How I love to enter the house with the spicy aroma of Hing coming out of home cooked Indian curries. It just triples my hunger. Few days back while flipping through an Ayurvedic journal I found a significant mention of hing, on deeper research I realized that hing not just adds flavor to food but it also has tons of medicinal properties. So read on to know more about this wondrous herb.
Hing also known as Asafetida in English, Ingu in Kannada and Badhika in Sanskrit is a native of Iran. It is natural rosin like gum from the desiccated sap from the roots. The gum resin is exceptionally hard and cannot be grated hence it is crushed into tiny pieces or even powder. The hing that we use in our day today cooking is diluted with wheat flour as raw hing is extremely pungent in smell as well as flavor. Hing simply makes veg as well as non veg dishes more inviting and is a must have for cooking curries. .
Ayurvedic significance of Asafetida/hing in holistic health:
According to ayurveda, asafetida/hing improves stamina and imparts proper functioning of the earth element. It helps in balancing the vata dosha. This herb also supports agni in a healthy way. Hing can be referred to as a herb that increases earth and fire as well as pacifies air.
Asafetida is a vermicide and it stimulates the bowels and gastric acids. It is an appetizer and lessens the gastric formation in the abdomen. It has a calming effect on the human nerves and energizes the uterus. Taken in the proper quantity and mixed in right proportion with other herbs and supplements, it is a really beneficial digestive ingredient.
Medicinal uses of Asafetida/Hing
These remedies can be prepared in the comfort of your home. However at times you may face difficulty in obtaining raw form of asafetida/hing or may not have sufficient time to prepare these medicines, in such a case you can take herbal supplements easily available in powder form or in the form of pills.