Botanical Name: Vitex agnus castus
- English: Vitex.
- Also, known as: Renukaa, Harenukaa, Sambhaalu, Monk’s Pepper-tree, Hemp tree, Chaste tree, Abraham's balm, Lilac Chastetree, Agni Casti, Agnocasto, Agnolyt, Agnus-Castus, Agneau du Moine, Agneau-chaste, Agni Casti, Agnocasto, Agnolyt, Agnus-Castus, Arbre au Poivre, Chaste Tree, Chaste Tree Berry, Chasteberry, Chinese Vitex, Gattilier, Herbe au Poivre, Mang Jing Zi, Petit Poivre, Pimiento del Monje, Poivre de Moine, Poivre Sauvage, Vitex rotundifolia, Vitex trifolia, Viticis Fructus, Konopice, Mrine e bardhe, Kaf marim, Ghar bari azraq, Viteks, Mai ya, Kuisboom, Monnikenpeper, Arbre au poivre, Gattilier, Poivre des moines, Mönchspfeffer, Abrahamsstrauch, Keuschlamm, Barátcserje, Szűzbariska, Szűzfa, Agnocasto, Pepe di Venere, Avraamovo derevo, Viteks, Munkpeppar
Habitat: Mediterranean region.
Harvested: Wild or Cultivated
Parts Used: Whole Berry
Vitex agnus-castus tree is a shrub that is native to the Mediterranean and Central Asia. The shrub has long, finger-shaped leaves, blue-violet flowers, and dark purple berries. Its peppery fruit has been used for over two thousand years.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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