Originating from India it is known as Sacred Basil in the Hindu because it is believed to have medicinal benefits, including relief from the common cold and cough, reduced anxiety, stress and depression as well as improved digestion, immune system functioning and cardiovascular health. Also for antibacterial and anti-fungal protection.
Herbs are easily grown indoors or outdoors. Sow every 14 days for a continuous supply of fresh leaves. Most herbs prefer a sunny and not to wet location. Try to locate plants where they will get 5 hours of direct sunlight each day. Herbs usually grow well in almost any soil but tend to thrive in light sandy soil that has been enriched with peat-moss or leaf-mold and a moderate amount of fertilizer. Cover seed slightly with soil. Keep soil moist until all seeds sprout. Seed germinates best at 18-23 C (68 – 75 F) usually in 7-14 days. Garden spacing 30 cm (12 in) apart.