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Treat a Bee Sting with a Penny

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. 

Guess what? 

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, pennies are made from copper. 

Copper peptides are being used in facial creams and serums for healing and anti-aging purposes. Copper is a trace mineral our bodies use to produce healthy cells. This cruelty free copper peptide product from Skin Perfection looks interesting to me. I think I need to try it!
Skin Perfection 10% Copper Peptide Hyaluronic Serum
Skin Perfection 10% Copper Peptide Hyaluronic Serum
The copper increases cell turnover rejuvenating the skin so it looks younger. The hyaluronic acid hydrate and plumps the skin making it look younger. Apply sparingly twice a day to your face and neck.

Also, copper bracelets are use to calm inflammation from arthritis.

Perhaps there is something magical about a penny after all!

How to Treat a Bee Sting with a Penny

Use the Right Kind of Penny
Find a penny dated before 1982. 

Pennies dates 1981 or earlier contain 95% copper. 

Pennies made 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.

Wash it! 
Money is dirty. Give you penny a good scrub with dishwashing liquid, rinse and dry it.

Make a Penny Compress
Hold the penny on or tape it to the sting for 15 minutes.

It sounds crazy but I'm always a fan of a natural remedy! I will definitely try to remember to treat a bee sting with a penny if I get stung. My husband is a landscaper. He may need this remedy more than me!

I did have a wasp sting and wouldn't you know, I forgot to try the penny remedy. I used some other remedies.

 If you try it, please let me know if it worked for you in the comments.

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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