Turpentine oil is a substance distilled from material that comes from pine trees.
1) Turpentine oil is a substance distilled from material that comes from pine trees. Turpentine oil poisoning occurs when someone swallows turpentine oil.
Turpentine is composed primarily of monoterpene hydrocarbons, the most prevalent of which are the pinenes, camphene, and 3-carene. Rosin contains mostly diterpene resin acids, such as abietic acid, dehydroabietic acid, palustric acid, and isopimaric acid. Numerous other compounds are present in small quantities in all turpentine products.
2) Uses of Turpentine
- Turpentine has been used experimentally in a bath for the treatment of disseminated sclerosis
- It also has been studied for its antibacterial activity and inhibition of osteoclast activity.
- Turpentine is utilized in experimental models of inflammation to induce a systemic inflammatory immune response in animals.
-Turpentine and its related products have a long history of medicinal use primarily as topical counterirritants for the treatment of rheumatic disorders and muscle pain.
- When applied topically, turpentine causes skin irritation and, therefore, has been shown to exert rubefacient and counterirritant actions.