Vitex is a flowering shrub that is native to the Mediterranean region, where it once played a role in the product of baskets and other textiles. The berry or fruit of the plant earned a reputation of possessing the capability of making a monk all thoughts and impulses that would otherwise compromise the vow of celibacy. While the implied hormonal properties of Vitex indicate that the herb should not be used during pregnancy or where there is a history of a hormone-driven disorder, Vitex berry is commonly incorporated into tea blends. Powdered Vitex berry is usually encapsulated as a dietary supplement, although it can also be added to smoothies and other beverages.
Vitex, also known as Chasteberry and Chaste Tree, is a flowering shrub native to the Mediterranean region also grown as an ornamental in the Northeastern U.S.
The fruit of the plant has a long history of use in the preparation of tonics. Powdered chasteberry is usually encapsulated. Although considered safe, potential hormonal effects indicate that this herb should not be used during pregnancy.