Turpentine Oil

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How does Turpentine Oil work?

Turpentine oil, when inhaled, may help reduce congestion. When used on the skin, turpentine oil may cause warmth and redness which can help relieve pain in the tissue underneath.

Are there safety concerns?

Turpentine oil is possibly safe when used appropriately on the skin or by inhalation in adults. When inhaled, turpentine oil can cause spasms of the airways, particularly in people with asthma and whooping cough. When used on the skin, it can cause skin irritation.

Turpentine oil is UNSAFE when taken by mouth or used on the skin over large areas. Turpentine oil, when taken by mouth, can cause serious side effects including headache, sleeplessness, coughing, bleeding in the lungs, vomiting, kidney damage, brain damage, coma, and death.

Do not use turpentine oil in children. They are particularly sensitive to the toxicity and can be fatally poisoned.

Do not take turpentine oil if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have a lung problem, including asthma or whooping cough.

Dosing considerations for Turpentine Oil.

The appropriate dose of turpentine oil depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for turpentine oil. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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