- What other names is Turpentine Oil known by?
- What is Turpentine Oil?
- How does Turpentine Oil work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Turpentine Oil.
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.
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- Toothaches, when applied to the skin.
- Joint, muscle and nerve pain, when applied to the skin.
- Lung problems, when breathed in (inhaled).
- Other conditions.
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asthma and whooping cough.
Turpentine oil is UNSAFE when taken by mouth or used over a large area of skin. 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.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Children: Do not let children take turpentine oil by mouth. It is UNSAFE. Children are particularly sensitive to the chemicals in turpentine oil, and they can die after swallowing it. There isn't enough information to know whether turpentine oil can be safely inhaled by children or put on their skin. It's best to avoid any use of turpentine oil in children.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is UNSAFE to take turpentine oil by mouth. It might cause a miscarriage. Not enough is known about the safety of putting it on the skin or inhaling it if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Lung problems, including asthma or whooping cough: Don't inhale turpentine oil if you have a lung problem. It might make your condition worse.
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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011