Chaste Tree Berry
Botanical name: Vitex agnus-castus
Chaste Tree Berries

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Chaste Tree Berry

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Chaste berry is mostly used as a hormonal normaliser due to its effect on the pituitary gland. It has the reputation of being both an aphrodisiac and an anaphrodisiac, which demonstrates its ability to have the apparently opposite effect, depending on what is required by the body to bring balance. In women, it is used for PMS, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, menopause, to promote milk production and to rebalance hormones after oral contraceptive use. It has also been used for teenage acne (both sexes) as well as attention deficit and hyperactivity.

Preparation: 1 tsp/cup, steeped 10 minutes, 3 times daily.

David Hoffman (2003), Medical Herbalism, pp.595-96.
Matthew Wood (2008), The Earthwise Herbal, pp.523-526.