Ellicott City native Kavita Shukla's business started with a trip to India and a middle school science project.
The 30-year-old entrepreneur was 12 when she visited her grandmother in India and accidentally swallowed some water while brushing her teeth. She worried she would become ill, but her grandmother brewed her a spice tea as a home remedy.
"I drank it, and I never got sick the rest of my time there, and that moment sparked my curiosity," Shukla said. "I couldn't believe that my grandmother had created something that to me seemed almost magical."
The antimicrobial qualities of the tea became the basis of a science project that eventually evolved...