Asafoetida, popularly known as Hing is a gum extracted from the sap of the of the giant fennel plant. When fresh, this gum is grayish-white in color but as it ages it becomes yellow and ultimately ends up to a brown color. Hing has its unique place in Indian cuisine. But this herb also has medicinal properties and can be used as home remedy for quite a few problems.
Menstrual cramps – Take 1 cup of Buttermilk and put 1/2 teaspoon of Fenugreek (Methi) powder, a pinch of salt and a pinch or a small lump of Hing into it. Stir the buttermilk thoroughly until the ingredients mixes evenly and then drink it to reduce the cramps.
Flatulence – To reduce flatulence, take a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon of dry Ginger powder, a pinch each of Asafoetida (Hing) and Black salt in a cup of warm water and consume it. This will give relief from Flatulence.
Toothache – Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Asafoetida (Hing) powder in 2 teaspoons of lime juice. Heat the solution slightly. Finally dip a cotton ball in the solution and place it on the aching area.
Cracked Heals – Taker ½ teaspoon of Neem oil and add 2 pinches of Hing powder in it and mix it thoroughly. Apply the oil to the cracked heels and rub it gently. This will provide you relief from cracked heals.
Productive Cough – Mix 1/2 tea spoon of Asafoetida powder with 1/2 teaspoon of dry ginger powder and 2 teaspoons of honey to a thick consistency. Put the mixture in your mouth, keep it there and let the juice slowly go down the throat. This clears out congested lungs. For best results, have this mixture thrice a day.
Cold – In order to get relief from cold, add a few drops of Asafoetida oil to a vessel of hot water and inhale the steam of the oil. You may even rub the oil on your chest, neck and back. This will offer you relief from chest congestion and general uneasiness one feels due to cold.
Stomachache – To soothe stomach ache, dissolve a piece of Asafoetida (Hing) in a cup of water. Soak a cotton cloth in the solution and apply it on the stomach.