HOW TO USE
Inhaler: Hot flashes and headaches may respond to the use of 12– 15 drops of vitex added to a blank inhaler, which provides a quick and convenient method of delivery.
Menstrual issues: Most essential oils experts–including medical herbalist Janina Sørensen and chemist and essential oils expert Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt–agree that Vitex is not an acute remedy; rather, its effects are cumulative and a notable effect, though it may happen quickly, often results only from four to six weeks of regular use; some suggest that it must be taken for a minimum of three menstrual cycles to evaluate its efficacy.
In his book, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, Schnaubelt wrote that one drop diluted in water can be ingested per day during the second half of the menstrual cycle to address premenstrual syndrome and perimenopausal issues without resulting in any noticeable adverse effects. The dose of one drop daily is equivalent to 1/25 of a milliliter, or about 35 milligrams).
Vitex oil, when diluted properly, can be applied in a whole-body, balancing massage or localized in problem areas such as sore breasts and on the abdomen, pelvis and back, at the site of menstrual cramps.
Skin care: Add a drop of vitex essential oil to a non-perfumed, non-oily skin care cream or a washing lotion or tonic and use daily to improve hormone-related skin conditions, such as acne.