Basil, also known as Sweet Basil, has been a staple in many Mediterranean and Southeast Asian cuisines for centuries. Identified as a strain if the Mint family, Ocimum basilicum, et al) originated in India and one genus, called Holy Basil or Tulsi, is revered as a sacred herb of the Hindu deities.
This plant is used in natural medicine for digestive problem and has been touted as having anti-inflammatory properties similar to marijuana and oregano. Some information is coming out that Holy Basil has healing properties for cancer and diabetes.
Basil is considered a protection herb in Southern hoodoo and conjure and is said to be a good herb to make a sprinkle or floor wash for areas of your home. Simply purchase a fresh bunch of basil and boil it in a large pot for 15 minutes, let cool, strain, and then either put in a plant mister-type spray bottle. Lightly dampen paper toweling and wipe down all exposed surfaces such as doorknobs, desks, telephone and any area where people place their hands. Great to keep at work if working in a hostile environment, as it will keep “frenemies” away. If asked by nosy co-workers, you can ay it is an all natural spray to keep the ‘dust bunnies away’. You may also take a free standing white taper or pillar candle, anoint it with olive oil and roll it in dried chopped basil for an easy protection candle.
Other magickal cultures use basil as a money and love drawing herb and grow it in their homes to ensure money to come from all sources. It has been said that when tied in a cheesecloth bag and tossed into a hot bath, sweet basil will activate your money drawing abilities and you will be seeing money come to you.
Read more about the magickal uses of herbs and spices you have in your kitchen cabinet at “Kitchen Hoodoo | 12 Spices and Herbs for Hoodoo Magic Spells”