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06 Mar
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“Every herbalist has their favorite plant. Mine is Rhodiola rosea”.

Chris Kilham

Rhodiola rosea is a wild perennial flower that belongs to the Crassulaceae family. This adaptogen plant is also known by the names roseroot, orpin rose, Arctic root, lignum rhodium, king’s crown and some others. Rhodiola can be found in Arctic areas of Asia, Europe and North America.  It grows best at low temperatures and at high altitude. The plant usually reaches up to 5-40 cm in height. It has several fleshy stalks that grow from a short rhizome. The yellow or greenish-yellow flowers usually have 4 petals and 4 sepals. They are around 1-3.5 mm long.

Rhodiola rosea is often referred to as "Golden root". In traditional medicine of Altai it is considered a remedy for all illnesses. Rhodiola rosea contains valuable antioxidants, stimulants of the nervous and immune systems, as well as substances that enhance collagen synthesis.

Useful properties of rhodiola help the human body adapt to stress. It allows you to overcome physical and mental stress. Constant stress leads to the following symptoms:

  • lowered mood, feeling of constant fatigue;
  • loss of coordination;
  • slow tissue repair.

Rhodiola rosea extract helps you remove the discomfort associated with overwork or the beginning of a new training plan. Rhodiola helps to increase the level of serotonin and dopamine (hormones that are responsible for emotional sphere and mood). Systematic intake of rhodiola tinctures or extracts is recommended for people who are prone to depression or those who experience overloads at work. Dosage of rhodiola for restorative purposes should not exceed 200-600 mg. This plant is often included in the complex treatment of depression. The extract is prescribed for asthenics, especially during the exacerbation of the condition. In addition to that, scientists proved its beneficial effects on the process of skin regeneration. The active components of the plant accelerate the natural cell metabolism and improve collagen synthesis. Moreover, rhodiola rosea is often utilized for losing weight. Herbal tonic not only helps a person to adapt to physical stress and limited nutrition, but also helps to restore the tissue elasticity that allows you to lose weight without any problems with sagging skin. In cosmetology rhodiola extracts are used as a base for creams and massage oils. Alcohol tinctures of rhodiola rosea can be utilized for restorative purposes. They are often prescribed by doctors to people recovering from severe pneumonia or bronchitis, especially in winter. It helps to avoid weakness and reduces the risk of catching any infection. This medicinal herb is also widely used by athletes, swimmers, skiers as it increases physical endurance and gives energy. Furthermore, rhodiola root is used in the complex treatment of cardiac diseases. It is proved that rhodiola extract prevents damage of the coronary arteries, strengthens blood vessels, and improves blood supply to tissues. In Russia rhodiola has been used for a long time to fight cold Siberian climate and stress. Rodiola rosea tincture is also quite popular among mountain tourists as it effectively helps to prevent mountain (altitude) sickness.

Parts Used: leaves, roots.

Key ingredients

  • Flavonoids
  • Phenols
  • Tyrosol
  • Quinones
  • Alkaloids

Useful Properties

  • Anti-cancer
  • Immune-boosting
  • Energy-giving
  • Fat-burning
  • Brain-boosting

Health Benefits

  • Relieves stress and depression
  • Boosts immune system
  • Protects against cancer
  • Improves memory and cognition
  • Enhances energy level
  • Increases metabolism
  • Stimulates weight loss
  • Improves heart health

P.S. Remember that this information has only advisory character. Before using extracts consult with a qualified healthcare expert.

Methods of Use

  • The leaves and sprigs are consumed raw or added to salads
  • Tea
  • Cosmetics
  • Capsules and tablets
  • Tinctures and extracts

Possible Side Effects

When taken in large amounts rhodiola may cause sleep disorders, irritability and hypertension.

Rhodiola Root Tea Recipe

What you need:

  • 5 gr of chopped rhodiola root
  • 1 cup of water

Pour the boiling water over the rhodiola root. Steep the mixture for 4 hours and strain it. Drink 1/5 cup of this tea 3 or 5 times a day. Rhodiola tea may have an unpleasant medicinal flavor, so you can dilute it with some juice or add any optional ingredients.


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