This plant was thought of as “magical” and was taken on long journeys by the Vikings to protect them and bring them home safely.

The Golden Root

Roseroot is also known by the common names Rhodiola, Rosenroot, Golden Root, Arctic Root, and Orpin Rose. Legend has it that rhodiola was used by the Vikings as a medicine and for its strengthening properties & to increase stamina. It is know in Iceland that rhodiola is used to “enhance the intellect”, “reverse physical weakness” and “to restore weak nerves”. In Sweden the Lapps or indigenous people are said to chew on bits of roots during long journeys to give them much needed endurance.

History of Rhodiola

This unique arctic herb grows and thrives in dry, sandy ground at high altitudes. Rhodiola has a legendary history dating back thousands of years. In 77 A.D., the Greek physician Dioscorides documented the medical applications of the plant. Siberian Shaman depended on the herb to enhance physical strength and endurance, while Chinese emperors sent expeditions to Siberia to bring back “the golden root” for medicinal preparations.

Research on Rhodiola rosea and other medicinal herbs was part of the Soviet Union’s great push to compete with the West in military development, the arms race, space exploration, Olympic sports, science, medicine, and industry. It is a popular plant in traditional medical systems in Eastern Europe and Asia, with a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance and eliminating fatigue.

Rhodiola rosea (pronounced /”Roh-dee-oh-luh Rose-ay-uh”/) is a powerful adaptogen that increases resistance to physical and mental stress. However, rhodiola does much more than that. It also enhances your mood, focus and physical energy while reducing anxiety, depression and fatigue. And the list of benefits goes on. It is one of those rare and magical herbs that contain so many varied benefits, you have to marvel at how Mother Nature could concentrate so much healing power into a single plant!

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