The Healing Power Of Turpentine


“All things are poison and nothing is without poison, only the dose permits something not to be poisonous.” ~ Paracelsus

I started taking turpentine internally about 6 months ago to help recover from a massive candida and intestinal parasitic infection.  At first, my family thought I was legit crazy, but they came around after they saw my healing progress.  I had been ill for more than a year, and despite all my dietary and lifestyle changes (as well as a few rounds of pharmaceutical drugs) I was not getting better.  I was extremely underweight from the parasites, unable to process and digest most foods and had developed severe food and chemical sensitivities.  In my quest for recovery I went to multiple western doctors, hospitals, naturopaths, and alternative healers to no avail. While the standard healing modalities in this country could at least give me an answer to why I was sick, they could not fully heal me.  The medications I was on would work for a while, but then the candida and parasites would adapt and come roaring back.  My liver function became so compromised due to the medications and neurotoxins circulating in my blood, that pharmaceuticals were no longer safe for me.  I was quickly dying, and desperately needed another option.

I started reading everything I could find on healing the body naturally from candidiasis and parasites.  I tried different remedies, noticed how my body would respond, and made adjustments based on how I felt.  I maintained a super-strict diet of no sugar, very little fruit, no dairy, gluten, animal products etc.  Still, my tests continued to show a lack of progress… it was in this period of desperation that I happened across a random forum post about turpentine as medicine.  A year ago, I would have laughed this off and moved along… after all, I have been programmed to believe that turpentine is poison, and should only be used for stripping paint! But this time, my mind was open (my body had made sure of that!)… so I did some more reading.

What I found was mind-blowing at first, but it made sense.  100% pure gum spirits of turpentine is simply the essential oil from pine tree sap.  It works similar to other essential oils in that plants have evolved over millions of years to fight off fungus and other pathogens (using compounds such as terpenes) which are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.  There is simply no substitute for Mother Nature’s medicine – pharmaceutical companies know this, and as a result many pharmaceutical drugs actually contain plant compounds (unfortunately usually along with some undesirable and toxic additives).

In my research I came across Dr. Jennifer Daniels – a western medicine doctor who brought to light the healing power of turpentine.  As a graduate of Harvard and University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Dr. Daniels maintained a practice in the U.S. for nearly a decade – helping and healing patients with her model of fewer prescription drugs, and a range of diet and lifestyle changes (including turpentine in cases of severe or long-term illness and even arthritis).  She has since relocated to Panama where she continues to practice medicine and share her knowledge with the world online.

Daniels discovered turpentine’s amazing healing properties after extensive research into an elusive remedy that was used by slaves in the 1800’s.  This remedy was so powerful that even the plantation owners would go to the slaves’ quarters when they were ill.  In addition to Dr. Daniel’s research, she conducted hundreds of interviews and discovered a common theme: when her patients were young, they would be given turpentine and sugar when they were ill. Some of her patients even had grandparents that were alive and kicking well into their 90’s and still utilizing this remedy.  Interestingly enough, even the Merck Medical Manual (a pocket reference for physicians) from 1899 lists turpentine as a therapy for a wide range of illnesses, including meningitis, arthritis, and lung infections to name a few!  Merck is now a pharmaceutical company and turpentine is no longer listed in their manual.  Hmmm….

So after doing my research and exhausting all other options, I decided to give turpentine a try.  I started with ½ teaspoon of turpentine to 1 teaspoon of pure cane sugar (I use Sucanat now and like it better; it’s just unrefined dehydrated cane sugar).  Jennifer Daniels recommends sugar cubes which are fine too.  Why sugar?  It acts as a trojan horse to get the turpentine into the candida cells (candida LOVE sugar!).  To quote Mary Poppins, (and I can’t help but sing this as I write) “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!!” – but you can also take it with castor oil.  I took the turpentine daily for 4 days, and then dropped down to twice a week.  After about a month I went to get retested – the parasites were GONE, and my candida was back in balance. Almost overnight I gained back 20 pounds (I was 95 lbs when I started) and my body shifted back into healing mode.  My heart palpitations and neurological symptoms disappeared, and for the first time in a long time, I had energy again.  I was no longer a dead-woman walking!

I continue to take turpentine as needed, and always have some in my medicine cabinet.  As with any medicine, toxicity is in the dose – I’m no longer intimidated by the scary warning labels, so long as I am using a pure gum spirits of turpentine and being mindful of my dosing.  You can buy the kind of turpentine I use by CLICKING HERE.  If you’re interested in learning more about turpentine as medicine, I highly recommend reading more on Dr. Jennifer Daniels and checking out the links below.

Have you tried turpentine or other amazing natural remedies?  Please comment below and share your experience!  Namaste <3


**Legal Disclaimer: None of the material on this website is intended as medical advice or to replace the guidance of your healthcare practitioner.  The above article communicates only my personal experience with turpentine.  It may not be a suitable remedy for everyone, and if you do decide to try turpentine, do your own research and start with a low dose (a few drops dissolved in sugar or castor oil) and see how you feel.  I followed Jennifer Daniel’s protocol closely (although I took 1/2 teaspoon instead of a teaspoon daily) with good results.  A little bit goes a long way, and if you take too much all at once you may experience Herxmeier reactions (flu-like symptoms as your body is temporarily overwhelmed with the toxins released from candida die-off). Keep out of the reach of children.

Sources: (audio) (free downloadable report)–FLRMw (interview with Jennifer Daniels) (turpentine as a universal healer article) (Merck Medical Manual, published 1899)

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    1. I’m not sure that either would completely eradicate the virus, although it is possible that they might shorten the frequency or duration of outbreaks. That said, turpentine is strong medicine and should not be taken long term. I recently learned that ozone therapy is an extremely effective treatment for HSV2, as well as a host of other chronic diseases – and it is safe for long-term use. IV ozone therapy can be quite costly, but rectal ozone therapy is much more affordable, depending on the treatment provider in your area (usually a Naturopathic doctor if you’re here in the U.S.)

  1. Hi Vegan Yogi Life, I have just red through your blog. Thank you for sharing your experience. I had myself, spent years finding ways of how to eradicate candida and parasites with no effect. Have you checked out Andreas Moritz Liver and Gallbladder Flush? I’ve been vegan for a while and recently started drinking distilled water (very much worth it, check it out on – water distiller). I found out that I am having digestive difficulties too, liver doesn’t seem to digest food well enough as there is insufficient bile. Do you think doing turpentine without clearing intrahepatic stones in the bile ducts of the liver would be as good – if the digestion is still fairly poor? Done a few rounds of enemas, a colonic and castor oil but to no avail. Will be doing coffee enemas to improve the liver.

    There is very useful info. that Dr Daniels recently shared – you can apply turpentine topically (in a castor oil/hot water pack?) around the liver area to dissolve the said stones instead of doing the Moritz liver flush?
    Even through the use of turpentine, the main reason parasite problems, candida overgrowth, fatigue, poor digestion and heavy metal toxicity occur is because of poor liver function due to blockages in ducts and toxin overload from lack of flushes and a lifestyle of dairy, meat, eggs, processed foods and GMOs. If the Liver is not fully cleaned out, no matter how much turpentine and how often it is used internally, there is always a poor environment within the body which naturally allows bad growths to thrive in.

    What do you think? Have you tried Dr Daniels’s way of applying turpentine topically to dissolve the stones in the liver or do you believe Andreas Moritz Flush is best for that?

    Apologies for the drawn-out message; could have been written far more concise. Hope All is Well 🙂


    1. Hi Nick, thanks for your message! I have not tried turpentine topically, although I think this idea could have merit (especially for killing flukes in the liver). I agree with you – I do not think turpentine will be as effective if liver function is compromised (which it almost always is if you have parasites and/or candida). My liver was extremely clogged up when I first got very sick, and I was helped very much by the Andreas Moritz liver flush. I think that liver flushing in conjunction with the turpentine is much more effective for restoring bile flow – in fact I wrote several articles on my other blog about my experience with liver flushing, here is a link to one of those articles:

      I continue to liver flush about once a month, and will keep going with that until I’m no longer producing stones. I just finished my 21st flush and am seeing fewer and darker stones which hopefully means my liver is close to being cleared. I describe the method I use in one of the articles on the site I linked to above. With the size and number of stones I’ve released I know it has been incremental to my healing…not sure if just doing turpentine topically would have quite the same effect.

      I am sorry to hear you have been struggling for so long…the persistent nature of these beasts never fails to amaze me! Have you heard of or tried rectal ozone therapy? I recently had a few treatments after going off the turpentine (it is so strong for me, I needed to take a break), and I had such good success with it that I purchased an ozone generator for home use. Ozone is anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and anti-microbial, but it also activates the immune system, oxygenates the body, and is said to be effective for liver disease. I do believe it has taken my healing to the next level, and I’m planning on writing an article about it soon. Blessings! 🙂

      1. Hey! Great to hear that you’ve gone all this way, liver flushing is a mountain to climb 🙂 My bad, I recently learned that taking turpentine internally (same dose, 1tsp) helps to “dissolve gallstones” present in both the liver and gallbladder. This was one of its uses in the late 19th and early 20th century before its cover up. I will try to do this and if I have any evidence of it being successful in this regard, I’ll write back. Intuitively dissolving cholesterol stones in the liver and letting them pass in liquid bile form seems more natural, hopefully it holds up to its promise.
        I’ve heard of it before, haven’t tried it though! What are you aiming to do now? I’m glad you’ve went through this journey, it seems like you are on the precipice of great health if not already there 🙂 Are you drinking distilled water ? How have you been?

  2. I have suffered with chronic sinusitis for over a year now after having an upper tooth pulled while infected. The tooth’s root had actually grown thru my right maxillary jaw bone and into my right maxillary sinus cavity. So when the tooth was pulled, it opened a passageway for bacteria from my mouth into my sinus. Since then the small opening has grown shut but the bacteria have stayed in my sinuses. I tried antibiotics but no luck. I have been irrigating my sinuses with warm distilled water and salt but the infection persisted. Then I read about 100% distilled turpentine from pine gum spirits (not the stuff you get at the hardware store) so I tried it. First, I ingested 1/2 teaspoon with 1 tablespoon sugar and it hit me like a ton of bricks! This stuff is VERY strong. I have not taken it orally since. However, I have been adding 5-7 drops to my sinus irrigation solution for 4 days and my sinus infection is almost gone!!! Word to the wise…use a very small dose to start. All the best!

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