• Bee Sting Therapy – A personal account

    Date: 2014.12.12 | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: ,

    Following is a description of the administration of bee sting therapy written by one of our members.  It is a personal account and the results may be different for other people.  Everyone is unique.  The value here is their very detailed step-by-step description of the process.  If you are researching this topic, you are seeking non-sugarcoated information, which is what this is.  Sharing beekeeping information is what we do.


    How I do Bee Sting Therapy:

    Fear.  It’s gunna hurt.  Oww.  It hurt.  It swelled up.  It itches.  Swelling and itching gone.  WOW!  I am pain free.  I can move my hand and fingers.  I can grip my chef’s knife, firmly.  I am not afraid to pick up a coffee cup with one hand.

    First of all why?  The venom leaves behind anti inflammatory  agents and promotes circulation.

    Step one:  I have six tiny baby food jars with perforated lids assembled in a plastic container. Each jar has a tiny piece of paper towel with water and a drop of honey.  I have curved hemostats ready, too.

    Step two:  I open the telescoping outer cover of the beehive. There are guard bees on the top cover.  I flick one into each jar with the hive tool, and twist on the lid.  I replace the outer cover and take my container with jarred bees away.

    Step three:  I am not brave enough to sting myself, so I take the bees, and meet a friend.  We meet outside, so that if a bee gets away they aren’t in the house, and we can quickly crush the bee on the ground after forcing her to sting.

    Step four:  I show my friend the location that is in pain, and where I think the sting should be placed.  I swap with alcohol.

    Step five:  My friend angles open a jar lid, and, using the curved hemostats, picks up a bee by the abdomen.

    Step six:  My friend places the hiney end (stinger-end) of the bee onto the pained place.  Surprisingly, some bees still don’t sting.  If so, pressing them onto my skin will have the desired effect.

    Step seven:  Yes, it hurts.  We take the bee that has now used its stinger, and put it on the ground, say thank you, and crush her. (She would die anyway after stinging.)

    Step eight:  I cover the sting with an ice pack, and feel free to use some Benadryl.

    What a difference one simple sting can make.  Can we do it on the other hand now?  Nothing left, but to sting my friend, next.

    KB, member CVBA