Truly, Rhodiola Rosea ( Crassulaceae) is the stress buster. Rhodiola is what’s known as an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens help the body to deal with stress. Rhodiola is only one of a dozen different herbs that can aid the body in dealing with emotional, as well as physical stress. So, this makes Rhodiola perfect for treating stress, anxiety and, depression.
Rhodiola By Any Other Name…
Rhodiola Rosea has many names including Arctic Root, Golden Root, and Rose Root just to name a few. It has bushy yellow flowers and pink roots, so that explains the names golden and rose root. It’s called Arctic Root because it grows and thrives in Arctic areas all over the world. Whatever name it’s known by Rhodiola is a truly amazing herb.
They Thought Rhodiola was Awesome Back in the Day
Yes, Rhodiola was widely used back in the day. It’s believed that the Vikings used it as medicine for a variety of ailments like kidney stones, swellings, headaches, and diarrhea. The Greeks mention Rhodiola in their texts, and it has been used in Tibet for centuries. French physicians in the 19th century used it as a “brain tonic”. Some European herbalists used to add it to love potions as they believed it was an aphrodisiac.
Montel Williams Uses It
As you may know, Montel Williams has Multiple Sclerosis. In an interview with Dr. Oz, he mentioned that he drinks a tea blend for energy. All of the herbs in the tea are adaptogenic herbs and one of them was Rhodiola. That should come as no surprise because dealing with a chronic disease like MS is going to definitely cause physical and emotional stress. Those of us that suffer from anxiety know that it also causes physical and emotional stress. Have you ever had that feeling of no energy left in your body after a bad anxiety or panic attack? All you want to do is go to sleep? That “no energy” feeling is the after effect of stress.
Rhodiola to the Rescue
Because Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb, it helps to regulate the release of stress hormones like cortisol. It does this by strengthening the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands release the hormones we need to deal with specific situations. Constant stress can burn out the adrenal glands. So, Rhodiola helps by reducing the amount of cortisol released during a stressful situation. Since anxiety can make any situation seem stressful, taking an adaptogen like Rhodiola is even more important for someone suffering from an anxiety disorder.
How To Take Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola Rosea is an extremely safe herb with many other health benefits besides reducing stress. As always, I prefer a tincture, but it is available in other forms. It is a bitter herb with a slightly sweet taste. It can be taken with other safe herbs like skullcap and hops.
Note: Rhodiola Rosea can cause some people to have too much energy. It can be over stimulating so it’s best to start with small doses and monitor your body’s reaction.
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What I like
Herb Pharm has an organic Rhodiola Rosea tincture made with cane alcohol. They also have an alcohol free tincture if you prefer. Gaia makes a high quality excellent liquid capsule if you can’t or won’t take a tincture. If you like tea this one is a good choice. It’s organic and the tea bags are chlorine free.
Rhodiola Rosea is a must have herb if you suffer from stress and anxiety. Safe and effective it should definitely be part of your natural arsenal against anxiety and its effects.
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“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes everything is an emergency.” — Natalie Goldberg