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Originating from the Mediterranean, Vitex agnus-castus now thrives in moderate climates worldwide. Often known as the chaste tree, it derives its name from Greek mythology, which links the tree to purity and fidelity. For millennia, the Vitex berry has played a role in traditional European herbalism, especially for reproductive support. The dried fruit, also called chasteberry, can be prepared as an herbal tea, tincture, or crushed and sprinkled onto food to impart a peppery flavor.
Vitex offers support for both physical and emotional well-being during a woman's menstrual cycle and the transition into menopause.
Typically, whole dried fruits are employed for tinctures, though they can also be cracked and sprinkled on food, providing a mild peppery taste, or used as an infusion for tea. Another common moniker for Vitex is "monk's pepper," and it belongs to the Verbenaceae plant family.
Safety precautions: It is not advisable to use Vitex berry in conjunction with hormonal contraceptives. We strongly recommend consulting a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking any medications.