Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Ocimum gratissimum

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ocimum gratissimum



Traditional name

Used parts


Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Lamiidae / Tubiflorae; Lamiales; Labiatae / Lamiaceae - Mint Family



Original proving

Description of the substance

"Perennial herbs, woody at base; stems 1-3 m long.
Leaves broadly to narrowly ovate, usually 5-13 cm long, 3-9 cm wide, both surfaces copiously glandular punctate, upper surface glabrate to sparsely puberulent, lower surface puberulent on veins, margins serrate, apex acuminate, base cuneate, petioles 1-6 cm long. Calyx 3-5 mm long, enlarging up to ca. 7 mm long in fruit, tube usually 2-2.5 mm long at anthesis, sparsely hispidulous or puberulent and dotted with sessile oil globules, glabrous within, upper lobe ovate, median lobes of lower lip shorter than lateral ones; corolla greenish white to greenish yellow, 4-7 mm long. Nutlets subglobose, 1.5-2 mm in diameter, slightly rugose." (Wagner et al., 1999),a younger plant grown in 50 percent shade.


In Hawai'i, naturalized in low elevation, dry, disturbed habitats, 3-430 m (Wagner et al., 1999).



Native range:

Pantropical, native origin unknown, widely naturalized.


Pacific islands:

American Samoa (Tutuila), Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Agrigan), Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia ((Pohnpei, Yap, Chuuk, Kosrae, outer Caroline Islands (Ulithi)), Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawai'i, Kiribati (Tarawa, Nonouti, Nikunau), Nauru, New Caledonia, Palau, Samoa, Tonga (Tongatapu, Vava'u, Lifuka/Foa), Vanuatu