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Know Your Remedies: Apis Mellifica (Apis.)

Know Your Remedies: Apis Mellifica (Apis.) 1Common Names: Western honey bee, European honey bee.

General Information

Apis treats symptoms similar to those of a bee sting – swelling, burning, prickling, stinging, and redness. They may be from a bite, sting, allergic reaction, or joint inflammation and are relieved by cold applications and worsened by warmth or pressure. The sufferer is often thirstless, restless, and possibly awkward or clumsy.

Insect Bites and Bee Stings / Allergic Reactions

  • Rapid swelling with itching, stinging, prickling pains.
  • Painful swellings are relieved by cold applications and feel worse for heat.
  • Pink, waxy, transparent swellings.
  • Elevated, white wheals / hives / urticaria
  • Nettle-type rash.
  • Swollen lips and tongue.
  • Rapid doses of Apis can be given during severe allergic reactions or anaphylactic shock when there is rapid swelling and difficult breathing while seeking or waiting for emergency help.

Eye Problems

  • Swollen lids, especially bottom ones, from allergy or inflammation.
  • Red, burning, sore eyes that are better for cold applications and worse for heat.
  • Sensitive to light.

Sore Throat

  • Splinter-like pains on swallowing.
  • Large, smooth, swollen tonsils.
  • Pain better for cold drinks.

Cystitis and Bladder Problems

  • Burning pain during urination.
  • Last drops burn and sting.
  • Retention of urine in newborns.
  • Acute kidney failure.

Joint Problems

  • Swollen, hot, and inflamed joints.
  • Pain and swelling better for cold applications and worse for warmth.

For Pets

  • Insect bites and stings.
  • Acute kidney failure, especially in cats, in which little urine is passed.
  • Swollen, hot joints.

Where do I find it?

Apis Mellifica (Apis.) is available from our online store as a single remedy, and as part of the Bites and Stings Complex (combination remedy).


While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment, also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)

For acute and self-limiting complaints, take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 30 seconds to 4 hours (30 seconds for intense symptoms such as those of a life-threatening allergic reaction, 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance. Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that will be required.

More Information

Guidelines on which potency to use

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