You can take control of your hormonal cycles by including Inshanti’s vitex hydrosol in your treatment regimen. Vitex is a rare hydrosol of a very powerful plant that addresses hormonal imbalances. The hydrosol can be a gentler way to bring vitex benefits to your life, especially if you suffer from painful or irregular periods, severe hot flashes, or symptoms of PMS, such as cramps, anxiety, bloating, depression, irritability, headaches, and breast tenderness. Thought to work on the pituitary gland, vitex is often referred to as a “women’s” herb, balancing both estrogen and progesterone. It is often used for ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids.
Warning: Because of the herbs progesterone-like properties, it should not be taken by men. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or on birth control medicine or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) should avoid vitex.
Plant Parts: Ripe Berries, Leaves
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (was transferred from Verbenaceae to Lamiaceae in the 1990s)
Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and oxides
Country of Origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Collected from wild growth sources under organic growing and processing conditions; certified organic by IMO-Swiss AG (USDA National Organic Program standards)
Aroma: Floral, peppery, spicy and sweet with lemon-like, woody undertones; warm but fresh
Note Classification: Top
American Aromatherapist Barbara Chopin Lucks described many of the therpeutic properties reported by Vitex users in the article, “Vitex agnus-castus essential oil and menopausal balance: a self-care survey,” published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery in 2002. In 2003, the journal published Lucks’ follow-up research that supported the 2002 findings
Reported benefits of Vitex agnus-castus essential oil included:
Acne associated with hormones: Drink 1 liter of water with 1 tbsp of the hydrosol a week before and during your period.
Hot flashes: Spritz directly on face, wrists, and back of neck when hot flashes occur.
PMS: Drink 1 litre of water with 1 tbsp of the hydrosol a week before and during periods to prevent premenstrual syndrome.
CAUTION: Due to its potential effect on the hormones, pregnant women should avoid its use. No other known safety concerns.