Asafoetida is a perennial herb (1 to 1.5 m high). The species is native to the mountains of Afghanistan, and is mainly cultivated in nearby India.
Constituents & Specifications :
Asaresinotannols 'A' and 'B', ferulic acid, umbelliferone
Asafoetida or Hing is known to possess anti flatulent, antiepileptic,antimicrobial, anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, anthelminthic, laxative, nervine stimulant and expectorant properties. It is also known toease anxiety due to its sedative qualities.
Benefits & Uses :
This spice oil is used as a digestive aid, in food as a condiment, and in pickles. It typically works as a flavor enhancer and, used along with turmeric.
It is good for influenza, digestion, asthma and bronchitis.
it is used to aid digestion and is smeared on the abdomen in an alcohol or water tincture.
Asafoetida has also been reported to have contraceptive/abortifacient activity