So what is the connection between the cinnamon basil plant and all those wonderful scents of spices you see every day? Well, it is simple really. It is because cinnamon is what gives basil its signature scent. The reason cinnamon is used to make the aroma in basil is that it contains a chemical called phenol which actually gives off the smell of basil. However it isn’t the only one, there are other types of chemicals that also give off this fragrance. But this is what they all have in common. They all have a similarity to cinnamon.

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