Turpentine is a fluid obtained by the distillation of resin from live trees, mainly pines.



  • It is mainly used as a solvent and as a source of materials for organic synthesis.


  • 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.


  • Turpentine oil is POSSIBLY SAFE when adults use it on their skin or inhale it appropriately. 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 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.


  • Not known.

Other names

  • spirit of turpentine, oil of turpentine, wood turpentine and colloquially turps


Source: WebMD, https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-508/turpentine-oil

Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turpentine

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