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Asafoetida (Hing, Devil's Dung, Ferula asafoetida)
The dried resin of the stem and roots of a 12-foot-high type of fennel, Ferula asafoetida, makes a strong-smelling scent ruled by Saturn. It is used in rituals of self-purification and to break spiritual shackles, which fits well with its ruler, since Saturn teaches us our limitations and boundaries. This is a safe substitute for dangerous Saturn herbs like henbane. This resin is sometimes connected to Mars because it is somewhat warming. It's a classic ingredient in grimoire recipes for banishing incense.

Mundane Uses
Asafoetida contains sulfur, much as garlic does, and tastes like garlic and onions when cooked (try potatoes fried in oil with a pinch of asafoetida--yum!). Ayruvedic medicine considers this an antidote to opium, and Eclectic medicine thought it good for nervousness. This herb is a stimulant to digestion and sedative to the nervous system, formerly a remedy for nervousness and hysteria, and an aphrodisiac (always stirfry before ingesting this spice).  King's Dispensatory on Asafoetida

Asafoetida chunk resin - pure
1 oz. $8.00

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Hex-Breaking & Uncrossing
Protection Spells
Banishing Rituals
Saturn & Mars Incense

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