Top 3 Tips for Blue Bottle Stings
and 4 Essential Oils You Need
Blue bottle stings are a part of every surfer’s, beach swimmer’s and beach lover’s Summer. Blue bottle stings are painful! Essential oils can help soothe and support your skin and body!
What are Blue Bottles?
Blue bottles are a group of organisms that come together to form one body with an almighty sting that is intended to catch it’s prey. They are pushed along by the ocean currents and float along on the surface with tentacles floating wide and down into the sea. Thankfully, essential oils can help with the painful aftermath of a human and blue bottle encounter.
The blue bottles tentacles which have many stingers and are intended to paralyse and catch dinner, attach to human skin and cause pain at the site of the sting and also in nearby glands. The sting is also accompanied by a hot, allergic like rash which then becomes itchy. You should always aim to immediately go to the life guard tent for help and advice on what kind of a sting you have sustained.
The Humphries Get Stung
I know all about the pain and reaction blue bottle stings can cause from personal experience unfortunately. A few times a year one (or more) of the Humphries gets stung by the common blue bottle (not be confused with Portuguese Man O War), simply because we are at the beach almost everyday surfing & swimming. This time it was Matthew that got stung – bad! Right at the end of the day too! The blue bottle stinger which has a thin, long tentacle made it’s way up into his board shorts, wrapped around his leg and back side.
We Avoid Over The Counter Meds
The side effects of taking over the counter Anti-Histamines are many, including overloading the body’s immune system which we need to keep working optimally while the body is under pressure from a sting. This is why I am so grateful to have natural alternatives in my home that are effective and support our body in healing rather than hindering it.
What to do when you get stung?
1. Remove the Blue Bottle Tentacles
When you get stung by a blue bottle you need to remove the tentacles ASAP as this is the stinger. This can be tricky because the tentacle will continue to sting hands and fingers which is exactly what happen to my son. Try to see a life guard or an adult for help.
In our case, our son was able to run up into the surf club showers and have a hot shower and then again when he arrived home. I recommend you go straight home and have a hot shower if there is no hot shower at your beach.
3. Essential Oils
Then it was essential oils to the rescue.
Now, if you’ve got the top 10 essentials oils that are found in the Home Essentials Kit you’ve got most of what you need.
I have been using doTERRA essential oils for about 5 years now and I’m continually astounded at how simple and effective natural health care can be!
Here’s some of the things we did to help this recent Blue Bottle incident:
- Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint and Frankincense make a good essential oil combination to soothe the skin reaction.
- We like to be prepared for stings and allergic reactions so we keep the pre-blended ‘TriEase” capsules in our medicine cabinet. We got our son to take one TriEase.
- If you are starting out and you only have the top 10 essential oils, you can make up a similar concoction with Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint essential oils to take and/or apply topically under the feet and over the sting. Read HERE for more about this blend of oils.
- I made an allergy spritz with Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense and Fractionated Coconut Oil and applied it topically all over the stung red skin.
- Before bed he took another TriEase tablet and we reapplied the allergy spritz topically one more time.
In the morning I was blown away by the result. The redness and itch had subsided quite a bit and even more over the space of 24 hours. So much so that I just had to share it with you here. The surf also happened to be good that morning so keeping him out of the ocean sun was not an option for a frother like him – if you’re a surfer you’ll know what I mean.
- Matthew took another TriEase in the morning.
- We changed the topical oils slightly to avoid using citrus on the skin whilst out in the sun. The day time skin soothing blend was Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Manuka and Copaiba.
NOTE: If all you have is the top 10 essential oils then you can make a blend with Lavender, Frankincense and Peppermint.
Blue Bottle Sting Check List:
- Remove stingers – get help from a life guard or adult
- Hot water/shower
- Use essential oils multiple times a day to soothe the itch and reaction. You will need Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense and Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Thank Goddess that I had these oils in my home to instil emotional and physical calm for my son (and me). We were totally empowered (again) in this instance.
If you’re a surfer, if you love beach or if you’ve got a pulse and enjoy the outdoors, you need to be prepared with essential oils in your home.
Ready to get started with your own kit of essential oils? Head over HERE