Roula Ali-Adeeb, SYRIA

Roses for Syria: hydrolats and oils to support the lack of medicine due to war and sanctions

Roula Ali-Adeeb founded the organic company BioCham in Damascus, Syria in 2000, producing essential oils, hydrolats and fixed oils, with Rosa damascena, the Damascus rose as its primary product. Her company thrived until 2011 when war ravaged the country, causing many people to flee and rose fields to be abandoned. However BioCham continued, under sometimes extreme conditions, to support its employees and to continue the production of rose - the symbol of Syria - and other aromatics in a war-stricken region of the country. Sanctions have further impacted the rebuilding of the region and the health of the Syrian people. In this presentation, Roula will share her story.