If you’re a fan of Dr. Oz, you’ve probably heard about the newest wellness beverage sensation: Three Root Tea. This tea is created using three roots, rhodiola, ashwagandha and schisandra, hence its name. The combination of these three roots helps to relieve stress and restore energy.
By taking a closer look at each of these roots, you can see their ability to effect your overall well being.
Rhodiola rosea is a medicinal herb that grows in cold regions such as the Arctic, Rocky Mountains, central Asia and the Alps. The use of this plant in medicine dates back thousands of years. The Greeks used the leaves of rhodiola to concoct a tea drink said to increase physical strength and bodily endurance. Rhodiola also holds an important place in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The Chinese call it “Golden Root” and use it to remedy cold and flu symptoms.
The efficacy of the rhodiola plant may be attributed to its adaptogen properties. Adaptogens are substances that enhance the ability of the body to adapt to environmental changes and resist damage brought about by injury or aging. That is why rhodiola is effective in improving energy and increasing the body’s endurance during exercise. It is also known to elevate mood, combat depression, strengthen the body’s immunity response and boost the overall performance of the nervous system.
Ashwagandha, or Withania somnifera, is also known as Indian ginseng. It is an important part of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda is an Indian healing system which is said to be the oldest surviving medicinal system in the world. The ashwagandha plant is considered by many Ayurvedic healers to be effective in enhancing physical strength, promoting mental health, restoring energy and increasing lifespan.
Just like the rhodiola, ashwagandha is also an adaptogen. It promotes the body’s ability to adjust to changes in the environment such as physiological, emotional and mental stressors. Because of this property, ashwagandha can increase the body’s energy and boost the ability to engage in strenuous activities like sports and athletics. It also guards against illness and can even increase fertility and libido. Throughout the centuries, the ashwagandha herb has been used as a pain reliever, effective treatment for wounds, anti-inflammatory for rheumatism and arthritis, diuretic for urinary tract infections and a stress reliever that promotes calmness in mind and body.
The Schisandra berry is another adaptogen that completes the composition of Three Root Tea. The dried Schisandra fruit has been used for centuries in TCM to relieve liver disorders. In modern studies, it was revealed the Schisandra berry contains an enzyme which fights free radicals and toxins in liver cells. It also increases the production of bile which is beneficial for the health of the gastrointestinal tract. Schisandra is believed to be effective in combating serious diseases like cirrhosis and liver cancer.
As an adaptogen, Schisandra helps stabilize the body during stressful events, ensuring normal function even under tension. In this way, the body builds more resistance against illness, disease and other harmful side effects of stress. Schisandra also helps the immune system fight infection and promotes the growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body.
Individually, each of these herbal plants already hold great benefits for your health. When combined, the positives of Three Root Tea are too great to ignore.