April 29, 2016

Turpentine Oil

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What other names is Turpentine Oil known by?

Aceite de Trementina, Essence de Térébenthine, Huile de Pin, Huile de Térébenthine, Huile de Térébenthine Purifiée, Pinus australis, Pinus palustris, Pinus pinaster, Purified Turpentine Oil, Spirits of Turpentine, Térébenthine, Terebinthinae Aetheroleum, Turpentine.

What is Turpentine Oil?

Turpentine oil is made from the resin of certain pine trees. It is used as medicine.

Don't confuse turpentine oil with gum turpentine, which is the resin.

Turpentine oil is applied to the skin for joint pain, muscle pain, nerve pain, and toothaches.

People sometimes breathe in (inhale) the vapors of turpentine oil to reduce the chest congestion that goes along with some lung diseases.

In foods and beverages, distilled turpentine oil is used as a flavoring.

In manufacturing, turpentine oil is used in soap and cosmetics and also as a paint solvent.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Toothaches, when applied to the skin.
  • Joint, muscle and nerve pain, when applied to the skin.
  • Lung problems, when breathed in (inhaled).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of turpentine oil for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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