The chaste berry has long been used throughout history as a female tonic: improving menstruation, fertility, milk production, and menopausal symptoms. Modern scientific studies have backed up its use for menstrual complaints and menopausal symptoms.
Chaste tree is sometimes referred to as "monk's pepper", since it has been used by monks since medieval times to help relinquish any sexual desires.
Multiple human studies have backed up the use of chaste berry extracts for menstrual complaints. Human studies have also shown positive results for its use in menopause and for fertility. It may also aid in prostate health in men. Additional studies have shown insecticidal, repelling, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory activities. More research is needed. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Vitex agnus-castus
The chaste tree is a perennial deciduous aromatic plant growing up to 18 feet tall. Leaves are palmate, with 5-9 spiked lobes, long and thin, and dark green with a grey underside. Lilac flowers are in spike formation. The fruit is deep red that turns brown as it ripens, looking peppercorn-like. Branches and twigs are hairy and sticky to the touch.
Seeds are typically used. Steep 1/2 tsp of dried fruit in 1 cup of hot water for 7 minutes. Strain and drink. Adults can drink up to one cup a day. Avoid with certain health conditions; click on research tab to learn more.