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The Spiritual Uses of Asafetida

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The Spiritual Uses of Asafetida

Asafetida, also known as Devil’s Dung and Food of the Gods, is a foul-smelling herb used to fend off negativity. One of the strongest banishing herbs, it is used for repelling evil, reversing hexes and jinxing enemies. The pungent smell is said to ward off demons and provide a shield of protection around those who use it. It also aids in concentration and focus, helping those who are ungrounded to find their inner balance.

Derived from the carrot family, Asafetida is an oleoresin that is gathered by piercing the root stem of the plant. The resin that is released appears almost translucent at first, but turns a coppery red when it oxidizes. It contains a large amount of sulfur, which gives it a distinctive odor. This exotic spice is used in Indian and Asian cuisine, often used to flavor dhal, lentils and other vegetable dishes.

Ancient Chinese and holistic medicine used Asafetida to help calm digestive issues and nervous indigestion. The herb is mixed into a paste and rubbed on the abdomen to help ease cramping and abdominal discomfort. The essential oil contained in the spice is believed to help with respiratory conditions, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome. The herb is extremely strong, and it is recommended that it be used intermittently, rather than on a continual basis. 

Asafetida in Spell Work

Asafetida is an herb of protection, purification and enlightenment. It is used to banish negativity, evil spirits and demons.  Used primarily in protection spells, this powerful powder comes in various forms. Asafetida Rock can be burned as incense on top of charcoal for protection from evil and to banish negative spirits from your home. Asafetida Gum and Asafetida Powder are used in the same way, and assist in making someone who is bothering you leave you alone.

One of the strongest - and most pungent - banishing herbs, Asafetida is used in exorcism and purification rituals to deflect hostile magic. This defensive herb can be worn as an amulet to avert the evil eye. Carry a pinch in a red mojo bag to keep the law away. Dress a black cat candle with Asafetida Liquid. Roll it in Asafetida Powder and light the candle to get someone out of your life for good.

The following spell can be used to protect you from someone’s harmful intentions.

Gather these items:

Fold the felt in half and cut into the shape of a person. Make it large enough that you will be able to stuff it once it has been sewn together. Sew the border of the fabric together, leaving a hole big enough for you to stuff it. Fill it with the High John the Conqueror Root and Rosemary Leaves. Once filled, sew the opening closed.

Use the nail to carve out the name of the person you seek protection from into the candle. Anoint the candle and felt with Asafetida Liquid. Light the candle and repeat the following:

Creature of cloth thou art,
Creature of flesh and blood you be.
I name you (name the person you are binding).
No more shall you do me harm.
No more shall you interfere with my life or the lives of my loved ones.

Take the red ribbon and wrap the felt until it is fully covered. Say the following:

I bind your feet from brining me harm.
I bind your hands from reaching out to me.
I bind your mouth from spreading false tales of me.
I bind your mind from sending energy to harm me.
May your negative energy be reflected back onto you.

Tie a knot in the red ribbon and visualize all of the negative energy that was sent to you by this person being reflected back to them. Wrap the felt in the black handkerchief and tie with another piece of red ribbon. Say the following:

I have bound this person from harming me and those I love.
I fix this spell then set it free
As no harm shall return to me
As I will, so mote it be.

Once the candle has burned out, bury its remains and the felt poppet deep in the ground, somewhere far from your home. Walk away from the spot without looking back.

After working with Asafetida in any form, be sure to wash your hands with Florida Water to remove any remnants of the pungent spice. Keep any remaining powder in an air-tight, glass container to prevent the sulfurous vapors from escaping.

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