It is a late summer afternoon with a mild breeze and the sun shining brightly. You decide to take a stroll to a nearby picnic spot with your family to have a good time. As you are walking and enjoying peaceful time off, you accidentally brush against a shrub and get stung by a yellow jacket. It thinks you ruined its peace.
Good luck to you apologizing to the wasp and trying to decipher your intentions to it! Just an FYI, if you didn’t already know, yellow jackets are the most aggressive of all wasps.
Yellow jackets most commonly nest thousands in numbers underground in the burrows made by rodents. They defend their nests from intruders very aggressively and may chase the presumed threat for long distances.
Yellow jackets can sting multiples times. They are often mistaken for bees, due to their similarities.
A yellow jacket sting causes sharp pain, redness, swelling and itching on the stung area for a minimum of 2 to 3 days. Even though this is temporary and generally does not cause serious complications, it can be uncomfortable and annoying for some people.
Such stings should be dealt with immediately. You can use some everyday household items and ingredients to treat a yellow jacket sting at home for pain relief.
Baking soda is very effective at quickly relieving pain and inflammation from a wasp sting. It is alkaline, and this helps to neutralize the venom. Since it also has anti-inflammatory properties, it helps reduce inflammation, redness, and swelling. (4) It is a popular remedy to treat mosquito bites and spider bites too.
Repeat 3 or 4 times a day or as needed.
Tobacco is usually bad for you, but in this case, it can come to your rescue. When applied to an inflamed area, its anesthetic properties help soothe the skin. The nicotine present in tobacco helps relieve pain as well as draws out the venom that the wasp left in your skin. It is an effective treatment for bee stings as well.
You can unroll a cigarette or buy a pouch of tobacco that is sold the for medicinal use.
Tobacco serves several medicinal purposes. In ancient times as well as today, it is used as a sedative, diuretic (removes water from the body), expectorant (supports discharge of sputum through the air passages, used to treat coughs) and a discutient (causes the disappearance of pathological accumulation) when applied topically. It is used internally only as an emetic after all other emetic remedies have failed.
This remedy provides instant relief. However, you can repeat the application as needed.
Apple cider vinegar and plain white vinegar both work effectively in treating insect bites and stings.
Apple cider vinegar consists of acetic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties. This helps reduce the pain and inflammation caused by the sting.
The poison of wasps or yellow jackets has a powerful alkaline nature. Using an acid like vinegar or apple cider vinegar will neutralize the alkaline in the venom.
Optionally, you can use apple cider vinegar mixed with meat tenderizer powder. The enzyme called papain (also found in papaya fruit) in the meat tenderizer breaks down the venom composed of toxic proteins that are causing the body to react.
Repeat the process 2-3 times a day to get complete relief.
Aspirin is generally used for reducing fever and relieving moderate pain caused by toothaches, coughs and colds, and headaches. It is also used to reduce swelling in conditions like arthritis.
It contains salicylic acid, which is an analgesic and helps relieve pain instantly. This makes it a good remedy for yellow jacket stings. (3)
Rinse it off with water once the paste dries out on your skin.
Honey has antibacterial properties that dilute the wasp’s venom as well as reduces the inflammation and itching, thereby soothing the skin. (5)
Repeat a couple of times for faster relief.
One of the easiest and quickest home remedies to treat a yellow jacket sting is placing a slice of onion on the stung area. You’ll be able to feel relief in approximately 20 minutes.
Onions have phenolic compounds that break down the complex proteins, peptides, and enzymes present in the wasp’s venom. Although it does not draw the toxins out of the skin, destabilizing the venom helps reduce the pain and inflammation. (2)
You can also use onions to prevent insects and bugs from biting you again. They do not like the strong smell of onions.
Ideally, this should bring you relief in 20 minutes, if required repeat the process with a fresh slice of onion again.
Epsom salt consists of magnesium sulfate, which makes it a natural exfoliator and anti-inflammatory agent. It is used to treat dehydrated skin, sore and aching muscles, small wounds and more. (6)
These properties of Epsom salt also make it a perfect remedy to deal with a wasp sting.
Wash it off with normal water. Repeat the process if you do not get relief after the first application.
Ice is like a natural anesthetic for topical application in case of bug bites and bee stings. It numbs the area where it is applied by slowing down the blood flow to the affected area. (3) This helps reduce the pain and swelling caused by the wasp sting.
Repeat as needed. If you don’t have ice available, you can also use a package of frozen vegetables.
Activated charcoal is a very potent agent for removing toxins and chemicals from the body. (1) It is known to be used as a very effective and safe treatment in cases of a drug overdose or accidental poisoning. It is even used in hospital emergency centers.
It is a very porous compound that functions by binding and trapping toxins and poisonous elements in its tiny pores. Its surface has a negative electric charge that draws the positive-charged toxins and gases to it.
Since this remedy is for topical application only, you can make use of charcoal from a wood stove, fire pits and leftover charcoal from a forest fire, if you don’t have immediate access to activated charcoal.
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