Family: Lamiaceae (The Mint Family)
Deities: Ellegua, Tulsi, Vishnu, Krishna
Basil opens the door to transformation. Don’t be afraid to walk through to the other side.
Basil is usually an herbaceous annual, however some varieties are perennial in warmer, temperate climates. This aromatic plant has bright green opposite leaves, small pale flowers, and the square stem of mint family. Some insects are repelled by the strong scent so some will keep basil plants on tables to keep flies and mosquitoes away.
Basil may have originated in Africa and/or Asia, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years, but it spread across the globe and is used in cooking everywhere. There are a number of different species of Ocimum, including sweet basil (O. basilicum) and holy basil (O. tenuiflorum) and an even larger number of cultivars. Basil oil can be found in perfumes and shampoos.
Basil is a popular medicine across the globe. Basil is used as a digestive tonic, to reduce swelling and inflammation, ease the pain of headaches. Basil is also used to relieve colds and coughs. Basil is popular in both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine.
Basil is a plant of transformation. It increases the vibrational pattern, helping one to ascend a higher state of consciousness. Basil also can help facilitate communications with the divine. One client reported being able to hear her ancestors following drinking a Holy Basil tincture for the first time. Basil is also connected with a multitude of deities and saints. In Hinduism, basil is connected with Vishnu and his avatars. Basil is a traditional offering to Ellegua, in the Yoruba & African Diaspora traditions. Without Ellegua, no messages can move through to the other Orisha. In Haiti, basil is connected with Erzulie Freda. In Christianity, a story is told about how St. Helena was led to the cross that Jesus was crucified on by the smell of a basil plant.
The symbol should be visualized as a shimmering green three dimensional energy swirl on a shiny pearl rising from a pool of water. The symbol is moving in a circular pattern around the pearl, drawing energy from the water that surrounds it. The symbol embodies the idea of transformation…reaching for the ideal you. Multiple clients have reported feeling the basil symbol activate the third eye, opening the person to better receive messages and intuitive guidance. It also seems to have a connection with the throat chakra.