Spirit of Terebinth

Files

Treb.jpg

Title

Spirit of Terebinth

Description

Spirit of Terebinth, labelled by Sir Stuart Threipland in his medicine chest as ‘Spt Terebinth’.

Terebinth (pistacia terebinthus; turpentine tree) refers to both the terebinth tree and the resin it produces, now known as turpentine. Spirit of terebinth is also referred to as oil of turpentine and could be used as an antiseptic, diuretic, anthelmintic and haemostatic. Applied topically, it was used to treat wounds and haemorrhages and to kill lice. As a liniment, terebinth was used as a chest rub to relieve nose and throat ailments. We know today that terebinth is poisonous when taken internally but in the eighteenth century it was prescribed to kill parasites such as tapeworms.

Date

Mid-18th century

Archive Reference

OBJ/OBJ/3/8

Collection

Citation

“Spirit of Terebinth ,” RCPE Artefacts, accessed March 20, 2019, http://artefacts.rcpe.ac.uk/items/show/342.