Ocimum minimum is a species of plant in the family Lamiaceae. It is sometimes referred to as bush basil in reference to the way this perennial grows. The foliage has aromatic leaves used for cooking.
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. An essential oil obtained from the whole plant is used as a food flavouring and in perfumery, dental applications etc. The growing or dried plant is an effective insect repellent. It is a good plant to grow in the home, where it repels flies, or in the greenhouse where it can keep all manner of insect pests away from nearby plants.