Asafoetida Essential Oil

Ferula asafoetida

Sometimes called Giant Fennel Oil, Heeng Oil or Hing Oil. Other common, local names for Ferula Asafoetida include Asant, Devil’s Dung, Ting, Asafoetida Root, Food of the Gods, and Narthex.

Known Uses

Asafoetida Essential Oil is used to improve digestion, lower cholesterol and reduce flatulence. It has been prescribed for a variety of conditions affecting the gastrointestinal system, including intestinal worms, IBS, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, ulcers, food poisoning, and even colorectal cancer. The high amount of ferulic acid and umbrelliprenin in Asafoetida Oil, research has shown, causes the Oil to actively seeks out and neutralizes free radicals and has been directly linked to a reduction in cancer cells.

As an herb with sedative qualities, Asafoetida Essential Oil was commonly prescribed in the treatment of hysteria, anxiety, depression, and mood swings associated with menstrual symptoms. It was believed to balance an overactive, over emotional, turbulent system.

Asafoetida Oil has been found to be effective against chronic pain from injuries or surgeries, and to relieve the colic pain of toddlers. It can soothe the pain of headaches, migraines, toothaches, and earaches due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Asafoetida Oil can be used to repel insects and stop the itching caused by their bites. It is also good for respiratory ailments such as influenza, asthma and bronchitis. It can help to eliminate excess mucus and phlegm, while combatting the microbes in the respiratory tract.

Asafoetida is said to stimulate the production of Progesterone and can prevent premature births, excessive bleeding. It also acts as an aphrodisiac that is easily accessible and has no side effects. It is believed to eliminate infertility in men and women. It stimulates hormonal activity and boosts energy and blood flow.

History

Asafoetida is an herb native to the mountains of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the Middle East and is mainly cultivated in nearby India. It had been used for thousands of years, but didn’t cross over into Europe and the West until the 16th century.

Warnings

Excessive consumption of asafoetida can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and urination discomfort. Furthermore, if used for extended periods by pre-menopausal women, it can cause irregularities in the menstrual cycle. It has been reported to have contraceptive/abortifacient activity, contradicting its expressly described use in preventing early births and eliminating infertility. It is recommended that a medical professional or trained herbalist be consulted before using Asafoetida spice or essential oil.

Asafoetida Oil is for external use only and should be diluted in a carrier oil for topical use. May cause skin irritation in some individuals. Contact with eyes should be avoided.

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