After Gen’s first bee sting earlier this spring, I was motivated to mix up a batch of “Bee Sting Paste” to have on hand. I felt badly that she’d had to wait for me to mix some up, while she sat there with her sore finger.
When mixing up the paste to use immediately, I just use water to moisten the ingredients. However, I wanted to avoid the potential of mold/spoilage during long-term storage, so I used coconut oil in this recipe.
I didn’t really measure any of the ingredients, but just gradually sprinkled in spoonfuls of everything, stirring until it was a useable paste texture. Here is approximately what I used:
Herbal Bee Sting Paste
2 Parts Coconut Oil
2 Parts Baking Soda
1 Part Plantain Powder
1 Part Calendula Powder
3-5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
One capsule of Vitamin E Oil (prick it with a needle, and squeeze the oil out)
It is a combination of healing, soothing ingredients to address the irritation/pain of bee stings or bug bites. (Make sure to carefully remove the bee stinger before applying the paste.)
Please note: This paste will not serve as an antidote in the case of a bee sting allergy; that is a serious medical emergency. Keep a close watch for symptoms of an allergic reaction (such as difficulty breathing).
I repurposed little spice jars for storage (a glass one for home, and a plastic one for the car kit). The one in the car is stored inside a reclosable sandwich bag, in case of leakage. (Yes, I even decorated it with a little “bee” sticker, for non-readers.)
A great “wilderness medicine tip:” If you are able to recognize plantain, and find the plants nearby, you can chew the leaves into a paste, and apply directly to the sting. However, not everyone will have that option, so a pre-made paste is an essential addition to a basic medicine kit.
Also, if you don’t have the herbal powders on hand, and are in the midst of a “bee sting crisis,” just a paste of baking soda and water (with or without the lavender oil) can still be helpful; definitely better than nothing!