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Halloween and holidays can be a scary time with food allergies and sensitivities. This year, consider participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, organized by FARE (Food Allergy Research Education) and provide children a non-food treat or toy as an alternative.

Fall is a challenging time for those with food allergies and sensitivities, and even more so with fragrance sensitivity! Today, we're making low-salicylate beverages: Caramel Pear Cider (based on the popular Caramel Apple Cider/Spice) and my favorite fall beverage, a Pear Hot Toddy. These drinks contain dairy, but you could leave out the whipped cream and caramel and just heat up pear juice with some maple (for kids) or serve with whisky or gin for adults. They are gluten-free too!

It's no wonder that pear juice has always been one of my favorites - and I'm so glad that when made properly at home, they can be very low in salicylates and part of my regular diet. While pears are available at the store year-round, freshly grown local pears are sweeter and cheaper. If I put some time in now, I can enjoy the juice year round.
Buying canned pear juice is not ideal because they often include the peals, which IS a much easier process for juicing and also contributes to flavor.

This is a great video to watch for people who want an overview of what salicylates are, what the symptoms are if you're sensitive, what foods to avoid or eat, and then some ideas on what can cause it and how to treat or manage it. Share with your coworkers and family members. I also talk a little bit about how you should refer to your condition, whether it's an allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity. I feel like it's easy to criticize people who aren't truly allergic to something, because people don't really understand it.

In this video, we look at a research article that investigates if there is a connection between people with aspirin sensitivity and high salicylate food reactions. 44% of patients screened who have had hives or asthma from aspirin reaction also declare sensitivity to foods high in natural salicylates (natural aspirin compounds). Symptoms manifest as respiratory issues, urticaria (hives and skin issues), Oral Allergy Syndrome, throat swelling, flushing, and general feeling of being unwell. Many patients reacted to more than just one food. My video breaks down the data and I even made charts for you!

Today's video covers a research study titled: Dietary Analysis in Symptomatic Patients with Coeliac Disease on a Gluten-Free Diet: the Role of Trace Amounts of Gluten and Non-Gluten Food Intolerances. It was completed in 1999 at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) in Sydney, Australia by investigators Kim Faulkner-Hogg, W. Selby, and R. Loblay. Faulkner-Hogg was a dietician who worked for RPAH. RPAH is the world-wide leader for salicylate sensitivity and for treating patients with food intolerances. This paper addresses two situations: the affect that trace gluten has on people with celiac disease, and other food intolerances that tend to trouble people with celiac.

In my last three hair-care videos I talked about how to wash and condition your hair. This video I add more products that I use to style my hair with. For those coming to this site from the carnivore diet - the purpose of this article and video is to provide plant-free hair care ideas for people that are sensitive to salicylates, a natural aspirin-like compound. I always recommend eating plant-based when feasible, and using plants for cosmetics. However, when there is so much variation in plants and the way plants are processed, dropping down to an animal-only routine helps someone who is salicylate sensitive to identify what products are causing inflammation. In my case, I was losing my hair with even salicylate-free shampoo, until I switched to only animal products. I'm now able to try out rye for shampoo, and other products, but my safe and default routine is the items listed below.

In my last article and video, I covered what NOT to use in your hair! This time, I give 12-ish options for you to try out! Salicylate-free shampoos are hard to find, and even the few that do exist, don't meet everyone's hair needs. Some report that they are drying, or in my case, I've still had hair loss while using shampoo. Even the sal-free shampoos still use coconut-derived products. While I do think it may be possible to refine products so much that they don't really have anymore residual salicylates (I've actually extracted aspirin in a chem lab before from raw ingredients!), I'm always a big believer in the lurking variable. Meaning, we may never truly know that it's only salicylates that we're sensitive to. Oh yeah - and everyone is different!

When it comes to your scalp and precious hair, sometimes the stuff in the kitchen can be worse than the chemicals in the bottle. I have a new video up on my no-poo journey which includes 14 items I tried - and shouldn't have! I didn't know until several months into my no-poo journey that I was sensitive to salicylates, an aspirin-like compound in lots of healthy food including coconut oil, apple cider vinegar (ACV), amla, soapnuts, fruits, and many more things! I did find a few no-poo and low-poo options. If you don't know what salicylates are, have chronic pain and inflammation, stomach troubles, hair issues, tinnitus, or any kind of skin issue you should learn about salicylates now before adding just any "natural" plant into your regime.

Over the next few videos we'll be looking a little into hair care. Today's topic covers five ways I wash my hair! Most shampoo and conditioner has plenty of chemicals and fragrances that may cause issues with someone who is salicylate sensitive. Then if you go "natural" and pick something up in the natural food section, you'll run into shampoos and conditioners that use peppermint, rosemary, aloe, and other natural botanicals high in salicylates. It can take quite some time to find something safe to use! That's why I'm here to share a few of my tips.

While most of my content will focus on food and body products, running a home can be challenging when you're so sensitive to chemicals. I bought an 80 year old home that had little renovations done since it was built, and at the very least, some new coats of paint are required. The basement is mostly unfinished and below ground. I wanted to use the space during the summer because it stays cool during our 90-100 degree F days, and I don't want to pay for air conditioning. After painting, the paint smell was so strong I couldn't be in the room, and five weeks later it still smelled like fresh and wet paint.

Managing salicylate sensitivity can be tough, and still learning how to prepare food and test foods can be challenging. There is so much variation! This video covers two original research studies that show how cooking food usually reduces salicylate values in food.

Diagnosed with IBS and still trying to figure out what is causing your issues? When you don’t eat you feel better? Wake up feeling good and miserable by evening? These could be symptoms of food intolerance! Annatto is on the salicylate no-no list, although salicylate levels appear to have never been tested. This video covers the story of a retired allergist/immunologist, Dr. Stein whose wife struggled with IBS for three years. After traveling to Europe and adjusting routine, they discovered the culprit had been annatto coloring.

Sarah holding up sprouted leeks

Feeling disconnected from plants and veggies now that you’re on a limited diet? Fortunately many of our edible plants are easy to grow in the garden. Stop bumming out and consider planting 12 fruits and veggies in your garden now that are naturally low in salicylates! I've been building out a page https://low-sal-life.com/living-life/gardening that will include all of my gardening tips, including the type of varieties I try out. In the meantime, watch the video and see what's growing.

New video up! Make a traditional pound cake, which is normally low in salicylates containing only sugar, eggs, butter, and flour. Modern pound cakes will add flavors, and then a bunch of other ingredients to make it easier to make like baking powder and more dairy. Today we’ll add maple syrup as a subtle flavor since it’s free of salicylates and add a maple glaze to the top. It is a simple and dense cake. Lots of blending required for best results.

So you're curious about going salicylate-free and found a list. Maybe you've started and are still having reactions when eating bowls full of Brussels sprouts. Or maybe you're in a few months and have had nothing but meat and cabbage because it's the only thing you think you can eat. Well, this is a post for you! One of the most challenging things when starting a low-salicylate diet is choosing a list to use and then "listening" to your body. Why is there so much variation?

You may be frustrated or confused, but I'm hoping the sleuthing I've done for you (and really for me) will help clear things up and put you back on the right track.

This video is long and not for everyone – BUT I consider it more of a service video. If it helps ONE person, I think it’s worth posting. I get asked all the time, how I found out about salicylate sensitivity and what symptoms I had before. This video covers my former symptoms including nightmares (night terrors), IBS, migraines, chronic fatigue, anaphylaxis, and dystonia. Then how NEW symptoms started like heart palpitations and hot flashes while on a “standard” ketogenic diet and made worse by going keto and dairy-free (almonds and coconut are high in sals). And now, how much better things are since going on a low-salicylate diet with tips on how to get started.
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8G7hVeBTsnY

Buying make-up with food and chemical allergies can be daunting, to say the least. While there are websites out there to warn consumers of dangerous ingredients, “safe” ingredients like coconut oil and aloe can be dangerous to those with salicylate sensitivity/intolerance.

Fortunately, some cosmetics are really simple to make with just a few ingredients and tools. Blush was one of the first make-ups I made and is quite simple to make. Before I realized I was salicylate sensitive, I made natural blush with ingredients like beetroot powder and hibiscus powder! No wonder I had a reaction since these are very high in sals!