Bites and Stings

April 19


As Spring seeps into Summer, nature comes alive, and so do the creepy crawlies! Although, we need to be grateful for their essential part in a healthy ecosystem, we are less grateful for the bites and stings that come with them. 

Whether you are bitten by a bee, wasp, horse fly or mosquito, using the following natural remedies can provide quick relief and ease symptoms. All can be found in your kitchen, health shop or sourced from your local registered homeopath. (


Kitchen Remedies: Ice – For quick and easy relief ice or any cold compress can help by diminishing the itch, reducing inflammation and easing the discomfort of bites and stings. Put crushed ice into a plastic bag or use a bag of frozen vegetables and apply to the sore area. Running a cold tap onto the wound can help too. Alternatively dab white or apple cider vinegar onto the affected site or mix with baking soda to make a paste for ease of application. Lemon juice can be used as an alternative. 

Nelson’s B&S Spray or Gel – Combining a variety of plant-based substances apply to the affected area. Useful to have as part of a first aid kit.

Bach Rescue Remedy – This comes as in liquid, spray or pastille form and is especially useful to relieve any anxiety or panic as a consequence of being bitten or stung. Rescue Remedy also comes as a cream which can be applied topically for relief of symptoms.

Apis 30c Prepared using the bee sting itself Apis is particularly useful for bee stings, or any other sting that results redness, swelling and heat which is helped by applying cold water. Apis can also be used for jelly fish stings with similar symptoms. If the  the face is puffed up and swollen with a burning, pricking rash and numbness, Medusa 30c is more suited.

Ledum 30c Prepared from Marsh Tea or Wild Rosemary, Ledum is an excellent remedy for any kind of puncture would including insect bites and stings. Especially suited to bites from mosquitos or horse flies. Made from the plant St John’s Wort, Hypericum 30c is a good alternative in such cases.


Most insect bites and stings are not serious, will get better within a few hours or days, and will respond to general treatment. However, occasionally they can become infected or cause a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Please contact your GP or Emergency Services if you notice infection or if the person affected has excessive swelling and/or breathing difficulties.


© Daniela Karsten RS. Hom., Dip. Hom. ACH.


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