The Chaste Tree, (Vitex agnus-castus) is a flowering plant of the Mediterranean known for its medicinal uses for women’s sexual problems. The chaste berry has been referred to in Greek and Latin medicinal history long time back. During that period, it was thought to be an aphrodisiac.  . Theophrastus too mentions it in his Enquiry into Plants. It derives its colloquial coinage from the Greek Goddess of the hearth, Hestia. Belonging to the family Verbenaceae, this plant has become increasingly popular for the sexual wellness of women.


It is an aesthetically appealing tree as well. Cultivated in the warm temperate sub tropical areas it grows to a height of about one to five meters. The delicate foliage attracts butterflies with its spikes of lavender flowers that bloom in summer. It requires the summer sun and well-drained soil. It is abundantly found on the southern shore of Long Island and East Coast of America. The leaves and berries are harvested and used as tonics and elixir.


Chaste berry extract is a very strong hormonal tonic for women. Though the exact effects of this herb is yet to be studied, it has been successfully used for menstrual and sexual problems in folk medicine as well as clinical studies. It stimulates the pituitary gland that regulates the balance of estrogen and progesterone in the body. This plant is reputed to work miracles for pre menstrual stress and irregular periods, as well as naturalizes ovulation.


Being made to believe that it is normal to experience PMS, most women don’t realize that and PMS along with all other symptoms are due to imbalance in hormones. In a normal cycle, estrogen is higher before ovulation and progesterone after. An imbalance in this cycle determines a woman’s sexual health. This herb helps the endocrine system regulate, so that the hormone balances are maintained.


It is possible to treat all the symptoms associated with menstruation with the aid of the chaste tree extract. It has successfully treated PMS, cramps, flooding, acne and breast tenderness. It also regularizes irregular periods and ovulation. Women on regular contraceptives can take this help to speed the process of regularizing ovulation. This property of the herb also helps enhance the chances of conception and also reduces the chances of miscarriage. Also, helps the new mother produce enough breast milk.


It is indispensable for menopausal women. Menopause being a prolonged process for most women, it helps ease the physical torment for this transition. The irregularity, depression and crankiness that stem from hormone eccentricities are tackled. It solves other problems like fibrocystic breasts or endometriosis.


Some people take chaste extract in the form of tea, some others, the alcohol extract. Since it is herb that works very slow, dosages are frequent and in generous quantities (30-40) drops, and generally periodically consumed for several years. However, it is always better to consume after consultation with an expert for your specific problem.


Woman's Best Friend - Chaste berry,  is a very useful herb and is indispensable for women who suffer from menstrual, sexual or post pregnancy problems.