(HealthAndLovePage) The Rhodiola rosea (commonly known as roseroot or golden root) is part of the European folk medicine since ancient times. It was used to increase work endurance, extend life span and support resistance to few health problems such as depression, fatigue and altitude sickness.
Roseroot naturally grows in the cold arctic regions of Europe, but it can also be found in Asia (Russia) and Alaska. This interesting plant has special place in the traditional folk medicine of several European countries – Sweden, Iceland, France, Greece and Russia. Some sources confirm that Mongolians, Chinese royals and Vikings used it too. The first written evidence about Rhodiola dates back to the first century AD when the famous Greek physician Dioscorides mentioned in his book. In most folk medicines, Rhodiola rosea was used in the form of an herbal tea, although there were cases of external use too.
A recent publication (regarding roseroot properties) in Phytomedicine caught the attention of the public. The first results from the study led by Dr. Jun J. Mao, a professor of family medicine, epidemiology and community health at the respected Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, confirm that herbal therapy provides positive effects in a number of people suffering from depression.
As mentioned before, roseroot is used for many things. For example, many people use it to boost their energy, strength, stamina, mental performance and as an adaptogen herb that can help the body to resist chemical, physical and environmental stress. In addition, some people use it to increase physical performance, speed up recovery time after exercise, in cases of depression and for certain heart health issues like high levels of cholesterol and irregular heartbeat.
There are people who use Rhodiola Rosea for preventing and Kris Carr, diabetes and tuberculosis; preventing flu and cold, liver damage and slowing down the process of aging; improving the immune and nervous system and for improving hearing.
If you want to check some other roseroot uses, side effects, warnings and interactions you can visit this WebMD link.
Rhodiola Rosea (Roseroot) Herbal Tea Recipe
- Make a combination of 1 tsp. (5 grams) of the root and one cup of boiling water.
- Cover the bowl and let the mixture steep for several minutes.
- Feel free to add some honey and other herbs if you want to.
- Strain the mixture carefully and drunk about 1/5 cup of it diluted with water, other teas or juice.
- Don’t add fillers or other similar products.
The following herbal tea recipe based on roseroot was shared by My Herb Clinic.