Basic Herbs – Lesson 8 – Basil, Garlic, May Apple

I have basil growing in my herb garden…along with lavender, thyme, lemon balm, rosemary, oregano, spearmint, peppermint, and dill. Cooking with fresh herbs makes meals taste so much better.

My Witchy Walk

  • Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
  • Common Name: basil
  • Folk Names: American dittany, alabahea, St Joseph Wort, sweet basil, witches herb, our herb
  • Habitat & Description: Erect plant with lots of branches, aromatic annual or short lived perennial. Small whorls of white flowers. Zone 10 rich, light well drained soil to dry soil.
  • Planetary Ruler: Mars.
  • Gender: male
  • Elemental Rule: fire
  • Parts Used: whole plant
  • Culinary Uses: flavoring for soups, stews, salads and Italian based meals, tomato sauces
  • Medicinal Uses: Fever, digestion, anxiety
  • Magickal Uses: purification, protection, love, soothes tempers.
  • Botanical Name: Allium sativum
  • Common Name: Garlic
  • Folk Names: Ajo, Poor man’s treacle, stinkweed
  • Habitat & Description: Perennial with a globe bulb of 5-15 bulblets in a papery white to mauve skin, flat leaves up to 24 inches long. Green/white flowers in summer, zone 4-9
  • Planetary Ruler: Mars
  • Gender: Male
  • Elemental Rule: Fire
  • Parts Used: bulbs, leaves, flowers
  • Culinary Uses: garlic enhances flavors in meats, seafood and vegetables.
  • Medicinal…

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