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, Nirgundi, five-leaved chaste tree, or horseshoe vitex, or nisinda নিশিন্দা, Nurgundi, Niragundi
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 palmately compound leaves of Vitex agnus-castus are 3 to 4 inch in diameter and with 5-7 lacelike leaflets. The foliage is aromatic and ranges from grey-green to dark green above and lighter underneath. The shrub has long, finger-shaped leaves, blue-violet flowers, and dark purple berries. Flowers are quite attractive to butterflies. Fruits are a globose drupe. Each fruit has four cells that usually contain one seed per cell. Its peppery fruit has been used for over two thousand years.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
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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