – with no reaction.

Here are some natural health solutions to treat insect stings:

For a bee sting, stir a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water until dissolved; then use a cotton wool bud to dip into the solution wetting the area, and then place it directly on the sting securing it with sticky tape.

For a wasp sting, dip the cotton wool bud into vinegar; as with a bee sting, wet the area first, and then place it directly on the sting securing it with sticky tape.

If you have Papaya handy, place a slice on the sting area. Papaya has enzymes that bring down inflammation and swelling.

Garlic or onion rubbed on the sting site will do the job as well.

Applying sugar works just as well to bring down the swelling

Try rubbing on Calendula cream to reduce itching or a few drops of Lavender oil or Tea tree oil.

If you take a walks through forests, woodlands, meadows or moors, be aware that ticks attach to your skin; and as the little vampire tick bites and feeds off your blood they may infect you with Lyme disease, a bacteria called ‘Borrelia burgdorferi’ which must be treated by a doctor.

If you find a tick on your body, use tweezers as close to the skin as you can, gently pull until it free; try not to break the head or it will stay latched to your skin and cause infection.

Once the tick is free, apply an tee tree oil or grapfruit seed extract.One of the great free remedies is Fresh Urine. Yes, it does work and it come out of you sterile.

What to do about those mosquito bites, flee bites and other biting insects:

Don’t scratch

Applying an ice cube to the bite will reduce itching

Bites can be treated with essential oils. Apply a few drops of eucalyptus oil, clove oil or peppermint oil on a cotton wool bud.

I will revisit this area from time to time as it can never be talked about enough.