Home Remedies To Treat A Cactus Sting

Cacti are strange and beautiful plants that are low-maintenance as potted plants. Depending on where you live, you might even have seen them outdoor. But ever wondered what you should do if you get a sting from one?

Before thinking of applying any medication, you need to take a few basic steps. First, to remove any spines that may have attached to your skin; you may have to use tweezers. Second, wash the wound with an antibacterial soap and water. Then, check for smaller spines. A strip of duct tape can be used to remove the finer ones.

When dealing with a cactus sting, the goal is to prevent infection. This will make sure your wound heals completely and without any complications. These 7 remedies will help you do just that naturally.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a good treatment for cactus stings

Aloe Vera soothes more than just sunburns. Its cooling effect feels amazing on cactus stings, especially if the wound is red and

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irritated, and accelerates the healing process.1 Its potent antibacterial and anti–fungal properties also prevent infections in the wound.2

How to: Cut open a fresh leaf and scrape out the gel. If you don’t have access to the plant, you can also buy pure aloe vera gel at a health food store. Spread it on the wound with clean fingers. For extra benefits, you can add tea tree or lavender essential oil. Use 5 drops of oil for every 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel.

2. Argan Oil

Argan oil is a good remedy for cactus stings

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Most people use argan oil to get silky smooth hair. But not many know that it can treat a cactus sting! According to a 2016 study in the journal Ostomy Wound Management, argan oil promotes wound healing. In fact, it can even treat second-degree burns.3 So imagine what it can do to a cactus prick!

How to: Like aloe, argan oil can be used by itself or as a carrier oil. Apply it with clean fingers or a cotton swab or ball.

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is effective treatment for cactus stings

Coconut oil is the holy grail of natural skin care, and it’s easy to see why. Its antibacterial and anti–fungal abilities can protect your wound while promoting healing.4 It also moisturizes and softesn the skin surrounding the affected area.5

How to: Scoop out a small amount of coconut oil with a clean spoon. Rub it in between your hands until it melts. Apply it on the affected area or mix it with essential oils.

4. Green Tea

Green tea is a good remedy for cactus stings

Green tea is more than just a tasty drink. It’s jam-packed with powerful substances called catechins, which can heal a cactus sting. One of its substances, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (or EGCG) promotes skin cell growth to help the

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wound heal. It can even prevent infection thanks to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.6

How to: Brew a strong cup of green tea, let it cool, and soak a cotton ball in the tea. Press this on your wound for a few minutes. If the skin feels like it’s on fire, freeze the green tea into ice cubes and apply it on the skin.

5. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree oil is an effective remedy for cactus stings

Tea tree essential oil is a popular antimicrobial often used for acne. But it can do wonders on a cactus wound as well. Tea tree speeds up the healing process while fighting bacteria, helping the skin heal faster.7

How

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to: Tea tree oil is very strong; always dilute it in either aloe vera, argan oil, or coconut oil and then apply.

6. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is a good remedy for cactus stings

Lavender isn’t just a natural sleep remedy. It also heals wounds! When applied to the skin, it produces more fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen), helping the skin tissue to develop quickly and heal the wound.8 Like tea tree oil, lavender essential oil boasts antimicrobial powers. And if you’re in a lot of pain, the soothing scent will help you relax.9

How to: As with all essential oils, dilute the lavender oil

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in a carrier like coconut oil, aloe vera gel, or argan oil.

7. Honey

Honey is an effective treatment for cactus stings

If your cactus sting is swollen, treat it with honey. This traditional wound dressing will relieve red and irritated skin, enhance your immunity, and help the body heal faster. Honey contains antibacterial properties that also reduces the risk of infection.10

How to: Spread a thin layer of honey on the sting. Wrap with gauze and leave overnight. Come morning, wash it clean with soap and water.

In the end, the best way to stay safe is to simply avoid getting the sting. Always use gloves when handling a cactus. In the wild, pay attention to your surroundings and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect your skin.

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