Homeopathic Remedies for Insect Bites and Stings
Also indexed as: Bee Sting, Bites (Insect), Sting (Insect)
Homeopathic remedies can be useful for relieving the pain and swelling of insect bites and
stings. If a person is allergic to the venom of a stinging insect, or if a bite is from a
poisonous spider, emergency medical attention is needed right away. (Remedies can still be
used, to reduce the early trauma and to help recovery.)
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of this section. See also
“Using Homeopathy With Professional Guidance” in What Is Homeopathy?
Aconitum napellus: This remedy can be helpful if a person feels fearful or panicked
after being stung. Cutting, stabbing, or burning pain may be felt, along with swelling,
tingling, or numbness. Aconitum should be used immediately, while symptoms are
intense, and can be followed by another remedy, as indicated.
Apis mellifica: If a bite or bee sting causes puffy, tender swelling that is pink or
red and hot to the touch, this remedy may be helpful. The area stings and burns, and cold
applications bring relief. (If a person is allergic to insect venom, especially bee-stings,
Apis may help to reduce the swelling of the passages, given as first aid while on the
way to emergency medical care.)
Cantharis: This remedy may be indicated if a bite or sting results in intensely
burning, scalding pain. The area of inflammation is red, and blisters may develop.
Carbolicum acidum: This remedy is usually indicated in first-aid situations, while
medical help is being sought. The person feels sick and weak, and may have trouble breathing,
with a dark or reddish face that looks pale around the mouth.
Hypericum: This remedy is known for its soothing effect on injuries to nerve-rich
body areas. It is also useful after puncture wounds, including bites and stings. Shooting
pains or pains with numbness and tingling often are experienced when Hypericum is
Ledum palustre: Swelling that extends some distance from the bite, often with a
bluish tinge, a feeling of cold and numbness, and aching pain, suggests the use of this
remedy. If the swollen part seems cold, but the application of ice or cold water brings
relief, Ledum is strongly indicated.
Urtica urens: Reddish blotches that burn and itch intensely (like a nettle sting)
after insect bites may be relieved with this remedy. It is also a useful remedy for hives that
sting and itch.
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X,
6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and
wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If
improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The
frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be
required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and
in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What is Homeopathy? and Understanding Homeopathic Potencies.