What Are The Magical Properties Of Basil?

magical properties of basil

By Mark Piatt

Updated on November 4, 2023

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The magical properties of basil are known for their versatile applications in magick, from protection spells to attracting love and wealth.  This makes basil a staple in many magickal practices.

Whether used in mojo bags, sachets, or infused oils, basil remains a go-to herb for magickal practitioners.

 As a general rule, these are the 5 main magickal properties that basil is often associated with: 

  • Protection
  • Love and Fidelity
  • Wealth and Luck
  • Purification
  • Divination

I will be discussing in detail each of these magickal properties and will include various rituals and spells you can use for each one.

But these are not the only magickal properties associated with Basil. 

 13 other important magickal properties and rituals associated with basil include: 

  • Exorcism
  • Healing
  • Enhanced Intuition
  • Courage
  • Good Luck
  • Safe Travel
  • Success
  • Peace
  • Mental Clarity
  • Dreamwork
  • Reconciliation
  • Joy and Happiness
  • Spiritual Growth

I will briefly discuss these other magickal properties of basil.

To cover this subject matter, this blog article is fairly lengthy.  Feel free to use the table of contents to get to your area of interest.


The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only.  Occult properties of herbs and essential oils are provided for historical interest only.  For possible treatments of physical or mental diseases, please seek a trained and licensed health professional.  Enchanted Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse side effects resulting from the use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from the following historical uses of herbs and essential oils.

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History of basil in magick and witchcraft

In various folk magick and spiritual traditions around the world, including Italian folk magick and other European traditions, basil is often used for protection and to ward off evil.

In Wiccan and Neopagan traditions, it’s commonly used for protection, love, and prosperity spells.

In Hoodoo and Voodoo, basil aids in drawing wealth and luck.

Holy Basil, or Tulsi, holds a sacred place in Hinduism, often used for spiritual rituals and purification.

Even in some Christian traditions, basil is utilized for its symbolic significance.

Basil has been used in some Orthodox Christian rituals, particularly in the blessing of waters, homes, or churches, although this is more religious than “magical.”

With the rise of eclectic spirituality, many modern practitioners who borrow from a range of traditions might include basil in their spells and rituals for purposes like purification, protection, and attracting prosperity.

Out of the many varieties of basil, there are mainly 5 types used in magick.

 The 5 most common varieties of basil used in magick. 

  • Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) – This is the most commonly found basil and is often used in Western magickal traditions for spells involving money, love, and protection.
  • Holy Basil or Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum or Ocimum tenuiflorum) – In Hinduism, Holy Basil is considered sacred and is used in a variety of religious rituals and ceremonies. It’s often grown in Hindu households for its spiritual and purifying qualities.  Holy Basil is also used in Ayurvedic medicine for its numerous health benefits.
  • African Basil (Ocimum gratissimum) – This species is used in some African and Afro-Caribbean spiritual traditions for various purposes, including protection and prosperity.
  • Lemon Basil (Ocimum × citriodorum) – While less common, Lemon Basil may sometimes be used in spells requiring a “lighter” or more uplifting energy, such as those aimed at clarity, communication, or healing.
  • Cinnamon Basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Cinnamon’) – This variety is sometimes used in spells that require a “spicier” energy, often for purposes like love and passion or adding potency to any spellwork.

For the remainder of this article, when I refer to basil, I am referring to sweet basil, unless otherwise stated.

This article contains a collection of modern magickal spells and rituals but is grounded in those who created the magick in ancient times.

The spell examples I give follow sound magickal practices and I follow the tradition of HARM NO ONE.

I highly suggest you keep a magickal diary of your work.  Your diary is your most essential and powerful tool.  Document all your successes and any factors that led to those successes.

I personally use this diary Moonster Leather Journal Refillable Notebook.

I like this journal because it has a leather cover, and pen, and is refillable.  I prefer unlined paper, because I tend to draw a lot in my journals, and don’t like lines interfering.

Plus, the leather and high-quality paper give my journal a more “magickal” feel.

With all that out of the way, lets get started.

Can the magical properties of basil be used for protection?

Basil is often used in spells and rituals aimed at warding off negative energies.  Its association with Mars gives basil qualities of courage and power, making it a strong ally in banishing rituals.

The strong, pungent smell of basil is thought to ward off evil spirits and negative energies.

The herb has a long history of being used in rituals and spells, ranging from ancient Greek practices to Hindu rituals, often for purposes of purification and protection.

In Vodou and some African spiritual traditions, basil is used in protection charms or baths. 

Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, holds a significant role in Hindu rituals, often planted around homes and temples for spiritual and physical protection.

In Wicca and other Neopagan practices, it’s often used in spells and rituals aimed at warding off negative energies.

Some people carry a small pouch of basil leaves for personal protection or sprinkle it at entrances to guard homes.

If you are interested in learning about the 16 most common herbs and essential oils used in protection rituals, check out my article “16 Essential Oils For Protection“.

 Here are 7 examples of how basil can be used for magickal protection. 

1. Protection Sachet:

  • Dried basil leaves can be placed in a small cloth pouch and carried around for personal protection.

2. Spell Jars:

  • Create a protection spell jar filled with basil, salt, and other protective herbs or items.  Seal it and place it near your home’s entrance or carry it with you.

3. Protection Bath:

  • Add basil leaves or basil essential oil to your bathwater to cleanse your aura and protect you from negativity.

4. Smudging:

  • While not as common as sage, basil can also be used for smudging to cleanse a space of negative energies.

5. Talisman Consecration:

  • Basil can be used to anoint talismans or amulets meant for protection.

6. Protective Candle Magick:

  • Dress a white or black candle with basil oil and light it with the intention of protection.

7. Food Magick:

  • Incorporate basil into meals with the intent of infusing the food with protective energies.  This is especially effective in communal meals to protect a family or group.

You can also include basil in a powerful protective ward for your space. 

Creating a magickal ward with basil typically involves the use of ritualistic intent, symbolism, and sometimes other tools like candles, crystals, or incense to amplify the herb’s protective properties.

Here’s a general guideline on how to create a protective ward using basil:

 Example of a protective ward that includes basil 


  • Fresh or dried basil leaves
  • White or black candles (for purity and protection)
  • Salt (for purification)
  • Optional: Other protective herbs like sage or rosemary
  • Optional: Protective crystals like black tourmaline or obsidian
  • Optional: Paper and pen for writing intentions or symbols


  • Cleanse the Space: Start by cleansing your space with sage, palo santo, or incense.  This prepares the area for the ritual.

  • Ground and Center: Take a few deep breaths, grounding yourself and focusing your energy and intentions.

  • Light the Candle: Light a white or black candle to invoke protection and purity.  Some people choose to anoint their candles with basil oil before lighting them.

  • Prepare Basil: If using fresh basil, gently crush the leaves to release their oils and aroma.  If using dried basil, have it prepared in a bowl.

  • State Your Intentions: Speak or meditate on your intention for protection.  This can be as simple as saying,

With this basil, I ward this space and myself from negativity and harm.

  • Create the Ward: Sprinkle a line or circle of salt around the area you want to protect.  Place basil leaves or sprinkle dried basil at intervals around or within this circle.

  • Optional Enhancements: If using other herbs, sprinkle them alongside the basil.  If using crystals, place them at cardinal points around the salt and basil circle.

  • Seal the Ward: Close the circle by ending where you started and visualize protective energy emanating from the basil and salt, forming a shield around the space.

  • Close the Ritual: Snuff out the candle, thanking any deities, spirits, or energies you’ve called upon.  Some people choose to let the candle burn out on its own, amplifying the ward’s strength.

  • Maintenance: Keep the basil fresh and replace it as needed, or use the basil in a dried form that lasts longer.

Remember that the effectiveness of this ward is largely dependent on your belief system and the intention you put into it.

Here are some of the items you can purchase for your basil purification ritual.

White spell and chime candles – Set of 20.  4 inches tall and have a burn time of 1.5 hours.  Perfect for spells requiring white candles.  Made from paraffin wax.

Black spell and chime candles – Set of 20.  4 inches tall and have a burn time of 1.5 hours.  Perfect for spells requiring black candles.  Made from paraffin wax.

Set of 45 Different Crystal Gemstones in Glass BottlesEach Bottle Size: Height 30mm, Width 22mm, Weight: Total of About 780 Grams.  Includes protective crystals such as quartz, obsidian, amethyst, lapis lazuli, tiger’s eye, citrine, and labradorite. 

Himalayan Pink Salt – Unprocessed, hand-selected, hand-mined, hand-washed, and sun-dried.

A quick note about salt:  Although any salt will work, I suggest you use Himalayan Pink Salt.  It’s called the “purest salt on earth” because it’s been maturing in the earth for over 250 million years!

Can the magical properties of basil be used for love, passion, and fidelity?

Basil is often used in magickal practices aimed at love, passion, and fidelity.  Its association with passion, attraction, and emotional bonding makes it a popular choice in spells and rituals focused on love.

Warning: If you are using basil as part of a love and attraction spell, make sure the person you are interested in is in love with you of their own free will.  Also, be sure your intent is friendly and that the relationship will be healthy for both of you.

I decided to include love, passion, and fidelity in one section, but they could each be covered individually.

Herbs, such as basil, have been used in love and fidelity rituals across various cultures and traditions for centuries. 

Their symbolic meanings and metaphysical properties are thought to amplify the intentions behind such rituals.

The most effective love and fidelity rituals are those that focus on deepening existing bonds or attracting new love in an open, consensual way.

The effectiveness of love and passion rituals and spells often depends on various factors, including the belief system of the practitioner, the clarity and focus of intent, and the specific elements used in the ritual or spell.

In rituals related to love, passion, and fidelity, the intent is often very clear and specific, making it easier to focus during the ritual.

For a look at 21 herbs that can be used in love rituals, check out my article “Top 21 Herbs Used For Love Magic and Rituals“.

For a more detailed look at how basil can be used in love magick, check out my article “How To Use Basil In Love Magic And Rituals?“.

 Here are 4 examples of how basil can be used in love, fidelity, and passion rituals. 

1. Love Sachet:

  • Create a small sachet filled with basil leaves and rose petals to carry with you, place under your pillow, or even give to someone you love to attract romantic energies.

2. Passion Tea:

  • Brew a tea with basil leaves and ginger root.  Drink it yourself for enhanced passion or share it with your partner to ignite mutual desire.

3. Home Protection for Fidelity:

  • Sprinkle dried basil at the entrance of your home, focusing on your intent to protect your relationship from outside influences that may threaten its fidelity.

4. Love and Fidelity Jar Spell:

  • In a small jar, place basil, rose petals, a strand of your hair, and a strand of your partner’s hair.  Seal the jar and bury it in your backyard or keep it in a hidden spot in your home to promote both love and fidelity in your relationship.

Here is a detailed example of how you can use basil in a fidelity and passion spell.

 Fidelity and passion candle spell that uses basil 


  • One red candle for passion
  • One blue candle for fidelity
  • Basil essential oil or crushed basil leaves
  • A small dish
  • A piece of paper and pen


  • Write down your intent or desire for both passion and fidelity on the piece of paper.
  • Fold the paper and place it in the small dish.
  • Anoint both candles with basil oil while focusing on your intentions.
  • Place the red and blue candles on either side of the dish.
  • Light the candles and chant:

“By this fire, I aspire, for fidelity and passion never to tire.”

  • Allow the candles to burn down completely, reinforcing your intent.
  • After the spell, you can either keep the piece of paper in a safe place or bury it in the ground as an offering.

Here are some of the items you can purchase for your basil fidelity and passion spell.

Red spell and chime candles – Set of 20.  4 inches tall and have a burn time of 1.5 hours.  Perfect for spells requiring red candles.  Made from paraffin wax.

Blue spell and chime candles – Set of 20.  4 inches tall and have a burn time of 1.5 hours.  Perfect for spells requiring blue candles.  Made from paraffin wax.

 Why use a red candle during a fidelity and passion ritual? 

Red is the color most commonly associated with passion, desire, and love.  A deep, rich red is ideal for igniting or reigniting passion.

 Why use a blue candle during a fidelity and passion ritual? 

Blue is often associated with fidelity, loyalty, and emotional stability.  A light blue candle is often used to encourage faithfulness and trust.

Can the magical properties of basil be used in wealth and good luck rituals?

Basil is a versatile herb often associated with magick related to wealth, prosperity, and good luck.  Basil has a rich history of being associated with wealth and good luck in various cultures and magickal traditions. 

In European folklore, basil is thought to bring wealth to those who carry it in their pockets or grow it in their gardens. Its name is even derived from the Greek word “basileus,” meaning “king,” underscoring its royal connotations and associations with abundance.

Some folk traditions recommend placing basil leaves in the cash register or scattering them on the floor of a new business to attract prosperity.

In Hindu culture, basil (also known as Tulsi) is considered a holy plant that invites divine blessings.

Many Hindu households keep a Tulsi plant, believing it brings good fortune and wards off evil spirits.  It’s not uncommon for people to offer basil leaves to the gods to gain their favor and financial blessings.

In Italian folklore, basil is also associated with love and wealth. The act of exchanging basil pots is seen as an invitation for financial prosperity and deep affection.

In Hoodoo and other African-American folk practices, basil is a key ingredient in mojo bags and sachets designed to attract wealth or success in gambling.

Sometimes basil is combined with other prosperity-attracting ingredients like cinnamon or pyrite to make a potent charm.

Wiccan and neo-pagan traditions also incorporate basil in spells for wealth, prosperity, and abundance.

Its green leaves are symbolic of growth and renewal, making basil a popular choice for rituals aiming to increase financial flow.

This cross-cultural reverence for basil in matters of wealth and good luck highlights the herb’s universal magickal appeal, making it a popular choice for anyone looking to improve their financial circumstances or attract good fortune.

 Here are 7 examples of how basil can be used in wealth and good luck rituals. 

1. Wallet Sachet:

  • Place dried basil leaves in a small sachet and keep it in your wallet to attract money.

2. Home Protection and Wealth:

  • Plant basil near the entrance of your home to ward off negative energy and attract wealth.

3. Mojo Bag:

  • Combine basil with other prosperity-attracting herbs like cinnamon and clove in a mojo bag to carry with you for luck in financial matters.

4. Money Bath:

  • Steep basil leaves in a hot bath along with mint and chamomile to purify yourself and attract wealth.

5. Candle Magick:

  • Dress a green or gold candle with basil oil or crushed leaves while focusing on your financial intentions, then light the candle.

6. Charm Bags:

  • Make a charm bag with basil, pyrite, and a written intention for wealth. Keep it in your workspace or business.

7. Vision Board:

  • Place a basil leaf on a vision board along with other symbols of wealth and prosperity to manifest financial goals.

These practices are drawn from various traditions and beliefs, so adapt them to fit your own system or worldview.

 Here is an example of a ritual that uses basil in a prosperity and financial moon water spray 


  • Moon water (water that has been charged under the moon)
  • Basil essential oil or crushed basil leaves
  • A small spray bottle


  • Add a few drops of basil essential oil or some crushed basil leaves to moon water.  The moon water brings the energy of growth, while basil attracts wealth.
  • Shake well and charge the bottle with your intention.  You can do this by holding the bottle in your hands and envisioning it filling with golden light.
  • Spray the basil and moon water mixture around your workspace, wallet, or cash register while chanting:

“By moon’s glow and basil’s might, attract to me prosperity and financial light.”

 How to create moon charged water 


  • A clear glass jar, bowl, or bottle with a lid or cover
  • Filtered or distilled water
  • Optional: Crystals, herbs, or other items to add specific energies (ensure they are water-safe)


  • Preparation: Begin by ensuring your jar or bowl is clean.  If you plan to add crystals or herbs, make sure they are clean and safe to be submerged in water.  Note: Not all crystals are safe for water, so do your research beforehand.

  • Fill the Container: Fill your chosen container with filtered or distilled water.  If adding crystals or herbs, place them gently into the water.

  • Set Your Intentions: Before placing the water outside, hold the container and focus on your intention for the moon-charged water.  You might say a prayer, affirmation, or spell to set your intention.

  • Moonlight Charging: Place the water outside where it can absorb the moonlight.  The full moon is the most powerful phase, but you can charge water at other moon phases depending on your needs.  If you can’t place it directly outside, a windowsill where the moonlight can reach it is also effective.

  • Duration: Allow the water to charge for several hours, ideally from moonrise to moonset, or for as long as you can manage.

  • Retrieve the Water: Once you feel the water has absorbed enough moon energy, bring it inside.  If you’ve added crystals or herbs, you may remove them at this point. Seal the jar with a lid or cover.

  • Store: Store the moon-charged water in a cool, dark place until you’re ready to use it.  Some people prefer to refrigerate it, especially if it will be ingested or applied to the skin.

  • Use: Use your moon-charged water in baths, spells, rituals, or even as a cleansing spray for your sacred space.

 The following crystals are generally considered safe to submerge in a moon charging ritual 

  • Quartz Varieties: Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, and Amethyst are safe and popular choices for most water-related rituals.

  • Agate: All forms of agate are considered safe in water.

  • Citrine: Natural citrine is safe in water, but be cautious with heat-treated varieties.

  • Aventurine: Green Aventurine is safe for use in water.

  • Tiger’s Eye: This crystal is generally safe, but prolonged exposure to water may dull its shine.

  • Jasper: Red Jasper, Yellow Jasper, and other forms are usually safe in water.

  • Sodalite: This crystal is generally safe in water but may fade over a long period.

  • Moonstone: Moonstone is a soft crystal but is generally safe for short periods in water.

  • Bloodstone: This stone is safe for water use and is often used in healing rituals.

  • Sunstone: Generally safe in water, but prolonged exposure is not recommended.

  • Lepidolite: Safe for water, but being a softer stone, it shouldn’t be left in water for extended periods.

  • Carnelian: Generally safe for water-based practices.

Warning: Some crystals can look similar to others that are not safe for use in water (like Calcite, Selenite, or Desert Rose), so always make sure you’ve correctly identified your crystal before submerging it. As a precaution, always research the specific mineral content and hardness of the crystal you’re using, especially if it’s not on this list.

If you need some crystals and stones to use in your magick, the following kit includes 45 different crystal gemstones in bottles.  

Set of 45 Different Crystal Gemstones in Glass BottlesEach Bottle Size: Height 30mm, Width 22mm, Weight: Total of About 780 Grams.

Can the magical properties of basil be used in purification rituals?

Whether used alone or in combination with other herbs and elements, basil serves as a potent tool for purification, helping to create a sacred, harmonious environment.

Basil is commonly used in purification rituals and spells across various spiritual traditions.

Known for its cleansing and protective qualities, basil is often incorporated into baths, smudging rituals, and anointing oils to remove negative energies.

In some practices, basil-infused water is sprinkled around a space to purify it.

Many cultures and religious groups use basil in some way during their purification rituals.  

Even though many different traditions may have unique methods and accompanying rituals for using basil, its purifying qualities are universally recognized.

 Here are 7 examples of how basil can be used in purification rituals and spells 

1. Smudging:

  • Burning dried basil leaves to cleanse an area of negative energy.

2. Talisman Cleansing:

  • Placing a talisman or protective amulet in a bowl of basil-infused water to cleanse it.

3. Herb Bundles:

  • Combining basil with other purifying herbs like sage or rosemary to create a more potent smudging stick.

4. Spell Jars:

  • Including basil in a spell jar dedicated to purification or protection.

5. Charm Sachets:

  • Filling small sachets with basil to place in drawers, cars, or closets to keep the areas clean energetically.

6. Healing Circles:

  • Incorporating basil in the ritualistic creation of healing circles to purify the energy before commencing the circle.

7. Purification Baths:

  • Adding basil leaves or basil essential oil to a ritual bath for cleansing.

Remember, the key to successful magickal work is not just the ingredients you use but also the intention and focus you put into the ritual.

 Here is an example of a basil smoke cleansing (smudging) ritual 


  • Dried basil leaves
  • Charcoal disk
  • Fireproof dish


  • Light the charcoal disk and place it in a fireproof dish.
  • Once the charcoal is hot, place dried basil leaves on top.
  • As the smoke rises, walk around the area you wish to purify.
  • Chant or mentally focus on your purification intention.  You can say something like the following:

“Smoke of basil, pure and clean,

Banish negativity to never be seen.

I cleanse this space, I cleanse my heart,

I cleanse my spirit, for a fresh start.”

If you need an incense burner or charcoal disk, here is a variety to choose from.

Cast Iron Incense BurnersGreat for home fragrance, energy cleansing, meditation, and more. Burn to enjoy the aroma and to clear negative energies.

100 Coal Charcoal discs – These charcoal discs have absolutely zero odor and light easily. 

 Here is how to create a basil and salt protection jar 


  • Small glass jar with lid
  • Basil leaves (dry or fresh)
  • Sea salt or kosher salt
  • Optional: small crystal for amplification (e.g., clear quartz)


  • Layer salt and basil leaves in the jar, starting and ending with salt.
  • If using a crystal, cleanse it first, then place it inside the jar.
  • Seal the jar tightly while focusing on your intention for a purified and protected space.
  • Place the jar in an area you wish to keep pure and protected.

Can the magical properties of basil be used for divination?

In some magickal traditions, basil is considered a herb that can aid in divination or enhance psychic abilities, although it is not universally considered a primary herb for this purpose. 

Basil might be used in rituals that involve scrying, tarot reading, or other forms of divination, often in conjunction with other herbs believed to enhance psychic abilities.

 The following 15 herbs are commonly associated with divination 

  • Anise
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Mugwort
  • Nutmeg
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sandalwood
  • Wormwood
  • Yarrow

Those who practice various forms of traditional witchcraft may use basil as part of their divination toolkit, often relying on folklore and personal experience to guide its use.

In Hermetic and Ceremonial Magick, in these more structured traditions, basil could be used as part of a larger ritual to invoke spiritual guidance or wisdom.

In Ayurvedic and Eastern traditions, Holy Basil or Tulsi is primarily used to promote mental clarity and spiritual understanding, rather than specifically for divination. However, these qualities can be valuable in enhancing intuitive and divinatory abilities.

Some shamans use a variety of plants for different spiritual practices, and basil is sometimes included as a plant ally for gaining insights or visions.

Individuals who borrow from various traditions to create their unique spiritual path may use basil in divination if it resonates with them.

 Here are 6 examples of how basil can be incorporated into divination rituals or used to create divination aids 

1. Anointing Divination Tools:

  • Some people anoint their tarot cards, runes, or pendulums with basil oil to enhance their effectiveness and clarity.

2. Dream Divination:

  • Placing basil leaves under your pillow or using basil essential oil before sleep is thought to induce dreams that may have divinatory messages.

3. Tea Leaf Reading:

  • Basil can be mixed with tea leaves to perform tasseography or tea leaf reading.  The interpretation of the patterns left by basil and tea leaves can offer insight into future events.

4. Scrying:

  • A bowl of water with basil leaves can be used for scrying, a method of divination involving gazing into a liquid surface for insights or visions.

5. Incense:

  • Dried basil can be burned as incense during divination sessions to enhance concentration and receptivity to psychic messages.

6. Candle Magick:

  • Basil leaves can be placed around a candle used during divination, to enhance focus and insight.

The effectiveness of any divination method often depends more on the practitioner’s skill and intuition rather than on the specific materials used.

If you are drawn to using basil in divination, trust your instincts and experiment to find the methods that work best for you.

13 other important magickal properties and rituals associated with basil.

 1. Exorcism 

Basil has a long history of use in various spiritual and religious practices, and in some traditions, it is employed for its protective and purifying properties, including in exorcism rituals.

Christian lore, basil is said to have grown at the site of Christ’s crucifixion, imparting it with holy attributes.

Basil may be sprinkled as a dried herb, used in anointing oils, or burned as incense during exorcism rituals to banish evil spirits or negative energies.

Some practitioners combine basil with other potent herbs like sage or frankincense to create a more robust exorcism blend.  Its strong, aromatic qualities are believed to purify the environment, making it inhospitable to malevolent entities.

 2. healing 

In magickal traditions, basil is often used for its healing properties.  Associated with Venus and water, it embodies nurturing energies that aid in emotional and physical well-being.

Basil leaves can be added to healing baths, or its essential oil may be used for anointing in healing rituals.

Combined with herbs like lavender or chamomile, it’s believed to enhance restorative energies.

Whether burned as incense to cleanse a space or carried in a sachet, basil serves as a versatile tool for magical healing.

 3. Enhanced Intuition 

In the realm of magickal practices, basil is often employed to enhance intuition and psychic abilities.  Associated with the element of fire and planets like Mars or Mercury, it’s thought to sharpen mental clarity and spiritual insight.

Whether used as a tea for its calming effects, as an incense to elevate psychic vibrations or carried in a sachet for ongoing intuitive support, basil is a versatile herb for those seeking deeper understanding.

Basil is often blended with other intuitive herbs like mugwort or lavender to strengthen its effects.

 4. Courage 

Linked to Mars and the element of fire, basil embodies the bold energy needed to increase courage and face challenges.

Basil can be carried in a mojo bag for bravery, used as incense to inspire courage, or integrated into spells and rituals that aim to overcome fear and hesitation.

Some practitioners even sip basil tea for inner strength before engaging in activities that require mental or emotional fortitude.

Its essence is thought to bolster the will and drive needed to act courageously.

 5. Good Luck 

In magickal circles, basil is a go-to herb for attracting good luck and prosperity.  It’s believed to draw positive energy and good fortune.

People use basil leaves in mojo bags, sprinkle their dried form around their home, or even steep it in teas to manifest financial gains and good luck in endeavors.

Basil is commonly included in spells and rituals aimed at opening doors of opportunity.

Whether carried, consumed, or burned as incense, basil serves as a versatile tool for luck-enhancing magickal work.

 6. Safe Travel 

Associated with the planet Mars and the element of fire, basil is believed to offer a shield against negative energies, including safeguarding travelers.

It’s common for people to carry a sachet of basil leaves or a vial of basil oil when embarking on journeys.

Some practitioners also rub basil leaves on vehicles or luggage as an extra layer of protection.

Additionally, it is used in spells or incantations specifically designed to ensure safe and smooth travel.

Through these varied applications, basil serves as a potent ally for those on the move.

 7. Success 

In magickal practices, basil is often employed to attract success in various endeavors.  Linked to the planet Jupiter and the element of fire, it is believed to bring expansion, growth, and favorable outcomes.

Practitioners may carry a sachet of basil leaves for success in job interviews, use its essential oil in anointing candles for business success, or burn dried basil as incense during rituals focused on achievement.

Often combined with other success-attracting elements like citrine crystals or gold coins, basil stands as a multifaceted tool for manifesting success in magickal work.

 8. Peace 

In the magickal realm, basil is often employed to cultivate peace and tranquility.  Traditionally associated with Venus and the element of water, it’s believed to help diffuse tension and foster harmonious environments.

Basil leaves can be added to peace-inducing baths or its essential oil diffused to create a serene atmosphere.

It’s also commonly used in sachets or amulets designed to bring calm, often coupled with other peaceful herbs like lavender or chamomile.

Whether used in spells, as incense, or in other magickal work, basil serves as a powerful ally in the pursuit of peace.

 9. Mental Clarity 

In magickal practices, basil is a favored herb for promoting mental clarity and focus.  Aligned with Mercury and the element of fire, it’s thought to stimulate the mind and improve concentration.

Users might brew basil tea for mental sharpness, burn its leaves as incense during study sessions, or carry a sachet of dried basil to enhance cognitive functions.

Basil is often paired with other clarity-promoting elements like clear quartz or sage.

Whether you’re seeking to clear mental fog or heighten intellectual capabilities, basil serves as a potent tool in magickal work aimed at mental clarity.

 10. Dreamwork 

In magickal traditions, basil is often used to enhance dreamwork and promote lucid dreaming.  Aligned with Mercury and the element of air, it’s believed to facilitate access to the subconscious mind.

Users may place basil leaves under their pillow, brew basil tea before bedtime, or burn basil incense to encourage vivid and meaningful dreams.

Often combined with other dream-enhancing herbs like mugwort or lavender, basil serves as a key component in rituals and spells aimed at unlocking the mysteries of the dream world.

 11. Reconciliation 

In magickal practices, basil is frequently employed for reconciliation and mending relationships.  Linked with Venus and the element of water, it embodies the compassionate energies needed for healing emotional rifts.

Practitioners might use basil oil to anoint candles in reconciliation spells, incorporate its leaves in sachets or mojo bags carried by both parties or even sprinkle dried basil around a space where a difficult conversation will occur.

Often combined with other soothing herbs like lavender or rose, basil stands as a vital ingredient for magickal work focused on reconciliation.

 12. Joy and Happiness 

In the world of magickal practices, basil is often turned to for invoking joy and happiness.  Associated with Venus and the element of water, this herb is believed to uplift spirits and infuse life with positive energy.

Basil can be used in a variety of ways: basil leaves can be added to a happiness-inducing bath, its essential oil diffused to create a joyful atmosphere, or dried basil burned as incense during celebrations.

Often mixed with other joyful herbs like citrus peels or cinnamon, basil serves as a versatile and powerful tool in spells and rituals aimed at happiness.

 13. Spiritual Growth 

In magickal traditions, basil is a treasured herb for facilitating spiritual growth.  Aligned with Mercury and the element of air, it’s believed to promote wisdom, understanding, and a deeper connection to the divine.

Practitioners may use basil leaves in meditative baths, burn basil incense during spiritual rituals, or carry a basil sachet for ongoing spiritual development.

Often combined with other spiritually potent herbs like sage or frankincense, basil serves as an empowering element in rituals aimed at elevating spiritual consciousness and understanding.

Magickal Correspondence For Basil

  • Basil is most often associated with masculine energy. In many traditional systems of magical correspondence, such as Wicca and other Neopagan traditions, basil is often considered to be a masculine herb, associated with the planet Mars and the element of Fire.  But, in some interpretations and practices, basil might be used in spells and rituals that are typically considered to focus on “feminine” aspects, such as love and protection
  • The vibration of basil is associated with the fire and air elements
    • Fire: The Fire element symbolizes various forms of energy, transformation, passion, and willpower. Given basil’s traditional uses for protection, prosperity, and love spells, as well as its spicy, aromatic qualities, it’s often considered well-suited to Fire-oriented work.

    • Air: In some traditions, basil may also be associated with the Air element due to its aromatic properties and use in intellectual and communicative endeavors.

  • Basil is most often associated with Mars and the Sun.  However, in some traditions, there can also be a link between Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury.
    • Mars: Mars symbolizes attributes like action, courage, and willpower, which align with some of the traditional magickal uses for basil such as protection and empowerment.
    • Sun: Basil might also be associated with the Sun due to its bright, uplifting aroma and its use in spells related to success, vitality, and clarity.
  • The astrological signs that basil is most often associated with are Aries, Scorpio, and Leo. 
    • Aries: Aries is a Fire sign, known for its dynamic energy, leadership qualities, and initiative.  Basil, also commonly associated with the Fire element in magical traditions, shares some of these energetic qualities.  It’s used in spells and rituals that require a burst of energy, drive, or transformation, aligning well with the Aries spirit.
    • Scorpio: Scorpio is a Water sign known for its intensity, emotional depth, and transformative nature. The traditional uses of basil in magick for protection, empowerment, and other transformative purposes align well with Scorpio’s traits. Basil’s spiciness and aromatic qualities can also be seen as symbolizing the penetrating and transformative energy of Scorpio.
    • Leo: Both Leo and Basil share qualities of warmth, vitality, and a sort of “illuminating” presence. Basil’s uplifting aroma and its use in spells for success and confidence can resonate with Leo’s sunny disposition and focus on individual power and accomplishment.
  • Basil is associated with the following 7 deities:
    • Vishnu and Krishna: In Hindu tradition, basil, particularly the Holy Basil or “Tulsi,” is sacred to Lord Vishnu and his avatar, Krishna. Tulsi is often grown in Hindu households and temples as a spiritual and purifying plant.
    • Erzulie:  In some Vodou traditions, basil is associated with Erzulie, the goddess of love and beauty, aligning with the herb’s role in love spells.
    • Mars and Ares:  In Western magical traditions that draw on Greco-Roman mythology, basil’s association with the planet Mars links it to Mars/Ares, gods of war, aligning with the herb’s use in protection and courage.
    • Osiris:  In ancient Egyptian tradition, basil was believed to have arisen from the tears of Isis and was associated with the rites of Osiris, god of the afterlife.
    • Lakshmi:  Tulsi is also sometimes associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity in Hindu tradition, which complements basil’s role in spells for prosperity and abundance.
  • Chakras associated with basil:  Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura), Heart Chakra (Anahata), Throat Chakra (Vishuddha), Crown Chakra (Sahasrara).
    • Solar Plexus Chakra:  Basil is often associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra because of its uplifting energy and its traditional uses related to empowerment, courage, and protection.
    • Heart Chakra:  In some practices, basil is associated with the Heart Chakra due to its use in love spells and rituals. The Heart Chakra is centered around compassion, love, and emotional balance.
    • Throat Chakra:  Less commonly, basil may be linked to the Throat Chakra because of its aromatic qualities and potential use in rituals involving communication or expression.
    • Crown Chakra:  Holy Basil or Tulsi, a variety of basil considered sacred in Hinduism, is sometimes associated with the Crown Chakra. The Crown Chakra is the center for spiritual connection and enlightenment.

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What does basil smell like?

The aroma of basil is a complex fusion of sweet, spicy, and herbaceous notes, making it one of the most aromatic herbs in culinary and herbal practices.

Fresh basil leaves exude a pungent, peppery scent that’s both warming and uplifting.

The fragrance is often described as having nuances of anise, clove, and mint, which contribute to its unique and unmistakable aroma.

In certain types of basil such as Thai basil, you may notice a gentle hint of licorice, whereas in variants like lemon basil, a citrusy aroma comes to the fore.

Overall, the smell of basil is a multidimensional experience—fresh, invigorating, and richly layered, embodying both complexity and comforting familiarity.

Magical resources

There are many resources I have used to learn about magick and to compile these articles.

If you are interested in plant magick (or magick in general), here are 4 books that should be in your collection: (but there are many more).

  1. Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch: An Herbalist’s Guide to Heal, Protect, and Manifest
  2. Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic
  3. The Witch’s Book of Spellcraft:  A Practical Guide to Connecting with the Magick of Candles, Crystals, Plants & Herbs
  4. Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation


Basil is a powerful and adaptable resource in both cooking and magickal practices, renowned for its complex, multi-layered scent and wide-ranging applications.

In magick, it’s commonly linked with Mars or the Sun and the fire element, imbuing it with qualities ideal for protection, success, and courage.

It’s versatile in use, included in sachets, teas, and as incense for varied magickal intentions like mental clarity, love, and spiritual growth.

Each variety of basil brings its own unique aroma and energy;

If you are interested in learning about some general magickal properties of other essential oils and herbs, check out my article “15 Magical Properties of Essential Oils“.  

If you know of other magickal properties of basil or different ways in which you use basil on your spiritual journey, I would love to hear from you so I may incorporate what you share in this article.

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