Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Common Name: basil
Folk Names: American dittany, alabahea, St Joseph Wort, sweet basil, witches herb, our herb
Habitat & Description: Erect plant with lots of branches, aromatic annual or short lived perennial. Small whorls of white flowers. Zone 10 rich, light well drained soil to dry soil.
Planetary Ruler: Mars.
Elemental Rule: fire
Parts Used: whole plant
Culinary Uses: flavoring for soups, stews, salads and Italian based meals, tomato sauces
Medicinal Uses: Fever, digestion, anxiety
Magickal Uses: purification, protection, love