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Scientific Name: Ocimum minimum
Alternative Names: Bush basil

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Ocimum minimum


  • Annual
  • Native to India and Sri-Lanka.
  • Ocimum minimum is a compact plant with very small, strongly scented leaves, less than 1cm long.
  • Tiny white flowers occur in whorls or in terminal spikes.
  • Needs rich, light well-drained to dry soil pH5-8, in sun.
  • Pinch our growing tips to encourage bushiness and delay flowering.
  • Seeds can be sown in spring and summer.

Culinary Uses

  • Italian cooking
  • Reduce the use of salt
  • Tomato, soup, pasta
  • Is the basis of pesto sauce
  • Chicken, fish, variety of sauces

Parts Used

  • The whole plant - leaves and flowers.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Rub leaves on insect bites
  • Tonic for nervous exhaustion, stress
  • Colds and chills
  • Itchy skin and ringworm
  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Antiseptic - rinse for sore gums
The information contained within this website is for educational purposes only. This site merely recounts the traditional uses of specific plants as recorded through history. Always seek advice from a medical practitioner.

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