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Botanical name:

Rhodiola rosea

Other names

Rose root, Golden Root

Though little known as a medicinal plant, rhodiola, also known as rose root, has been used in traditional European medicine for over three thousand years, mainly as a tonic.

Modern research has shown that it increases the body's resistance to any type of stress by regulating the body's hormonal response. Its use has been shown to have a protective effect upon the neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine in the brain. It improves neurotransmitter activity by inhibiting their enzymatic destruction and preventing their decline caused by excessive stress hormone release.

Rhodiola has been identified in clinical analysis as an adaptogen which increases the body’s resistance to a wide range of stress factors, whether chemical, physical or biological. It has been known to provide some relief for mental/physical fatigue as well as occasional anxiety and panic attacks.

Rhodiola enhances the transport of serotonin precursors into the brain and studies have shown that use of this herb can increase brain serotonin by up to 30%. Rhodiola stimulates the release of these good neurotransmitters (dopamine and norepineprine), down-regulates the enzymes that break them down and also increases the blood-brain permeabilty for these molecules. The result is mood enhancement and stress reduction.

Rhodiola rosea, according to certain studies, seems to have the ability to mobilise adipose tissue and activate adipose lipase, a key enzyme required to burn the body’s fat stores.

Rose root is also showing itself as a prime aid in breaking the addiction cycle. Studies have shown it to be especially helpful for overcoming cannabis addiction, but some herbalists expect its renown to grow rapidly for all manner of substances. Combines well with Damiana, Maca, Cordyceps.

Precautions / Contraindications

Rhodiola may have additive effects with MAOIs, consult your physician if taking antidepressants. It can also cause have a sedating effect in large doses, therefore is contraindicated with other sedatives such as Benzodiazepines. There is insufficient information on the safety of Rhodiola during pregnancy and breastfeeding, therefore best avoided..

Suggested use

1 tsp per cup, steep covered 10 minutes. Drink 2 - 3 times daily.


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Submitted by Anon (not verified) on

Hi I was taking rhodiola roots with raspberry tea mix while trying to conceive, we got pregnant first month! I'd like to know if its safe to continue taking these 2 herbs again now I'm 4/5 wks. Thankyou.

Submitted by Niall on

Hi! Thanks for your question.

You should NOT take raspberry leaf until the third trimester of you pregnancy. As for rhodiola, there hasn't been much research done on contraindications during pregnancy. Please consult a herbalist to discuss your individual situation.

Bye for now and we wish you all the best in your pregnancy :)

Submitted by Janelle (not verified) on

Is it ok to take Rhodiola with a doctor prescribed SSRI?

Submitted by Niall on

Combining rhodiola with SSRI's is not recommended as it increase drowsiness and could prove dangerous if you are driving or handling machinery.
As rhodiola is a MAO inhibitor, it can increase serotonin and if combined with SSRIs could theoretically increase the risk of adverse effects including serotonin syndrome.

For more info on rhodiola interactions click here

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Is it okay to combine Rhodiola with St John's Wort?

Submitted by Amelia on

In general it is not recommended to combine these two herbs unless under direction of a health professional.

Many of our shops are staffed by trained naturopaths and herbalists, you're very welcome to drop in to one for a chat. You can find out where your nearest shop is at:

Bye for now and have a happy herbal day!

Submitted by Tammy (not verified) on

Does the nimbin shop still sell rhodiola? :-)

Submitted by Rosevine (not verified) on

My daughter has successfully come off 100mg of her prescribed Anti-depressant with the aid of Rhodiola and other supplements. I am thrilled with it!

Submitted by Emily k brown (not verified) on

Hey I'm not sure if temazapam is okay to take with this herb? Please help. I don't feel bad or have any negative side effects but I hear I need to be careful mixing? Thanks

Submitted by Amelia on

Hi, thanks for bringing this up. From the reading I've done it seems that you may experience drowsiness when combining Rhodiola with benzodiazepines. It is generally advised that you seek the opinion of a trusted healthcare professional before combining substances that may both have an effect on your serotonin levels. Keep in mind that Rhodiola has been known and documented to have great results in treating withdrawal from benzodiazepines!

Submitted by Sean Hyde (not verified) on

Hi iv'e been playing around with the dosage of your rhodiola powder, i was wondering what is the best dosage for depression and anxiety, and if it is better in capsules or in a drink, and the best time to take it.Thanks x

Submitted by Amelia on

Hi, if that is the Thrive or Medicine Garden rhodiola extract, then .5g or 1/8th of a teaspoon is the recommended dosage. Some people may then increase the dose slightly. Rhodiola is an excellent natural anti-depressent and anti-anxiety herb! Mixing the powder into juice or water is sufficient, but if you don't like the taste you can put the powder into vegetable gycerin capsules. All the best!

Submitted by Irma (not verified) on

Hi - In your general info on the Rhodiola page it is said 1 tsp per cup 2-3 times a day. And in the post this is a different dosage (1/8 tsp).
Is there a difference between the Rhodiola Extract you sell on the site and the mentioned Extract in the post (Thrive or Medicine Garden) ?
Thanks for your excellent info!

Submitted by Amelia on

Hi, thanks for your comment! We don't stock the Thrive range anymore, but we do have a Rhodiola extract with a dosage of .5g or 1/8 teaspoon per serve. We also sell it in an easy to administer spagyric form (5 drops under the tongue, 3 times per day)in our shops only. The dosage at the top of this page is for the dried herb in it's natural, unextracted state.

Submitted by Peter (not verified) on

Would appreciate your comments on Rhodiola for a post operative Thyroidectomy and cancer / nodal removal at age 26 years with history of hodgkins at adolescence and PTSD.
Concerned Father enquiry.

Submitted by Amelia on

Hi, we wish we could be of more help but you need to ask a healthcare professional who can take an in-depth look at the complete situation. Herbs can surely play a role in a recovery from this this situation after a primary consultation and care plan has been established. All the best.

Submitted by Jan (not verified) on

Can I take Rhodiola if I am on Tamoxifen or could I take it instead of Tamoxifen? It sounds like it has a similar anti-oestrogen effect.

Submitted by Amelia on

Hi, the Happy Herb Company would always recommend a person seeks the opinion of a trusted healthcare professional when looking to come off medication of any kind. All the best, and good on you for looking into a herbal alternative!

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