What Is Chasteberry & What Is It Used For?

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Chasteberries are found on the chaste tree, and they are usually used in teas to regulate hormones in women. Understand the uses of the chasteberry, which used to be given to monks to suppress sexual urges, with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on garden and lawn care.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about what is chasteberry and what is it used for? Now chasteberries are actually the berries off of the chaste tree and it is a tree that is found in India and all over through the Middle East and it has a long long history. It has been used for over 2500 years. Now they call it chasteberry or a monk's pepper because in Medieval times they believe that the monks, they would give them some chasteberry mixed in a tea and it would actually suppress their sexual urges and make them chaste so chasteberry is actually used to even out the hormones. So as women get older and their periods become irregular by taking medicines or a tea with chasteberry in it it will regulate the hormones and make more regular periods so it has a lot of uses. Also women after they have children it is believed that it suppress prolactin which actually will make the mother's milk so it is something that regulates the hormones so that women can breastfeed but there is actually no scientific studies to prove that and there is a lot of myths surrounding the chasteberry and it is known that you can overdose on it so I wouldn't just go out and get the berries and try it for yourself without consulting a doctor. But it does have a very interesting history and many medicinal uses.

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