In ancient times it was considered an anaphrodisiac - the opposite of an aphrodisiac - hence its common name of the Chaste tree
. It's not a widely planted shrub but for me its value lies in the lovely display of fragrant flowers which should last well into autumn (and its foliage is aromatic too).
While no human studies have particularly examined the effects of Chaste tree
in endometriosis, the herb is widely used for its ability to regulate hormonal balance and improve the oestrogen-to-progesterone ratio, an imbalance that is implicated in endometriosis.
Five-leaved chaste tree
(ethanol), sweet sop (acetone), water pepper (acetone), banyan (ethanol), banyan (acetone), and crown flower (ethanol) extracts caused 100% mortality at 12 h after topical spray (Table 1; Fig.
Three of the most promising herbal supplements trending currently are cramp bark, ginkgo biloba, and chaste tree
Others include Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste tree
), Jatropha pandurifolia (Coral bush), Malvaviscus arboreus (Turkscap), Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Shoe flower), Lycium arabicum, Leucophyllum frutescens (Texas ranger) and Carissa grandiflora (Natal plum).
John's wort, curcuminoids from Curcuma longa (turmeric) in disease prevention and treatment, using standardized mixtures of paw paw extract (Asimina triloba) in cancer patients, clinical evidence for cranberry products preventing urinary tract infections in women, and chaste tree
extract in women's health.
Linda Woolven, author of The Smart Woman's Guide to PMS and Pain-Free Periods, is a keen advocate of the herb, chaste tree
berry (Agnus Castus).
Vitex agnus-castus L., commonly known as chaste tree
, chasteberry, or monk's pepper, is native to the Mediterranean region.
Some great trees to plant in our region and around your home are slippery elm, hawthorn, vitex aka chaste tree
, any of the fruit trees (see page 22 for tips on planting), butterfly bush to attract pollinators, and especially the dogwoods and hemlocks that are endangered.
Indole-3 Carbinol helps maintain healthy breast tissue by promoting proper estrogen metabolism, while flaxseed lignans (SDG) and vitex agnus (chaste tree
) help the body adjust to hormonal fluctuations.
River Farm Chaste Tree
: River Farm was George Washington's boyhood home until he inherited Mount Vernon from his brother at age 11.
Cimicifuga racemosa), chaste tree
berry (Vitex agnus-castus), garlic (Allium sativum), ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), hawthorn leaf with flower extract (Crataegus species), milk thistle (Silybum marianum), saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), St.