Onions are a Natural Remedy for Insect Stings

A MOTHER reader shares her natural remedy for insect stings, this vegetable takes the pain out of bee, wasp and bumble bee stings.

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I always keep an onion in my first aid kit when traveling, camping, etc.

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The best natural remedy for insect stings is a raw onion. 

The best natural remedy for insect stings is to cut an onion in half and apply it right to the sting. After a few moments of slightly sharper stinging, the pain will diminish almost immediately, and the sting will heal in a short while. This home remedy for bee, wasp and bumble bee stings works. I always keep an onion in my first aid kit when traveling, camping, etc.

Teresa McSween 

robert phillips
8/4/2010 1:43:05 PM

I have been stung several times this morning on my ankles from honey bees how come the pain and swelling on my ankles took several hours? anybody know? No I did not remove the stingers but shouldn't it hurt more right after the sting? Thanks Bob


blueridgemtguy
6/20/2010 9:18:49 PM

Use ammonia it will neutralize the formic acid in the bite.


larry bowers
7/25/2009 8:44:40 AM

My Father always kept tobacco handy for bee stings. Wet it, or if you are so inclined chew a little and apply the wet tobacco to the sting. It works. I've used it myself. My Father kept sone tobacco (he wasn't a user) in his glove compartment in his vehicle. He was a painting contractor in Florida, and subject to wasp stings most of the year.