Rhodiola Rosea Drinks

teas and Vodka drink called Nastojka

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While rhodiola rosea can be taken in capsule form as a dietary supplement, traditional healing methods have often incorporated rhodiola in the form of teas, tinctures, and tonics.

Rhodiola tea can be made at home from scratch. Begin by finely chopping 5g of rhodiola root. rhodiola teaPlace the chopped root in a container and pour 1 cup of boiling water over it. Allow the tea to brew (steep) for 4 hours and filter. Drink 1/5 cup 3-5 times a day. Rhodiola tea by itself can have a strong medicinal taste, so if the flavor is too strong or unpleasant, consider diluting the tea with fruit juice, tonic water, or with other herbal teas. For those who prefer a less time-consuming method of preparing herbal tea, there are many commercial teas available in stores that contain rhodiola rosea either as its primary ingredient or as a supporting ingredient.

For a tincture that can be taken by itself or added to other drinks, place 30 g of rhodiola rosea root in a coffee grinder and mill until fine-textured (5-10mm). rhodiola driedAdd 150 ml of pure vodka (no aromatics or additives), shake well, and allow to steep for 3-5 days at room temperature. Then separate and filter the extract. The recommended dosage for rhodiola tincture is 1/2 teaspoon 3 times per day over a course of 10-20 days.

This tincture is similar in nature to a traditional rhodiola tonic called nastojka. Nastojka is a recipe from the Ukraine that combines equal parts of fresh rhodiola (available in health food stores) and 80-proof vodka to create an adaptogenic tonic that said to relieve stress as well as boost mental and physical energy, stamina, and sexual function. The recipe is as follows: place rhodiola in a pint container and fill the rest of the container with the vodka. Let the mixture steep for several days until it is beet-red in color, at which point its concentration will be between 200 and 600 mg per tablespoon. Drink 1-2 tablespoons every evening or as needed.

Popularized by well-known physician Dr. Mehmet Oz (YOU: The Owner's Manual) when he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in November 2007, this tonic is believed to stimulate dopamine and serotonin, both of which have an effect on mood. Dr. Oz also claims that the drink has a positive affect on libido and can boost immunity. Indeed, rhodiola drinks can enhance wellness in numerous ways. It is important to remember that rhodiola acts as a stimulant when taken in small doses and as a relaxant when taken in larger doses. Thus, rhodiola dosage will vary according to individual need.

In general, smaller doses of rhodiola are typically used to increase immunity and improve sexual function, while larger doses are taken to combat cold and flu symptoms, stress, and anxiety. While rhodiola can alleviate symptoms of depression, it is not appropriate for conditions such as bipolar disorder. Furthermore, while rhodiola is considered safe for general use, it is not advised for nursing or pregnant women or those planning on becoming pregnant.

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