Chaste tree berry is a powerful remedy for balancing women’s hormones. Also known as Vitex, it helps with many menstrual disorders by stimulating progesterone and normalizing the estrogen cycle. Chaste tree berry have a stimulating effect on the pituitary gland which regulates hormone function. Thus the berries alleviate infertility, PMS and menopausal symptoms. They assist with controlling hot flashes, water retention, breast tenderness and low blood sugar which contributes to mood swings. Vitex is most effective when taken over a period of time which is why it’s most effective in tincture form. Tinctures that use chaste tree berry treat PMS and menopause problems.
Chaste tree berry is a wonderful asset to attract honeybees and create superb honey so here at the farm, we just planted a lovely chaste tree to provide shade close by our bee hive. Chaste trees can grow up to 20 feet. The trees like well-drained soil and full sun with occasional water so they are a good fit for a garden to provide shade as the tree grows quickly. The chaste berries are dark reddish, the size of peppercorns and are harvested in the fall.
Historically, Vitex had a reputation for calming sexual passions. The other name for the species is Monk’s Pepper because it was said to subdue desire. In actuality, Vitex is a normalizing herb which simply pacifies the existing hormonal condition and establishes the natural balance.
According to many herbalists, this is one of the most effective herbs for menstrual problems and has no side effects after extended use of this plant. So give chaste tree berry a try. It makes a good tea mixed with mint and honey.