Rhodiola is a hardy indigenous North American herb highly regarded for its ability to alleviate adrenal fatigue and protect against oxidative stress. Also known as golden root or rose root, rhodiola is an adaptogen, possesses anti-inflammatory properties, aids the musculoskeletal system, helps alleviate pain, is antidepressant, improves brain function and mental clarity, benefits the lungs and respiratory system, is cardioprotective, normalizes blood sugar levels, enhances/modulates immunity and improves sexual performance and enjoyment. It also relieves jet-lag. The roots have a rose-like fragrance when cut, hence the name rosea. Dioscorides recorded medicinal applications of rodia riza in 77 A.D. in De Materia Medica.
Modern research indicates that rhodiola is stimulating in small and medium doses and sedating in larger doses. The tops of the plants are traditionally eaten by First Nations people of the Americas to boost strength, stamina and endurance. I like to nibble the tasty tops while out working in the gardens. The Vikings employed the roots of this plant in similar ways.
Rhodiola prefers to grow in dry sandy ground at high altitudes in arctic areas and has been thriving in our Maine gardens for the past decade. Dosages: 10-15 drops of tincture is a typical dose, up to three times daily. 1 teaspoon of syrup or a cup of infusion up to three times daily, or as needed.