Turpentine is made from the distillation of tree resins and is a volatile yellow liquid. Resins that make up turpentine can come from various trees such as Ponderosa Pines, Maritime Pines, or Aleppo Pines. Here are some ways you can use Turpentine.
Turpentine as a solvent
Turpentine is usually used in industry. It is useful in modern industry heavily because it can be used as an industrial solvent. Turpentine is frequently used in thinners and varnishes. Turpentine can also be used as a wax for furniture when combined with beeswax or Carnuba. It has strong cleaning properties, and can useful for removing acrylic based varnish or oils. A downside to Turpentine though is that it has a strong distinctive odor. There are lots of substitutes that people generally use over Turpentine that work just as well and don’t have such strong odors.
Turpentine used in chemicals
Turpentine also makes up lots of chemical compounds such as camphor, geraniol, an dlinalool. Due to it’s volatile nature, turpentine is also used to manufacture polyterpene resin. Derivatives of turpentine are also used in fragrances and flavor agents. Turpentine is also found in many cleaning products as it acts as an effective antiseptic.
Turpentine as a fuel
A great use for turpentine is to use it as an alternative for gas or oil in lamps. Turpentine was preferred as a fuel source for lamps in the 1800’s because of it was cheap compared to other fuels of the time. Turpentine works great as a fuel but the downside is that it gives off strong odors when it burns so it is best to use outside. Also be careful if you use turpentine as a fuel indoors as it is very volatile.
Turpentine as a medicine
Long ago Turpentine was used to help cure health problems and diseases. It was mostly used to treat and prevent lice infestations. Turpentine can also be used to alleviate basic throat and nasal problems when mixed with animal fat. In ancient times many individuals took turpentine internally but studies today conclude that drinking turpentine can be toxic. However it can still be found today in many medical products. It is used today to help individuals with muscle pains and rheumatic disorders. It is also being tested for its use in treating disseminated sclerosis, and sexual dysfunctions. Scientist are also exploring turpentine’s use as an anti-bacterial agent. Turpentine’s many medical uses are still being explored to this day.