The Botanical Medicine Cabinet

The plants Brooke keeps on hand.

Jars of dried herbs from this summer that Brooke preps for the winter. Brooke Hecht (CHN)

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As a plant ecologist, Brooke Hecht knows plants. But then a few years ago, while at a professional conference, her young daughter who'd tagged along got sick. And that's when the healing powers of plants came to the rescue.