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Monk's pepper (Vitex agnus-castus)


Monk pepper

Effect:

hormone-regulating, milk-inducing, calming


Areas of application:

Hormones, PMS, menopausal symptoms, breast tenderness before menstruation, increases milk flow in breastfeeding mothers, increases fertility, estrogen deficiency, menstrual cycle disorders, depressive moods, testicular and prostate inflammation


Plant parts used:

Seeds


Collection time:

October


To find:

In the Mediterranean region, mainly on river banks or stream beds near the sea.


Ingredients:

Essential oil (limonene), flavonoid glycosides (castican, onentin, isovitexin), iridoids (agnuside, aucubin), fatty acids, bitter substances


Other:

Monk's pepper belongs to the mint family and the shrub can grow between 4 and 6 meters high. The light brown, long-stemmed branches produce crosswise, opposite leaves that have tomentose hairs on the underside of the leaves. The flowers are small, consist of dense terminal inflorescences and are purple, blue, pink or white in color. The spherical to elongated fruit consists of a four-seeded pseudo-berry, which is surrounded by a cup-shaped calyx.


🛑 Attention: Do not take during pregnancy, as well as girls and breastfeeding women and women whose progression can be influenced by sex hormones, such as breast cancer and tumors of the pituitary gland.


In Greece and Turkey, chasteberry is an anti-demonic remedy that keeps evil influences away from home and yard.


In the Middle Ages, monk's pepper was used in monasteries for its drive-lowering properties.


In the kitchen it is used as a spice for meat and vegetable dishes. The usual daily amount is 30 to 40 mg.

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