My Tractor Driver now thinks I's a bright guy. With spring in the air we are leaving the doors open to soak in the fresh air. With that comes wasps. She just got stung on the finger and I told her that I had a 20 year old pack of cigs in the drawer just for this. She soaked one and made a pack with a paper towel. I wrapped this on the sting with Scotch tape and within minutes, she exclaimed, " Wow, this works".
The problem with tobacco is that it got polluted with Arsenic to kill the boll worms and the processors sprayed it with insecticides, fungicides, and pesticides. Is it any wonder this great herb now causes you grief? The American Indians used it in moderation for thousands of years. Us educated folks turned it into a death wish.
I have recommended tobacco for years on bee stings. Just moisten & place on sting, & any pain & swelling will go within minutes. It works for bee stings - one anecdote was when my young nephew was stung on the foot. I immediately applied tobacco moistened with a bit of spit (I had no access to water at the time! ). Five minutes later I asked him how it was feeling & he had actually forgotten he'd been stung! Another anecdote - this time I was stung by a paper wasp (common in my area) whose sting packs a bit of a wallop. I immediately applied moist tobacco, & was grateful when 10 or so minutes later, there was no swelling & no pain. The only indication I had been stung was a small red dot where the wasp had penetrated the skin with its stinger. I highly recommend this remedy.
Swedish Snus (steamed tobacco leaf), it is already wet and acts fast. I was stung below the ear and on the ear I applied the snus immediately. The pain was alleviated immediately and there as no swelling the next day.
This works great! My son got stung repeatedly in the yard one day. I put tobacco on all of them except one I didn't see. Only the one without it swelled. The others were completely without swelling.
Tobacco is the best thing for insect stings. I always try to keep a pack of cigarettes and I don't smoke. But if you tear up one and dampen the tobacco and put it on the sting area it sucks the poison out and it quits hurting. It doesn't swell or itch either. If someone is chewing tobacco that is best (uck!). My Grandadday used it on me one day and it worked great.
My grandfather always wet tobacco and applied it to wasp or bee stings and it works immediately to stop the pain and swelling.