If there is one thing that can spoil a beautiful summer day, it is getting stung by a bee. Along with the pain and swelling that can come with it, some people of course are allergic to bee venom, which can lead to a potentially life-threatening situation. However, for the majority of people, a bee sting is simply a nuisance that they want to get rid of as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are many home remedies for treating bee stings, most of which are very effective. For example, many people use ice to dull the pain and reduce swelling, while others use baking soda or even toothpaste to eliminate the pain and swelling. Yet for others, the best treatment they have used for treating bee stings over the years is chaw, more commonly known as chewing tobacco. While sounding unusual, it is widely viewed as a very effective bee sting remedy. If you’d like to know more, here is why bee stings can be treated with chaw.
It’s All About the Alkaline
When most people hear the word alkaline in relation to treating bee stings, they tend to assume a battery will need to be part of the treatment plan. However, that is not the case. When it comes to chaw, it actually has a very high concentration of alkaline. Because of this, the alkaline can be very useful in helping to neutralize the venom from the bee’s sting, which when embedded in a person’s skin releases acidic properties that result in pain and swelling.
Only a Small Amount is Needed
Fortunately when you use chaw to treat bee stings, you will not need to use the entire pouch of tobacco to do so. Instead, you will need only a very small amount. Once you remove a small amount of tobacco from the pouch and place it on the sting’s site, you’ll need to wet it just a bit. If you can, spitting on the tobacco to get it wet actually works better than using plain water, since the enzymes contained in human saliva can help break down the toxins in the bee venom. Once you’ve got the tobacco wet enough for its juices to start flowing, you’re on to the next step.
Compress and Bandage
Once you have the wad of chaw on the bee sting, make sure the tobacco is very wet. Once it is and the juices are flowing freely, compress it onto the sting and hold it there for a few seconds to let it take hold. After this, find an adhesive bandage that will be large enough to cover the sting and the chaw. For best results, use as big a bandage as possible. Once you have found the bandage and have it in place, the next step is being patient.
Just a Few Minutes Until Relief
Even if you have been stung by a particularly venomous insect such as a wasp or yellow jacket, the good news is that once you have used chaw to treat the sting, relief from the pain and swelling should come momentarily. Upon having the bandage in place over the chaw and the sting, you should only have to wait no more than 10 minutes to start feeling much better. Once you no longer feel any pain from the sting, you should be able to remove the bandage and chaw from the sting’s site. For best results, it may be a good idea to not immediately wash the site, since this will give the chaw juice a bit more extra time to soothe the sting. However, after about another 10 minutes, you should be able to clean the area and resume your normal activities.
Not for Small Children
For reasons not quite known, using chaw as a bee sting remedy is not recommended for children under eight years of age. Also, it is important to remember that you do not have to actually chew the chaw before using it on the sting. As stated earlier, simply using a bit of saliva on it will do just fine. By following these simple steps, you will be amazed at the incredible healing powers chewing tobacco can have on a bee sting.