The benefits of Rhodiola
Known as the “golden root” for its precious benefits, Rhodiola originates from the Nordic countries. For almost 3000 years, it has been used by the Vikings and Inuits for its beneficial properties and is now a huge success all over the world.
- Specific name: Rhodiola Rosea
- Botanical classification: Crassulaceae Family
- Other names: Rhodiola, golden root, Arctic root, pink orpin, reddish Rhodiola
- Forms et preparations: Extracts, essential oils, capsules, infusions, herbal teas, powders.
- Origins:the Arctic and cold mountainous areas of the northern hemisphere
What is Rhodiola ?
This small perennial plant belonging to the Crassulaceae family is native to the Nordic countries such as Siberia and Scandinavia where it grows willingly to over 3000 meters of altitude. In fact, it is able to withstand extreme climates and is particularly popular in cold mountainous or frozen areas. In 1960, the Russians began to study the properties of Rhodiola rosea, including its ability to adapt to the specific needs of the body. There are about 50 different species of this plant, the most effective being the Rosea variety. About 40 centimetres long, it has thick stems and long fleshy leaves, usually pointed and spiral-shaped. Its flowers, on the other hand, are yellow and slightly greenish with reddish or violet ends. Rhodiola gives brown fruits that contain orange seeds. It owes its name to the smell it gives off, similar to that of the rose.
The composition of Rhodiola:
It is in the Rhodiola Rosea’s roots that we mainly find the plant's active ingredients. Among them are gallic acids, phenolic acids, flavonoids, monoterpenes, and amino acids. Rhodiola also contains tannins, antioxidants and minerals.
The properties of the Rhodiola:
The benefits of Rhodiola are numerous and has been recognized for than fifty years. This plant appears to have a positive impact on anxiety and help improve mental comfort and well-being. In addition, it could help reduce the harmful effects of fatigue. Thanks to its properties, Rhodiola also seems to help reduce headaches, difficult digestion. This plant could also help improve physical strength and stamina.
How to use Rhodiola?
The virtues of Rhodiola can be appreciated in different forms, the best known being the capsules and the Rhodiola teas. In the form of capsules, it is recommended to take one to three per day, which equates to about 0.3 to 1 gram, over a period of 10 to 15 renewable days. In the form of dyeing, it is advisable to use it at the rate of 3 to 5 ml, twice a day.
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