How exciting! It’s time for my winter herbs. I will make a warming, stimulating, stress-reducing, heart tonic vodka for after dinner using Rhodiola (AKA golden root, artic root) Rhodiola rosea is a remarkable herb used to strengthen the nervous system, fight depression, enhance immunity, increase our capacity for exercise, enhance memory, aid weight loss, increase sexual function, and improve energy levels. It has long been respected as a powerful adaptogen that increases the body’s resistance to illness as it normalises healthy body functions. In 77 A.D., the Greek physician Dioscorides documented rodia riza in his classic medical text De Materia Medica. The Vikings used the herb to enhance physical strength and endurance, while Chinese emperors sent expeditions to Siberia to bring back “the golden root” for medicinal preparations. Chinese herbalists use rhodiola year-round as a tonic that strengthens the heart muscle and helps normalize its action. Tribes in central Asia considered a tea brewed from Rhodiola rosea to be the most effective treatment for cold and flu. Mongolian physicians prescribed it for tuberculosis and cancer. Modern research has proven rhodiola’s many benefits. It is a popular plant in traditional medical systems throughout Eastern Europe and Asia, with a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance, eliminating fatigue, and preventing high altitude sickness. I use rhodiola as a heart, mood, and energy tonic—a delicious after dinner liquor that I make at home.
I heard about rhodiola as a heart protector herb from a Chinese scientist. He told me, “We make a drink at home adding hong jing tian (the Chinese name for rhodiola) to wine. I use liquor instead of wine because germs cannot grow in alcohol that is higher than 40 proof: That’s brandy, vodka, gin.
Here for fun is an ad for Rhodiola from a Hungarian website (English below)
Rhodiolin – ha soi a stressz
A hegyek rózsája
Az ember a nap szinte minden percében stresszhatásoknak van kitéve. A családi és munkahelyi elvárásoknak való állandó megfelelés, a konfliktusok, az anyagi gondok, a zajártalom és a környezetszennyezés mind-mind stresszhatást jelentenek, melyek hosszú távon megélve különösen károsak szervezetünkre. Ezek ellen természetes, évszázadok óta alkalmazott megoldást jelent a Rhodiolin!
The mountains rose
The people of almost every minute of every day are exposed to stress. The family and work demands of constant compliance, conflict, financial problems, noise pollution and stress are all present, which are particularly harmful in the long run megélve body. They are against the natural solution used for centuries in the Rhodiolin!
Here is my Rhodiola Vodka Recipe:
Vodka has a neutral flavor, but gin is also OK. Brandy or dry Vermouth are OK if you prefer a sweeter flavor. The herb itself tastes a bit like bergamot orange, semi-sweet and delicious. The longer you leave the herb in the alcohol, the stronger the flavor will be, but you can keep it bottled without refrigeration for years without losing its fine taste.
½ cup sliced, dried Rhodiola root
1 litre of Vodka
Rinse and dry the rhodiola root slices and add them to the vodka allowing 1 inch at the top of the bottle to leave space for the root to expand. Keep the airtight bottle away from heat and sunlight. Wait 2 – 3 weeks before decanting. The dose is 10 drops in a shot glass of water or to taste. Remember it will have a stronger effect because it is an alcohol extract. Avoid alcohol if you are allergic to it, pregnant, or if you have a cold or flu or fever. Rhodiola can be simmered in water for 45 minutes or longer to make a stimulating tea. You might also add some to simmer in your crockpot (slow cooker) along with other adaptogens such as medicinal mushrooms (reishi, shiitake etc.) or other members of the ginseng family.
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