15 Wasp Sting Home Remedies to Try

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For all of the wonderful things that can be done outdoors during warm weather, there are a few pesky things that can make for a bad day, like a wasp sting, for instance. The burning, itching, swelling and overall discomfort of a wasp sting can put a damper on a pleasant summer day, but here are 15 wasp sting home remedies to try in order to get right back into the swing of summer again.

Note that these are great home remedies for the average person to relieve the symptoms of a wasp sting, but those who have allergic reactions to bees, hornets, and wasps need to have emergency treatment options that are prescribed to them by a healthcare professional.

1. Remove Stinger

Because a wasp leaves its stinger behind when it stings, the first step before any other home remedies for a wasp sting is to remove the stinger. By doing this, you might lessen the amount of venom that enters your body.

What to do:

  • Scrape the area with a fingernail or the tip of a pocket knife.
  • You can also use tweezers if they are available.
  • Rinse the area with antiseptic as quickly as possible.

When you are removing the stinger you want to be as careful as possible not to leave any remnants behind. Leaving even just bits of the stinger behind in your skin can result in a bacterial infection that will cause more pain. 

If tweezer do not allow you to fully remove the stinger, then there are some tricks you can use. For starters, you can place some chewed gum on the stinger, let it dry and peel it off the gum. You can also use Elmer’s glue to do the same. Spread the liquid glue on the infected area, then when the glue dries, slowly pull it off. You will find that you can pull the stinger out with it.

2. Cold Compress

Once the stinger is removed, one of the most effective home remedies for bringing quick relief to a wasp sting is a cold compress or ice. The cold temperature not only slows the spread of the venom, but it helps to reduce swelling and numbs the pain.

What to do:

  • Soak a washcloth in ice-cold water or place ice cubes in a washcloth.
  • Hold the cold compress over the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes.

When you are using the glue, be sure that you are picking up the cold compress and moving it around your skin. Do not just leave it placed on one area of your skin. 

3. Aloe Vera

Everyone is aware of the soothing relief that aloe vera brings to pain, burning and itching. It is also a perfect home remedy for a wasp sting as well. Besides its antiseptic qualities, the gel of the aloe vera plant is an antihistamine and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

What to do:

  • Slice open an aloe vera chute and extract the fresh gel from the inside.
  • Apply the gel to the affected area and feel its instant cooling and relief.
  • Repeat this remedy several times a day until the area has healed.

If you do not have an aloe vera leaf that you can use, there are plenty of over the counter products that offer the same aloe gel. If you have not done so already, it is wise to invest in a tube of aloe vera that you can place in your medicine cabinet. 

peppermint oil as ingredient in homemade bug spray

4. Peppermint Oil

Besides being a great way to repel wasps and bees, peppermint oil is also a great home remedy for gaining relief from a wasp sting. Not only does peppermint have anti-inflammatory properties, but it also has an analgesic effect to get rid of the pain, burning, and itching as well.

What to do:

  • Scrunch up and then rub a fresh peppermint leaf over the area. Wild peppermint is often found near streams or in marshy areas in the wild.
  • You can also apply 1 or 2 drops of peppermint essential oil directly to the sting site. If you have sensitive skin, you might need to mix this essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil.
  • You can repeat this treatment 2 or 3 times as necessary daily.

5. White Toothpaste

Relief from a wasp sting can also come from the use of white toothpaste. This makes a great home remedy because it helps to neutralize the acidity of the venom, thereby reducing pain and swelling.

What to do:

  • Only plain, white toothpaste will work for this remedy. Those with whitening, gel or colored toothpaste is ineffective.
  • Smear a dab of white toothpaste over the affected area.
  • Leave it in place until it either wears off or you can rinse it off after a few hours.
  • Reapply more paste as necessary.

6. Honey

It is rather fitting that honey is an effective home remedy for treating wasp stings. Honey helps to dilute the venom and also has antibacterial properties to fight off infection. Besides those functions, honey also helps to soothe itching, burning and swelling.

  • Smear a little pure, raw honey on the affected area, allow it to dry and then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat a few times a day.
  • You can also mix equal amounts of raw honey and turmeric to make a paste. Apply it to the affected area, a few times daily for a few days.

What to do:

  • Smear a dab of pure, raw honey over the affected area.
  • Allow it to dry in place and leave it alone until it either wears off or you rinse it off several hours later.
  • Reapply this remedy as often as needed.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

It should come as no surprise that apple cider vinegar is among the home remedies for treating a wasp sting. Apple cider vinegar also helps to neutralize the acidity of the venom. ACV works as an antibacterial and also has anti-inflammatory properties as well.

What to do:

  • Soak a cotton ball or piece of gauze in raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
  • Hold the gauze or cotton ball over the area of the sting for at about 10 minutes.
  • Repeat as many times as necessary until the initial discomfort and swelling is gone.

8. Witch Hazel

The extract of the herb witch hazel is also an effective home remedy for relieving the discomfort and inflammation of a wasp sting. The anti-inflammatory and astringent properties of witch hazel are very effective against itching, burning, and swelling.

What to do:

  • Saturate a cotton ball or piece of gauze in witch hazel extract (best if from the refrigerator).
  • Place the saturated item over the welt of the sting and hold it in place for a few minutes.
  • Allow the solution to dry on its own.
  • Repeat this process as often as needed to bring relief.

9. Baking Soda

Another alkaline solution which helps to reduce the acidity of wasp venom is baking soda. The burning, itching and swelling of a wasp sting will quickly go away when the venom more closely matches your body’s pH.

What to do:

  • Mix 1 tsp of baking powder with enough water to create a paste.
  • Smear the paste over the site of the sting and leave it in place for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water and reapply the paste as necessary.

10. Moist Tobacco

Though this might not be appealing to many, moist tobacco is another tried and true home remedy for wasp stings. Tobacco acts as a drawing agent which helps to draw out the venom of the sting from the area.

What to do:

  • Moisten cigarette, cigar or chewing tobacco.
  • Apply the moistened tobacco over the affected area and hold it in place for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove and repeat the process as many times as necessary to gain relief from burning and itching.

11. Black Tea

Another drawing agent which is also effective at bringing relief to a wasp sting is black tea. The tannins in black tea work to reduce itching and swelling as well as drawing the venom out of the affected area.

What to do:

  • Place a tea bag in hot water, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes or so.
  • Draw the tea bag out of the water and apply it directly to the welted area.
  • Hold the tea bag in place for 10 minutes or so.
  • You can repeat this remedy as often as necessary as well.
turmeric and ginger

12. Turmeric

One of nature’s most effective anti-inflammatory agents, curcumin, is found in turmeric. Turmeric is so powerful that it is actually been shown in studies to be more effective than ibuprofen on inflammation, making it the perfect home remedy for a wasp sting.

What to do:

  • Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with 1 tsp of raw honey.
  • Apply this golden paste to the welted area of the sting.
  • Allow the mixture to dry in place and wear off or rinse it off after an hour or so.
  • Reapply this paste as needed.

Because tumeric does have a distinct scent, it can be a little off-putting for some. However, it is undeniable that this is one of the best wasp sting home remedies to try out. 

13. Lavender Oil

Also among the most effective home remedies for treating a wasp sting is lavender essential oil. Lavender oil works similar to several of the other remedies above. It not only helps calm the trauma in the area of the sting, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, lavender oil neutralizes the toxins of the venom and brings quick relief.

What to do:

  • Place a few drops of lavender oil on your finger or a cotton swab.
  • Rub this oil over the welted area of the sting.
  • Allow it to soak in on its own.
  • Reapply every few hours as necessary.

If you have the wasp sting in an uncomfortable place, then the lavender oil can also help to ease the discomfort by relaxing you with its therapeutic aroma. 

14. Papaya

Besides being a great ingredient in a tropical fruit salad, papaya has some awesome properties for bringing relief to a wasp sting. The enzyme papain in papayas acts as an antiseptic helps bring relief to burning and swelling as well as breaking down the toxins in the venom.

What to do:

  • Slice off a small chunk of papaya.
  • Rub the papaya over the affected area, moistening it thoroughly.
  • Allow it to dry and remain in place for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
  • Repeat as often as necessary.

15. Onions

One of the most common foods found in any household is onions. Onions are one of the easiest and most effective home remedies for relieving wasp sting symptoms. The sulfurs in onions are not only anti-inflammatory but also have antiseptic qualities.

What to do:

  • Extract the juice of a sliver of onion using a food processor.
  • Apply the juicy pulp directly to the affected area and hold it in place with a piece of gauze or soft cloth for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Rinse off and repeat as often as necessary to relieve pain, itching, and swelling.

Carry an Epi-Pen 

For some people, a wasp sting can be dangerous and even fatal. If you are someone who is allergic to wasp stings, then you want to be sure that you always have access to an epi-pen. If there are close family and friends that you spend the majority of your time with, then you want to be sure that they understand how to use your epi-pen as well. Being prepared will help you to prevent the worst thing that could happen.


It is always a fun adventure to wander around on a picnic or just savor the beauty of your outdoor activities. Outdoor fun does not have to come to an end because of a wasp sting. Armed with our 15 wasp sting home remedies you can go ahead and enjoy camping, backyard barbecues or a day in the park without worry. However, when you are having a serious reaction to the sting, make sure to talk to your doctor. Make use of one or more of our remedies next time you or someone close to you is stung by a wasp, and then make sure to tell us your success stories in the comments section below.

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  • Wasps do not have a barb on their sting and so do not leave a sting behind in the wound. Wasp stingers sting by a drilling action. This is why a wasp can always sting repeatedly whereas bees (the sting of which *is* barbed) can usually only sting once before it becomes attached to the victim and is mortally injured if it tears itself free or is forcibly removed.

    • That’s right, Sherry! Thanks a lot for the constructive critique. We will try to be more specific and avoid making mistakes in the future. However, if it’ll happen again, do not hesitate to write to us. We appreciate the gesture so much!

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