Asafoetida or asafetida Oil, giant fennel oil, Heeng Oil
9000-04-8, F.E.M.A. : 2108
Plant Parts Used
Color & Odor
Dark amber color with pungent, unpleasant smell
Description : 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