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 berry is obtained from a Mediterranean shrub also called Chaste Tree, Monk’s Pepper and Abraham's Balm. Although the plant was once used as material in basket weaving, use of its fruit is more widely known. The Latin name of the plant translates to mean “chaste,” which explains the origin of some of its common names.
Vitex berry is typically added to tea blends, but can also be used to produce syrups, infusions, tinctures and extracts.