The symptoms of a bee sting are known to many of us – burning, stinging, redness, swelling – all the effects of a foreign object (stinger) and substance (venom) being in our body, and our body’s attempt to get rid of it! When it comes to bee stings, a homeopathic remedy called Apis is the answer to this discomfort.
Disclaimer: If you have had a history of anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting) in the past, that apis should under no circumstances be used in the place of an EpiPen (epinephrine injection) or Benadryl.
Homeopathy, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is a method of therapy where “like cures like”. Akin to a vaccine that is given with denatured or disrupted elements of a virus to stimulate our immune response, a homeopathic substance is a dilute version of a material that is presented to our bodies that are experiencing those symptoms.
So what are the homeopathic symptoms necessary to produce relief from apis? The same you would expect to experience with a bee sting, such as:
- Feeling uncomfortable and swollen with heat
- Worsening of symptoms with heat exposure
- Swelling around the eyes and mouth (again as long as not anaphylactic)
- Swelling of the limbs (hands, arms, feet, legs)
- Rashes, hives, or severe itching of any kind
Something to add to the first aid kit! You’ll know if this will work for your sting within 15-20 mins at the most.