Rhodiola is an exceptionally complex plant prized for its ability to endure the toughest of conditions. The Ancient Greeks, Vikings, Siberians, Mongolians, and Chinese were all taken with the medicinal properties of ths extrodinary herb.
Rhodiola’s natural home is in Siberia and the Tian Shan mountain range in northwestern China, where it has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. The roots of this plant gained popularity in antiquity, quickly passing from siberians to the hands of the vikings who used the herb to maintain their stamina in battle and stay healthy during their cold, northern winters. It made its way down the icy mountains where the root was traded for wines, fruits, garlic, and honey. Finally rhodiola traveled west via bronze age trade routes to Greece where it was first officially recorded by the well-respected
Physician and botanist Discorides in his classic book – De Materia Medica in 77 A.D – which to this day remains the best historical source of the medicine used by Greeks and Romans.
Rhodiola root is traditionally used to increase physical endurance, work productivity, longevity, resistance to high altitude sickness, and to treat fatigue, depression, anemia, impotence, gastrointestinal ailments, infections, and nervous system disorders.
Scientists have thus far isolated over 140 constituents from the roots and rhizome of this hardy herb but by far the most powerful group of compounds which have not been found in any other plants are the “rosavins” which include rosin, rosavin and rosarin. Each of these has been studied, and each make a significant contribution to the plant’s unrivalled adaptogenic abilities. Rhodiola also contains the agent salidroside, and protective antioxidants which inhibit cellular deterioration.
Various studies on isolated organs, tissues, cells and enzymes in the body have revealed that Rhodiola exhibits exceptional adaptogenic benefits including, neuroprotective, cardioprotective, anti-fatigue, nootropic, and life life-span increasing effects
Rhodiola has also been found to increasing the sensitivity of various neurons in the brain and nervous system, including the two neuro-transmitters serotonin and dopamine. This directly increases focus, memory, pleasure, and overall mood — various studies have proven this herbs ability to also help repair damaged neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain considered to be the center for emotion, memory and autonomic nervous system regulation.
Rhodiola is a difficult herb to acquire in the wild, for this reason we produce small batch hydro-ethanolic extracts of wild harvested root.