5 Effective Home Remedies for Bee Stings

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Bees are fascinating creatures that do a lot of good for us as they go about their daily lives. Still, getting stung is no fun, so here are 5 effective home remedies for bee stings that can help you out.

Bees are at least 100 million years old, and likely originated in the far east. There are thousands of varieties of bees, about 20,000 species are estimated, and they now live all over the world. Originally, bees were carnivores like their wasp cousins. At some point they became vegetarian, although why is not known. Still we should be happy. Because they became vegetarian, bees also started producing honey, which is a great food source we consume.

Besides making honey, research suggests that bees may be responsible for the wonderful diversity of flowers we have in the world. Many flowers cannot self-pollinate and depend on the little buzzing bee to come in and drink its sweet nectar and, in return, rub its pollen and spread it to other flowers in order that the flower can propagate. A fair arrangement!Honey was the earliest known sweetener, and the ancient Egyptians were known to use it in drinks and to sweeten foods. They were also the first known been keepers. In fact, they embalm their loved ones in honey. Honey is known to have both antiseptic and preservative properties.

Still, for all that good news about what bees can do for us, getting stung is a big drawback to the lovely little critters.Honeybees are quite gentle creatures, and if you ever keep bees, you will likely eventually learn how to walk and do a certain amount of work right around them without getting stung. Still the chance is always there, and so if you are doing serious work, it’s always best to suit up and protect at least your head, neck, and hands. When a bee stings you, it then dies. It releases venom into your body, proteins actually, that usually cause your skin to swell up and become itchy. If you are stung a few times, as beekeepers often are, you generally begin to react less and less. It still hurts, of course, but not as much.One of the best ways to treat a bee sting is with lavender oil, but be careful since this can also irritate your skin. Be sure you remove the stinger first!

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