Agnus castus | Vitex agnus castus

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Agnus castus

£3.50 50g           

Agnus castus (Vitex agnus castus)

Dried berries

Vitex agnus castus dried berries

Do not use if taking oral contraceptives, pregnant or breastfeeding.


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Vitex agnus-castus

Common names: Agnus Castus, Chaste Tree, Chasteberry, Abraham's balm, Lilac Chastetree, Monk's Pepper

Family: Verbenaceae

Parts used: Mature berries

Habitat: An aromatic deciduous shrub or small tree originally native to Southern Europe and West Asia in moist, well drained sunny places. Frost resistant, drought tender. Cultivated in gardens around the world.

Constituents: Iridoid glycosides including agnuside, aucubin, eurotoside. Flavonoids mainly casticin, also orientin, eupatorin, apigenin and others. Essential oil: monoterpenes, diterpenes and sesquiterpenes. Fatty acids including linoleic acid. Vitamin C and carotene.

Actions: Hormone Regulator, Galactagogue

History, folklore, taste and energetics: Monks were reported to use agnus castus berries as pepper (hence the old common name) to aid chastity and celibacy, though this is not a common use today. 

Traditional and current uses:

  • Irregular periods; used since ancient Greek times and with some modern evidence that this activity originates at the level of the pituitary gland. 
  • Some cases of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome: breast tenderness, emotional difficulty, fluid retention, bloating, headache.
  • High pro-lactin levels
  • Secondary amenorrhoea
  • Metrorrhagia
  • Infertility due to amenorrhoea or luteal phase insufficiency
  • Polymenorrhoea
  • To help regulate the mestrual cycle on cesation of the contraceptive pill
  • Menopausal symptoms including hot flushes and night sweats

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