DIY bug bite and sunburn remedies for summer


Bee, wasp and hornet stings

A bee stings once, but leaves its stinger behind. Remove the stinger as quickly as possible. Wasps and hornets do not leave their stingers behind and may sting multiple times, so leave the area before starting treatment.

Make a thick paste using water and one of the following ingredients. Apply directly to the wound and leave on for about 20 minutes.

  • Baking soda
  • Meat tenderizer (contains papain to break down proteins in the venom)
  • Charcoal (the activated form is cleanest, but charcoal from a campfire can be used in a pinch)
  • Honey (unpasteurized contains antibacterial agents)
  • Dirt/mud
  • Toothpaste (undiluted)

Or try one of these plant-based items:

  • Sliced onion
  • Papaya (a natural source of the papain found in meat tenderizer)
  • Plantain (a common backyard weed) ground into a poultice
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