Feeling stressed, tired or irritable? 

What can you do if you are deep in the mid-year, mid-winter drag?

A herbal tonic called Rhodiola rosea is a natural pick-me-up to help you cope with feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and down.

Rhodiola has been used for hundreds of years in many different cultures for its anti-stress, anti-fatigue and antidepressant properties.

A 2016 review of the scientific studies on Rhodiola found evidence to support its use with people who have:

  • stress induced depression
  • depressive disorders.

(Amsterdam & Panossian, 2016).

I’ve put loads more information on Rhodiola below or if you’d like to talk about if Rhodiola could help you with fatigue, low mood or feeling overwhelmed please contact me on (02) 4968 2157.

Sonia x


Rhodiola rosea in more detail

Who was Rhodiola trialled on?  

  • 146 people with diagnosed major depressive disorder in 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials.
  • 714 people with diagnosed stress induced mild depression (diagnosed as asthenic syndrome or psychoneurosis) from 7 open-label studies.


How does Rhodiola work? 

Rhodiola has been found to produce a variety of mediator interactions with several molecular networks of neuroendocrine-immune and neurotransmitter receptor systems likely to be involved in the pathophysiology of depression.


Is Rhodiola safe? 

The scientists also found Rhodiola was well-tolerated with a favorable safety profile.

As a trained herbalist I do however caution if you are trying to fall pregnant, are currently pregnant or lactating unless you are under the care of a trained herbalist you are best not to use Rhodiola.  I also caution my caffeine loving clients that Rhodiola in combination with caffeine may cause unpleasant side effects.


I’ve not heard of Rhodiola before – tell me more about it!

Rhodiola rosea is commonly referred to as Golden Root or Roseroot and grows in dry sandy ground at high altitudes in the arctic regions of Europe and Asia. The freshly cut root has a rose-like odour that has led to its botanical name and one of its common names. The root has been used for centuries in the traditional medicines of Russia and Scandinavia.


Give me the bottom line, what did the scientists conclude about Rhodiola?  

Rodiola demonstrated multi-target effects on various levels of the regulation of cell response to stress, affecting various components of the neuroendocrine, neurotransmitter receptor and molecular networks associated with possible beneficial effects on mood.


Amsterdam, J.D. & Panossian, A.G. (2016). Rhodiola rosea L. as a putative botanical antidepressant, Phytomedicine, 23, 770–783. doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2016.02.009

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