What essential oils can help relieve the pain of wasp & bee stings while also cleaning and disinfecting the bite? Today, we will teach you how and what essential oils to use for pain relief…
You’re not imagining things; essential oils are everywhere these days. They’ve grown in popularity as people have started seeking natural aids for relaxation and pain relief.
Once found mostly in holistic health shops, the healing oils are now widely available—from doctor offices to spas and salons to drugstores to amazon. But with popularity can come confusion:
- What types of essential oils should you buy for stings?
- How do you know if you’re getting good-quality oils?
- Which oils work best with on-skin pain relief?
Choosing the best essential oil will depend on the health concern or how quickly you are trying to remedy the injury. Each essential oil is made up of different compounds and possess different properties, so while some oils are great for relaxing your mind, easing muscle tension and promoting restful sleep, other oils are stimulating, energy boosting and support cognitive function.
To find out what essential oil is best for bee stings, wasp stings, and general pain relief keep reading this article!
Nutmeg is also known as a natural pain-relieving remedy. The nut contains a high quantity of such as myristicin, elemicin, and eugenol.
All of these compounds not only help to sharpen your mind and reduce nerve tension, but also can reduce joint, muscle pain, or stings.
These oils have their own anti-inflammatory and alleviate characteristics. In addition, they could also prevent and alleviate swelling or even infections.
2. Peppermint & Frankincense
Peppermint contains menthol which has a cooling, analgesic effect that can ease the pain. To reduce bruising and decrease inflammation also try applying frankincense oil and peppermint oil.
Mix 2 drops of each oil together with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil. Apply to the affected area 3-5x daily. Then put a warm compress over the area for 2 minutes. You may also use this homemade muscle rub on the area after the first 24 hours if pain worsens.
Eucalyptus oil is one of the most prominent organic essential oils that can be used against fever and general pain relief.
Diluting a drop of eucalyptus oil with three drops of lavender oil in 1 cup of ice-cold water can effectively deliver the result. This dilution is too applied by soaking a clean cotton cloth in this blend and placing it on the affected area. This process is to be repeated until the pain of the area is relieved.
You can also use this same blend to help relax the body and reduce the intensity of fever.
4. Thyme & Rosemary
Thyme and rosemary essential oils are rich in a plant chemical called carvacrol.
Carvacrol has been found to have an anti-inflammatory effect similar to ibuprofen, but without the potentially toxic effects on the liver and gastric function. Dilute 5 drops of essential oil (use just one of those mentioned, or a combination) in 10ml of carrier oil and massage gently into the affected area.
5. Tea Tree
Tea tree oil is another commonly used essential oil that has multiple purposes. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and can be found in products such as toothpaste and creams. Additionally, tea tree oil is also antiviral.
Therefore, you can clean the sting, help prevent infection, and get the pain relief you’re looking for.
Lemongrass essential oil is most often used in clinics and spas where it helps encourage relaxation and a general sense of well-being.
However, its ability to alleviate pain provides can also be used on bee stings or wasp stings, making it a popular option as an oil to be used for pain relief.
Bonus: It is also becoming popular as a homeopathic remedy for stress and sleeping disorders. You can put it in your personal diffuser to help get the natural rest you are looking for.
Lavender essential oil can help smooth the mood and bring down the intensity with its cooling effects and relaxing aroma. Lavender has been used for hundreds of years as a natural sleeping remedy, which can induce a calming effect of the person who was stung.
The Blends We Recommend
We are going to recommend three blends that can be used in order (for maximum relief and infection prevention), or used individually if you don’t have all the essential oils available.
Peppermint, Frankincense, Lemongrass, & Eucalyptus For Pain
This may not be the most pleasant smell you are looking for, but it will offer the most immediate pain relief to bee and wasp stings. Grab a cup of water (8 fl oz) and add ice. Then, put 3 drops of peppermint, 2 drops of eucalyptus, 1 drop of frankincense, and 1 drop of lemongrass. Finally, allow a clean cloth or rag to soak up the mixture, and apply to the injury until some of the pain is relieved.
Thyme, Rosemary, & Tea Tree Oil For Disinfecting
This mixture will help continue to relieve the pain, and start to disinfect the area. Add 2 drops of thyme, 2 drops of rosemary, and 3 drops of tea tree oil to a cup of ice water (8 fl oz). Then, rinse the cloth or rag used previously and soak the new mixture. Finally, apply the new solution to the skin with the cloth.
Lavender & Nutmeg For Relaxation
This mixture is probably the best smelling of them all and will continue to relieve pain while relaxing the person who was stung. Add 3 drops of lavender and 3 drops of nutmeg to a cup of ice water (8 fl oz). Rinse of the same rag one more time and soak in this mixture. You can keep resoaking the cloth in this mixture until the individual is relaxed and most, if not all, of the pain subsides.