Turpentine is a product that we often use as a thinner for oil-based paintings, but we use turpentine for a lot of other things as well. Turpentine is oil that is obtained through trees and is used today for a variety of products. Although we use turpentine for various reasons, it is toxic and does pose a risk of ingest or inhaled and direct contact should be avoided. Turpentine is also a flammable product which means if you put turpentine near an open flame then there is a fire risk associated with using the product. Turpentine is something we all use and might not even know we use but here are the most common things we use turpentine for.
The main use of turpentine is as a solvent for thinning paintings that are oil-based. Turpentine is mixed with the varnish and then it allows the paint to spread evenly on a surface to create that oil-based paint look. Turpentine is also an ingredient in a lot of other paint products as well even the paints that are not oil-based. Turpentine is oil that makes spreading paint on easier and helps the paint spread evenly without clumps.
We also use turpentine as a solvent to make furniture wax for wood finishes. The turpentine would provide a protective coating on the wood furniture which would prevent the wood from warping or getting destroyed by weather. Turpentine can be used alone to help protect wood furniture or it can be an ingredient in the staining product. A lot of wood varnishes use turpentine as a main ingredient because of the protective properties it has and the long-lasting finish.
Turpentine is also added to many different cleaning products due to the antiseptic properties it has. Turpentine has a very clean smell to it also which is another reason we use it for cleaning purposes. You will not find turpentine being used as a cleaning product by itself but it is often an ingredient in some of the most common cleaning products we use everyday. The antiseptic properties in turpentine make it a very good cleaning product to use to get rid of bacteria and germs on many different surfaces.
Turpentine has also become a material used in the synthesis of common compounds such as camphor and menthol. Chewing gums and food or beverage flavorings also carry small amounts of turpentine in them. Turpentine extracts have also been used in medicinal products such as Vicks to soothe a cough or cold although it is in a very small amount. For a cough or cold the turpentine is mixed with animal fat and then used as chest rubs which is applied externally to the upper chest.
Turpentine is also used as a treatment for lice in some cases, if applied externally on the affected area. Although turpentine is toxic to ingest, there is no direct harm if applied to certain areas of the skin. We do not commonly use turpentine as a treatment for lice today but it still is effective and might be an ingredient in some lice treatment medications you use. Turpentine was often used in the ancient times as a remedy for just about anything, but since it can be harmful if ingested we have limited the medicinal uses of turpentine.
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