The scientific name Asafoetida is derived from Persian word ‘resin’ and the Latin word meaning ‘smelly.’ Asafoetida is a latex gum that comes from the rhizome of a perennial herb called Ferula. The Hindi name for it is Hing, but it has many other names too such as devil’s dung and food of the gods. This potent spice has numerous culinary and therapeutic benefits. It is commonly used in Indian and Persian cooking for its flavor. You can buy it in a solid brick form that can be broken down into smaller pieces and in powder or tablet form.
Asafoetida is suitable for all kinds of stomach problems. It has anti-flatulent, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. This means it can relieve upset stomachs, gas, indigestion, intestinal worms and has even helped to treat irritable bowel syndrome. Adding a little Asafoetida to foods and curries is one way to consume it on a daily basis. Cooked lentils can cause flatulence, and you can reduce its effect by adding a little Asafoetida can help. You can also reduce flatulence by using a mixture of little dry ginger, some black salt and a pinch of Asafoetida in a cup of warm water. Ease bloating by drinking buttermilk with a pinch of Asafoetida.
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