Signs From Mother Earth: A Wasp Sting’s Wisdom & Remedy

There are often parts of our lives that we dislike and events that take place that we wish did not happen. Anything that causes pain or discomfort — whether it be physical, emotional, or energetic — is something that we as humans generally try to avoid as much as we possibly can. And this is perfectly natural, logical, and reasonable –  for who wants to invite pain and suffering into their world? And yet, pain is a natural part of living. We suffer in order to grow, and we learn from the many unpleasant happenings and interactions that take place in our lives.

As much as there is wisdom in preventing unnecessary injury, pain, or suffering, there is also wisdom in embracing it when it arrives — whether it be expectedly or unexpectedly. It is my belief that often we are drawn to particular situations and relationships for the wisdom they will provide us or the lesson that we still have yet to learn.

I had an instance of this occur rather recently; I was sitting on my couch at home, writing for work, when for no reason at all, I stopped what I was doing and looked around the room somewhat aimlessly. My attention landed on a plant situated on the windowsill in my living room. I noticed the top of the pointed leaves of the plant were brown and dry. In that moment, I decided to get up and take a closer look. In looking at the brown tips of the leaves, something instinctive had me reach out and slide my fingers from the bottom of one leaf to the top. (And by the way, this is not something that I had ever done before).

Halfway through sliding my fingers up this leaf, I felt a sudden sting on my ring finger and quickly pulled my hand away. I peeked at the leaf to see what unexpected thorn or prickles this particular plant had, and instead was introduced to a little wasp that was squirming around after its (likely unintentional) attack. As I registered what had happened, I began to feel a dramatic increase in burning and stinging in my finger.

I had not been stung by a wasp, bee, or hornet in many years and was surprised at the degree of pain I was feeling. In the past, I had felt upset or victimized by the attack, saw it as unfortunate, and just let the pain run its course. In this case, I had a sudden insight to look up natural remedies for bee/wasp stings, feeling an urge to diminish the pain and a desire to learn from what was happening.

I found three natural remedies that I used as part of a three-part treatment that from now on will be my go-to—one for immediate and acute pain relief, one to deal with swelling, and one as an overall remedy to keep the site of the sting happy for an hour after impact. I used these three remedies one after another and could not believe how immensely helpful they were. (See the remedies at the end of this article.)

All told, when I had completed my wasp-sting healing mission, I realized that through all of this, the stinger was still in my finger, and I was not able to get it out. As I felt this tiny stinger under the surface of my skin, I wondered what the animal medicine/wisdom was for wasps. I had been seeing a healer at this time to help me deal with a recent heartbreak that was quite devastating, so I was in a vulnerable and open place where every moment felt like growth, learning, and meaning. Once again, I pulled out my computer and searched for “Wasp Medicine,” and amongst other things it said:

“Wasp is the powerful female warrior and shamanic healer, prompting us to take a good look at our lives and ask if we are fighting the good fight. If you are stung by Wasp, it's her way of saying, ‘Wake up! Do your spiritual work! To thine own self be true!’ She confers great protection to those wise enough to give her space to do her thing, and does not stand for her sacred nest being disturbed.

Only those committed to peace may walk with the power of the Sting in the left hand (and yes, readers, I was stung on my left hand!). Wasp shows up when we're learning to bridge the duality of life and death, around the time of a birth or death, a life-affirming transformation, or a personal healing crisis. She is serious but teaches us to laugh at ourselves. Alternatively Wasp is letting you know that resistance to change is by definition self sabotage. It’s time to allow yourself the notion that all things are possible, and that you deserve to have all your dreams come true.”

These words were exactly what I needed at this time of massive life transformation and deep broken-heartedness. I would not have stumbled upon this wisdom and awareness had I not “randomly” decided to examine the plant in my apartment (which I believe was the medicine calling me towards it). These words of self-affirmation and love were deeply meaningful for me at this time, and stayed with me for the next two weeks when I was still able to feel this stinger buried in my finger.

Whenever I thought about the wasp sting, instead of thinking of it as an unfortunate instance of suffering, I was excited about the wisdom and knowledge that it brought to me and let the leftover stinger be a constant reminder of being true to myself.

I learned so much in such a short period of time, and all from the simple sting of a wasp.

Here are the three remedies that I used for my wasp sting, which I highly recommend to all:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

I soaked my finger in apple cider vinegar for 15 minutes (though it also works to soak a cotton ball or cloth in the apple cider vinegar and use it as a compress on the area of the sting. I myself tend to be a “full immersion” type person in general). Apple cider vinegar as applied to the sting site helps to neutralize the acid of the wasp or bee sting and can also help to relieve inflammation and reduce itching. Treating a wasp or bee sting immediately after getting stung will help to avoid additional pain and inflammation as a result of the sting. This remedy worked amazingly well, and I felt the pain diminish almost immediately after I began soaking my finger.

2. Ice

After my 15-minute apple cider vinegar soak, my finger was rather wrinkly and relatively pain-free, but was still on the fast track of swelling up. So I used the next remedy that I had found to deal with inflammation: ice. I iced the site of the sting on my finger for about five to ten minutes and found this to be quite helpful in reducing the swelling.

3. Honey

While soaking and icing my finger, I read about honey and its antibiotic properties (amongst many other healing elements), as well as properties that reduce pain and swelling. The recommendation I found said to put honey on the site of the sting and to put a (loose) bandage around it for an hour or so, and that is just what I did (again, nothing like full immersion/soaking). By the time I took the bandage off an hour later, my finger felt so much better, and all of the swelling and pain were gone.

There are many more natural remedies for wasp and bee stings, as well as the healing properties of apitherapy, but these are the ones that I found and enjoyed the use of all three in a row.

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Rachel, Thank you for your timely message. I got stung by a wasp today while gardening, happens every once and awhile. I live in TX, the land of fireants, Chiggers and stinging critters. Usually, they hurt and swell a little. This time within an hour my ‘right’ hand was three times the normal size and so was my wrist and it started up my arm. Went to my first time Stat Care that is new and around the corner. They took one look and insisted on a cortisone shot. I am so ‘all natural’ but with my hand so large, itching and hurting, I said “OK.” Home now with Benedryl and cortisone cream and reading ‘what the heck was that all about’ and there was your message!! Pertains perfectly to what I am experiencing in my marriage of 15 years. Thank you. As the swelling goes down I realize that I did not get stung by one wasp but by four. I must have touched the nest. When it happened it was just generalized blinding pain in my hand and I assumed it was one wasp sting. Will sit with your teaching and be open to the lessons and the growth. Like you, I am choosing not to look at the pain as a victim, but as survivor. What can I learn from this? Why is this message being presented at this time? I am also excited to see where it is going to take me, surrendering and trusting. I thank you and the Warrior Wasps. Thank you so much. Earth Angels are wonderful, and you are one. Blessings, Barbara

Hi Barbara, I just discovered your comment from the 12th, and I want to thank you so so much for sharing your experience with me. After reading your message for the second time just now, I just got chills! Ah, the amazing insights of mother nature and our inner knowing! Truly, I do think it is incredible that you happened to find my article (which, was published a year ago!) at this time, and find similar wisdom from the wasp sting. Incredible! And I am so glad to hear that this wisdom was so helpful and profound for you at this time, and I am truly honored that my article could help you in this way. As a writer, I am passionate about the things that I write about, but often do not know how, when or why my work may impact another. Your feedback is a great affirmation for me that sharing my insights and lessons is having a positive impact. Thank you. As much as I am an "all natural" girl as well, I am glad to hear that you went to the Stat Care center, as it sounds like the level of inflammation and swelling on your hand was beyond the "normal" amount and may even have been an allergic reaction, and I am not sure (though who knows!) that the natural remedies would have been enough. I truly wish you the best of luck in all that you may be going through in your marriage and in life in general. Surrender and trust are some of the most challenging things to "accomplish" and yet over and over, that is what my path has been showing me to do. And when I do, the relief, flow and then gratitude and insights that occur are immense. Based on some of what you have shared, I wonder if you might enjoy a few other articles that I have written in addition to my basmati articles (as you can see, I have a bunch here on basmati, please feel free to peruse those)...for a link to all of my writing you can go to Thank you so much, again, Barbara, and the very best of luck to you! Thanks again for making my day with your wonderful comments and insights. Rachel Leber

Wow - I'm so glad I stumbled upon this. I was riding my bike the other night when a wasp/bee and I became entangled in my helmet strap and I received a subsequent sting upon my throat (left side). I immediately felt that burn and knew right away I had been stung however I wondered about the incident being a more metaphysical one as I too have been wandering down the path of enlightenment for a while. I thought it was interesting even how the series of events led me to the place where I was stung as it most definitely was not on my usual routine. I felt like I had been drawn to the area/event as you had been led to your plant. Your story really resonated with me and validates my current life situation. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Kristen! Wow, that is wild! Thank you so much for sharing your story with me! And, I am so glad to know that my story resonated with you. It is amazing how these seemingly mundane happenings in life are so often powerful and meaningful—if we can simply be open to the magic that is presenting itself! And, you sharing your story with me also validates what I felt in during my experience, so, thank you, and thank you for keeping the magic alive by sharing! Best of luck to you and I hope the growth and wisdom continue for you each and every day! -Rachel

It was a message from the Universe that drew me here. Thank you

Hi Kanchi, The Universe works in amazing ways! Thank you for being here.

i had to look this up as ive been stung by two wasps in two seperated occasions. On my upper left lip and on a vein on my left hand. its funny how you said only those committed to peace can bare the sting and that felt soo ironic as ive been trying to study reiki healing and keep putting it off. perfect reminder of what i must do! be a warrior and healer of peace!! Namaste

Thank you for sharing your story, Einar! Good luck to you on your journey. Namaste

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