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Rhodiola Rosea

£5.50£60.00

Rhodiola Rosea

£5.50£60.00

Common name: Rhodiola, Golden root, Rose root, Aaron’s rod

Family: Crassulaceae

Habitat/Cultivation: Prefers high altitude regions. Found as  ground cover as well as in crevices of mountain rocks, likes well drained soil, cannot grow in the shade. A perennial plant growing to 0.3 mt by 0.3mt  hardy and not frost tender,  flowering from May – Aug a dioecious non self-fertility plant needing bees for pollination.

Parts used: Root medicinally, leaf and stems as food.

Traditional use: The root has a 2000yr history of medicinal use, traditionally prepared as a tea given for treatments in colds, anaemia, as well as to enhance fertility and sexual functions. Recorded in Dioscorides De Materia Medica.  Decoctions of the flowers were used by Native Americans to treat stomach aches and intestinal discomforts, with the raw flowers being eaten for tuberculosis (Moerman 1998) Tibetans have used Golden root  medicinally since 300AD for lung disorders.

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Common name: Rhodiola, Golden root, Rose root, Aaron’s rod

Family: Crassulaceae

Habitat/Cultivation: Prefers high altitude regions. Found as  ground cover as well as in crevices of mountain rocks, likes well drained soil, cannot grow in the shade. A perennial plant growing to 0.3 mt by 0.3mt  hardy and not frost tender,  flowering from May – Aug a dioecious non self-fertility plant needing bees for pollination.

Parts used: Root medicinally, leaf and stems as food.

Traditional use: The root has a 2000yr history of medicinal use, traditionally prepared as a tea  given for treatments in colds, anaemia,  as well as to enhance fertility and sexual functions. Recorded in Dioscorides De Materia Medica.  Decoctions of the flowers were used by Native Americans to treat stomach aches and intestinal discomforts, with the raw flowers being eaten for tuberculosis (Moerman 1998) Tibetans have used Golden root  medicinally since 300AD for lung disorders.

Constituents: The dried root contains 0.05% essential oils (EO), main chemical class of monoterpene hydrocarbons (rosiridol, rosaridin) and geraniol  the most abundant volatiles.

Actions: Adaptogen, Antidepressant, Stomachic. Rosaridin was shown to inhibit monoamine oxidase A and B in vitro, suggesting its potential beneficial effect in depression and senile dementia. Geraniol was identified as the organic substance responsible for the rose-like aroma produced by Rhodiola roseaflowers and rootstock when cut. Phenylethanol derivatives (salidroside, also known as rhodioloside) are the constituents with known therapeutic activity. Biologically active compounds include phenolic glycosides (gallic acids, chlorogenic and hydroxycinnamic) with anti- fatigue, anti- depressive, cognitive enhancing, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and hepatoprotective properties. Panossian (2010) Proanthocyanidins (flavonoids) constitute a large percentage of Rhodiola extracts and were noted for their bioactivities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antimutation, and anti-aging effects, and improving liver function.

Cautions:  Unknown, the little research that has been carried out has not shown any side effects. Over use or when pregnant is not advised. Biopolar disorder suffers may experience contradiction due to the herbs anti-depressant effect.

Research: The Russians have researched and used the herb for over 70yrs for improving work performance, insomnia, fatigue, depression, athletic endurance. A controlled placebo study of 130 overweight patients in a Georgian State Hospital showed that taking Rhodiola rosea extract daily led to a mean weight loss of 19lbs (11% reduction in body fat) compared to only 8lbs of loss by the placebo group eating the same low cal diet.  Recent research in Russia and Scandinavia has confirmed that Rhodiola is an effective psychostimulant, general strengthener, and anti-stress agent.

Dosage & forms: Tincture 5ml to be taken with water daily, Max 40ml per week. Tablet form, powdered root form 1gram daily steeped in hot water as a tea, added to smoothie or sprinkled on food/salad.

Folk-lore:  In Siberian villages, a bouquet of Rhodiola roots is still given to couples just prior to marriage to enhance fertility and to ensure the birth of healthy children.(Annies) Vikings used to enhance physical strength and the Sherpa people used it to climb at high altitudes including Mt Everest

 

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