- Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
- Oil Consistency: Thin
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Initial Aroma Strength: Medium
- Scent: Fresh with tenacious front notes that are dry and bitter. As the aroma evaporates, the notes turn soft, bittersweet, and floral.
Action: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antihistamine, antioxidant, sedative, anticonvulsive, hepatoprotective, antihyperglycemic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, insecticidal, insect repellent, antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, vermifuge, anti-allergenic.
Benefits, Indications: Extensively researched in Europe for its effects on Parkinson's Disease and other neurological disorders. With the actions listed above, it is an obvious choice for an anti-infectious oil for various bacterial and viral ailments.
Vitex is considered a balancing herb for women. It is very useful when too much estrogen is present in the body. It acts on the pituitary gland and harmonizes the endocrine system, helping to normalize progesterone levels bringing relief to painful periods and PMS and menopause symptoms such as cramping, hormonal headaches, depression, breast swelling, hot flashes and night sweats. Vitex also calms the nerves, helps spasms, relieves pain and relaxes the liver, intestines and uterus. It is also known for its decongestant and stimulant benefits.
Chemical Constituents: Guaiene; guaia-3,7-dienecaryophyllene epoxide; ethyl-hexadecenoate; α-selinene; germacren-4-ol; caryophyllene epoxide; (E)-nerolidol; β-selinene; α-cedrene; germacrene D; hexadecanoic acid; p-cymene and valencene.
Precautions: Should be used with caution with the concurrent use of psychotropic drugs, including analgesics, sedatives, antidepressants, anticonvulsants and antipsychotics. Vitex negundo Linn. is quite similar botanically to the better studied Vitex agnus castus, and thus may have a similar range of contraindications, including the concurrent use of progesterogenic drugs and hormone replacement therapies.
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