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Ananda Goes to Bulgaria for the Rose Harvest!

It’s Springtime in Bulgaria! This is an exciting time of year here at the Ananda Apothecary: rose petals are soon to be pressed and fresh new batches–capturing the fullness of the flower’s essence–will be available to all.

It’s Springtime in Bulgaria! This is an exciting time of year here at the Ananda Apothecary: rose petals are soon to be pressed and fresh new batches–capturing the fullness of the flower’s essence–will be available to all. We are currently on a pilgrimage through rose country and heading to the Bulgarian rose festival to join in the festivities as well as to immerse ourselves in the rose culture! Here on these farms, roses are grown, picked, and processed to become the highest vibrational essential oils on the planet. They then begin their journey to Ananda and from there get distributed to the greater Ananda family.

The meticulous process of harvesting rose pedals is done with patience and care to ensure that the highest quality flowers are used for our oils. Roughly 60,000 roses are needed to produce just one ounce of oil; ten thousand pounds are needed for one pound of oil. To get a better understanding of the entire process, here’s an overview detailing what happens in order to bring this exquisite oil to your home.

Rose season begins in January when farmers sow the seeds in the fields; the entire process takes 75 days and helps to ensure the flowers are ready for the peak harvesting season. The roses are planted close to the ground so they don’t grow past 1.5 meters tall–guaranteeing the rose bushes produce as many flowers as possible.

When the rose bushes reach maturity, experienced workers decide on the best time to harvest to ensure the highest yield. Rose petals are richest in oil early in the morning before the sun has absorbed any oil from the flowers, and most farmers choose to begin hand-picking petals at sunrise.  Interestingly enough, you will never smell the most fragrant roses on a cloudy day because roses need warmth and plenty of sunshine to produce their most fragrant expression. Each field worker picks about 6 pounds of petals for each hour worked. It is common practice to work quickly to have the harvest done by noon thereby ensuring the harvested petals are as rich in oil as possible.

Once harvested, the precious petals are transported immediately to the distillery. The farmers that we work with never pick more than they can distill within the same day, and this allows the ability to maintain the optimum freshness of the roses’. From the first seed to the oil distillation, Ananda consciously contacts with farmers of the highest integrity to assure the finest quality of our rose essential oil.

Follow us on our unforgettable journey to Bulgaria going on right now! We have many exciting surprises in store for all of you, and we would love if you stay updated on our journey on social media. Keep an eye out for photos, videos, and updates on the distillation process as well as the rest of our experiences!

In celebration of the harvest, we are now offering our Rose Absolute and Rose Otto for 20% off Friday, May 24th, 2019 through Monday, May 27th, 2019. To learn more about Rose essential oil look at our vast collection of resources here. You can also read more about the harvesting process by clicking here.

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