Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Glamour of Beekeeping

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I think I need to buy beekeeping gaiters. I wear long pants and boots when I open up my beehives. Despite this, bees keep climbing up inside of my pants, getting trapped, and stinging me. This particular sting has produced a welt over five inches long.

A few weeks back, the sting was lower on my left leg, and my ankle swelled up so badly that I could barely flex my foot.

5 comments:

Lynne Rutter | the Ornamentalist said...

after so many, do you ever get immune?
yikes that looks bad!

Anonymous said...

Please tell me you went to see the doctor. Ouch!!!

~Traveling Garden Gnome

Anonymous said...

Oh, and tuck your pant legs into your socks.

Sympathetic cringes...

Traveling Garden Gnome

Kristin Sherman Olnes said...

That looks like it smarts. Yeah, gators sound like a good idea for those crawlers.

Lately I've been using the mist setting on the nozzle of my hose to spray them to calm them when they are getting really feisty. It seems to work better than smoke.

You probably already know this but I'd thought I'd mention it for others. Have you tried the Boiron homeopathic medicine for bee stings called Apis mellifica? That cuts the heal time down for me from 7 days to 3 or 4. I also mix a little meat tenderizer with water and put the paste on the sting immediately. The astringent qualities of the paste work very well. Or, here's the real kicker idea: you could chew oak leaves and place that wad upon the sting for the same effect. Hey, what can I say? I'm into pioneer medicine.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Kristen -- what kind of oak leaves? I've got plenty of volunteer live oaks, but chewing those holly-like leaves might be pretty miserable.

Where do you pick up homeopathic meds?

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