Has a spicy, fragrant aroma and flavor. Cinnamon basil is an easy-to-grow herb. It requires six to eight hours of bright sunlight per day. Cinnamon basil has somewhat narrow, slightly serrated, dark green, shiny leaves with reddish-purple veins, which can resemble certain types of mint, and produces small, pink flowers. Cinnamon basil is used in teas and baked goods such as cookies and pies. It is also used in pastas, salads, jellies, and vinegar.