Also known as
Roseroot, Golden root, Rhodiola rosea
Rhodiola rosea is a plant that grows in high altitudes in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, China, Mongolia, Russia and Tibet. Rhodiola has been traditionally used to treat symptoms of stress and sickness in the harsh Siberian climate. Rhodiola is commonly used today for increasing energy levels and decreasing mental fatigue.
Rhodiola sacra is harvested from the Himalayan mountains in Tibet where it is used by monks and residents as a Qi-enhancing tonic herb, improving the utilization of oxygen while reducing stress.
Rosiridin, rosavin, rosarin, rosin, rhodioloside, tyrosol and salidroside. There are also many other compounds of Rhodiola that seem inactive alone, but when taken as a whole herb show synergistic activity.
Cut/sift roots and powder
Adaptogen, central nervous system stimulant, and stress reducing agent. Mild inhibitor of MAO (a) and (b), dietary restrictions need not apply. Recommended 1-4 grams made into tea depending on desired effects. Powder can also be eaten but more than 2 grams at once causes nausea for many individuals. For best results, cook herb in lightly boiling water for 10+ minutes & sweeten with stevia & spices.
Rhodiola is known as an adaptogen, which means that it enables the body to maintain physiological balance during times of physical or mental stress. Rhodiola weakly inhibits the enzymes MAO(A) and MAO(B), which in turn leads to an increase of available serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. It also influences the body's opioid peptides which can help one relax by triggering endogenous beta-endorphins. Rhodiola has an overall positive effect on learning, memory, energy and stress management with few if any side effects. Rhodiola is a true adaptogen and is a great daily supplement, but also serves as an excellent companion herb, often boosting the effects of others, especially those that interact with serotonin and dopamine receptors such as Ginkgo biloba, Kanna, St. John's Wort, Catuaba, Muira puama, Mucuna pruriens, & caffeine containing herbs.
Rhodiola rosea contains a large amount of tannins which provide its therapeutic effect. Many individuals are sensitive to these tannins and high doses (2-4) grams of orally consumed Rhodiola rosea powder can cause noticeable stomach upset. It is advised to use this herb in tea, prepared via a strong boil. If the powder is to be consumed orally, it is best to start at less than 2 grams and gradually increase the dosage if no stomach issues arise, taking more shortly later in the day if desired.
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