Vitex berry essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and berries of a tree known botanically as Vitex agnus-castus (buy it here). It is also called chaste tree, chasteberry, Abraham's balm or Monk's pepper. This essential oil has an earthy, bitter-sweet, floral-herbaceous fragrance. It has analgesic, anaphrodisiac, anti-androgenic, anti-estrogenic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antinociceptive, antispasmodic, antitumoral, fungicidal, galactogogue and sedative therapeutic properties. Vitex berry has been proven to be a very effective treatment option for many women’s health issues.
1. Treat Premenstrual Syndrome
Blend 2 drops of vitex berry essential oil into 1 teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil (a 2% blend) to reduce PMS symptoms and cramps. It can also be used to treat Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMMD). Apply the blend topically to the lower abdomen directly over the ovaries once or twice each day. You can also apply the blend to the lower throat in the area of the thyroid, to the wrists and ankles and on the inner thighs. Experiment with locations to determine what works best for you. Ingesting 5 to 10 drops of vitex berry EO twice each day starting a week or two before your next expected menstrual period is also effective. It can take a few months to reach full effect.
**Do not use vitex berry essential oil if you are taking birth control pills, estrogen or are on hormone replacement therapy.**
2. Regulate the Menstrual Cycle
Use the 2% blend to help regulate your menstrual cycle. Apply it in the same way as recommended for PMS. You can also take 1 drop of vitex berry essential oil orally each day for this benefit.
3. Shrink Uterine Fibroid Tumors
Take 1 drop of vitex berry essential oil orally twice each day to shrink uterine fibroid tumors. You can also massage the 2% blend into your lower abdomen directly over your uterus to relieve pain and inflammation.
4. Get Relief from Menopause Symptoms
A daily application of 2% vitex berry/carrier oil blend over the ovaries relieves hot flashes and moodiness associated with menopause. You can also use vitex EO to relieve vaginal dryness that is so common in menopausal women. Mix up a 2% blend using Emu oil or coconut oil as the carrier oil and insert it vaginally. A really easy way to do this is to mix the vitex oil into virgin, non-fractionated coconut oil, divide it up into small 1/4- to 1/2-teaspoon blobs in an ice cube tray and put it in the refrigerator to solidify. After about 30 minutes, you can spoon the therapeutic suppositories out, put them in a small container and keep them in the refrigerator. Do not use fractionated coconut oil for this – it doesn’t solidify in the refrigerator.
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5. Treat Vaginal Yeast Infections
Use the vitex berry/coconut oil vaginal suppositories to treat vaginal yeast infections or Candida. Chasteberry has been clinically proven to be an effective treatment for eight different strains of Candida. Insert one of the suppositories at night before bed and one in the morning. Coconut oil has some wonderful Candida-fighting properties, too.
**Apply a small amount of a 2% vitex berry oil/carrier oil blend to an inconspicuous patch of skin. Wait at least a few hours to see if you get a reaction before you begin using it all over.**
6. Treat Endometriosis
Ingest 5 to 10 drops of vitex berry essential oil twice a day to treat endometriosis. You can also massage the 2% vitex berry/carrier oil blend into the abdominal area and lower back to reduce pain and inflammation.
7. Balance Hormones
Take vitex berry essential oil orally, practice aromatherapy or apply the 2% blend topically for natural hormone balance. Rub the 2% blend into your belly and throat.
8. Cool an Overactive Libido
Practice vitex berry, or chasteberry, EO aromatherapy several times a day, ingest 1 drop daily or apply the 2% blend topically to help cool off an overactive libido.
9. Increase Fertility
Use vitex berry essential oil to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Ingest 1 drop per day or apply the 2% blend to your lower abdominal area and throat.
**Stop using vitex berry as soon as you suspect you are pregnant. It should not be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding a baby.**
10. Reduce Hair Loss
Use the vitex berry essential oil in the same way as you would to balance your hormones to reduce hair loss.
11. Get Rid of Acne
Use vitex berry to get rid of acne by balancing your hormones.
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12. Treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Include vitex berry essential oil in your Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) treatment. Its anti-inflammatory and hormone-balancing therapeutic properties can improve the condition. Apply the 2% vitex berry/carrier oil blend to the abdomen over the ovaries once or twice each day. Vitex berry aromatherapy and 1 drop of vitex berry once or twice each day can also help.
**Chasteberry EO is safe to ingest; however, make sure you are taking high-quality oil that is approved for ingestion.**