Everybody’s talking that rosemary magic, and I’m over here like what about the basil? Seriously, basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow, the tastiest to eat, AND has multiple magical properties and uses. When eaten or added to a tea, basil is a healthy choice of herb. Learn all about basil magic here.
Basil, Ocimum basilicum, is a bright green Mediterranean herb that’s not only edible but also magical. It’s an herb yet it can be eaten as if it’s a vegetable. Basil is easy to grow with lots of sun and water and makes a tasty addition to so many meals. It has been called “holy” and also the “royal herb” for good reason. Other folk names include Sweet Basil, Witches Herb, American Dittany, and Feslien. There’s over 150 different variets of basil grown all over the world and its also widely known for its essential oil, scent, and flavor.
According to herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, basil is called the royal herb because it was once used in “salves prepared for royalty”. And according to witch Scott Cunningham, witches once drank an infusion of basil leaves before jumping astride their broomsticks and taking off in astral flight. It’s just one of those herbs that’s super versatile in the kitchen and at the witch’s altar.
|Associations||Magical Uses||Medicinal Uses|
|Deities: Vishnu, Erzulie||Love & Fidelity||Nausea and Vomiting|
|Planet: Mars||Money||Relieve Headaches|
|Element: Fire||Protection||Soothes stress|
|Gender: Masculine||Exorcism||Relieves bug bites & rashes|
Since basil is so tasty and aromatic, using it in your kitchen Witchery seems a no-brainer. A basil pesto is delicious on pizza, poultry, and more. While you’re making the pesto, visualize drawing in money. Then when you eat it, visualize dollar signs. If you have leftovers, continue to eat it for 3 days, once a day, to amplify the results.
Basil has money-drawing properties so add three leaves to your wallet, purse, piggy bank, or even line your pockets with it before a big career move, etc. Replenish every once in awhile to keep the money coming in.
When combined with cleansing herbs like rosemary and rue (test the rue on your skin first, as some people are allergic), basil packs a big punch. It works to remove hexes, break down barriers, and cleanse the individual of negative energy and entities. Add it to the ritual bath and submerge entirely to feel its effects.
While it’s not my favorite way to consume basil, basil tea is powerful in its own regard. The bright green color of basil links it to our heart chakra, which is also a bright shade of emerald. Drinking basil tea will help align, unblock and open your heart chakra for those who need an emotional boost or cleansing. It’s also known to relieve headaches, nausea, vomiting and stress.
Dried basil leaves have so many uses. One of the easiest ways to use basil in your magic is to add them to your spell bags, jars and bottles. They’re useful in money spells (as previously mentioned), but also for love, fidelity, banishing and cleansing purposes.
Add dried basil to your home protection powders then spread across the thresholds and windowsills to deter evil and promote positive vibes in the home. I like to replenish my threshold powders once I notice they’re being swept away. Or at every Full Moon. Basil along with rosemary is particularly powerful as a protection powder.
Infuse basil into oils and use the oil to anoint candles for candle magic, anoint your doorways and windows, or your chakra points before meditation. The oil also has medicinal properties. If you mash the leaves up and make a slight paste, apply it directly to a bug bite or rash for relief from the itching.
Make your own herbal spray using a basil infusion and a little witch hazel, bottle it and spray it around your sacred space to cleanse and bring blessings. It can also be used to spray your entire house and raise the vibrations. This is an effective way to banish ghosts and negative entities from your space. Be sure to open a window so they can escape.
Basil is delicious when added to a salad. You’ll get a pop of flavor amidst lettuce, spinach and greens. Or add it to a grilled cheese sandwich with a slice of tomato. Make these easy basil recipes regularly and eat to draw new love, promote fidelity, draw good luck and money.
Having turmoil, illness or conflict in the home? Make an infusion of basil, sage and rosemary and wash your front door from bottom to top. This front door wash cleanses but also promotes peace and prosperity in the home.
Grow basil in a pot or in your garden. Basil is bi-annual so after a few years it will go to seed. Once this happens, harvest the entire plant and hang upside in your kitchen. This basil bouquet will ward off evil and bring blessings to the hearth. I’ve also used it’s roots, flowers, and seeds in various workings with great effects.
Add basil to butter and spread it over fresh baked bread, roasted vegetables, as a sandwich spread and more. One of the fairies’ favorite offerings is bread and butter. And if the butter has basil in it, they’ll really love you. This also makes a great offering to deities from the Mediterranean region (Greek, Roman, etc.).
Since basil is known to have flying properties, try drinking basil tea before your flying ritual commences. You can also add it to flying ointments and anoint your power points before bed or ritual.
If I could recommend growing one herb only it would be basil. The versatility, the taste, the aroma of basil is enough for any witch to grow it in the garden. It’s pretty pest-resilient and needs more water than other herbs but still easy to grow. It’s also safe to have around children and pets. And it grows easily in pots or in the ground!
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