Asafoetida is the raisin-like gum extract of a plant. It is an Indian spice which is commonly used in cooking while tempering. It enhances the taste of the food. Asafetida is extensively used for flavouring curries sauces and pickles. It is also added in buttermilk to solve woes of indigestion. Apart from all its health benefits for constipation and others it is a great plant extract for skin explains Manjari Chandra Consultant Therapeutic Nutritionist Manjiri Wellness. Here are 3 tips to use hing for a clearer and healthier skin: Asafoetida can also be used effectively for acne and acne scars.