The turpentine or terebinthus tree is an ancient tree used by people in the Mediterranean region for centuries. Its fruits were used to flavor foods and drinks from bread to alcohol. A fruit-based coffee and soap are made from the Pistacia terebinthus oil, demonstrating that this a very versatile tree!
Common English Name: Turpentine, terebinthus, terebinth, Cyprus turpentine.
Botanical Name: Pistacia terebinthus.
Plant Family: Anacardiaceae.
Method of Extraction: Cold pressing of the seeds/fruit
Origin: Mediterranean region; habit also ranges to countries in western Asia.
Plant Description: A small, deciduous flowering tree or shrub with glossy leaves and red-purple flowers in the spring. The small fruit turns from red to black on maturity. The plant has a resinous aroma.
Main Chemical Components: Oleic acid, palmitic acid, and linoleic acid. Also includes vitamin E.
Uses: To make skin glow, moisturize skin, to soothe skin.
Fun Fact: The tree can be either male or female – but both sexes need to be present to continue the next population.
Cautions for Use: None noted for general use of the oil.