Botanical Name: Ferula asafoetida
Country of Origin: India
Extraction Process: Steam Distillation
Active Constituent(s): Ferulic acid, Monoterpenes (α- and β-pinene)
Part of Plant: Root and Stem
Botanical Description: Asafoetida is a perennial plant native to Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan; and is a herbaceous plant of the umbelliferae family. Its oleo gum resin is obtained from the rhizome and root of plant.
Appearance: Ranges from a pale yellow to dark yellow liquid.
Oil Consistency: Thin
Perfumery Note: Top
Aromatherapy: Asafoetida Essential Oil has a strong odor reminiscent of cooked garlic and onion. This oil is 100% pure and natural essential oil; certified as per the processes of the ISO 9235 standard.
Essential Oil Recipes: Asafoetida Essential Oil blends well with Garlic, Onion, Basil, Caraway and Cardamom Essential Oils.
Uses: Essential oils such as Asafoetida Oil can be used in an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser. It may also be used for aromatherapy massage when diluted in a suitable carrier oil.
Historically, used in Ayurvedic medicine, Asafoetida was regarded as an effective remedy for worms and other intestinal parasites, flatulence, digestive weakness, candidiasis, and chronic fatigue.
Interesting Facts: As its name suggests, Asafoetida has a strong smell and a nauseating taste; characteristics that also burdened it with the name devil's dung. In the middle Ages, a small piece of the gum was worn around the neck to ward off diseases such as colds and fevers. Asafoetida is still used as an ingredient in Worcestershire sauce, which was based on a recipe from a British officer returned from colonial India.
General Information: Sunrise Botanics provides this essential oils guide for educational purposes only and not as medical advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner or resource on essential oil uses, safety and precautions for all essential oils Canada, USA and Worldwide.
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