Salicylic acid is found in some green leafy vegetables, oregano, mushrooms, melons, raison and almonds as well as in berries such as strawberries, blackberries and blueberres amongst others. It has a huge range of medical benefits but can also be a cause of mouth ulcers. However before blaming berries if you have ulcers, have a look at some of the other causes. Mouth ulcers could be due to stress, menstrual period, chocolate, coffee or lack of iron or vitamin B12.

On the other hand, it has a great deal of benefits including bacteriostatic, keratolytic and fungicidal which have been used in traditional cures for a long time. It works as a pain reliever and has the same active ingredients as aspirin. Like aspirin, salicylic acid acts as a blood thinner and will thus benefit those with cardiovascular problems and will encourage blood flow. At the same time, those with problems related to blood not clotting, such as haemophiliacs, will want to avoid it.

It can help to prevent colorectal cancer (possibly other cancers too) as well as Alzheimer’s, diabates and heart diseases. It also works as treatment for acne, warts, dandruff and corns although it should not be used by diabetics for these complaints. Industrially it can be found in antiseptic medicines, anti dandruff shampoo and food preservatives.