Small fruits of the Vitex plant or Chase tree is known for treating the symptoms of infertility and PMS. The leaves, flowers, and berries of this plant may be consumed. The fluid extract of the Vitex plant is known to interact with hormones. These berries can be used for both male and female reproductive systems. The leaves can have the same effect. The use of the plant is recommended in Germany. The Vitex plant contains flavinoids, alkaloids, diterpenoids, and it is believed that these compounds have an effect on the pituitary gland which explains the effects on hormone levels. This plant is known to alleviate the symptoms of gynecological problems and is used as an alternative medicine. It can also be used as a natural insect repellent. It is recommended that this herb be avoided during pregnancy.
Vitex is a native to the Mediterranean. It is widely cultivated in subtropical regions. It is known for the aroma and it’s flowers. It grows in full sun and partial shade. It is a traditional plant in Africa because of it’s ability to improve nutrition, and support food security.
Willow bark extract is known as a remedy for aches and pains. The extract of willow bark contains salicin. It is used to make non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin. Willow bark extract can be used to treat osteoarthritis. In a study the patients were pain free when given dosages of willow bark extract. Willow trees produce a large amount of nectar that bees can make honey from. They are also grown for biofuel and to produce charcoal. They are an excellent wildlife habitat and are grown along rivers for the control of soil erosion.
As with using any herb for medicinal use, please seek the advice of a doctor first.