Forgotten truth about Petroleum as Medicine and how it can be used for Health

The Health Benefits of Turpentine & Purified, Distilled Petroleum Products

This topic is super controversial, and yet it is all over forums that promote health freedom and empowerment. So let’s dive into everything you should know!

What Are Kerosene & Turpentine?

Kerosene is a mineral oil distillate often used as a fuel or solvent. It is a thin, clear liquid that is extracted from coal, oil shale or wood, but it is usually made from crude petroleum. It is called kerosene in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US. But in the UK, Southeast Asia and South Africa, it is called parrafin. In Germany and other parts of Central Europe, it is called “light petroleum” and medicinally, “petrolatum”.

Turpentine is distilled from pine trees. Pure heptane, or “light petrol”, is the substance that is created. 

Where Did The Idea Of Using Distilled Petroleum As Medicine Come From?

Terpentine and petroleum distillates similar to kerosene have been used as medicine since ancient times. Yes! Yet this may be the first time you’re hearing about it. They were used in ancient Babylon to treat stomach issues, inflammation and ulcers. The first recorded evidence of people distilling crude oil/petroleum into hydrocarbon fractios comes from the 9th Century, in Persia.

Are Turpentine & Distilled Petroleum Being Used Now?

Yes, yet their use is most well-known in poorer countries like Russia, Africa and Eastern Europe. A recent study performed in Nigeria showed that 70% of the population once used petroleum products medicinally. (1) There are even rumours that the Rockefellers started their fortune by offering kerosene as a cancer cure before they realised chemotherapy was a better money-spinner. 

In France, kerosene still appears in the official pharmacopeia as huile de Gabian and is prescribed as a remedy for bronchitis, asthma and cystitis. In medical literature, kerosene has been shown to inhibit or destroy tumour tissue under a different name.

The modern wave of kerosene use began in the early 1950s, when an Austrian woman called Paula Ganner had cancer metastases and colon paralysis after surgery. And she had been given 2 days to live. Then she suddenly remember that in Eastern Europe, kerosene was used as a cure-all, and started taking a tabelespoon per day. After 3 days, she could leave her bed and 11 months later, she gave birth to a healthy boy. And when her son, aged 3, got polio, she also cured him with a teaspoon of kerosene daily for 8 days. She then began to spread information about kerosene and received 20,000 thank-you letters.

What Are Turpentine & Distilled Petroleum Being Used For?

The most common ways people use petroleum products to improve their health include treating infections and infectious diseases, immune disorders, cancer, arthritis and rheumatic diseases in general.

Kerosene, may also be highly useful for lung problems, as well as eliminating parasites and fungi from your bowel and blood. For example, when kerosene was compared to bleach for suppressing Candida, it came out stronger. (2) A lot of anecdotal evidence and the experience of health practitioners has shown that it can wipe out viruses, pathogenic microbes and Candida without harming beneficial bacteria in your gut.

And from Paula Ganner, we know that thousands of people used kerosene for a very wide range of issues, including:

  1. Breast cancer
  2. Pancreatic cancer
  3. Bone cancer or myeloma
  4. High blood pressure, heart and circulation problems
  5. Rhematism
  6. Stomach ulcer
  7. Sciatica
  8. Osteoporosis of the spinal column

However, historically we know that there are more uses for turpentine. This free resource from Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD, mentions that the 1899 Merck Manual stated that turpentine therapy is effective for:

  • gonorrhea
  • meningitis
  • arthritis
  • abdominal difficulties
  • lung disease

Dr. Daniels discovered that American slaves used a teaspoon of turpentine mixed with a teaspoon of white sugar as a secret remedy to keep them free of diseases. 

Isn’t It A Bit Crazy To Use These Medicines?

As always, I like to look to nature to understand how medicine really works. Consider forest and bushland trees: some of their greatest enemies are fungi and parasites. So as a defense mechanism, they have developed various chemical strategies to kill or repel them. Eucalyptus oil, neem oil, tea tree oil, pau d-arco extract, olive leaf extract, turpentine and other essential oils are helpful to us as a result. And most of those oils are made up of hydrocarbons, just like kerosene. The main chemical in turpentine, alpha-pinene, is also in rosemary and eucalypus oil.

Is It Dangerous To Take These Remedies

Dosage is everything here, because these are powerful medicines, just like pharmaceuticals and many natural medicines. Taking turpentine frequently in high amounts can cause kidney damage. Don’t poison yourself with these substances. Instead, I would follow the guidance of an experienced practitioner. Read a lot. 

Which Products To Use

It is not advisable to use products without knowing their boiling range and chemical composition. The best micro-biocidal hydrocarbons for cleansing the blood are thought to have boiling points between 100 and 200 degrees centigrade. Good kerosene should be low in aromatics, or be “low odor”. Those with higher boiling points such as 190 to 230 degrees centigrade may work to clean out the large intestine.

For dosage information, check out these resource. If you would like more information and guidance on this topic, please get in touch!

  1. [1] Arikpo, G.E. et al., “Petroleum Distillates Use In Folk Medicine In South Eastern Nigeria”, The Internet Journal of Health 2010; 11(1),
  2. Awodele, O. et al., “The antimicrobial activities of some commonly used disinfectants on Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans”, African Journal of Biotechnology 2007 Apr 16; 6(8):987-990,

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