Asafoetida is an eminent spice, commonly used in Asian cooking, owing to its strong aroma and delectable taste. Asafoetida has a lot to offer, besides flavoring your curries. Its antioxidant, antibacterial, antispasmodic (pain-relieving), anti-inflammatory and expectorant (the ability to loosen congestion) properties make it a nutritional superstar.

Here’s how to consume it for various health issues:

1. Indigestion: Asafoetida reduces flatulence, prevents constipation, promotes easy bowel movements, kills intestinal worms and cleanses the digestive system.

How To Consume:

  • Add it to curries to maintain healthy digestion.
  • Mix ½tsp of asafoetida powder in warm water and drink it after meals to kill intestinal worms and treat constipation.
  • Add ½tsp of asafoetida powder to yogurt and eat it up, to ease flatulence.

2. Menstrual Problems: It stimulates the secretion of progesterone, the female hormone which is responsible for the regulation of ovulation and menstruation. This eases menstrual pain, inhibits cramps and maintains regular period cycles.

How To Consume:

  • Mix ½tsp of asafoetida powder and ½tsp of fenugreek powder in one glass of buttermilk. It will help in soothing menstrual pain.
  • Mix ½tsp of asafoetida powder in warm water and drink it on an empty stomach to prevent menstrual cramps. Drink it on a regular basis to maintain regular periods.

3. Cold & Cough: It can relieve dry or whooping cough, chest congestion and common cold.

How To Consume:

  • Boil 1 cup water, stir in ½tsp of asafoetida powder and ½ inch ginger, let it simmer for 3-5 minutes and sip in slowly.  It will ease cough and cold, and will help in releasing phlegm.
  • Mix ½tsp asafoetida in 1tbsp of warm water. Apply this paste on your chest and leave overnight. This will help in relieving chest congestion.

4. Toothache: It eases toothache and fights infections and cavities.

How To Consume:

  • Mix ½tsp of asafoetida with 1tsp of lemon juice and apply this mixture on the affected tooth for pain-relief.
  • Combine ½tsp of asafoetida, 2 coves and 1½ cup water. Boil it and let it sit till it comes down to luke-warm temperature. Use this mixture as a mouth rinse before going to bed to prevent mouth infections and cavities.

5. Headache: Asafoetida can reduce inflammation in blood vessels and hence relieve headaches. It has even shown to help in severe migraines.

How To Consume:

  • Mix ½tsp asafoetida powder in one glass of buttermilk to ease a mild headache.
  • Blend ½tsp asafoetida, a small piece of ginger and 1 piece of camphor. Apply this paste on your forehead and rub gently for 4-5 minutes to ease a nasty migraine.

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