A good friend of mine who has shared her vast knowledge of essential oils with me had told me awhile back that she had found an awesome fix for bee/wasp stings. Being that I am a barefoot country girl for every season but winter, I was all ears. (There are downfalls to being barefoot all the time, namely bee stings!) I went ahead and bought this oil just to have on hand as she swore by it after her teenaged son was nailed by a wasp. My friend used this oil on her son, and he reported immediate relief in the stinging, swelling and pain arena. So, I figured I would just hold on to it in case (kinda of like having triple antibiotic ointment on hand, just in case).
Unfortunately, it was not me that I had the first opportunity to use this on. My 11 y/o was heading to the barn (and even wearing flip flops!) when she came tearing back into the house howling because she had been stung by a bee. Supermom to the rescue! (not really but it sounded good) I pulled out the oil blend I bought and put it on her toe just after removing the stinger. Her howling turned into a wimper, then to just a complaint. disclaimer...she has not ever been stung by a bee before so she has no comparison for the pain she was feeling, but she said the oil made it not burn/sting so much. Within 45 minutes she was no longer complaining and the swelling and intense itching that I usually experience with a bee sting did not happen to her. She did not mention her sting again to me for the rest of the day (and this child will tell you if she is experiencing discomfort!)
The oil is a blend from my favorite company, Doterra, it is called "Purify" and is a blend of the following:
Lemon Peel, Lime Peel, Siberian Fir Needle,
Austrian Fir Needle, Pine Needle, Citronella
Grass, Melaleuca Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential
So, for this farmgirl, I am thinking that I will keep this oil handy in the summer months around here...and I might just keep some on hand for out and about too!
Note...You can purchase this product from me in the sidebar store. (disclaimer...I am a doterra rep because I LOVE their products and use them for my own family)