Inevitably this summer, someone will
encounter a bee in the wading pool, forget to re-apply sunscreen,
or tramp through the wrong part of the forest.
We all know to have ice,
over-the-counter pain relievers, lotions and antihistamines ready.
But a treasure trove of quick-acting treatment options is right in
By Ashley Talmadge
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.
Or try one of these plant-based items:
Many of the remedies used for stings may also be used
to treat the itchy bites of insects such as mosquitoes, horse flies
and black flies. Additional remedies for itching include:
A cool bath often is the best way to relieve
sunburned skin. Many believe in the addition of oatmeal, baking
soda, or vinegar as a soothing agent. After a soak, try one of
these home remedies:
It is essential to wash well with soap and water to
remove any oily residue from the skin. After that, a cooling bath
can work wonders. Bath additives like oatmeal and baking soda work
well. Try Epsom salts, buttermilk or mint tea as soothing
additions. After dabbing the rash dry, try applying one of the
following to dry the outbreak and speed healing: