(Ferula assa-foetida, Ferula foetida, Ferula
rurbicaulis) P, do not feed to a child with
Folk Names: Assyfetida, Devil’s Dung, Food
of the Gods, Ungoozeh
Powers: Exorcism, Purification, Protection
Magical Uses: Burn small amounts in exorcism
and protection incenses. Also use in
protection sachets, but only if you want to
smell odd. Destroys manifestations of spirits
if thrown onto a fire or into the censer
during magical rites.
Sometimes used as an amulet to keep
away colds and fevers, and for this purpose
is usually worn around the neck.
Unfortunately, though asafoetida is
undoubtedly powerful, it also has a particularly
horrid odor. Just the slightest suggestion
of the fragrance has caused vomiting.
Use with care.