Vitex grows in a moderate climate, not where winters get below 10 degrees. Because it is a tree, you must also have room in your yard for it. It has beautiful flowers that attract butterflies and bees. It is a valuable plant for its beauty alone. But if your only reasons for purchasing a Vitex tree are for its beauty and its attraction to bees, grow lavender, which takes up far less room.
However, if you need Vitex for its ability to address reproductive and menses complaints, and you have the room, Vitex may be worth the space it will take in your yard.
Vitex is also called chasteberry. It comes from the dried fruit of a tree native to the Mediterranean and Central Asia areas.
Exactly how it works is still a mystery to researchers. But herbalists claim it supports the endocrine system, allowing the body to find a natural balance. They also claim it stimulates the pituitary gland that regulates progesterone and estrogen.
Vitex Berries have been used for:
- Painful and Irregular Periods
Since up to 75% of women suffer from PMS symptoms, which include backaches, cramps, fatigue and poor concentration, it make sense to search for a natural way to address these issues. One solution is Tincture of Vitex Berries. Use up to 40 drops daily.
Tincture of Vitex Berries
1 quart canning jar filled 1/3rd full with Vitex Berries
Fill jar with 100-proof vodka.
Attach rubberized lid and ring, and seal tightly.
Let sit for 6 weeks.
Strain, mash berries to get out all the liquid.
Pour liquid into darkened bottle(s), and cork or seal. Store in dark, cool, dry place. A closed cupboard works well.
Vitex Berries work on the endocrine system, regulating a woman’s estrogen, and decreasing high prolactin levels. High prolactin levels are linked to high fertility problems. For help with getting pregnant, a woman may take 60 to 90 drops of Tincture of Vitex Berries.
Caution: Once pregnancy is established, stop taking alcohol-based tinctures. Alcohol has proven to damage the fetus.
Painful and Irregular Periods
Vitex Berris help balance a woman’s hormone levels. Not only does it address the aches and discomfort prior to a period, but it helps reduce painful periods, and regulates the frequency. A woman may take up to 40 drops of Tincture of Vitex Berries to experience relief.
Menopausal symptoms can be from mild to severe, depending on the woman. Symptoms can include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Brittle nails
- A loss of libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swing
- Weight gain
There are a variety of herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms available. One that is increasingly popular is Vitex Berries. You can buy Vitex Berry capsules at your local health food store, or you can take up to 40 drops of Tincture of Vitex Berries.
Caring for your hormone levels throughout your life is important. I am not a women’s rights activist. Too much damage has been done to both men and women through the unreasonable actions of a few unthinking women. But I do know that historically women have been punished for bodily symptoms they cannot control. So take control of your needs. This is something that some men cannot understand.
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