Rhodiola Rosea, also known as ‘Golden Root’ or ‘Arctic Root’ is a yellow flowering plant that can be found growing on sea cliffs in the high altitude mountains of the Arctic, Europe, Asia and North America. It’s a well-documented medicinal plant used historically to treat fatigue, stress, depression, fertility and even gastrointestinal disorders. Rhodiola has a unique set of phytochemicals called rosavins that aren’t found in any other plant, making it a very unique and carefully studied botanical. Classified as an adaptogen, an herb that boosts your own ability to respond to stress, rhodiola root is gaining awareness and popularity by complimentary medicine practitioners and herbalists in the West. When used in skincare products, it boosts microcirculation, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and protects skin from environmental stressors like UV rays.
WHY WE LOVE IT
Rhodiola root is a holistic workhorse. Having endured hard cold winter conditions, it functions on the skin to boost immunity so it’s less susceptible to environmental stressors like pollution and sun damage. With a high concentration of antioxidant polyphenols and proanthocyanadins it also provides added oxidative protection, combatting premature aging. It also has a stimulating effect on the skin increasing circulation and cell turnover, rapidly renewing collagen and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Look closely at Rhodiola Rosea in this video from Avena’s Botanicals
- The rhodiola root has a scent similar to roses – giving it the Latin name Rhodiola Rosea.
- It has been and continues to be one of the most closely studied botanicals for its treatment of mood, depression, fatigue and even cancer.
- Countries have begun to place protections on wild rhodiola due to its over-harvesting. As the awareness of its benefits continues to expand, commercial production of rhodiola as a crop is beginning to be explored.
FIND IT IN
This Superpower Ingredient is found in Eye Serum by Kahina Giving Beauty