The chaste tree is a large shrub with palmate leaves and clusters of small, purple flowers. The tiny, hard fruits are referred to as vitex berry or chaste berry. The plant is often associated with chastity, especially in ancient Greece. Our vitex powder is ground from organic Vitex agnus-castus fruits. Vitex berry powder can be used in infusions, tincturing, and encapsulation.
Vitex supports physical and emotional health during a woman's menstrual cycle and in the transition into menopause.*
The chaste tree is a small shrub with lance shaped leaves and purple flowers. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean and has since been cultivated in temperate climates around the world. Its peppery fruit has been used for over two thousand years; at least since the time of the Greek physician Dioscorides who recommended it to help the wives of soldiers remain chaste while their husbands were in battle. The vitex berry was used by both men and women in ancient Greece and Rome, and by monks during the Middle Ages in order to suppress sexual desire. Pliny the Elder noted that Athenian maidens would put the leaves under their beds during the festival of Thesmophoria to help preserve their chastity.
Whole dried fruits are usually used as a tincture, however, may be cracked and sprinkled on food, producing a slight pepper taste or as a tea infusion. Another common name for vitex is monk’s pepper. It belongs to the Verbenaceae plant family.