Asafoetida which is known for its many culinary uses across south asia, especially in India, carries many medicinal and health related benefits. It is a very popular ingredient in curries and gravy foods. Lets take a closer look at how this amazing substance can be used in relation to health: digestive, respiratory etc.
Asafoetida is a traditional medicine used by Ayurveda physicians for treating stomach problems including gas, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), flatulence and deworming. It has antispasmodic and anti inflammatory properties that help in defying such problems. A pinch of hing in your meals daily can help you attain perfect digestion. You can mix it with dals and gravies and even plain water.
Hing can help to a great extent when it comes to respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, dry cough etc. as it helps relieve congestion in the airways and release phlegm. Just apply a paste of asafoetida and water on your chest; you can even mix some dry ginger powder with some honey in it and consume this for instant relief.
Asafoetida acts as a natural blood thinning agent thereby lowering blood pressure levels. It is power packed with coumarin, a compound that helps in bettering blood circulation thus preventing any formation of clots.
Periods are the most unwelcomed and annoying guests that visit per month to give all women discomfort around the abdomen and back. Since hing is a natural blood thinner, it obviously helps with proper flow of blood. It also boosts up progesterone levels thus promoting healthy blood flow and pain relief. Adding a pinch of hing with fenugreek powder and salt in buttemilk is a instant relief during periods.
It’s anti inflammatory properties help reduce inflammation in the blood vessels in the head, which helps reducing headaches. You just need to add a pinch of it to some water and drink it for effective results.
Asafoetida acts as an antidote too just in case you get stung or bitten by some insect. Mixing garllic and hing into a paste and applying it on the affected area would help immediately. It is the most natural antidote available.
Anti inflammatory agents present in Hing help to reduce acne problems too. They control the production of hormonal acne and the antibacterial action kills the infection, minimizing the scars and pores left behind. You could apply a pack made of multani mitti, rose water and asafoetida on your face to reduce acne.
Asafoetida increases oxygen supply to the facial tissues that give your skin a healthy glow. Just mix it with water or rose water to form a paste and add some sandalwood powder for thickness and apply regularly on the affected area.
Asafoetida can work wonders for dry and brittle hair too. It reduces the amount of frizz and smooths out hair without making it limp and dull. Make a hair mask out of yogurt, almond oil and hind and apply on your hair. Leave it for an hour or so before washing it off with lukewarm water.