BOTANICAL NAME: Ferula asafoetida
Country Of Origin: India
Asafoetida is the dried sap from a root called ferula. While the root is used for culinary purposes, the sap has historically found its most critical uses in medicine. It origins are in Iran and the Middle East, still commonly used in spices, and food flavors, it recently moved into use in western cultures as well. Hyperbole gives us tales of this sap treating ailments from insect bites to indigestion, from fertility issues to cancer prevention, headaches, toothaches, and ear aches. With the many historical recollections of the uses of this sap, one must consult a medical professional before taking any of the stories at face value.
(References: organicfacts.net, webmd.com, http://www.indianmirror.com/ayurveda/indian-spices/asafoetida.html )