How to "Survive" a Bee Sting
|Dry Creek in Jackson, California near the scene of the incident.|
It was nearing the end of spring, but hot like a summer day, and we were in rattlesnake territory. So all of a sudden it dawned on me: rattle snakes are out at this time of year, and could be anywhere on our path! As I ran, in sandals, to catch up to Phoenix, I felt a sharp sting on the sole of my left foot, near my big toe. Luckily, it wasn't a rattle snake bite, but still, it stung so badly!
We were taking a nature stroll after visiting a long time friend of the family who is still sick in bed. At the time of the bee sting, we were near the creeks edge, so I limped to the cold running water. Before getting my foot in the water, our friend, who was walking with us on her property, squeezed the stinger out of me. I was sweating from the heat and the pain, but as soon as I put my foot in the cold running water I felt sweet relief. It was almost as if the creek water had healing powers, and had healed my foot.
|Phoenix running up ahead on our way down to Dry Creek.|
|Yes, he submerged in the water that day, while momma soaked her foot.|
When we got back up to our friends house, she rubbed a "secret" potion (MMS) on my foot. I seriously thought I was completely healed, but the next day my foot started to swell. It took about three and a half days for my foot to heal. That's the quickest it's ever taken my foot to heal from a bee sting, and I've been stung on the foot a lot. On this post, I am sharing what I did, and I hope it helps you too.
|My left foot was a different tone and swollen, it was even more swollen at one point before this picture.|
1.) Ice, Ice, Ice- Don't underestimate the power of icing! I filled up a large bowl, I had from the Dollar Tree, with ice and water, and just soaked my foot in there while watching a movie on the couch. You can use an ice pack, or something of that sort if it's on another area of your body. I put an ice pack in my bowl as well.
2.) Apple Cider Vinegar! You can fill up a bowl with organic apple cider vinegar and soak your foot in there. Or use wrapping gauze and soak it in apple cider vinegar, and then wrap the affected area. I did both! Keep doing this to reduce swelling and neutralize the itch.
3.) What's all this buzz about local honeys?!
I bought the most local honey I could get, and used a paint brush to brush the honey all over my foot! I'm not sure if it was the honey, or the combination of eveything I did, but my swelling was down the next day, and the itch was gone, and I was good from there on out! Maybe try the honey first?
Sorry if I was too blab-bee but I hope these tips help!