Botanical Name: Rhodiola rosea
- English: Rhodiola
- Also, known as: Arctic root, Golden root, Hong Jing Tian, Rhodiola, Rodiola, Rose root, Roseroot, Aaron's rod, King's crown, Lignum rhodium, and Orpin rose
Origin: Europe, Asia, and Alaska
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: Root
Rhodiola is native to the arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and Alaska. In Canada, it is found along the Newfoundland coastline as well as in Northern Quebec and Nunavut. It has a long history of use as a medicinal plant in Iceland, Sweden, France, Russia, and Greece. Rhodiola rosea, is a perennial herb growing up to 5-15 inch high. They have succulent leaves on numerous leafy stems and succulent rhizomes. The plants are either male or female. Leaves are alternate, stalkless and lowest leaves scale-like. Stem leaf blade elliptic–obovate, sharp-tipped, blunt-toothed, flat, glabrous, slightly fleshy, bluish. Flowers are yellow, approx. 0.2-0.5 inch broad with four petals, approx. 3.5 mm long on staminate flowers, 2.5 mm long on pistillate flowers. Calyx fused, 4-lobed, lobes 2.5 mm long.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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