Ocimum basilicum

Kingly Plant, Witches' Herb, Sweet Basil, St. Joseph's Wort

Native to

Southern Africa to Southeast Asia

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.

Parts Used

  • Leaves are best harvested regularly and prior to flowering, if you can nip flowering in the bud your basil will produce a smoother taste for longer. It grows more bitter the bigger the leaf and the closer to flowering.

Medicinal Actions

Note: When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical.

  • Antioxidant: Removes, prevents potentially harmful oxidising within the body

  • Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Anticarcinogenic: Slows or aids in the prevention of the creation of cancerous cells

  • Antimicrobial: Slows or stops the spread of microorganisms, particularly those that spread pathogens

  • Carminative: Relieves... gas... Farts, specifically.

  • Nervine: Literally calms the nerves

  • Vulnerary: Helps heal wounds

Divinities & Mythos

  • Vishnu (Hinduism)

  • Erluzie (Vodou)

  • Venus (Ancient Roman)

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Mars

  • Element(s): Fire, Water

  • Gender: Masculine

  • Sign(s): Aries, Scorpio

  • Chakra: Heart


This plant is generally considered safe. There are reports of potential interactions with other drugs so this aspect makes it extra important to talk to your doctor.

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Magical Properties

  • Beauty

  • Blessings

  • Divination

  • Health

  • Intuition

  • Love

  • Luck

  • Money

  • Peace

  • Prosperity

  • Protection

  • Reconciliation

  • Safe & Lucky Travels

  • Soothes Tempers and Passions

  • Spell work Enhancer!

  • Spiritual Connection

  • Success

  • Tranquility

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?