Eric Cech, The Genius behind Ananda is the late owner and founder of The Ananda Apothecary, had a B.S. in Environmental Science & Biology from The University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). He was a collegiate national road cycling champion, former professional triathlete & cyclist turned alpine mountaineer. His career as an alpine climbing guide was detoured when he was hit by a speeding car on the way to the market on his bicycle. The accident resulted in the fracturing of 14 of the 28 bones in the skull. Doctors expected three months of in-patient therapy to teach him how to walk and function again in the world. Instead, he walked out of the hospital in just 10 days, with doctors citing a "miraculous recovery" on his chart.
Following his accident, Eric was introduced to essential oils and their healing potential. He found the acquisition of the healing-quality of essential oils difficult at best at local shops, and impossibly expensive through home-based distributors (multi-level marketing, or MLM). He sought-out sources for therapeutic quality, and started The Ananda Apothecary in 2004 to offer the finest oils, with the best, most-knowledgable customer service, at prices those in need of the oils could afford. His focus was researching the cancer supportive properties of essential oils. Do browse our Blog archives. He wrote incredible accounts, including being published outside Ananda. His favorite essential oil was Helichrysum, but used Sandalwood, Myrrh, and Frankincense regularly if not daily.
Anita Lopez, Owner of Ananda, recently took over running the shop at Ananda. She's long been a guide and inspiration for others' spiritual and personal growth and advocates social responsibility. She sees essential oils as a true lifestyle and relationship that's cultivated and ingrained through the years. She advocates living a sustainable life, achieving lifelong optimal health while contributing to the sustainability of our Planet. She is a skillful esoteric aromatherapist and energy healer as well as adept in essential oil application. Working alongside Eric she's learned through experience, the power of plant medicine and self-healed many issues physically and energetically through the years. She makes all her skincare products and has not worn sunscreen in over 10yrs, choosing instead essential oil blends for her UV and anti-aging support. She believes in allowing nature to work it's divine intelligence is the gift we all have and chooses to share this with the world. Her favorite essential oils are Rose Otto and Blue Lotus. Her lovely companion Prana, a 5yr old Siberian husky, is Ananda's mascot and best friend, often joining Anita at work.
Mikella Zgliczynska is a Chemistry research Assistant at Ananda. She graduated from Cornell University in 2014 with Nutritional Science B.S. and has continued pursuing her knowledge in the essential oil field since graduating. Her focus is biochemical pathways and how they could potentially explain the synergistic properties of essential oils. She's also Anita's daughter, of whom knows just about every dynamic of the company and could run the shop on her own. She's been the author or co-auther for multiple projects designed by Eric. Her knowledge of CBD and skills at blending have become rather exceptional. We find her olfactory system to be one of the most acute of our staff. Mikella double checks all oils that come in and oversees Quality Assurance, essential oil analysis and is responsible for overall accountability and ethical standards within the Ananda homefront. Mikella adores several essential oils and her favorite oil changes often as she works with each one individually as part of her responsibilities. Currently she enjoys Clary Sage, and Rosemary Verbenone.
Dita Muliadi is the Production Lead at Ananda. She graduated from Hotel Management School in Chur, Switzerland, and pursued her career in hotel business in her hometown, Jakarta, Indonesia, before moving to the United States. She had the opportunity to run and manage her own business in the food industry for 16 years before joining The Ananda Apothecary in 2014. Dita loves gardening. For her, working at Ananda is like an extension of working in her own garden. It broadens up her perspective and knowledge about plants and their unique properties. She appreciates and loves all the oils that she works with every day. The oil that stands out the most for her is Cajeput. It has a special place in her life as she knows this oil from her childhood. The Indonesian people use Cajeput for almost everything. It heals aches, colds, and respiratory problems, insect bites, and is used as a massage oil or just for comfort. It gives a warm feeling to the skin, has a pleasant smell, and is a very gentle oil. It is very well known, must-have oil in every household in Indonesia.