My 13 year old daughter was stung on the eyelid last week while weeding our garden. It swelled like crazing! The swelling not only shut her eye, but went down her face to her chin, over the bridge of her nose and started puffing her other eye!
She is not allergic to bee stings. She has been stung before with no reaction at all. However being stong in the very sensitive eye tissue reacted quite differently for her! (I suppose it would for anyone!)
When she was first stung we chewed up fresh plantain from the yard and put the gloppy spit wad of weeds on her eye and held it there. This relieved the pain of the sting - but the swelling was fast and furious. We tried ice...to little avail. I even resorted to Benedryl (can you believe it??? I can't!) Then I remembered chamomile... (dah! I had JUST prescribed it to someone else for swollen eyes do to allergies a few weeks before. How could I forget??) We'll I put some chamomile in a tea bag (a store bought one or two would work well too), activated it in some hot water for a few minutes, and then took it out to let it cool. I gave her the tea to drink and then had her hold the bag over her eye. We noticed results right away. It soothed her and swelling started to go down. It wanted to swell back up when she layed down at night, it also wanted to swell between compresses. The second night, we had her sleep upright in a recliner chair with a tea bag on her eye. The next day she was back to normal. It was healed.
I talked with a friend who was stung in the eye by a bee when she was a child. She went into great description of the trauma and said it took a LONG time for her swelling to go down untreated, about a weak. I think we did pretty well with the chamomile, even though we started late - it only took 48 hours for the time of the bite.
So remember chamomile is a soother and good for swelling. Even in sensitive areas like eyes. It is safe for infants too!
p.s. The picture was taken by Hadassah and I had her permission to use it! :-)
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