Why we love Rhodiola Rosea for the brain……. Is Rhodiola Good for Anxiety? Rhodiola also known as Arctic root and golden root is an herb that balances stress hormones in the brain. Its extract can stimulate receptors in the brain that are associated with a happy, relaxed mood. Its roots are considered adaptogens, meaning they help your body adapt to stress when consumed. Rhodiola is also known as arctic root or golden root, and its scientific name is Rhodiola rosea. Its root contains more than 140 active ingredients, the two most potent of which are rosavin and salidroside.