Turpentine: The Healing Oil?


By: Gaia Staff  |  October 23, 2014

If you can find a better, holistic solution to your aches and pains, would you try it? Skip the Advil, because you’re in luck! Turpentine oil has been used as healing medicine for generations to remedy soreness and muscle pains.

Turpentine oil has been largely used as a paint thinner and brush cleaner. It’s used as a raw material in the synthesis of resins, oil additives, synthetic pine oil and campor, according to Britannica. The oil can be obtained through cooking wood pulp, steam distillation of shredded pine, or from the distillation of the exudates of tapped pine trees.

Turpentine oil is colorless, oily, odorous and flammable and creates a warming sensation when applied to the skin. Many notice an immediate effect after applying, and their pain is reduced within hours. Use a small amount to either massage or swab on the affected area. For best results, apply the oil 3-4 times daily until pain or soreness improves.

Turpentine oil can be used for many ailments:

Cautions

Please use this oil at your own caution, consult a physician to be sure this the right product for you. Be sure not to apply turpentine oil to any open wounds or swallow in excess amounts. You can use it on cold sores only before they erupt. You can add the turpentine oil to a humidifier or vaporizer to inhale and clear lung congestion.

Make sure to wrap or cover the areas of the body where the oil has been applied for better penetration and avoid staining clothes or furniture. Turpentine oil is flammable, so be sure to wash your hands after each application.

Turpentine oil’s smell is intense, and to some, unpleasant. You can mix it with your favorite essential oils to create a better smelling remedy. Other essential oils have their own valuable uses; find out which oils are best for you.


 

Raenae Wann

Raenae Wann is an Email Marketing Specialist at Gaia. When she’s not working on those emails you’re receiving in your inbox, she’s scouring the Internet for new research and developments on the paranormal, outer space, conspiracies and also enjoys learning about all-natural beauty and skin care products.
Raenae started her college education at Colorado State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration of Hospitality Management, but has worked many years in the email marketing industry. As a foster parent for a non-profit dog rescue, she’s an advocate for ensuring healthy and safe living environments for animals. On her days off, you can find her snuggling with her pets or catching up on some PC gaming.


 

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