Balsamic Turpentine is extracted from the resinous gum of pine trees by steam distillation. The resinous gum of pine trees normally consists of approx. 70% Colophonium and 30% turpentine oil. The pine forests on earth release annually several million tons of turpentine oil into the atmosphere. The Earth is used to it and can handle this without damage to the ozone layer. Gum Turpentine is the most ecological form of turpentine oil.
Turpentine oil is a colourless, thin fluid with a characteristic strong, fresh scent and a bitter-hot taste. The annual amount produced is approx. 300 000 tons. Turpentine oil is the most important essential oil on a quantity basis. Main producers are the USA, with about 50% of the worldwide output. Furthermore the countries of the former USSR, Scandinavia, China, Portugal and Spain. Turpentine oil is made from the wood of different pine species.
For thinning down oily Kreidezeit wood lazures, hard oils, resins, waxes and natural oils like linseed oil varnish, linseed oil and wood hard oil. For cleaning of tools used with these products. For removing spots and degreasing surfaces. To dissolve turpentine-solvent natural resins like Colophonium, Dammar.