Chaste tree berries are often used as a female tonic. They benefit both the body and the mind through their balancing and normalizing properties, and they're often used for support during change-of-life periods.
Chaste tree berries are the fully ripe, dark red fruits harvested in the fall.
To make a tea, pour a cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of chaste tree berries and let steep, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain.
Chaste's benefits are normalizing and balancing. Chaste tree berries are primarily a tonic for the female reproductive system; they're often used for monthly discomforts and through change-of-life periods.
Studied for its various actions for over 50 years, chaste is especially popular in Germany, where many herbal preparations using chaste tree are available.
Constituents of Note: The most important compounds in chaste tree berries are the iridoid glycosides, aucbin and agnoside, and flavonoids, including casticin, to which extracts are often standardized. Chaste tree berries also contain an essential oil (0.5 to 2%) and around 5% fatty acids, primarily alpha-linolenic acid.
Not to be used during pregnancy. May counteract the effects of birth control pills.