Asafoetida, where to begin… One of the GOAT herbs that goes unnoticed and under appreciated. Lovingly called ‘hing’ (hēng) in India, Asafoetida is a regular ingredient in Indian (and similar) cuisines. People, however, only add a pinch per dish because this is a strong herb in taste and shouldn’t be used generously, lest you want to be left with a bitter taste in your mouth… literally.

The main use for this herb is its benefits in digestion, but like all herbs there are numerous benefits of note:

  1. Helps in improve the Digestive Sytem
  2. Rich in Antioxidants
  3. Helps reduce symptoms of IBS
  4. Helps protect Brain Health
  5. Helps ease asthma symptoms
  6. Helps regulate Blood Sugar levels
  7. Has antibacterial, anti-fungal & anti-microbial properties

Pro tip from yours truly; if you have tummy issues like gas, spasms and indigestion, take about 1/2 tsp. of ‘hing’ add 2-4 drops of water and roll it in to a small capsule like ball and swallow it with water. You should feel symptomatic relief within 45-60 minutes. This is tried and tested, and my go to when facing tummy related upsets.