Commonly called Hing in India, Asafoetida is a potent-smelling spice commonly used in Persian and Indian cooking for flavoring, food preservation and fragrance. From a nutritional perspective, asafoetida provides protein, fiber, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorous, iron, niacin, carotene and riboflavin. While cooking, adding a pinch of asafoetida helps in quick digestion. It helps with intestinal gas, upset stomach, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and irritable colon. Other uses include treatment of whooping cough, croup, and hoarse throat. Asafoetida is sometimes applied directly to the skin for corns and calluses and contains special chemicals which can thin the blood thus making the blood flow smooth. This remedy has been used for ages in village side and can greatly reduce the discomfort and can also lessen the pain caused to women during menstruation. In manufacturing, Asafoetida is used as a fragrance in cosmetics and as a flavoring ingredient in foods and beverages.