Beyond its delicious use in pesto, this “royal herb” is unique. Discover the magical properties of basil, most notably for prosperity. Basil is magic – in pesto, obviously & with tomatoes, et al but also in sorcery.
The name itself comes from an old Greek word for King but some say it actually comes ‘basilisk‘ – the mythical serpent. The medieval herbalist Culpepper had it as being ‘of Mars & under the Scorpion’ – ie; super-yang.
Modern scientists are researching it as being full of antioxidants. Ye Olde Folk names: Witches herb, Royal herb.
The main magical correspondence is that a pot of basil or basil growing in your garden helps to bring prosperity.
The fresh leaf crushed against your wrist so it leaves a scent attracts money and you can also rub basil leaves or basil oil onto your wallet for extra prosperity oomph.
And, you can also crush up some leaves and add to hot water for a magical floor wash.
Ideally, you have a pot of it or a plant growing so it is always thriving and potent. Buying those whole ‘living plant’ herbs from the supermarket is brilliant for fresh salad and pasta additions but it’s not going to do much for your house witchery.
To fully access the magical properties of basil, honor the planet and take just a few leaves at a time.