Rhodiola is native to the arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and Alaska. It has a long history of use as a medicinal plant in Iceland, Sweden, France, Russia, and Greece. It is mentioned by the Greek physician Dioscorides as early as the first century AD.



Rhodiola is a plant used for:

  • Increasing energy, Stamina, strength and mental capacity; and as a so-called “adaptogen” to help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress.
  • It is also used for improving athletic performance and shortening recovery time after long workouts
  • Improving sexual function
  • Depression
  • Heart disorders such as irregular heartbeat
  • High cholesterol.
  • Treating cancer
  • Treating tuberculosis
  • Treating diabetes
  • Preventing cold and flu
  • Aging
  • Liver damage
  • Improving hearing
  • Strengthening the nervous system
  • Enhancing immunity


  • Rhodiola extracts might help protect cells from damage, regulate heartbeat, and have the potential for improving learning and memory.

Other Names

Arctic Root, Extrait de Rhodiole, Golden Root, Hongjingtian, King’s Crown, Lignum Rhodium, Orpin Rose, Racine d’Or, Racine Dorée, Racine de Rhadiola, Rhodiola rosea, Rhodiole, Rhodiole Rougeâtre, Rodia Riza, Rose Root, Rose Root Extract, Rosenroot, Roseroot, Rosewort, Sedum rhodiola, Sedum rosea, Siberian Golden Root, Siberian Rhodiola Rosea, Snowdown Rose.


Source: WebMD, “Rhodiola”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/

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