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The Health Benefits of Asafoetida

Asafoetida has been used for flatulence, indigestion, Gastritis, bloating, cancer prevention, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Bronchitis, asthma, Whooping cough, nerve relaxant because of sedative effects, Hysteria, heart attack and stroke prevention, high blood pressure and virus infections.

Asafoetida has a stronger smell than garlic and is often used as a replacement for garlic and onion, especially in places like India where garlic and onions can’t be eaten for religious reasons.  According to Harold McGee, the Asafoetida is one of the strangest and strongest of all spices.  It also has many health benefits.  The part used for medicinal purposes is an oleogum-resin that is obtained by an incision of the root.

Asafoetida has been used for flatulence, indigestion, Gastritis, bloating, cancer prevention, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Bronchitis, asthma, Whooping cough, nerve relaxant because of sedative effects, Hysteria, heart attack and stroke prevention, high blood pressure and virus infections.  It also stimulates the appetite. 

Asafoetida is a perennial herb and the plant grows up to 7 feet tall. It’s botanical or scientific name is Ferula foetida and it comes from the Umbelliferae family.  Asafoetida originated in eastern Iran and western Afghanistan. It’s also known as food of the gods, foetida, ferula, hing, Devil’s Dung, asafetida, heeg, imguva and stinking gum.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Asafoetida may be a secret ingredient in Worcestershire Sauce.
  • It became prominent during Alexander the Great’s invasion of Asia during 334 AD.
  • Most people claim that Asafoetida smells like sweat.
  • It grows from two to four thousand feet above sea level.
  • Asafoetida was used as a preservative and meat tenderizer hundreds of years ago.

Sources:

Vijaysree Venkatraman, Asafetida, Culinate

Mrs. M. Grieve, A Modern Herbal, Botanical.com

Anjana, Asafoetida Health Benefits and Natural Properties, Boldsky Limitless Living

Ammini Ramachandran, Asafoetida, Sally’s Place

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