OrganicFerula assa-foetida powder
Recent discussion about asafoetida on The Flaming Vegan inspired me to write this post. Commonly called 'Heeng' in India, it is a cooking ingredient and also used as a medicine.
I mentioned it first in my post "Cheela - Quick Vegan Omelette for Everyone to Love!" mainly because of its Anti-flatulent property.
Asafoetida is a perennial herb, mostly grown in Afghanistan and is widely used in Indian cuisine. It is actually a resin but is very hard and is available in market in powdered form. It also comes in resin form but is not used much. Apart from cooking, it is a useful remedy for different ailments related to the stomach. It is also effective when applied externally. It is a common practice to rub it on the belly of a little baby to aid better digestion.