This sweet-smelling basilisk has a rich blend of aromatic flavors. Purple basil is used like other varieties of basil to flavor cooked dishes. The floral parts are used to flavor oils, vinegars and other dishes.
Rustic, very ramified. It can reach 45 cm in height.
The leaves are large and deep purple.
Sowing: early, in late spring, in bucket, or in place.
Location: Full sun, warmth and shelter
Soil: light and rich. Basil grows well in pot.
A couple of flowerpots of basil in your kitchen are enough to keep the flies at bay.
If an insect stings, rub the irritated area with a fresh leaf.
If many insects flee basil because of its smell, beaware that butterflies and bees are attracted to it.
Basil energizes the nervous system: Essential oil is frequently used in aromatherapy to combat depression. In massage, this same oil relaxes tired and contracted muscles. The infusion of freshly picked leaves helps digestion, especially when the disorders are nervous. A leaf can be chewed to calm a passing indigestion. Basil tea has a reputation for calming nausea. The flowers of basil taken in infusion, have a soothing action. WARNING... ! No medicinal use during pregnancy. This can cause irritation on some skins. References: The Secret World of Herbs and Plants. Editions ATLAS.