What is turpentine oil used for?
Turpentine oil is made from the resin of certain pine trees. It is used as medicine.
Turpentine oil is applied to the skin for:
People sometimes breathe in (inhale) the vapors of turpentine oil to reduce the chest congestion that goes along with some lung diseases.
How does it work?
There are not enough studies about how turpentine oil works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that turpentine oil, when inhaled, may help reduce congestion. When used on the skin, turpentine oil may cause warmth and redness that can help relieve pain in the tissue underneath.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using turpentine oil?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
- You have allergy with any substances of turpentine oil or other medications or other herbs.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
How safe is turpentine oil?
Turpentine oil is possibly safe when adults use it on their skin or inhale it appropriately. Turpentine oil is unsafe when taken by mouth or used over a large area of skin.
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.
What kind of side effects may I have from turpentine oil?
When used on the skin, it can cause skin irritation. When inhaled, turpentine oil can cause spasms of the airways, particularly in people with asthma and whooping cough.
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.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.
What interactions may I have with turpentine oil?
Turpentine oil may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.
What is the usual dose for turpentine oil?
The dose for turpentine oil may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.
What form does turpentine oil come in?
Turpentine oil may be available in the following forms:
- Turpentine liquid oil
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Review Date: September 19, 2017 | Last Modified: September 19, 2017
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