In medicine, Rhodiola Rosea has been used since the time of the ancient Greeks. The Vikings used the herb to survive harsh winters and long journies, and in China several emperors sent expeditions to find sources of Rhodiola. In Russia, Rhodiola was first used as a supplement in Siberia, where the plant's anti-depressive effects helped many residents get through the harsh winters. It was later adapted for the Soviet space program, when astronauts used it to increase mental focus after staying awake for long periods of time. Today, Rhodiola may be purchased in pill form, or brewed into a tea or an alcoholic extract.
Measure 1 teaspoon dried rhodiola rosea root and place into a loose tea strainer.
Place into a cup and pour boiling water over roots.
Let steep for four hours.
Mix the container of tea with 5 cups cold water and store in a pitcher with a lid.
Drink between three to five cups of the beverage daily for best effect.
Mill 2 tablespoons of rhodiola rosea roots in a coffee grinder.
Place ground roots in a pitcher with vodka.
Allow to steep for three to five days at room temperature.
Place an unbleached coffee filter into a funnel. Place funnel into the mouth of a second pitcher.
Pour vodka mixture into the funnel to strain roots out of the mixture.
Take ½ tablespoon of the tincture up to three times daily for 20 days.
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