SALICYLATES

Salicylates are a family of natural plant chemicals. They act as a natural hormone and preservative, protecting the plants against diseases, insects, fungi and harmful bacteria.

Salicylates are highest in unriped fruit and decrease as fruit ripens.  They are often concentrated just under the skin of the fruit or vegetable and in the outer leaves of vegetables. 

Essential Oils have varying levels of Salicylates - avoid completely. *scroll to end for further essesntial oil & product info

see Terpenes in the A-Z Directory if you react to Essential Oils

Synthetically produced Salicylates, from salicylic acid are found in medicines such as aspirin, toothpaste, perfumes and food preservatives. 

For those with a sensitivity, this is a hard one to avoid as the natural plant chemicals are in nearly all fruits, vegetables and spices in varying amounts - being AWARE of what you're eating within a daily intake is possibly the only way to control your overload limit - keeping a FOOD DIARY allows you to track your intake and helps you to see your tolerance levels.

Symptoms are unique, wide & varied from becoming red, tingling and swollen lips to a spreading rash, hives around the mouth, sinus congestion, head and tummy aches, wheezy and diarrhea.

The extensive lists below will help you to know those foods which are VERY HIGH, HIGH, MODERATE, LOW AND SAFE.

SAFE - NEGLIGIBLE 

FRUIT VEGETABLES GRAINS CONDIMENTS, SAUCES & SEASONING SWEETENERS & BEVERAGES

banana (except sugar bananas)

lime

pears (ripe & peeled)

bamboo shoots

cabbage (green/white)

celery

lettuce (iceberg)

potato (old, white, peeled)

swede

arrowroot

barley

buckwheat

millet

oats

rice (brown & white)

rye

wheat

malt vinegar

salt

carob

cocoa

caramel (homemade)

golden syrup

maple syrup

white sugar

MEAT, FISH & POULTRY DAIRY, SOY & EGGS LEGUMES, NUTS & SEEDS FATS & OILS PROCESSED SNACKS

beef & veal

chicken

fish

lamb

organ meats

pork 

rabbit

sausage casing

scallops

tripe

turkey

butter

cheeses (all except bluevein)

cream

eggs

milk (cow & goat)

rice milk

soy milk

tofu

tofu icecream

yoghurt (natural no topping)

beans, dried (except borlotti)

chickpeas 

green split peas

lentils(brown & red)

peas (dried) 

poppy seeds

soy beans

butter 

canola oil

margarine (vegetable or canola oil only)

safflower oil

soy oil

sunflower oil

 

 

LOW

FRUIT VEGETABLES GRAINS CONDIMENTS, SAUCES & SEASONING SWEETENERS & BEVERAGES

apple (golden delicious)

nashi pear

papaya

pawpaw

tamarillo

asparagus (fresh)

bean sprouts

brussel sprouts

cabbage (red)

cauliflower

chives

choko

green beans

onion, leek, shallots

peas

potato (white)

barley

oats, rolled

rice flour

rye flour

sago

soy flour

wheat cereals

wheat flour

apple butter spread (golden delicious)

fennel (dried)

garlic

parsley

saffron 

sea salt

soy sauce / tamari 

vanilla

caramel

decaf coffee

golden syrup

lemonade

malt extract

toffee

MEAT, FISH & POULTRY DAIRY, SOY & EGGS LEGUMES, NUTS & SEEDS FATS & OILS SNACKS

liver

prawns

shellfish

 

barlotti beans

cashews (raw)

hazelnuts

pecans

sunflower seeds

yellow split peas

ghee plain salted potato chips

 

MODERATE 

FRUIT VEGETABLES GRAINS CONDIMENTS,SAUCES & SEASONINGS SWEETENERS & BEVERAGES

apple (red delicious)

custard apple

figs (tin or dried)

lemon

loquat

mango

passionfruit

pear (w peel or tin)

persimmon

pomegranate

rhubarb

asparagus (tin)

beetroot

carrot

chinese vegetables

eggplant (peeled)

lettuce (other than iceberg)

mushrooms

olives, black

parsnip

potato (new or red)

pumpkin

seaweed

snow peas

snow pea sprouts

spinach (frozen)

sweet corn

turnip

 

coriander (fresh)

horseradish

mayonnaise

 

coffee

dandelion coffee 

ecco 

herbal tea (except peppermint)

molasses

raw sugar

stevia

tea (decaf)

tea substitutes

MEAT, FISH & POULTRY DAIRY, SOY & EGGS LEGUMES, NUTS & SEEDS FATS & OILS COMMERCIAL SNACKS
  blue vein cheese

coconut, desiccated 

peanut butter

pumpkin seeds

sesame seeds

walnuts

almond oil

corn oil

peanut oil

apple chips (red/golden delicious)

corn chips

taco shells

 

HIGH

 

FRUIT VEGETABLES GRAINS CONDIMENTS, SAUCES & SEASONING SWEETENERS & BEVERAGES

apple (granny smith)

cantaloupe

cherries (tin)

currant

fig (fresh)

kiwifruit

lychee

mandarin

melons

nectarine

peach

sugar banana

watermelon

alfalfa

artichocke

broccoli

cucumber (w peel)

okra

olives, black (tin)

spinach (fresh)

sweet potato

tomato (fresh)

watercress

zucchini 

corn/maize cereals

cornflakes

cornmeal

polenta

maize

breakfast cereals with fruits, nuts, honey or coconut

allspice

bay leaf

caraway

cardamom

cinnamon

clove

coriander

five spice

ginger

mustard

pepper

pimento

all fruit juices
MEAT, FISH & POULTRY DAIRY, SOY & EGGS LEGUMES, NUTS & SEEDS FATS & OILS COMMERCIAL SNACKS
fish (tin with safe/moderate oils or seasoning  

brazil nuts

broad beans

cashews (roasted)

coconut 

macadamia

pine nuts

pistachio nuts

copha

sesame oil

walnut oil

popcorn

 

VERY HIGH

FRUIT VEGETABLES CONDIMENTS, SAUCES & SEASONING SWEETENERS & BEVERAGES

all dried fruits

apricots

avocado

berries (all)

blackcurrant

cherries

currant

dates

grape

grapefruit

guava

mandarin

orange

pineapple

plum

prune

redcurrant

rock melon

tangelo

tangerine

capsicum

champignon

chicory

chili peppers

endive

gherkin

olives, green

peppers

radish

tomato products

 

 

Herbs & Spices:

aniseed, basil, cayenne, chili flakes/powder, 

cumin, curry, dill, fenugreek, garam masala, 

ginger, mace, mint, mustard, nutmeg, oregano,

paprika, pepper (black & white),

rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme, turmeric

 

chili sauce

curry paste

fish paste

 gravy (commercial)

meat paste

stock cubes & powder

tabasco sauce

tomato paste/sauce

vinegar (white, wine & cider)

worcestershire sauce

yeast extracts

beer

brandy

cider

cola drinks

cordials & soft drinks

fruit-flavoured drinks

flavoured sweets/ices

ginger beer

honey & honey flavour

jam (except pear)

liqueurs

liquorice

mint-flavoured sweets

orange juice

peppermint tea

peppermints

rum

tea

tomato juice

vegetable juice

wine

port

sherry

MEAT, FISH & POULTRY LEGUMES, NUTS & SEEDS FATS & OILS  

processed meats: salami, ham,

sausages, pastrami, smoked chicken,

frankfurters, hot dogs, meat pies etc)

 

almonds

peanuts (with skin)

water chestnuts

coconut oil

olive oil

 

Other sources of Salicylates

Medications

Aspirin and any medications containing aspirin or salicylic acid - oil of wintergreen

Methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen or wintergreen oil) is an organic compound. It is the methyl ester of salicylic acid. It is a colorless, viscous liquid with a sweet odor. It is produced by many species of plants, particularly wintergreens. It is also synthetically produced, used as a fragrance, in foods and beverages, and in liniments.

The following Essential Oils contain methyl salicylate:

Oil of Wintergreen, Tea Tree, Birch, Ylang Ylang , Clove, Siberian ginseng, Echinacea, Meadowsweet, Gingko biloba, Licorice, Golden seal, St John's wort, Korean ginseng, St Mary's thistle, Dandelion, Chaste tree, Withania

Other essential oil may have minor salicylates such as benzyl salicylate and ethyl salicylate - some only in trace amounts but i would strongly suggest

if you have a Salicylate Sensitivity to AVOID ALL ESSENTIAL OILS 

 

Products

There are a variety of different products containing salicylate and it is sometimes difficult to determine if a product is salicylate free or not. Hopefully this page will help.

The below list was compiled by SalicylateSensitivity.com The Mayo Clinic: for an even more detailed list of medications see the link.

Products that often contain Salicylates: Terms/Ingredients to Avoid: Brand Names of Common Drugs containing Salicylate
Acne products
Air fresheners
Alka Seltzer
Breath savers
Bubble baths
Cleaning products
Cosmetics
Detergents
Essential oils
Fabric conditioners
Fragrances and perfumes
Gums
Hair sprays, gels and mouses
Herbal remedies
Lipsticks and Lip glosses
Lotions
Lozenges
Medications
Mouthwash
Muscle pain creams
Pain relievers
Pepto-Bismol
Razors with aloe strips 
Shampoos and Conditioners
Shaving cream
Skin cleansers or exfoliants
Soaps
Sunscreens and tanning lotions
Supplements derived from rose hips or bioflavoniods
Toothpaste
Topical creams
Wart or callus removers
Acetylsalicylic acid
Aloe Vera
Any coal tar derived dye
Artificial flavorings
Artificial food colorings
Aspirin
Azo dyes
Benzoates (preservatives)
Benzyl salicylate
Beta-hydroxy acid
BHA
BHT
Choline salicylate
Disalcid
Ethyl salicylate
Eucalyptus Oils
Isoamyl salicylate
Magnesium salicylate
Menthol
Methyl Salicylate
Mint
Nitrates/Nitrites
Octylsalicylate
Oil of Wintergreen
Peppermint
Phenylethyl salicylate
Red Dye (#40)
Salicylaldehyde
Salicylamide
Salicylate
Salicylic acid
Salsalate
Sodium Salicylate
Spearmint
Yellow Dyes (#5 & #6)
Acuprin 81
Amigesic
Anacin Caplets and Tablets
Aspirin Regimen Bayer Adult Low Dose
Aspirin Regimen Bayer Regular Strength Caplets
Bayer Children’s Aspirin
Bufferin Caplets and Tablets
Disalcid
Extra Strength Bayer Asprin Caplets and Tablets
Mobidin
Mono-Gesic
Norwich Aspirin
P-A-C Revised Formula
Regular Strength Ascriptin
Salflex
Salsitab
Sloprin
St. Joseph Adult Chewable Aspirin
Tricosal
Trilisate
ZORprin

 

 

For further reading on products with Salicylates go to:

salicylatesensitivity.com/about/salicylate-free-products/ 

www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/salicylate

ayurvedicoils.com -methyl-salicylate 

Essential oil - Wintergreen & other products its found pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/methyl_salicylate