Wild Agnus Castus Infusion - Caddy Refill Pouch (100g)
Perfectly soothing for menstrual cycles and menopausal phases, our wild agnus castus berries have a distinct slightly peppery, fruity and earthy taste with a warming effect. They are handpicked 500m above sea level from the southern area of Meghri, one of the lowest areas in Armenia (near the border of Iran). Compared to standard agnus castus berries, our agnus castus is more pungent due to altitude, the fact it is wild grown and purer growing conditions.
The agnus castus, vitex or chaste berry tree is native to warm Mediterranean climes. The term ‘agnus’ comes from the Greek words ‘agnos‘ – innocent, lamb. Pedanius Dioscorides – a Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist who lived and worked in Rome during the time of Emperor Nero – described the chaste chastity as follows: “Agnos, the bush of the innocent lamb, known to the Romans as wild pepper, is a tree-like shrub that grows on rocky coasts”. It is called agnos because during the tesmophory (a feast in honour of the fertility goddess Demeter), chaste women used it as bedding, or because the drink from it inhibited sexual attraction. In Greek mythology, the chaste tree was a symbol of a virtuous marriage, because, under this shrub on the island of Samos, Hera (the goddess of women, marriage, family, and childbirth) was born. According to Greek historian Pliny the Elder, agnus castus berries strewn on the beds of soldiers’ wives were a testimony of the wives’ faithfulness whilst their husbands were at battle. Agnus castus berries have been used widely throughout Europe in general and in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and the herb has even appeared in Homer’s 6th century BC epic, The Iliad. Pliny also suggested that the agnus castus plant was medication to promote menstruation and Hippocrates too commented, “If blood flows from the womb, let the woman drink dark wine in which the leaves of the Vitex have been steeped.” Thankfully during the Middle Ages, monasteries, nuns and monks had access to the writings of ancient Mediterranean cultures about medicinal plants, which helped to preserve its uses.
Historically, agnus castus has been used in traditional medicine to treat hangovers, fevers and digestive issues, and was recognised to bring on menstruation and relieve cramps. At present, agnus castus berries are used in traditional medicine as a herbal remedy primarily for conditions of the female reproductive system which may stem from a luteal phase defect. This includes premenstrual syndrome (PMS), by treating hormone imbalances, namely acting on the pituitary gland to increase the luteinizing hormone, which in turn stimulates progesterone production, and also decreasing prolactin levels. Agnus castus is also important during menopause.
Our wild agnus castus berries are handpicked 500m above sea level from the southern area of Meghri, one of the lowest areas in Armenia (near the border of Iran). Compared to standard agnus castus berries, our agnus castus is more pungent due to altitude, the fact it is wild grown and purer growing conditions.
Agnus Castus may be drunk anytime during the day including after a meal, or just before bedtime to relax, but especially during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and menstruation.
Weight: makes approx. 45 cups
Ingredients: 100% Wild Agnus Castus Berry
Harvest Date: August – September 2019
Brewing Instructions: Use 2-3g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes
Infusions: One portion will give you at least two cups
Tasting Notes: Warming, earthy and delicately peppery
Please note the pouches are not airtight, and therefore once opened, your infusion should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and strong odours.
Please always consult a medical professional for any health concerns or questions on pregnancy.
Our herbal infusions are allergen-free, however, we cannot guarantee that our foragers and pickers have not come into any contact with any allergens whilst picking or processing.