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Salicylates occur naturally in plants and serve to protect the plants against diseases, insects, fungi, and harmful bacteria. The range of foods that have no salicylate content is very limited. Synthetic salicylates can also be found in many medications, perfumes, personal care products and preservatives.

Both natural and synthetic salicylates can cause health problems in anyone when consumed in large doses. But for those who are salicylate intolerant, even small doses of salicylate can cause adverse reactions.

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This kit is not for testing salicylate levels in foods.

S 01 Aspirin / Acetylsalicylic Acid
Often used as an analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains, as an antipyretic to reduce fever, and as an anti-inflammatory medication.

S 02 Benzyl Salicylate
Most frequently used in cosmetics; used as a solvent for synthetic musks and as a fixative in floral perfumes such as jasmine, lilac, and lily; found in hair dyes, moisturisers, sunscreen, bubble bath cleanser and aromatic candles; has been associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.

S 03 Ethyl Salicylate
A pleasant odour resembling wintergreen; used in perfumery and as an artificial flavour in food.

S 04 Isoamyl Salicylate
An orchid like smell: used in perfumery.

S 05 Isobutyl Salicylate
Used as a perfume in a range of products (aromatic, herbaceous, floral smell) and as a food flavouring (sweet aromatic; cooling, spicy with fruity nuances).

S 06 Methyl Salicylate
Used in perfume; also found in artificial flavours, sports rubs and pain relief creams; found naturally in wintergreen and birch.

S 07 Octyl Salicylate / Octisalate
Used as an ingredient in sunscreens and cosmetics to absorb UVB (ultraviolet) rays from the sun.

S 08 Phenethyl Salicylate / Phenylethyl Salicylate
Used as a perfume in a range of products (medicinal, balsamic, slightly fruity-floral smell) and as a food flavour (medicinal, balsamic).Used in detergents, fabric softeners, antiperspirants and deodorants, foam bath, bleach, hard surface cleaner, shampoo and soap.

S 09 Phenyl Salicylate
Used in the manufacture of some polymers, lacquers, adhesives, waxes and polishes. Used as an antiseptic.

S 10 Salicylic Acid
Natural sources are unripe fruits and vegetables, particularly blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, dates, raisins, kiwi fruits, guavas, apricots, green pepper, olives, tomatoes, radish and chicory; also mushrooms; some herbs and spices contain quite high amounts; while meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products all have little to no salicylates. Of the legumes, seeds, nuts, and cereals, only almonds, water chestnuts and peanuts have significant amounts.