They are back! All over Istanbul at bars & restaurants: plants in little pots.
I love their aroma. Basil emits its aroma without crushing the leaves, and they are great to control mosquitoes; they hate basil aroma.
To keep the mosquitoes away from your body, rub a handful of crushed basil leaves on your skin.
Other mosquito-repelling herbs are: catnip, lavender, lemon balm (citronella plant), and rosemary.