The Benefits Of Using Turpentine Medicinally

The medicinal benefits of turpentine have been used as a natural remedy for a variety of health problems for generations by many. Although ingesting what’s used as a paint thinner may sound incredibly questionable, it actually is an effective medicine.

Turpentine is actually made by distilling pine resin from the mighty pine tree, while many turpentine brands are made from pine resin (I use Pure Gum Spirits Humco Brand)  some are actually petroleum based and you want to avoid those. It is wise to consult your doctor before you start turpentine treatments.

Use Turpentine medicinally to treat:

Bacteria Infections

Bacteria such as shigella can be eliminated with internal use of turpentine. Start with a small amount 2 drops and work your way up to around 20 drops a day.


Turpentine is an old remedy to rid the body of parasites such as pinworms. The most common way to take it is to put a few drops on a sugar cube to help expel parasites from the body.

Fungus and Candida

Turpentine is sometimes used in anti-candida protocols, candida is a build up of yeast inside the body and can be aided with a few drops of turpentine a day! Nail fungus can also be killed when turpentine is applied topically in the area of infection.

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Head Lice

Turpentine fumes can be used to suffocate lice! As resistance to over the counter medicine grows the prescriptions for lice become increasingly dangerous because the treatments more often than not have to be repeated.

Turpentine can be mixed with coconut oil as a safer and effective alternative. Use no more than 1 part turpentine to 10 parts of coconut oil (or olive oil or mayonnaise.) Carefully massage into the scalp and spread the oil down over the hair. Cover with plastic wrap and then a towel for an hour. Remove towel and wrap. Wash oils out of hair. Repeat this process in one week, using a nit comb to remove any leftover nits in the meanwhile.


Turpentine can be massaged into pained joints to aid arthritis, Use 1 part turpentine and 3 parts castor oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. Do not use this oil on sensitive skin, broken skin or mucous membranes.

Cold and Flu Viruses

There are a variety of ways to use turpentine to treat cold and flu viruses.

  • Sore Throat – Swab the back of the throat with turpentine.
  • Sinuses – Mix together 5 drops turpentine to 1 tablespoon olive oil. Drop several drops into each nostril to deliver turpentine to the nasal passages to relieve congestion and infection.
  • Cough – Use the same mixture as for sinuses and massage into the back and/or chest to relieve a cough or take 1-3 drops of turpentine on a sugar cube and take internally instead.
  • Inhalation – For cold viruses simply inhale the vapors of turpentine. This delivers the turpentine vapors into the lungs, throat and nasal passages.

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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Turpentine is sometimes used to treat bladder infections. When treating a UTI add 1/4 teaspoon turpentine to a spoonful of sugar and take once.

Turpentine is a powerful medicine when used properly, when using turpentine always start with small doses monitor your reaction to it and work your way up to a larger amount. I personally started with 2 drops two times a day and am working my way up to 20 drops two times a day as instructed by my doctor. It is also recommended that turpentine treatment be used for no longer than 6 weeks.


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