For balancing your systems and for strength to adapt
Rhodiola is one of my favourite tonic herbs because it’s an important balancer. It’s both a yin and yang jing herb. What that means is wherever you are either over-stimulated on one hand or sluggish and under-powered on the other, rhodiola can help to bring all of your systems back into balance. This effect will work in many areas such as blood sugar, hormones and so on.
If you are familiar with my work you will have heard me say there are only three main steps to healing; getting your energy back up (which rhodiola also helps out with),
detoxifying and bringing everything into balance. Rhodiola can help to make that third step happen.
Rhodiola is one of the world’s top adaptogens. The word ‘adaptogen’ came originally from when Russian researchers noticed that some herbs, especially rhodiola could help people to survive even the most extreme conditions, like the intense cold in Siberia or whatever it might be. Rhodiola brings you into balance and helps you adapt to your environment.
In Chinese medicine, it was traditionally used only by the aristocracy and emperors. It was thought to give a great amount of jing energy, which means plenty of virility, drive and confidence. It has an amazing and very distinctive taste.
A number of jing herbs like ho she wu and schizandra are good at enhancing the ability to adapt, but rhodiola does this as well as having this quality of harmonising and bringing your systems into balance.
My good friend Shazzie says it’s one of her personal favourite herbs, and it’s slowly becoming one of my favourites too. It’s really excellent – give it a go.