Rhodiola is a flowering herb that grows in the cold regions of Europe, Asia and Alaska. Rhodiola root has been used for thousands of years by multiple cultures for anxiety, fatigue, anemia, impotence, infections, headache, and depression related to stress. Chinese emperors sent expeditions to Siberia to retrieve the plant to use as medicine. First century Greek herbalist Dioscorides mentions Rhodiola is De Matera Medica. Greece is a two-thousand-mile journey from where the herb naturally grows. Vikings used Rhodiola to enhance strength and endurance.
Rhodiola is still used as an adaptogen today.