The Small but Mighty Berry for Women’s Wellness
Maybe you’re not sleeping as well as you used to. Maybe you started feeling cranky and stressed, but you can’t put a finger on any specific reason why. Maybe your period has gotten out of rhythm and is throwing your routine for a loop. Or maybe you’re being driven up the wall by hot flashes. Thankfully, you don’t have to just grit your teeth and deal with these irritating changes. Chaste tree berry, one of our favorite herbs for women’s wellness, is packed with compounds that support hormonal health, mood, effective rest, and more.
Chaste tree fruit has a long history of use, which means that it’s developed several regional names. You can expect to find information about this small but mighty ingredient under the names chaste tree fruit, chaste tree berry, chasteberry, vitex, and monk's pepper.
Why We Love Chaste Tree
- Chaste tree berry extract is rich in phytoestrogens (plant compounds that act like estrogen in the human body), making it a powerhouse of herbal help for the shifting hormones of women over 40 and in perimenopause. It’s great for hot flashes, night sweats, menstrual support, and more.
- At Wile, we care about the science behind women’s wellness, and chaste tree berry is widely accepted as an effective ingredient for hormonal and emotional care for perimenopausal women.
Mood enhancing - chaste tree berry is associated with relief from occasional anxiety and depressed mood.
Menstrual support - because chaste tree berry contains compounds that behave like estrogen, it can help regulate your period so it arrives on time. This, along with its ability to ease PMS-related breast pain, is a lifesaver because the only thing worse than sore period boobs is anxiously waiting around for your period to start, then getting the one-two punch of sore boobs.
Relieves night sweats and hot flashes - chaste tree berry has been clinically shown to decrease the severity of hot flashes and night sweats in perimenopausal and menopausal women.
Improved Sleep - there’s evidence that chaste tree berry can decrease insomnia and the sleepy sluggishness that follows the next day.
Soothes sore breasts - it is an effective aid in breast pain relief, especially during PMS, your period or perimenopausal weirdness.
Chaste tree berry has been associated with women’s health for centuries, and in Europe it was traditionally used to treat uterine cysts.
So, what’s with the puritanical-sounding name? This berry was a favorite of medieval monks who prayed that it would help them keep their vows. Fortunately for everyone except the monks, chaste tree-berry has no libido-decreasing effects.
Actually, this herb goes by many names: Vitex agnus-castus, vitex, chaste tree, chasteberry, Abraham's balm, and monk’s pepper.
About Chaste Trees
Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is a shrub native to South Asia and the Mediterranean that has pointed leaves and clusters of purple flowers.
The medicinal compounds are primarily found in the fruits and leaves.
Wile Products Featuring Chaste Tree Berry:
Things to Know About Chaste Tree Berry:
Because chaste tree berry can have hormonal effects, it’s best to avoid taking products with chaste tree berry if you have a hormonally-sensitive condition or are taking hormonal birth control.
Chaste tree berry is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding people.
Clinical Research on Chaste Tree Berry for Women 40+
- Vitex agnus-castus Extracts for Female Reproductive Disorders: A Systematic Review of Clinical Trials
This article is intended for informational purposes and is not intended to replace a one-on-one medical consultation with a professional. Wile, Inc researches and shares information and advice from our own research and advisors. We encourage every woman to research, ask questions and speak to a trusted health care professional to make her own best decisions.