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traditional rose distillation unit in Bulgaria Rose Valley

Traditional Rose Distillation Unit in Bulgaria Rose Valley


Hello again. This is Robert Seidel, president of The Essential Oil Company. Now we’re in the traditional flower water and essential oil manufacturing process. Again, built in 1909 here in Bulgaria in Rose Valley

As you can see, we have several different distillation units with different shaped heads. If you look over here, you’ll notice that you have a port.

collecting Rosa damascena


The port is used, they open up the port and that’s where they pour the rose flowers inside before distillation and they add water. This is a direct fire steam so it’s a direct fire hydrodistillation unit. The steam comes up, rolls around in the head, goes through the birds beak to the condenser. So, it’s a very old system and it is 100 percent copper. I do not know if it’s lined with tin on the inside because I haven’t had a chance to take a look. Very old process.

If you come over here, you’ll notice that these flowers are actually getting ready to be distilled. What they do is weigh the flowers first, that way they know how many flowers they’re putting into the distillation unit. The ratio of flowers for rose distillation is one part flowers to five parts water. Thank you once again for your time. This is Robert Seidel in beautiful Rose Valley. Talk about aromatherapy!


Rosa Bulgaria flowers
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