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Holy Basil - Ocimum sanctum
Holy Basil is a wonderful plant to plant near your kitchen windows or doorways, not just for its use in your favorite dishes, but because this culinary herb has terrific natural pest repellent properties! Said to effectively keep house flies and mosquitoes away, planting Holy Basil near entryways to your home, rubbing it on your skin and clothing, and planting it around your yard and patio will help reduce the amount of unwanted summer pests. Planting it in your garden will also keep destructive pests like thrips, white flies, and aphids away from neighboring plants. Holy Basil blooms are also very attractive to butterflies and other useful pollinators.
Holy Basil is said to increase the health and flavor of many vegetables like asparagus, bell peppers, cabbage and especially tomato plants when companion planted together. For best results, do not plant Sage or Rue near your Holy Basil, as this is said to inhibit the plant’s growth and flavor. Instead, grow Chamomile near your Holy Basil plants to encourage its success.
Called the "queen of herbs" in India, holy basil smells like double-bubble gum and tastes surprisingly candied. Known as a rich anti-oxidant, that offers stress relief and replenishes spent adrenals.
'Holy Red' Basil, also known as 'Sacred Red' is a basil plant with a long tradition of use in Ayurvedic medicine, and a well-known sacred plant of the Indian subcontinent. Among herb plants, Holy Basil has been called the “Incomparable One”, the “Queen of Herbs” and “The Elixir of Life.”
Red Basil, also known as Krishna Tulsi in India, it is a purplish-red strain of Tulsi, identical in growth and culture to its verdant counterpart, Green Holy Basil. Both have spiritual and medicinal value. Used as a medicinal herb to prevent colds and flu, this sacred herb has the ability to cleanse the respiratory system of infection. The oil is used as an antioxidant, relieving aches and pains.
**Sassafras's Note: In prayer while trying to think of things that Grandpa (Cherokee/Natchez) used for spider bites to help Marilyn I remember he used to make a poultice from leaves and roots of Holy Basil whenever we were stung or bitten when I was a child - usually this was either a bee or wasp sting or a unknown spider bite, although once when I got into the red ant pile he did this as well. Besides Holy Basil he would use tobacco as well or instead.
The Holy Basil 'green' that I have used as an adult came in a capsule form in a brown bottle found at a local health food store. It looks rather resinous in the capsules. The aroma when sniffed is very sweet and I always feel a sense of calm after taking a couple of capsules, always useful when times get stressful. Even sniffing the aromatic scent from the bottle gives a calming effect!