Asafoetida is known as “the food of the gods” in Ayurveda. It is a grounding herb, useful for balancing conditions characterized by hyperactivity, mood swings, and general turbulence. It is incredibly pungent, with a garlicky, somewhat sulfurous smell, and is very useful for digestive issues, especially gas and bloating. Asafoetida has traditionally been used to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Its antimicrobial properties make it useful for relieving respiratory complaints.