Other Names: St. Joseph’s Wort, American dittany
Basil is used for purification, protection and love.
Basil can be used to promote harmony and love. It is often used in protection spells, particularly for the home. The scent of basil is said to diffuse tensions therefore use to avoid arguments between people and soothe strife. Basil also brings luck to the home and attracts money. For purification purposes, basil can be added to purification oils and sachets.
Basil features strongly as a culinary herb, particularly in India where it originated. It is widely combined with any type of tomato dish. Pesto sauce is made by grinding basil leaves with garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil.
For healing purposes, think of basil as the calming and soothing herb. It can be used for lowering fever, spasms, wind, nausea and tension headaches. The leaf can be applied to insect bites.