Chastetree / Chaste berry: A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information about chaste tree

V. agnus-castus is a member of the Lamiaceae family. The plant grows as a vase-shaped, deciduous shrub reaching 10-15 feet; or is trained as a single trunk tree reaching 20 feet in height. In USDA Zones 5-6— cold winter areas— it is more often grown as a 3-5 foot herbaceous perennial.

The plant's grayish-green leaves are aromatic, compound, palmate, with 5-7 lance-shaped leaflets. Each leaflet is up to 6 inches in length. The plant also features tiny fragrant flowers that are lavender to pale violet in color. These flowers appear in mid to late summer in loose panicles that are up to 12 inches in length.

common names & nomenclature
The latin name is derived from the Latin vieo which means "to weave" or "to tie up". This is a reference to the use of V. agnus-castus in basketry.

Also known as:
chaste tree, chaste berry, chasteberry, monk's pepper, cloister pepper, agnus castus, man jing zi, abraham’s balm

Chastetree, the chastity shrub
Chastetree / Chaste berry: Where in the World
habitat and range for chaste tree

V. agnus-castus is native to the Mediterranean region.

Chastetree / Chaste berry: Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting chaste tree

Chaste tree is widely cultivated in warm temperate and subtropical regions in full sun or part shade.

Grows best in a rich, well-drained soil.

Seeds are sown in March in a warm greenhouse without pre-treatment. Germination is usually free and quick.

Transplant out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and for their first winter grow them on in the greenhouse. Plant them out into their permanent locations in early summer of the following year.

Chaste tree can also be propagated by cuttings.

Harvest chaste berries in the fall and dry for later use.

Store the dried chaste berries and powdered dried chaste berries in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Chastetree / Chaste berry: The Rest of the Story
chaste tree history, folklore, literature & more

chaste tree for reproductive health
Chaste Tree is a plant that’s native to the Mediterranean region of the world. It’s been used for thousands of years to have an effect on hormones and has even been called “chaste berry” for its ability to help control sexual feelings. There are many stories of monks using it to fight their natural sex drive. For many years, chaste berry has been an herb that was used to help people remain chaste.

But modern research has shown that it does much more than keep people from acting on sexual urges. In fact, it can actually be a major benefit to your reproductive health.

If you’re dealing with hormonal imbalances that cause irregular periods and mood swings, you’ll find that chaste berry can help to straighten out the body by naturally regulating hormones. You’ll also find that your period will become more predictable. After childbirth, chaste berry can help also with breast milk production.

Like many solutions for hormonal issues chaste berry takes about 90 days to adjust hormonal balance. Chaste berry can be taken as a tincture daily in order to get the best benefit. When you continue this program for several months, you’ll find that gradually your hormones regulate.