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Asafoetida is the dried sap obtained from the roots of Ferula plants. While it’s native to Afghanistan and Iraq, asafoetida is commonly used in Indian cuisine, where it’s dried, ground into a spice, and referred to as hing. Its odor is so strong that it must be stored in airtight containers; otherwise, the aroma will contaminate other spices stored nearby. However, its odor and flavor become much milder and more pleasant upon heating in oil or ghee.


Ingredient Name

Bangali Hing 
Gujarati Hing 
Hindi Hing 
Kannada Hingu 
Kashmiri Yangu 
Malyalam Perungayam 
Marathi Hing 
Oriya Hingu 
Tamil Perungayam 
Telugu Inguva 


Health Benefits of Asafoetida (Hing)


1. Helps Reduce Bloating And Other Stomach Problems

Asafoetida or Hing is an age-old medicine for stomach problems including gas, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), intestinal worms, and flatulence, thanks to its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate such health issues. Consume a dash of hing daily by adding it into gravies and dals. Another option is to dissolve some hing in water and drink it daily.

2. Helps Relieve Asthma

Dry cough is due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and antibiotic effects. It also helps in relieving chest congestion and releasing phlegm. All you need to do is prepare a paste using asafoetida and water and apply it to your chest. You can also mix asafoetida and dry ginger powder along with some honey. Consume this mixture to get relief from respiratory issues.

3. May Lower Blood Pressure Levels

Asafoetida is known to be a natural blood thinner and may help in lowering blood pressure levels. It is power-packed with coumarin, a compound that aids in improving blood flow, thereby preventing clots’ formation.

4. May Relieve Menstrual Pain​

Being a natural blood thinner, it helps blood flow smoothly without hampering any part of your body. It also boosts progesterone secretion that promotes easy blood flow, thus providing relief from pain. Mix a pinch of asafoetida, fenugreek powder, and a pinch of salt in a cup of buttermilk and consume it during periods.

5. Reduces Headaches

Blood vessels in the head, which in turn reduces headaches. All you need to do is to heat a pinch of asafoetida in some water. Drink this solution a couple of times a day to see effective results.


Skin Benefits of Asafoetida (Hing)


1. Reduces Acne

Acne is a common skin problem that we all deal with now and then. Applying asafoetida on the infected part mixed with fuller earth and rose water can help in reducing acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties help in combating acne production, while its antibacterial properties help reduce the growth of rashes and pimples on the skin.

Asafoetida helps increase the supply of oxygen to the facial tissues, which adds a glow to your face.

2. Treat Corns and Calluses

Known for its moisturizing properties, asafoetida can be used to treat corns and calluses.

3. Make the Skin Color Light

Tyrosine is responsible for the dark patches and premature aging of the skin. Asafoetida limits the production of Tyrosine in our body, making the skin look fairer and brighter.

4. Moisturizes the Skin

The moisturizing properties in asafoetida are excellent for dry skin. It reduces dullness and pigmentation in the skin to a visible extent.

5. Anti-Aging Properties

The anti-aging properties of asafoetida make it a perfect choice to use as the main ingredient for a face mask that fights wrinkles.


Hair Benefits of Asafoetida (Hing)


1. Act as a Good Conditioner

Experiencing trouble with dry and frizzy hair? Mix asafoetida, yogurt, and almond oil and apply it to your hair as a hair conditioner. Its moisturizing properties act as an excellent hair conditioner agent.

2. Restores the pH Balance in the Scalp

Asafoetida has properties that help restore and replenish the pH balance in your hair and make it healthy and strong.

3. Reduces the Hair Fall

Asafoetida is also known to reduce hair fall.


How to use Hing for Cooking Purpose


Hing has various benefits, including being able to reduce ailments of the stomach. Let us look at how to use hing in the cooking process.

  • If you are using hing in the form of lumps, crush it using a crusher, mix it with water to form a paste, and then add it to your recipe. This way, you can get a fresher taste with a rich aroma. Use only a little of this powder as it would be much stronger than the already powdered forms.
  • For those of you who like the strong aroma, roast the hing in hot oil for a few seconds and then add the vegetables or the dal. Remember to be quick in the roasting process as hing can burn very easily.
  • Uses of asafoetida can be seen while making many soup and meat dishes. Steep a pinch of hing in a cup of hot water and add it to your dish towards the end to retain that unique flavor.



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