Rhodiola rosea root extract
Relief for stressed skin and an anxious body, this extract is a natural active ingredient that produces relaxation and a profound sense of wellness when applied to skin. The stimulation of beta-endorphin production and the strong antioxidant properties make it a true phyto-tonic. The root extract has traditionally been used to increase physical endurance and longevity. It has been used to relieve high-altitude sickness, nervous system disorders, fatigue and even depression. Found in our Samphire Eye Crème [Prima Fleur No. 1214], and Ecocert-certified products.
More About Roseroot ~ by Marianne Griffeth
The plant, also known as Golden Root or Arctic Root is a member of the Crassulaceae family. It is a low-growing (up to 70 cm) plant found in sandy soils, in high Arctic latitudes and mountain regions of Europe and Asia. It is a perennial with a thick rhizome that is golden outside and pink inside Both its yellow blossoms and the rhizomes have a rose-like aroma, hence the name, rosea, given by Linnaeus.
Chemical analysis reveals six groups of active constituents: Phenylpropanoids, phenylethanol derivatives, flavonoids, and monoterpenes, triterpenes, and phenol acids. The dried roots contain 0.05% essential oil. Phenylpropanoids, rhodioloside and tyrosol are considered the active compounds in the extract.
Extensive studies over the past 35 years in Russia and Scandinavia show it is an adaptogen. By increasing neurotransmitter levels, it improves central nervous system activity, strengthening the body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. Rhodiola rosea promotes the synthesis of opioid peptides, thus stimulating central and peripheral receptors, resulting in mood improvement and general physical enhancement. The abundant polyphenolic compounds provide potent antioxidant properties.