The health benefits of the Rhodiola herb have been known to generations of people living in mountainous cold regions as being excellent for enhancing resistance to infection, as well as to maintain general well-being.
Rhodiola is a perennial plant that grows in cold areas of the world. It is most commonly found in mountainous regions such as the Rocky Mountains, the Alps, the Arctic, the Pyrenees in France, the Carpathian Mountains of Romania and in the Scandinavian countries.
Also known by its scientific name of rhodiola rosea, the rhodiola plant bears spikes of blue-green leaves that bear a single yellow flower. The flowers bloom during the brief Arctic summer. The shoots of the rhodiola often reach up to 35 centimeters in height. Several plant shoots emerge from one thick root.
The active constituents of rhodiola are rosavin, rosin, rosarin and salidroside. The rhodiola herb is a mild stimulant that increases production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps in relaxation. But it is also important to note that while smaller doses of rhodiola function as a stimulant, larger doses function as a sedative.
Smaller doses of rhodiola tea are recommended for boosting the immune system and treating depression, erectile dysfunction, or altitude sickness. Meanwhile, larger doses are recommended for fighting colds, flu, or stress. Rhodiola is appropriate for depression, but it is not appropriate for bipolar disorder. It is not recommended for use by pregnant women.
These healthy properties of the rhodiola plant can be derived in the form of tea, tinctures and encapsulations.
Some health benefits attributed to this tea are the following:
- Seen to help alleviate depression and improve the mood
- Considered to help enhance mental functions
- Believed to reduce fatigue and stress. It may also induce relaxation
- Seems to help in fighting infections
- Could aid in the treatment of erectile dysfunction
- May assist in the treatment of altitude sickness
- Said to help fight colds and the flu during the colder months
- Thought to be helpful against anemia