Owner and founder of The Ananda Apothecary, Eric Cech, has a B.S. in Environmental Science & Biology from The University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). He is 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.

When 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 over 13 years ago to offer the finest oils, with the best, most knowledgable customer service, at prices those in need of the oils could afford.