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Basil is a half hardy annual, so it will need a sunny spot, rich soil and somewhere warm and sheltered to grow like a glasshouse, sunny windowsill or suntrap area outdoors.
In herbal medicine it is mainly used as a culinary herb for supporting digestion and as an antimicrobial. It smells amazing and also supports the nervous system and is said to help with depression because of its uplifting energy!
I mainly use basil as a culinary herb and use it's spiritual sibling herb 'holy basil/tulsi' for more medicinal purposes. I like basil with tomato based dishes, or in pesto. You could also preserve it in an infused oil or vinegar.