Rhodiola Rosea is considered an adaptogen, which means it works primarily as an endurance booster. Many Westerners are much more familiar with another adaptogen called Siberian ginseng. Legend has it that the Vikings routinely consumed Rhodiola Rosea to boost their strength while on long campaigns. Eastern Europeans and Scandinavians also benefitted from the fatigue-fighting properties of Rhodiola Rosea. In some parts of the world, a bride was presented with a bouquet of Rhodiola to symbolize the arrival of new vitality and prosperity.