<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> RowanTree Herbs: Basil

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(Ocimum basilicum)
Common names: Albahaca, American Dittany, Our Herb, St. Josephwort, Sweet Basil, Witches' Herb.


Purple Basil

Purple Basil

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Parts Used: Entire plant, oil, leaves, seeds. Methods Used: Water extraction, oil extraction.

Spiritual Uses: The ancient Celts believed that Basil had the power to cleanse and protect a home from negativity. Sprinkle a little Basil Tea in each corner of every room.

Add Basil Tea to your bath to clear yourself of negative influences. Refreshing and stimulating.

Physical Uses: The traditional uses for Basil generally relate to relieving problems of the digestive system such as cramps, vomiting, enteritis, and constipation. It lowers fevers as well.

It has been used in the past to treat whooping cough because it is an antispasmodic. Helpful for relieving migraine headaches and it has a mild sedative effect.

Externally, the tea or oil has been used to clear up acne inflammations and heal other skin infections.

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