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Hong Jing Tian (Rhodiola Rosea)


Chinese Herb

Hong Jing Tian; Rhodiola Rosea, Golden Root, Arctic Root, Roseroot; 红景

Fantastic adaptogenic herb for support of energy, vitality, endurance and symptoms of depression!

Hong Jing Tian Description

Experience the traditional benefits of Hong Jing Tian herb with Plum Dragon Herbs! Rhodiola Rosea is an ancient Chinese herb that has been used for centuries to promote overall health and well-being. This powerful herbal remedy has been known to help improve energy levels, enhance immune system functioning, and support healthy digestive health. Hong Jing Tian is a natural source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial nutrients that can help support a healthy lifestyle.

This TCM herb has a long history of use, renowned for its ability to support the bodys natural functions. Our exclusively sourced Hong Jing Tian is carefully cultivated and prepared to preserve its strong medicinal quality. With antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, this herbal remedy can help support the immune system, circulation, and more. Get the powerful, natural results youve been searching for today with Hong Jing Tian from Plum Dragon Herbs.


Rhodiola rosea is a very fragrant, adaptogenic root that helps support the body and immune system to adapt to environmental and internal stressors such as fatigue, infection, anxiousness, etc.

Rhodiola root can help support focused attention, healthy energy levels and alertness and help support healthy mood regulation.

For active adults and athletes, Rhodiola rosea can help maintain healthy endurance levels and maintain healthy body weight.

Hong Jing Tian Quality

High quality Hong Jing Tian (Rhodiola rosea) is a perennial herb that typically grows at high altitudes, such as in the Himalayas, the Rocky Mountains, and in Siberia. The plant is known for its strong, earthy smell, and its root is typically used for medicinal purposes.

The root of Hong Jing Tian typically has a brown or yellowish-brown color on the outside, and a yellowish color on the inside. It is usually thick, long, and has many branches. The root surface is rough, with wrinkles and protruding root fibers.

When it comes to the smell, High quality Hong Jing Tian typically has a strong, earthy aroma, with a slightly bitter and pungent taste. It is considered to have a strong and distinct smell, with a hint of bitterness, and a slight sweetness. It's important to note that some variations of Hong Jing Tian may have different colors, shapes, or smells based on the location, growing conditions and the methods of processing.

It's also important to be aware that there are fake or low quality products on the market, that may have been treated with chemicals or have been mixed with other plants to increase weight, so it's always best to buy Hong Jing Tian from a reputable source

Hong Jing Tian TCM Herb Processing

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Hong Jing Tian (Rhodiola rosea) is considered a warm and sweet herb that is used to tonify the Qi, nourish the Yin, and to support the healthy function of the lungs, heart, and kidney.

The traditional processing method of Hong Jing Tian in TCM involves several steps:

  1. Cleaning and washing: The root of the plant is cleaned and washed to remove any dirt or impurities.

  2. Sun-drying: The root is then sun-dried to remove any moisture and to concentrate its flavors and medicinal properties.

  3. Slicing: After drying, the root is cut into small slices to make it easier to use in various formulations.

  4. Roasting: Some Hong Jing Tian is roasted to enhance its taste and to change its property from cold to warm.

  5. Powdering: The dried, sliced, and roasted root is ground into a fine powder for use in decoctions, pills, and other formulations.

The processed Hong Jing Tian is then used as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine, often as a tonic to support the immune system and overall health.

It's important to note that the processing methods can vary based on the location, growing conditions, and the intended use of the herb. Different regions, and even different growers, may have their own unique methods of processing Hong Jing Tian, which can affect the final product's color, smell, taste, and potency.

Hong Jing Tian Region and Habitat

Hong Jing Tian (Rhodiola rosea) is native to the high-altitude regions of the Himalayas, the Rocky Mountains, and Siberia. It is a perennial herb that is known for its ability to grow in extreme conditions such as high altitude, cold temperatures, and poor soils.

The optimal growing conditions for Hong Jing Tian include:

  • Altitude: Hong Jing Tian is a high altitude plant and grows best at elevations of around 2,000-4,000 meters above sea level.

  • Soil: Hong Jing Tian prefers well-drained, rocky soils with a high content of organic matter, but it can also grow on poor soils.

  • Temperature: Hong Jing Tian is tolerant to cold temperatures and can grow in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. It also can grow in warmer climates but it prefers cooler temperatures.

  • Sunlight: Hong Jing Tian prefers full sun and can tolerate partial shade.

  • Water: Hong Jing Tian is drought-tolerant and does not require a lot of water. It prefers well-drained soils and should not be overwatered.

  • Fertilizer: Hong Jing Tian prefers poor soils and does not require much fertilizer. It can benefit from a light application of organic compost or well-rotted manure in the spring.

It's important to note that Hong Jing Tian can also be grown in other regions, but the plant may be less potent if it's not grown in its natural habitat with the optimal conditions. Also, the plant can be affected by the use of pesticides, pollution, and other environmental factors, which can affect the quality of the final product, so it is important to find and use pesticide-free and sulfur-free herbs. 

Hong Jing Tian Safety Precautions

Hong Jing Tian (Rhodiola rosea) is generally considered safe for most people when used in moderate amounts, but it does have some potential side effects and precautions to consider.

  • High doses of Hong Jing Tian can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, and insomnia.

  • People who are taking sedative or anti-anxiety medications should be careful when using Hong Jing Tian, as it may increase the risk of sedation or additive effects.

  • Hong Jing Tian should also be avoided by people who have bipolar disorder or manic depression as it can exacerbate these conditions.

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using Hong Jing Tian, as it may cause harm to the developing fetus or infant.

  • People who have bleeding disorders should be careful when using Hong Jing Tian, as it may increase the risk of bleeding.

  • Long-term use of high doses of Hong Jing Tian may also cause a condition called hypokalemia (low potassium levels) which can lead to muscle weakness and cramps, fatigue, and heart arrhythmias.

  • Hong Jing Tian should be used with caution in combination with other drugs, as it can interact with several medications, including blood thinners, antidepressants, and stimulants.

It is always recommended to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before taking any herbal supplements, including Hong Jing Tian. It's also important to note that the quality, purity, and potency of Hong Jing Tian can vary depending on the source and the way it's grown, processed, and stored, so it's important to buy it from a reputable source.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Hong Jing Tian, Very nice whole pieces

I had just started trying this as an adaptogen and find it takes a couple days
to work. Need to soak ground up root overnight in warm water. Dont boil it.
Definitely an amazing herb root for semi depression. Had interesting and
ordinary dreams rather then trapped and worried ones for first time in life.
Also acts kinda like caffiene in giving more energy and initiative, as well
as overworking. I could chain saw above my shoulder level which ordinarily I
dont have the strength to do sustainably!!! But the day after I could feel I had
damaged some of the cartilege in shoulder joints. so need to be careful !!
( I think it grows back OK.) It wasnt that muscles were sore,,, it was their attachment
or pivot point!! I have studied herbs for years and find it very interesting. As per
reading quite a bit about it, one should stop at 30 days or so and give body a months
rest. It affects the adrenals in a good way, but that only works if everything feeding
the adrenal glands in in good order and nutrition..
Thanks for your very good quality herbs! I have been a customer 25 years or so.


I'm currently in the process of tincturing my Rhodiola. I personally wish it was cut and sifted a bit smaller, but this is good too.

Julie Bergfeld
Smooth energy all day

I love using rhodiola in my morning routine to help endurance and overall resilience to stress.

Parker Shutey


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