Did you know that the scientific name of the Chaste tree is Vitex agnus-castus? If you answered NO and want to learn the uses of this healing herb, continue reading on this post written by a herbalist near Ballarat and Bendigo.
The dried, ripe fruit of this herb has been used as an herbal medicine for women’s health for thousands of years. It has been used throughout Europe, including by the ancient Greeks. This herb has been a symbol of chastity and faithfulness; and has been used as a ward against evil.
Early physicians suggested that it was beneficial for supporting menstrual health. Specifically, for helping to prevent haemorrhages and aid in expelling the placenta after birth. The dried berries were also used by monks, who chewed the berries to decrease sexual desire. Others recommended the berries to the wives of soldiers, to help keep them chaste while they were away from their wives.
Energetics & Folklore
The berries of the Chaste tree are sweet and bitter, while it’s energetics are drying and warming. It is a powerful herb to support the womb. A great ally for women who may need help with infertility or other uterine conditions.
Both the branches and flowers of this bush have been used as decorations. Often used in marriage and fertility rituals or to symbolise chastity. Newlyweds would wear flower crowns of this herb to demonstrate their fidelity to one another.
Modern Uses of Chaste Tree
Chaste tree is used for a wide variety of purposes including:
- Support menstrual cycle problems, including pain, and menopause.
- Helping to normalise estrogen and progesterone.
- Helping with anxiety-related issues.
- Relieving symptoms of PMS, including cravings, bloating, constipation, irritability, breast pain/tenderness, migraines, and depressed mood.
- Helps to balance hormones once women stop taking the oral contraceptive pill.
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