Product: Agnus Castus
Latin Name: Vitex agnus-castus
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Other Names: Vitex, Chaste Tree, Chasteberry & Monk’s Pepper.
Description: Native to the Mediterranean and western Asia, agnus castus is a deciduous aromatic shrub reaching 3-5 metres in height. It has 5 to 7 lobed, palmate leaves which are cross-wise opposite. The flowers are tubular and occur in shades of violet, blue, pink and white, after the flowers fade they trun into dark peppercorn like fruits.
Brief History: The Latin name ‘Vitex’ is derived from the Latin word vieo meaning to weave or to tie up. Athenian women took part in a ceremony which went on for 8 days, this ‘Thesmophori’ was a fertility festival given to honour the goddess Demeter. The women decorated themselves with the flowers of agnus castus and placed the leaves in their beds to help preserve their chastity. Medieval monks used the herb to suppress their sexual urges as agnus castus was believed to have anaphrodisiac properties, hence the name Monk’s Pepper.
SUGGESTED USEThe leaves have a spicy aromatic aroma and can be used in pot pourri.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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