Chaste Tree Vitex agnus-castus
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Chaste Tree
How to Use: Chaste Tree
Vitex neither represses sexual passion, as the ancient Greeks who gave it the name Agnus casus (chaste), believed, nor does it act as a true aphrodisiac. Vitex is a normalizing herb for the female reproductive system, a regulator of the hormonal balance of estrogen and progesterone. 1 This normalizing of hormones is what makes the herb valuable in treating painful and irregular menses, PMS, menopause and infertility. For chronic problems, it is most effective when taken over a prolonged period of time. 2
Vitex berry tinctures were also traditionally prescribed for pain and weakness in the limbs. 3
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Usually used as a tincture or as a tea infusion.
Chaste Tree Remedies
Chaste Tree Side Effects: None for most people. If you are using sex-related medications, taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy talk to your doctor as chaste tree influences the body's hormonal balance.
Chaste berry is a deciduous shrub native to the Mediterranean region with lance-like leaves and fragrant flowers. The gray or purple berries have a long history of treating menstrual disorders.
History and Traditions & Folklore
The Athenian matrons in the sacred rites of Ceres used to string their couches with the leaves of Chaste Tree, because of the seeds reputation for securing chastity.