Product: Agnus Castus Powder
Latin Name: Vitex agnus-castus
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Other Names: Agneau du Moine, Agneau-chaste, Agni Casti, Agnocasto, Agnolyt, Arbre au Poivre, Chaste Berry, Chaste Tree, Chaste Tree Berry, Chasteberry, Chastetree, Chinese Vitex, Gattilier, Herbe au Poivre, Mang Jing Zi, Monk's Pepper, Petit Poivre, Pimiento del Monje, Poivre de Moine, Poivre Sauvage, Vitex & Vitex Agnus Castus.
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 in shape and occur in shades of violet, blue, pink and white, after the flowers fade they turn into dark peppercorn like fruits. Our agnus castus powder is produced by grinding down the berries of Vitex agnus-castus into a fine powder.
Powdered agnus castus can be used to improve the mood of female horses, and is used in this way by veterinary herbalists. It can also be used as a pepper substitute in the kitchen, there have also been reports of agnus castus powder being added to insecticidal dusts and used sprinkled around plants in the garden to deter pests.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.