How to Treat an Insect Sting with Tobacco

By Amanda Harris

Due to the highly basic composition of tobacco, it tends to neutralize the acidic nature of a bee or other insect sting. In addition, reduces the swelling associated with this swelling. This old herbal remedy will definitely shake up your first aid kit.

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Due to the highly basic composition of tobacco, it tends to neutralize the acidic nature of a bee or other insect sting. In addition, reduces the swelling associated with this swelling. This old herbal remedy will definitely shake up your first aid kit.

Unroll a cigarette, or acquire a small amount of pouch chewing tobacco.

Use a small amount of water to wet the tobacco. Mash it in between fingers until the juices start to come out.

Apply a small lump of tobacco to the sting area. Compress it onto the sting.

Apply an adhesive bandage over the tobacco in order to hold it into place.

Allow the tobacco and bandage to remain on the sting until the pain has disappeared. Depending on the type of sting, this usually takes from 5 to 10 minutes.

Warning

Use this household remedy at your own risk. Not recommended for children under 8 years old. Do not chew the tobacco and then use it on the sting.

About the Author

Amanda Harris is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, with an emphasis in journalism. She currently is a page designer at The News-Star in Monroe, La.

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