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Turpentine Cleanse: What Is It and How To Do It

“Turpentine is a very special, naturally occurring substance. It is the oil of the [pine or] spruce tree. This is a common evergreen tree in the United States. And it is actually comparable to tea tree oil of Australia. So it is an oil that oozes out of a tree and has great antibiotic and disinfectant properties among other things.”Dr. Jennifer Daniels

I’m a fan of natural medicines and healing with food. That’s why, when a friend told me about the turpentine cleanse as a powerful medicine to heal parasites, candida, and more I couldn’t wait to try it. However, when I have mentioned the turpentine cleanse to others, some expressed great concern with consuming a paint or wax stripper internally – especially when the bottles have “harmful or fatal if swallowed” on the side.

The truth is, in our current reality system there are lots of natural medicines like MMS that have been labeled as harmful by medical and governmental structures in order to push us to continue to use drugs that are harmful for our bodies and render us unable to tap into our own natural healing abilities. If it was disclosed that affordable remedies like MMS and turpentine could heal us and not damage our organs and microbiomes like pharmaceutical medications do, then pharmaceutical companies would be out of business.

Of course at times, there may be moments when it feels resonate for you to tap into the medical industry for various reasons. And, turpentine may not feel right for you to use. Whatever your decision is, all is perfectly okay as you are the only person in charge of your body, mind and spirit – not the government, pharmaceutical companies and not us.

To help you tune into your own inner compass you may want to read our personal resonance piece.

What is turpentine?

Turpentine has been used for thousands of years as a natural healing remedy. It was even listed in the 1889 Marek Manual as a remedy for gonorrhea, meningitis, arthritis, abdominal difficulties and lung disease.

Then, in 1999 the Marek Manual stated that turpentine could destroy your kidney and lung health and cause overall poisoning, likely because the pharmaceutical companies caught wind of it. However, as discussed by Dr. Jennifer Daniels in her Turpentine Therapy book, there have been decades of use cases by tons of individuals using it and none of them have these negative reactions – including when I used it myself.

Turpentine is actually just pine needle oil – it’s an essential oil. It’s made from the sap of different kinds of pine, spruce and fir trees and then steam distilled to make it into turpentine. Turpentine is known for being full of alpha and beta pinenes and terpenes which have been used in home remedies for a long time.

Always be sure that if you are considering using turpentine you use pure 100% gum spirits of turpentine, which is the extract of pine resin or pine needle oil. Unfortunately, there are lots of turpentines out there that are not pure and if used internally or topically can cause harm to your body.

What can turpentine help cure?

Turpentine has become quite popular for its ability to heal intestinal parasites, tapeworms, ringworm infection, candida and fungal infections.

While it’s most commonly known for its antiparasitic and antifungal properties, it also has been helpful for healing many ailments, including:

To learn more about what Turpentine can treat see The Benefits Of Using Turpentine by The Homestead Guru.

The Basics of the Turpentine Cleanse and Using Binders

Dr. Jennifer Daniels, an alternative doctor, is a huge advocate of the turpentine cleanse. Dr. Daniel’s tried this treatment on herself for six months and then started to treat many of her patients with it with great success.

Her protocol uses white sugar cubes or granulated sugar and turpentine. The sugar is used in order to draw out the parasites, candida or fungus and the turpentine is used to kill them.

The basics of this cleanse is to take one teaspoon of turpentine along with sugar in the morning two times a week. Along with this, Dr. Daniels recommends you eat an anti-candida and anti-parasite diet, drink a liter of water a day and ensure you are having regular bowel movements to extract the toxins from your body. She also recommends taking 3 to 6 teaspoons of castor oil once a week. Castor oil when taken internally acts as a laxative which supports toxin removal.

We recommend you do your own research along with listening to your body to decide upon the best anti-candida and anti-parasite diet for you. Although Dr. Daniel’s anti-candida diet allows for the consumer of fruit, you may consider NOT including any fruit when doing this cleanse.

You also should include a binder along with your cleanse. Binders are an important part in doing a cleanse. As the liver starts to purge toxins they go into the small intestines and if you do not use something that they can bind to, they will get reabsorbed into the gut. Examples of binders include activated charcoal, diatomaceous earth, bentonite clay and psyllium husk.

When purchasing a binder, you want to make sure it is high-quality. Many of the cheaper binders are made in labs which means it may be a GMO food or are contaminated with toxins. Using these will make you sicker instead of better.

Learn more about binders in this article by Sophia Nutrition: Are You Detoxing with the Correct Binders?

You may also want to include flushes like colonics, enemas and salt water during your cleanse which also aids in removing the toxins coming out during a detox protocol.

[If called, you can purchase binders here, enema kits here and castor here for the cleanse]

How to do the Turpentine Cleanse

Below are the five steps written by Dr. Daniel’s to successfully complete the turpentine cleanse.

Please note that the text shared is the original protocol written by Dr. Daniels. You may resonate with some of the information but not all – for example, I do not resonate with eating fruit during the cleanse. We are sharing the exact copy of her text so you can be fully informed by the doctor who made this popular protocol.

We recommend reading the full text by Dr. Daniel’s here before starting the cleanse: 

Five steps to success

Step 1: which is very important, is to get as much waste out of the body as possible.

This is critical. You cannot eradicate a parasite if your body is filled with its favorite food or if the places where the immune system would take the parasite are filled. You must take out the trash–this means emptying the gut.

The most neglected portion is the small intestines. This part must be empty as the final cure for yeast involves the immune system dumping yeast from all over the body into the small intestines via the bile duct. If the small intestine is sluggish, the bile is blocked and the immune system cannot do its part to heal you.

Clearing the small intestine can be accomplished by drinking 1 quart of water for each 60 pounds of body weight each day as a first step. Then, take castor oil (3 to 6 tbs) once a week, or 1 bottle of magnesium citrate weekly or Dr Daniels’ Vitality Capsules daily as directed ( Many people prefer Dr Daniels’ Vitality Capsules as they can be adjusted for your personal comfort.

Daily warm water enemas using distilled water are very helpful, especially for the week before and while you are taking turpentine.

Note: If you are having 3 or more bowel movements a day, your small intestine is most likely clear.

Step 2: Stop eating Candida’s favorite foods.

This is any food that is blended, cooked, or mixed with something else before you buy.

Yes, rice milk, rice cakes, power bars, granola, etc. Also, convert all beverages to water. No alcoholic beverages are to be consumed.

Breads risen with yeast are a major hazard. Studies done in the 90’s to analyze the yeast in women with recurrent vaginitis found it was the same strain of yeast used in making bread. So stop eating breads, meats and dairy. These “foods” are all full of parasites that stress your system and make your body unable to cure the Candida.

Step 3: Strengthen the immune system with food that is organic or locally grown, purchased fresh and prepared in your home.

The diet I advise is fresh raw fruit, green leafy vegetables, root vegetables and squash.

Also overcooked grains such as quinoa, millet and brown rice or black rice and one raw salad a day. Eat all you want. If you are raw, same diet just do not cook it.

Spices to use are any green leafy herb, curry, garlic, pepper, cumin, cinnamon.

Notice that nuts, beans, cooked fruit and dried fruit are absent. These foods create a hostile environment for allowing healing conditions in your body. Dried fruit and nuts absolutely aggravate Candida. Trail mix is an abomination and has destroyed the health of many a health nut. It nearly did me in. I used to mix my own. That is how ignorant I was.

By following my dietary recommendations, much of the Candida will leave just because their favorite foods are not readily available.

Next are some sample menus to use with the Candida Cleaner. It is important to stay well hydrated according to the directions in step 1 of the 5-step Candida Cleaner protocol.

Candida Cleaner – Sample Menus 

Menu for Raw Foodists




Menu for Cooked food eaters




Note: For people who eat cooked foods, it is mandatory that they get at least one raw dish a day. For people who are raw, it is mandatory that they get some greens each day. A salad or Savory Veggie Stews would accomplish this.

You can get more information and recipes that have worked for others at 

Step 4: Supplements should be minimal as the Candida eats your supplements and, like any good parasite, gets fed first.

I have told many a patient to cut back and even stop quite a few supplements for this reason. I used to feel that the more supplements the better. Then, I noticed that my patients that relied on supplements, just kept taking more and more but did not get better.

Here is a list of what I recommend:

Step 5:
Kill and repel parasites that have not yet left.

This last step will take you to how you felt before you were ill. This is when you use turpentine. If you weigh between 40 pounds and 240 pounds, the MAXIMUM dose is 1 teaspoon a day.

If you weigh 241 and above, you may have more Candida than others and you should actually use a lesser dose. 1/2 tsp will give less die off and discomfort. If this dose is tolerated, it is ok to gradually increase the dose to one tsp.

Time of day

Turpentine may be taken in the morning but most people complain about burping the taste of turpentine throughout the day. It can be taken in the evening but at least 2 hours before bedtime. Some people feel that they sleep better if they allow 2 hours before bedtime.

Relation to meals

It can be taken with or without food. It seems to be equally effective.


If you weigh between 40 pounds and 240 pounds, the MAXIMUM dose is 1 teaspoon a day.

Take 3 Sugar Cubes. They must measure 1cm or less on each side. There is a popular brand of sugar cubes in the United States that are the smallest ones available.

All other sugar cube sizes will be too big to use.

If you use the sugar cube size larger than 1 centimeter then you’ll end up overdosing on the turpentine in other words… taking more than 1 teaspoon per day. Sorry but we can’t mention the brand of sugar cubes here.

Stack one sugar cube on top of the other.

Take one tsp of turpentine and drip onto the top sugar cube.

Keep dripping until the turpentine begins to enter the bottom cube.

Take the top sugar cube place in your mouth, chew about three times and chase with water. The water is used to help you swallow the Candida cleaner and move it from your mouth down your throat.

Repeat with the second then the third cube.


If you are unable to find sugar cubes measuring 1 cm or less, you may use granulated white sugar. One rounded teaspoon.

Pour 3/4 tsp of turpentine over the spoonful of sugar. Some granules of sugar should remain dry or untouched by turpentine. If every granule is soaked with turpentine, DISCARD THIS SPOONFUL. Repeat with less turpentine. Place in your mouth and chase with water. No need to chew.

If you weigh 241 and above, you may have more Candida than others and you should actually use less turpentine.

1/2 tsp will give less die off and discomfort. If this dose does not give any benefit, it is ok to increase to 1 tsp over a period of 4 doses.


Repeat this dosing 2 times a week: Monday and Friday, Saturday and Tuesday, etc.

This completes the 5 steps. I allow 1 week to complete each of the 5 steps. These steps must be done thoroughly or there will be Candida die off caused by Candida that are trapped and unable to leave the body.

Other Ways to do the Turpentine Cleanse

The Detox Dudes found the most effective way to do the turpentine cleanse was not with sugar, but with turpentine and castor oil. Read their protocol here.

They do this by: “ tak[ing] a teaspoon of turpentine oil and a heaping tablespoon of castor oil ideally on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. I generally do not suggest doing any parasite protocols at night because it may disrupt your sleeping pattern,” – Detox Dudes.

I have read in turpentine forums as well that some people replace sugar from Dr. Daniel’s cleanse with honey. Please do your own research on this.


All information we share in-person or on our website is to help educate you. Please do your own research before using any of our products or completing a cleanse.

The Pure Living CR team are not medical professionals. Any protocol or product we provide you are consenting to doing it at your own risk. We cannot provide support with protocols as we are not qualified to do so.


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