Turpentine oil, Purified (Terebinthinae aetheroleum rectificatum)

Published May 15, 1985; Revised March 13, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Gereinigtes Terpentinöl

Name of Drug

Terebinthinae aetheroleum rectificatum, purified turpentine oil.

Composition of Drug

Purified turpentine oil is the essential oil obtained from the turpentine of Pinus species, especially P. palustris Miller (syn. P. australis Michaux filius), and P. pinaster Aiton [Fam. Pinaceae].


External and internal:

Chronic disease of the bronchii with heavy secretion. External:

Rheumatic and neuralgic ailments. Contraindications Sensitivity to essential oils.


Acute inflammation of the respiratory tract. Side Effects Topical application to extensive surface areas can cause symptoms of poisoning, e.g., damage to kidneys and the central nervous system.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

For inhalation:

several drops in hot water with the vapors to be inhaled. For external application:

several drops to be rubbed onto the affected area, in liquid and semi-solid preparations 10 - 50 percent. Mode of Administration Semi-solid preparations in the form of ointments, gels, emulsion, and oils, and as plaster and inhalant.


Reduces bronchial secretion.