This easy-to-make paste is a great bee sting home remedy.
Vinegar, baking soda and meat tenderizer paste for bee sting
Many people believe that you must be very careful not to squeeze the venom sack when removing a bee sting. This is not supported by research. The most important thing is to remove the stinger as quickly as possible by any means. Be careful not to break the stinger and leave it buried in the skin.
- Combine equal parts vinegar, baking soda and meat tenderizer to make paste. Add more baking soda if necessary to thicken.
- Apply to bee sting and leave as long as desired.
Why agent works
Vinegar neutralizes the venom and evaporates quickly for a cooling effect. Baking soda is also a soothing agent. The meat tenderizer contains papain, an enzyme found in papayas, that lessens the effect of the venom.
For external use only. If any rash or skin irritation results, rinse thoroughly and discontinue use immediately.