July 16, 2018
Gregory Muske wrote an article on the use of pine spirits for medicinal purposes for his blog Biotoxin Journey.
From the article:
Early medical volumes like the Merk Manual elucidated the many benefits of pine spirits. In the past, pine spirits as a healing agent was commonly understood by the population. In Pining for Turpentine, the author recounts how in days of old, the sign posted at an annual Catface Community Turpentine Festival read, “Nature’s Best Medicine: Pure Turpentine.” The author goes on to write, “Indeed, the spirits of turpentine were a virtual panacea. A spoonful of turpentine, mixed with camphor oil, was believed to cure tapeworm. A clean rag lightly soaked with turpentine would heal any cut, scrape, or scratch. The fumes of turpentine acted as vapor rub to clear congestion of the sinuses. It cured sore gums, toothaches, rheumatic disorders, and muscle pain. Blisters, insect bites, snake bites, colds, coughs, fevers, even constipation and sexual dysfunction called for turpentine as a cure, and it was used as such by turpentiners, national militaries, and families alike.”
Of course, not all effective medicinal remedies used in the past proved to be safe. For example, while mercury was used to effectively treat syphilis and typhoid fever, clearly this was an unsafe practice. The fact that mercury is still used in amalgam “silver” fillings today reflects poorly on dentistry, but then I’ve digressed. So although pine spirits medicinal benefits have been well established in documentation from around the turn of the 20th century (1900’s) doesn’t necessarily mean pine spirits are safe. Thankfully, the more recent studies below show that in small doses, natural pine spirits are indeed safe.
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