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Big Little Herbal Tips: Chaste tree berry

By Robin Bennett
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On August 19, 2020

Big Little Herbal Tips: Chaste tree berry

Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)

Also called Chaste tree berry, chasteberry, vitex, and monk's pepper.

In the Lamiaceae or mint family, this beautiful flowering shrub is a well-known herb for supporting a woman’s cycles. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has over 2,000 years of recorded use!

Vitex berries help stabilize irregular periods and balance female hormone production in all stages of womanhood and transitions of life. Vitex berries are generally used in small amounts as tinctures or tea and have been used to ease flooding and hot flashes in menopause, to stimulate milk in nursing mothers, and are typically used over time, rather than for immediate results. Contemporary Swiss herbalist Rinna Nissim also uses the leaves for their anti-spasmodic properties.

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Robin Bennett

Robin Bennett

Robin Rose Bennett is a writer, teacher, green witch, herbalist, and a wisewoman… one who loves the earth and gives voice to the healing wild food and medicine plants which surround us. She has been a practicing herbalism for over 30 years, based in New Jersey & NYC. Robin focuses on the spiritual and ecological lessons of plants and treatment of illness.