:: The following is a guest post by Amy at Amy Loves It! ::
It is always exciting to find an inexpensive tip that works well, but the way I found out about the best way to treat a sting was not without tears.
While we were on vacation a few weeks ago, my 3-year-old daughter was stung twice in the hand by a yellow jacket. It immediately began swelling, and she was, of course, screaming very loudly.
Needless to say, several people heard her cries, including a lady in a shop next door. She immediately came to me with a baking-soda-and-water-paste, and told me to apply that to her stings. And, so I did… even as I thought, “this is never going to work.”
Well, guess what? I was wrong. Oh, so wrong!
The baking-soda-water-paste worked. And it worked well. It was like a miracle cure. My daughter calmed down and ate her lunch and never said another word about her stings. Not one! She never scratched them, or even thought about them again.
The swelling in her hand went down almost immediately after applying the paste. It took the itch away, as well.
I am a believer! I do not know what it is in the baking soda that counteracts the venom, but it is fabulous!
Another fabulous thing, is that most of the time, we all have baking soda on hand (unless you are on vacation… although I will definitely pack it now!); and water is a given.
I do not have an exact measurement of how much water and baking soda, but you can pretty much tell when you make a paste.
:: Add water to the baking soda, a little at a time, until you get a pasty consistency.
:: Apply paste to the sting (after you remove the stinger), and let it dry. It will dry almost immediately.
:: No band-aids needed, unless they are requested!
And, just so you know, I only applied the paste once. I covered the places really well, but I still only applied it one time. You cannot beat it!
Update: [This post was originally posted on 07/Jul/09, and since then, I have used this “miracle cure” three times… each time, I had the same, fabulous results!]