“Violet Mkhitaryan’s lab could easily be mistaken for a pastry chef’s kitchen. Glass pots of pungent chamomile, peppermint, and fenugreek line the counter. A colossal 18-year-old aloe plant sits ceremoniously in a corner, its spiky appendages stretching out over Pyrex bowls of creamy concoctions. In a back room are containers of dried flower petals, black berry seeds, and assorted herbs and grains…”

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