Friday, August 3, 2012

A Penny and a Bee Sting?

copper penny

I had a client yesterday who was telling me about her bee sting. A bee stung her on her thumb. She had none of the traditional home remedies, such as baking soda or meat tenderizer, in the house. The thumb was throbbing and swelling. Remembering an article she had read about a penny reliving a bee sting, she taped a penny to the sting. It worked! 

The pain stopped and the thumb shows no evidence of the sting. Of course, I had to investigate this matter! Many say it is urban legend however, copper peptides are being used in facial creams for healing and anti-aging purposes so perhaps there is something to it after all! 

Here is what to do:

1. Find a penny dated before 1982. Pennies dates 1981 or earlier contain 95% copper. Pennies after 1983 are mostly zinc with copper plating. Pennies dated 1982 could be either the older copper version or the newer zinc version. An old fashioned copper penny may or may not be more effective.

2. Wash it! Money is dirty.

3. Tape it to the sting for 15 minutes.

Let me know if it works for you in the comments.

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