Basil

Basil

Basil

This is one of my favorite herbs. I use it for cooking and for magickal purposes too. I grow my own year round. When not planted in my garden it is planted in a pot on my window sill. Here is a little information on basil and a few recipes. Also click on the link below for some ideas about growing your own basil.
Basil
Proper name: Ocymum basilium
Gender: Masculine
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Powers: Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection
Medicinal Uses: The infusion relieves gas and stomach pains. Reputedly abortive, it can
help expel the placenta. A warming herb, it is used for colds and flu, constipation,
vomiting, headaches and menstrual cramps. Steep two teaspoons per cup of water for
twenty minutes; take up to one and a half cups per day.
Magical Uses: Basil is used to mend lovers quarrels and in love spells. Basil attracts
money and brings good luck to a new home. Use it in rites of exorcism and in the ritual
bath. Sprinkle the powder over the heart area to promote fidelity. The scent brings
happiness to the home and will protect you in crowds.

Basil Recipe

Heirloom Tomato salad with Basil and MozzarellaBasil

Ingredients
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 lb mixed heirloom tomatoes, quartered if small or cut into 1/4-inch-wide wedges if larger
1 lb cherry tomatoes
1 lb very small mozzarella balls (1/4 inch; sometimes called perlini) or 1 lb lightly salted mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups loosely packed small basil leaves or torn large leaves
Directions
Whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt, sugar, and pepper in a large bowl. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking constantly until dressing is emulsified. Add tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.