The latin botanical name of basil is Ocimum Tenuiflorum or Ocimum Sanctum. This is the same regular basil we buy at the grocery store. There is another species of basil with the Latin name Ocimum Basilicum (also known as Thai Basil). Chances are you have encountered sweet basil because over the last couple of years it has gone mainstream. This sweet basil is native to Southeast Asia although it has become the herb of choice in Italian cuisine thanks to a sweet tangy flavor. I point this out to demonstrate the importance of understanding the latin botanical classifications of plants because it’s the only way to know for sure what you are putting on your scalp and face.