Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bee Sting Remedies



My all time favorite bee sting remedy may be on your spice rack right now. It is Adolph's Meat Tenderizer! It a natural concoction that contains papain which comes from papayas. Simply sprinkle a little pile into the palm of your hand and add a couple of drops of water to form a thick paste. Gently rub onto the bee sting leaving a nice coating on your skin. Leave on until it dries. The papain, which is what tenderizes your steak, also breaks down the protein in bee venom! I keep a bottle on right in the first aide kit.


My second favorite remedy is plantain. It is a readily available weed that can be found growing in most lawns, on the side of the road and even in the cracks of side walks. Pick several of the leaves and chew them for a couple of minutes until they are nice and wet and warm. Apply the macerated leaves to the bee sting and leave be for a while. It will keep the sting from getting red and itchy and I have no idea why this one works, I just know from experience that I have found it to be quite effective. The last time I used it was when my husband and I were out in the boonies on his motorcycle when he got stung in the neck. We were miles from any help and the sting was getting red and puffy. I chewed some plantain that was growing next to the road and put it on his neck. The swelling and redness disappeared!

I want to finish this post by emphasizing if you are allergic to bee stings, carry an epi-pen and seek medical attention right away if you are stung! If you start to have any of the symptoms of an allergic reaction (swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, hives, difficulty breathing) seek medical attention right away!

4 comments:

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  2. Thank you for that information. I pulled that weed today, not knowing how precious it was
    :-).

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  3. I have that weed growing everywhere! This is great information. Do you have to chew it, or could I just use a morter & pestle with a bit of water?

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  4. I don't see why you couldn't use a mortar and pestle.The main thing is to release the healing properties of the plant by bruising it and adding heat. I would probably use warm to hot water for that reason.

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