What to do if you have been stung by a bee? People in the city often mistake wasps for bees. Wasps are carnivores and often hang around public garbage cans looking for sugar from pop cans and food thrown out. Bees however are vegetarians and only go to flowers and tree buds for their food. Male bees or drones do not have stingers. Except for the queen bee if a bee stings you she will die. That is because her entrails, which include a venom sac, are pulled out when she flies away after stinging a predator. If you are stung by a bee, try and remain calm. Using your fingernail or a credit card quickly scrape out the stinger and venom sac. The venom sac keeps pulsing and injecting more venom that is why it is important to scrape it out and not pinch between your fingers the dart and venom sac, as you will only inject more venom into your body. If you or the person who is stung are allergic to bee stings, and are having an anaphylactic shock reaction, use an epi pen. In the case of an extreme reaction to the bee sting if someone is smoking nearby borrow their cigarette and after having removed the dart and venom sac burn the stung area so as to vaporize the venom and call 911. Raw honey can be put on the wound later on to help heal the cigarette burn and reduce the scarring.
What do Bees use their Venom for?
Bees principally use their venom against predators of the hive. Animals such as skunks who eat bees and bears that adore honey and bee larvae are among the most common bee predators in North America. Less known is the amazing use of bee venom to keep honey from putrefying. In the 1920’s a young Bulgarian yogi had a swarm of bees make their hive between his window and shutter of a small cabin that he was living in and used for meditation. He was able to observe the bees and due to the intoxicating odour of honey and beeswax he was able to have fantastic meditations. During his observations of the bees working he noticed that they injected a minute amount of venom into the hexagonal cell that contained uncapped honey. They then capped the cell with wax. This honey he remarked did not putrefy and was fit for human consumption. The uncapped honey would ferment. (Precisely because of this fermentation beekeepers use this uncapped honey to make mead or honey wine).
Health Benefits of Bee Venom
In the modern world honey bee venom has found wide uses in treatment of various kind of rheumatism. BVT applies as part of an overall approach, which includes nutrition, vitamins supplements, minerals and exercises. A partial list of medical studies reported that bee venom cream was used in the following cases:
- acute and chronic bursitis,
- ankylotic spondylitis deformans,
- juvenile arthritis,
- lateral epicondylitis ( tennis elbow ),
- poly-arthritis deformans,
- psoriatic arthritis,
- rheumatoid arthritis,
- traumatic arthritis.
Bee venom therapy can be useful in both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, helping with both pain and swelling. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatoid nodules can lessen in size. Other connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma have been (anecdotally) helped by BVT. Even systemic inflammations not related to joints, such as ulcerative colitis or even asthma, may warrant a trial of bee venom. This is presumably due to stimulation of endogenous cortisol through the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. Read More
How Bee Venom helps with Arthritis
When people have arthritis it is painful because the joints rub together and form grit. This grit between the joints needs to be washed away and one of the ways is to use bee venom because bee venom contains mellitin a chemical that dilates the blood vessels and gets blood flowing. So by stinging the arthritic areas or using a bee venom cream, bee venom with the chemical mellitin is transferred to the area and increases blood flow thereby washing away the arthritic grit between the joints. Motility although painful is also recommended for arthritic people as movement gets blood flowing.
The bee venom cream* that we recommend is Venex because it was obtained without killing the bees. Apply topically 1 gram and massage for 5-10 minutes into the affected area. Keep away from eyes and nasal areas. Read instructions before use.