Top Essential Oils for Bee Stings

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Bee stings can be painful and uncomfortable for anyone – even if you do not have an allergic reaction. Some people seek to relieve the pain and inflammation (or swelling) by using natural essential oils. This is nothing new, essential oils have been used for centuries as a remedy for many different ailments. Let’s look at some of the best essential oils to use for bee stings and the safest way to use them for relief.

Why Essential Oils are Beneficial for Bee Stings

Redness and swelling on skin from bee sting and lavender essential oil bottle.

Essential oils are an effective treatment for bee stings for several reasons. First, many essential oils have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. They help reduce some of the redness, swelling and pain that you may experience at the sting site.

Second, there is always a risk of an infection happening after a sting. The bee stinger makes an opening in your skin and we are all prone to scratch the area due to itching!

Some essential oils are natural antimicrobials – they help stop germs. That’s why we can use them to make things like – natural vapor rub.

Third, essential oils are easy to use. They absorb into the skin easily and provide quick relief.  And, they are safe when used correctly and contain no synthetic chemicals or ingredients.

What Causes Bee Stings

The most simple explanation for the cause of a sting is simply that you and a stinging insect became too close to each other. Bees sting for a reason – but that reason can differ depending on the type of insect.

Honey bees are docile and only sting in defense. If they feel threatened or you are too close to their beehive, you may be viewed as a predator.

Other types of insects, such as Yellow Jacket Wasps, are more aggressive. You are much more likely to be stung by a wasp than a bee.

That is why people try to keep bees (and wasps) away from picnics and other gatherings. Thankfully, essential oils work for wasp stings too!

Worker honey bee injecting venom into human skin.

Why You Should Treat a Sting

Doesn’t a simple sting from a bee resolve on its own within a few days? Yes, in most cases a sting does not require a doctor’s visit (except for allergic reactions). It may heal just fine even if you do nothing.

But, there is no reason to feel uncomfortable if you don’t have to. There are many natural remedies for the associated skin irritation and itchiness – essential oils are only one option.

However, because they are so easy to use and readily available – why not relieve some of your symptoms and promote healing.

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Signs of Allergic Reactions

If you have any indication that you may be allergic to bee venom – to not attempt home care. Make you way to the nearest emergency facility immediately – call for help.

Swelling of the tongue or throat, dizziness, trouble breathing or loss of consciousness may be signs of anaphylaxis – this potentially fatal condition requires medical attention!

Images of top 3 essential oils used for stings lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus.

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Top Essential Oils for Bee Sting Relief

Here are some of the top essential oils used for relief from bee stings. These natural compounds are powerful.

Consult your physician if you have any concerns. Be sure to read the section below on carrier oils!

Lavender Essential Oil

This is one of the most popular essential oils for a variety of purposes. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of Lavender oil make it perfect for soothing bee sting irritation. It is also calming and may help you relax – a good thing after experiencing stings.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree oil is also known melaleuca oil. It is made by steaming the leaves of the Australian Tea Tree. Believed to have antibacterial properties when applied to the skin, it is used for acne, foot fungus, insect bites and more.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus oil is another effective essential oil for bee sting pain and swelling. It is considered to be analgesic (pain relief) and antiseptic (germ killing).

Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile is a common ingredient in many skin care products. Some of you may be old enough to remember painting your legs with that famous pink Chamomile lotion back in the day? One study (May 2011) compares the effectiveness of Chamomile to hydrocortisone cream.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense oil is soothing and calming. The anti-inflammatory properties are a good match for the swelling and itch from a sting.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil provides a cooling sensation to the skin – and it smells good too. This cooling pain relief may sooth your hot itchy bite.

How to Use

Remember, we talked about the fact that essential oils are powerful. Just because you can buy them without a prescription or order them online does not mean they can be used without proper caution.

Carrier Oils

Most essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin without being diluted with a carrier oil. What is a carrier oil? It is any mild skin safe oil that you use to dilute your potent essential oils.

The most common ones are coconut oil and almond oil. Though sunflower and jojoba oil are preferred by some people.

Mix Ratio: For most oils, 5 drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier oil is sufficient. Use a cotton ball to apply the diluted oil to the affected area and gently massage into the skin. You can repeat every few hours.

Everyone has different skin sensitivity. When using one for the first time, use the weakest formula and test on a small area.

Safety Concerns

When using essential oils to treat bee stings it is important to remember that these natural oils are powerful. Take the necessary safety precautions to ensure you are helping your situation and not making things worse.

  • choose high quality oil – look for the testing certification
  • always dilute the oils
  • watch for allergic reactions
  • avoid sensitive areas – eyes, mouth, genitals etc
  • consult your health professional if you have any medical conditions

** Disclaimer: This post provides a look into the use of essential oils for relief from the minor pain and swelling of bee stings and how they are commonly used.

It is not intended to provide medical advice or take the place of your healthcare provider. Consult your physician!

These natural oils are great for many purposes including some that promote good health for humans. In fact, beekeepers sometimes use essential oils in beekeeping for the same reason – better health.

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