Rhodiola is a special herbal addition to any healing arsenal. It grows robustly in dry and sandy areas with high altitude levels and in Arctic areas. Russian nutritionists have long studied Rhodiola, specifically the species Rhodiola Rosea and its effects on boosting energy and helping with mental fatigue, Since the ending of the Cold War, Soviet scientists have been sharing some of their knowledge with the rest of the world. Since its introduction to the rest of the world, scientists all over have been looking closely at the herbs many benefits and uses. These new studies are showing and confirming the useful applications of Rhodiola, Finding that the herb does offer many benefits for both physical and mental exhaustion many people face in the modern world.
Stress is a part of life and can have serious repercussions on our well being. rhodiola seems to be a great assistant in the body’s response to stress. Finding effective strategies to deal with stress is becoming a major concentration for both medical doctors and mental health specialists. Practical and natural solutions to these daily stresses are being sought and Rhodiola seems to be one of the unsung heroes of this search.
Rhodiola Rosea helps to balance the body’s natural stress-response systems, relieving stress. The stress-response system is made up by the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic system which helps balance the body to a relaxed state for healing. Depression, fatigue and even the feeling of edginess could be symptoms of constant stress. By acting as an adaptogen, Rhodiola Rosea can strengthen the body’s reaction to mental and physical stressors.
It’s thought that the herb influences key brain chemicals like serotonin and norepinephrine and other naturally occurring feel-good chemicals as beta-endorphins.2,3