Chaste Tree

Botanical name: Vitex Agnus-castus   
Common name: Chasteberry, Abraham’s balm, Monk’s pepper
Part used: Fruit

Chaste tree is native to the Mediterranean region and is most famous for its alleged anti-aphrodisiac effect in men – in ancient times it was given to monks to ‘cool the heat of lust’ & aid their attempts to remain chaste.

More recently, Chaste tree has been investigated for its potential insect repellent properties – in a study of 70 herbal extracts it came out on top in its ability to ward off attacks by blood-sucking arthropods & it was shown to repel a variety of biting insects, including mosquitoes, for up to 6 hours. 

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