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Roseroot (Rhodiola rosea, Sedum roseum)



blood circulation, brain strengthening, wound healing

Areas of application:

improves mood, groin and pubic bone fractures, relieves age-related problems, especially in the brain area, improves memory, memorization, concentration and precise perception, supports the immune system after an illness, too much stress or due to excessive demands and polluted environmental conditions, bourn-out , anxiety, increases blood flow to the brain and muscles, increases protein synthesis, anti-aging agent, improves physical endurance, promotes sexual performance, libido and stamina, promotes healthy immune system function, regulates many of the hormones ( including the thyroid), calms anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder

Plant parts used:

Rootstock, leaflets

Collection time:

Spring and autumn

To find:

sometimes in the Alps, but more often in gardens


Rosavins (phenylpropane), rhodioloside, flavonoids, phytosterols, phenolcarboxylic acids


☕ Tea: Add 1 teaspoon of dried root to 1/4 liter of cold water and heat to boiling point, but do not boil! Let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain and drink.

Whether as a tea, tincture or powder, roseroot can also be used as a cure. After about 4 months you should take a break.

Roseroot is a perennial plant and grows to a height of between 10 and 38 cm. It has several trunks that grow from a thick rhizome. The stems are erect with succulent leaves and a waxy coating that helps the plant retain water. The leaves are flat and smooth, alternate and stalkless, with a slightly blue color. The lowest leaves are scale-shaped, the leaves are egg-shaped with a sharp tip and saw-like teeth. Roseroot produces greenish-yellow to yellow flowers with four sepals and four petals. The stamens have eight stamens and are larger than the pistil flower. The flowers are clustered into a hemispherical inflorescence. The fruits are four united follicles with many seeds.

🛑 Rhodiola should not be used if you have an autoimmune disease as it can cause a flare-up. Also do not use if you are taking SSRIs, prescription antidepressants, thyroid medications, or if you are bipolar. A doctor should monitor roseroot intake when taking anticoagulants or ACE inhibitors. Rhodiola root can have stimulating effects and is therefore best taken in the morning to avoid disrupting sleep.

If you want to grow Roseroot in the garden, you should always make sure to buy several plants. There are male and female plants. When planting in the garden, you should avoid using garden soil and instead get lean soil from a raised moor in the mountains. The root has a rose-like scent, which is where it gets its name. Close relatives are the houseleek and the fat hen. If you want to harvest the root, you need patience. It takes at least 3 years for the plant to have a sufficiently high active ingredient content.

In a comparative study of ginkgo, ginseng and Roseroot, researchers found that Roseroot extracts counteract gene changes and slow down the growth of tumors.

For people suffering from anxiety and depression, rhodiola can be a lifesaver. It calms anxiety, helps you think clearly and lifts your mood. It is not suitable for people who have manic episodes, but for others it is often considered a remedy. However, rhodiola root should not be taken in conjunction with prescription antidepressants or SSRIs, as interactions can occur.

Rhodiola root also regulates the hormones in the brain that cause anxiety, flashbacks, and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You then start with a small dose.

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