Chasteberry (Vitex) – The Queen of Herbs for Menopause

The Queen Of Natural Remedies For Women of All Ages

Vitex Agnus Castis -- Photo Jacques Briant

Vitex Agnus Castis — Photo Jacques Briant

The Queen of Hearts could cure any ailment with her thunderous command, “Off with her head.”  I suppose at times, you wish you could just get menopause over with, but chasteberry seems like a much better remedy. Requires no clean up, either! The queen of herbs for menopause remedies, or just about anything that ails any woman at any stage of her life, vitex (AKA Agnus castus, chasteberry, and monk’s pepper) balances hormones by nourishing and supporting the endocrine system.

Vitex or Chaste Tree

Alice and the Mad HatterUsed throughout time by women, this beautiful blue Chaste Tree produces chasteberries.  The Mad Hatter would have invited you to his tea party where he served it up for tea, or you could ponder taking the red pill or the blue pill, like Alice, and finally take drops of Chasteberry tincture or extract.

Expert Herbalists Rave About Vitex

Although vitex won’t send you careening down the rabbit hole, Jessica Godina, an herbalist and acupuncturist explains that “it works by stimulating and normalizing the pituitary gland, which regulates the balance of estrogen and progesterone in the body.”

No Side Effects

According to Ms. Godino, vitex is a gentle herb with no side effects. None. Read her more extensive article here. She even tells you how to make your own extract.

But the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says there is a very small chance of gastrointestinal problems, acne-like rashes, and dizziness.

Do not take if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking birth control pills because it has not been scientifically proven as safe. Don’t want to take any chances. Side effects from taking vitex are generally mild and may include a rash, dizziness or gastrointestinal symptoms. Read more about possible side effects from NIH/NCCAM.

No Need to Go Through the Looking Glass to Find Chasteberries

You can buy chasteberries in bulk at Mountain Rose Herbs. Scroll down the list to find “Chaste Tree Berries, whole” or type it in the search box. Easy to find, unlike the White Rabbit.

The Benefits of Vitex

Vitex Agnus Castus Flower

Vitex Agnus Castus Flower

This does seem like the Queen of remedies for feminine health problems such as:

  • Female infertility
  • PMS, especially breast tenderness, cramping, and headaches
  • Acne, especially if it is related to the menstrual cycle
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Heavy menstruation
  • PMS
  • Menopausal symptoms: migraines, moodiness, depression, water retention.

Women’s Balance by Gaia Herbs

This supplement, Women’s Balance by Gaia Herbs, includes a perfect combination of herbs most beneficial to a menopausal woman: dandelion, black cohosh, vitex and others.

After using this fantastic gift of nature for a while, you may wind up with a grin on your face as large as that of the Cheshire Cat.  Let us know if it worked for you or go ask Alice, I think she’ll know…….