Used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Nutritional value: Potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, vitamin C and B2. Common medicinal uses: Arthritis, bronchitis, the common cold, fever, influenza, stomach ulcers, rheumatism, ear ache, epilepsy, heart conditions, malaria, sinusitis, snake bite, stomach ache and vomiting.
In English folk magic, basil was used to keep away pests and guard against harmful spells cast by others. An old legend has it that Witches would drink “basil juice” before flying on their broomsticks. This may suggest that it was used for astral projection, or interacting with the spirit world in an out-of-body experience. In Italy, basil was a symbol of love, and women who were ready to receive suitors would place a pot of basil on their balconies.
Chamberlain, Lisa. Wicca Herbal Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Herbal Magic, with Simple Herb Spells (p. 38). Chamberlain Publications (Wicca Shorts).
Sold in quantities of 10 grams
- Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
- Organic Status: Certified Organic
- Country of Origin: Egypt
- Plant Part: Leaf
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