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This week’s magical herb is basil. Basil is fragrant, bright, pungent and slightly peppery in flavor. Basil is one of the flavorings used in Chartreuse. Basil is also what makes up the ever-popular pesto.
Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum
Other Names: Sweet Basil, Thai Basil, St. Joseph’s Wort
Sign: Aries, Scorpio
Deities and Beings: Aine, Aradia, Ares, Ezrulie, Freya, Jupiter, Krishna,
Loki, Mars, Obatala, Ogoun, Seth, St. Joseph, Vishnu
Parts Used: Leaf, stem
Magical Uses: Anti-sorcery, exorcise negativity (burn), fidelity (placed on heart), flying, good luck, love, mend lovers’ quarrels, money, prosperity, protection (sprinkle in corners of home), protection in crowds, purification, success, sympathy (worn), uncrossing
If you’re interested in more magickal herbs, check out the full Magical Herb of the Week series.
Want to know even more about magical herbs? Check out The Herbal Magic Correspondences Guide for information on nearly 600 herbs and plants.