‘A Petites Feuilles (Narrow Leaves)’

Basil Lemon / Basilic Citron / Βασιλικός Λεμόνι


Common Name: Basil Lemon / Basilic Citron / Βασιλικός Λεμόνι

Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum


Plant’s cycle: Perennial

Light Requirement: Full Sun

Soil type: Prefers a rich light well-drained to dry soil. pH: 5.0 - 8.0

Sowing in nursery: March

Direct Planting: April

Germination: 5 days after sowing at 20°C

Harvest: Could be harvested during all the growing season

Spacing: 30cm/30cm/3cm deep  


Flower is hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

Pollination: Bees

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 5 years


Edible Parts: Leaves, Seeds.

Medicine: Antibacterial;  Antidepressant;  Antirheumatic;  Antispasmodic;  Appetizer;  Aromatherapy;  Aromatic;  Carminative;  Digestive;  Galactogogue;  OphthalmicStomachic;  Tonic


The leaves and flowering tops are antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, digestive, galactogogue, stomachic and tonic. They are taken internally in the treatment of feverish illnesses (especially colds and influenza), poor digestion, nausea, abdominal cramps, gastro-enteritis, migraine, insomnia, depression and exhaustion. Externally, they are used to treat acne, loss of smell, insect stings, snake bites and skin infections. The mucilaginous seed is given in infusion in the treatment of gonorrhoea, dysentery and chronic diarrhoea. It is said to remove film and opacity from the eyes. The root is used in the treatment of bowel complaints in children. Extracts from the plant are bactericidal and are also effective against internal parasites. In Chinese medicine it is used for kidney disease and gum ulcers, in Indian medicine for earache, rheumatoid arthritis, anorexia, itching, menstrual disorders, and malaria.

Other Uses: Repellent;

Known Hazards: Basil contains estragole a potentially carcinogenic and mutagenic essential oil. Do not take during pregnancy or give basil oil to small infants/children.