Saturday, September 12, 2015

Health Benefits of Asafoetida (Hing)

Asafoetida (Hing) is one useful ayurvedic herb. In Hindi it is popular with name Hing or Hingu. Hing is commonly used Indian spice of kitchen. It is dried resin of Asafoetida plant and is available in solid state in small pieces. Hing is used daily in preparing chaunk/ Tadka for many dishes like Dal or pulse to add flavour. In Tadka, we fry kitchen spices like onion, tomato, cumin, garlic, fennels seeds, chilli, Hing and other spices in oil or ghee for delicious taste. Hing is also one main ingredient of Pickles. Due to its Digestive nature it is used in all vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. It has many health benefits.

Here are some important asafoetida uses --

In Respiratory diseases:
Asafetida’s medicinal uses are many, which include the treatment of influenza. Asafetida is beneficial in fighting the swine flu and H1N1 virus. It is also used in treating asthma and bronchitis and is effective is treating colds and the flu in children. In addition, it can also be used for reducing chronic bronchitis and whooping cough due to its anti-microbial action.

In stomach Disorders:
Asafoetida is an amazing spice to treat flatulence and expelling wind. Many suffer from gas when they consume lentils. Whenever you cook dals and pulses, adding asafoetida prevents the problem and helps in quick digestion. A small pinch of asafoetida will go a long way.

For Bee sting:
Asafoetida is very beneficial in treating stings of bees, wasps etc. The paste of asafoetida should be applied as a poultice on the affected area and left to dry. To make the paste, a small piece of asafoetida is rubbed on a stone, along with little water till you get a thick paste. Apply this paste over the stings.

In ear pain:
Asafoetida is also very effective in treating ear ache /ear pain. Heat coconut oil in small pan and add a small piece of asafoetida and let it melt. Once it gets to room temperature, apply the oil inside the ears with your hands. This is one of the effective remedies for ear pain that has been practiced for years.

For Menstrual pain relife:
It helps to get rid of menstrual pain. Asafoetida is fried in a empty kadai and powdered and added to the buttermilk along with little bit of sugar and given to women with menstrual pain and it really helps. I read that asafoetida contains special chemicals which can thin the blood thus making the blood flow smooth. This remedy has been used for ages in our village side and can greatly reduce the discomfort.

Tooth ache:
Asafoetida is very good for treating tooth aches. To make a poultice for tooth aches, make a paste of asafoetida and lemon juice in a mortar and  pestle and apply with the help of a ear bud on the affected tooth. You will find your pain gradually decreasing.
 Asafoetida used as mouth rinse also gives good relief from tooth pain. To make the rinse, asafoetida and few cloves are boiled in cup of water. This water when used as a mouth rinse gives good relief from tooth ache

Effective Acne treatment and Skin Blemish:
Asafoetida can also be used effectively for acne and acne scars. A pinch of asafoetida powder can be mixed with water and applied over the acne spots. Regular application will gradually cure acne flares.  Asafoetida is also very effective in treating skin blemishes. A simple face mask made with asafoetida powder and yogurt will greatly reduce the blemishes and age spots in the skin. Try do it regularly at least weekly once for best results.

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