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The chaste tree is an aromatic bush that thrives in Greece and throughout the Mediterranean.
The name Vitex comes from the Romans and Agnus-castus comes from the Greek agnos castus, chaste, because the plant has, since those times, been associated with chastity. Pliny, the Greek natural historian (AD 23-79), wrote that the Greeks called it agnos because the "Athenian matrons, preserving their chastity at the Thesmophoria, strew their beds with its leaves." The Chaste tree also carries several "sacred" names which directly refers to its reputation as an an aphrodisiac. In ancient Greece, the tree was called agnos, which the early Christians confused both with a similar Greek term hagnos "chaste", and with Latin agnus "lamb", which is the Christian symbol of purity. Under the name agnus castus "chaste lamb", the plants was often used among Christian monks as a help against the evils of the many desires of the flesh. In Greek mythology the goddess Hera was born and nursed beneath a sacred chaste-tree on the island of Samos.
Hippocrates used it to treat edema and inflammation and to ease childbirth.
- Chaste Tree is rich in phyto-endorfins, the plant analogue of the human body b-endorfins.
- B-endorfins are secreted in a mood of happiness, providing a sense of euphoria.
- Topical application of phyto-endorphins moisturizes, firms and sooths the skin.
- The seeds and fruits are an aphrodisiac, galactogogue and sedative.
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