Rhodiola Rosea is a true adaptogen, a gift from Northern Europe, an overall rejuvenative tonic for the body-mind-spirit.
100ml, Handmade Liquid Extract of Organic Rhodiola Root
Grown in China
Rhodiola Rosea grows wild in mountainous meadows near the Arctic circle of the Siberian, Mongolian and Scandinavian regions.
Its amazing ability to withstand the extreme cold temperatures, and hot dry days in high altitudes reflects its place as a significant and true adaptogenic herb, with Rhodiola being used to help the body adapt to the extreme conditions.
Whilst Rhodiola is a new herb to western herbalism, it was used by Greek physician, Dioscorides, in 77AD.
The Vikings also used this herb to enhance their physical strength and endurance, whilst the Chinese emperors sent expeditions to Siberia to harvest Rhodiola!
It has now found its place in our Western materia medica as an adaptogenic tonic to increase energy levels, regulate mood, prevent anxiety and depression, stimulate the immune system and enhance resistance to stress.
It has also become a popular 'nootropic' for improving brain function, to enhance mental acuity, improve concentration and memory, and reduce mental fatigue and stress.
Rhodiola has been included as an official medicine in Russia since 1969, as a mild nerve stimulant, memory enhancer, cardiotonic, and immune tonic.
We have the Russians to thank for much of what we know about Rhodiola, as a majority of the research has come from their attempt to find a performance enhancing tonic for their astronauts, olympians and the military.
Through their study of herbs, the Russian scientists termed a special class of herbs, 'adaptogens'.
Adaptogen herbs possess the following attributes:
1) Non-toxic in normal therapeutic dosages.
2) Produces a non-specific state of resistance in the body to physical, emotional or environmental stress.
3) Has a normalising effect on the body, helping restore normal physiological functioning of organs and systems that have been altered by chronic stress.
4) Works through the Hypothalamic/Pituitary/Adrenal axis (HPA axis) and the Sympathoadrenal System (SAS) - our hormonal, endocrine system.
Amongst the thousands of medicinal herbs that are available, there is only a handful classified as true adaptogens; Asian & American Ginseng, Ashwaganda, Eleuthero, Schisandra, Tulsi, Cordyceps, and ofcourse Rhodiola!
When Rhodiola was researched by the Soviets to use for their olympic athletes, they discovered that it not only increases cellular energy by stimulating ATP, but it also increased anabolic activity, enhancing the cell's capacity to repair themselves after increased stress loads, thus increasing muscle mass much like steroids do though without the negative side effects.
It's stimulating action on cellular energy makes Rhodiola a useful energy booster without the negative crash and burn side effect of most true stimulants.
Rhodiola 'rosea' has roots that are rose-scented. Not only is it known to bring courage to the heart where it needs support, protecting the heart from stress, and acting as a cardiovascular tonic, Rhodiola is making fame for its anti-depressant and anti-anxiolytic effects.
This is due to its ability to increase our 'positive' hormones dopamine and serotonin and reduce 'negative' hormones like cortisol - the stress hormone.
Start with 1/2dropperful, 2-3 times per day, which can be increased to 1dropperful (1ml), 2-3 times per day, 6 days per week.
This dosage can be increased furthermore if needed after a couple of weeks as long as there are no signs of overstimulation.
Due to its stimulating action, Rhodiola is best taken earlier in the day.
Rhodiola is highly astringent and can be contraindicated with constitutions and cases prone to excessive dryness. In these cases, if Rhodiola is used, it is best combined with demulcent, moistening herbs such as Licorice and Marshmallow.
Rhodiola is a stimulant and is contraindicated with the use of other stimulants such as coffee, caffeine, tea, chocolate etc.
Overdose of Rhodiola may cause irritability, and insomnia.
-Organic Rhodiola Rosea root, sourced from Pacific Botanicals.
-Organic grain-free alcohol & distilled water (~50% abv)
Educational Resources on Rhodiola:
The Rhodiola Revolution
The Herb That Can Change Your Life
Arctic Root (Rhodiola Rosea): The Powerful New Ginseng Alternative
This information is for educational purposes only.