Chaste Tree Berries - Whole, Organic

Herbs: Chaste Tree Berries - Whole, Organically Grown

Botanical Name: Vitex agnus castus
Origin: Europe


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Chaste tree
by frankie on Mar 18, 2014

Is the Chaste tree the same as a Vitex tree?

Can you take this while nursing?
by C S on Mar 14, 2014

Hi, I was taking an herbal blend for PCOS prior to becoming pregnant - Chaste Tree Berries were one of the ingredients. I have a 15 month old who still nurses a few times a day. Would it be safe to take Chaste Tree berries in a tincture while nursing?

    Re: Can you take this while nursing?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 17, 2014

    Hello,
    From the research I have done it seems to be safe to take while nursing, however, start small and work up so that you will be able to tell any side effects. Chaste Tree Berry may cause some slight decline in milk production. If you have any further doubts I would recommend talking to your midwife or lactation consultant. Thanks!

Berries
by Denissee Velasco on Feb 24, 2014

Hello,
I just purchased half of pound of these. Im not too sure how to eat them? Do I prepare a tea or tincture, if I do any recipes available?

    Re: Berries
    by Bulk Herb Store on Feb 25, 2014

    Personally I would do a tincture as it is more potent and you don't need to consume as much as when taking it in tea form, however it can be taken in tea form if preferred. You can find instructions on how to make a tea and tincture on our "How-To" page. Thank you!

Chaste tree Berries
by Tammy on Feb 2, 2014

Would this help with weight loss from hormonal weight gain?

    Re: Chaste tree Berries
    by Bulk Herb Store on Feb 4, 2014

    Hello, the Chaste Tree Berries are going to help level your hormones and may in time help with weight loss as a effect of the hormones being leveled. Thanks!

Chaste berry tincture
by Shelley DeSimio on Sep 10, 2013

How would you recommend making a chaste berry tincture? Would you use the whole berries, or crush them? Also, how much should you take? I am taking 800 mg a day (capsules) for menstrual irregularity due to PCOS. Thanks!

    Re: Chaste berry tincture
    by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 12, 2013

    Hello,
    If your going to use the whole berries in a tincture, put just enough warm water over the berries to get them wet and let them sit until the berries are soft. Then you can make the tincture. But you can also crush them as well.

Stops Hot Flashes
by Susan Barber on Aug 29, 2013

I have tried taking chaste tree powder in capsules. Didn't do anything. Then I powdered the berries myself (a little bit at a time), put the fresh powder in capsules, and stored the caps in the FREEZER. Took 4 "00" caps per day. End of hot flashes. So my advice is, it has to be fresh. Since I could not use alcohol, I had to do it this way, but the tincture should work just as well, as long as the berries are very fresh.

Chaste berries whole
by Tina on Jul 5, 2013

Good afternoon,
I was wondering about the dosage you suggested. I ordered the whole berries from Bulk Herbs and I'm not sure how to gauge the mg.

If I were to crush/powder the whole berries in a seed mill, and use your capsule machine, how many mg would there be in one "00" capsule or one "0" capsule.

Thank you so much in return:)

Tina

    Re: Chaste berries whole
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jul 16, 2013

    Hello,
    Each "0" capsule will hold 400 mg - 800 mg or so (5,000 mg = 1 teaspoon), depending on the powder and whether or not you use a Tamper when filling the capsules. Heavy and dense powders, such as Bentonite clay, Kelp and Spirulina, will be closer to the 800 mg range in one "0" capsule. Light and fluffy powders, such as Slippery Elm and Eleuthero Root, will be closer to the 400 mg range in one "0" capsule. Of course, using a Tamper will drastically increase the amount that will fit into each capsule.
    Size "00" is about 50% larger than size "0" and is nearly the size of a quarter.
    Each "00" capsule will hold 550 mg - 1,100 mg or so (5,000 mg = 1 teaspoon).
    Thanks!

how to take this
by Jen on May 7, 2013

I'm glad you filled me in on what you're doing for yourself. I have similar situation. How do you take it and do you combine with other herbs?

    Re: how to take this
    by Bulk Herb Store on May 9, 2013

    I don't know how she was taking it but here are dosage options I found in The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook by James A. Duke Ph. D that may point you in the right direction:

    Two 560-milligram capsules twice a day, or try 30-0 milligrams of dried berries (or 20 milligrams of the fresh fruit), 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of a liquid extract, or 1/4-1 teaspoon of chasteberry tincture daily.

Credited as a hormone balancer
by Jackie on Mar 3, 2013

(Excerpt taken from "The Woman's Handbook of Healing Herbs" by Deb Soule: Also known as Vitex Agnus-Castus (from the Verbena family). [Chasteberries received their name because the berries were used as a food spice in monasteries throughout the Roman Empire to decrease the monks' sexual desires.....For women, vitex appears to replenish the body's life energy, or vitality, and increase feelings of exuberance.....It helps restore hormonal balance and regulate an irregular or short mentstrual cycle. Some herbalists report that the berries are most effective when taken consistently over three to six months or longer for easing premenstural and menopausal depression, anxiety, and mood swings, and for eliminating breast tenderness and water retention. The berries regulate the proper levels of progesterone and estrogen by affecting two pituitary hormones, FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), and LH (luteinizing hormone). Various uncomfortable symptoms such as depression, extreme irritability, breast tenderness, heavy bleeding, water retention, and acne can arise when estrogen levels are two high. Daily use of vitex berries over three to six months helps balance hormone levels and redue or eliminate these symptoms, unless other health problems are involved.... To learn more about Chasteberry, refer to a small booklet called "Vitex", written by herbalist and botanist Christopher Hobbs.]
~a personal note, I am taking this to try to balance my pituitary and thyroid hormones, and to naturally and more importantly, safely help raise my DHEA, which is a precursor to androstenedione and estrogen, testosterone hormones. Women need testosterone as well as men, but in much lower doses. Without proper levels of DHEA, it is impossible to have proper levels of estrogen and feel good. Good cholesterol, which comes from healthy exercise and diet and low stress, leads to pregnenolone, which leads to progesterone and 17-hydroxypregnenolone, the two hormones under pregnenolone that balance all the other hormones we need for our bodies to function well. If estrogen is high, our progesterone will be low. If our cortisol is high and our DHEA is low, most likely stress, sleep deprivation, overexertion, poor nutrition, and the like have taken a toll on us. Hormone replacement therapy is not the best solution. It is best to let our bodies heal, and let herbs and essential oils aid our bodies in their own natural healing processes. Interestingly, many of the hormonal imbalances and problems that occur in menopausal women of industrialized societies do not occur in more primitive cultures, where xenoestrogenic substances (petrochemicals and other environmental pollutants) and constant elevated stress) take their toll. Processed foods, sedintary lifestyles, lack of sleep, etc. can all take a serious toll that no pill can fix. I hope this information will be beneficial to those who are looking for a natural remedy for balancing their female hormones. Blessings.

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