Vitex essential oil has a unique aroma emitting a complex collage of sweetness, mint and camphor. Our subjective experience is that women resonate to this novel aroma.
While not recommended internally, some women respond positively when Vitex essential oil is mixed with carrier oils – and other essential oils as seen fit – and gently dabbed on to wrists, ankles and pulse points on the body, or as a massage oil. Diffused, it sets forth an air of balanced wellness and focus. Some people diffuse it occasionally for natural sleep support.
This healthy essential oil is extracted from berries and leaves of the Chaste tree which grows in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world. The aerial parts, leaves and berries are steam distilled.
Botanical Name: Vitex agnus castus
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Leaf/Berry
Blends Well With: Clary Sage, Florals, and Woods
Aroma:Earthy, fresh, sweet, with Dill-like undertones
Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Shelf Life: 1-2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, muscle weakness, fluctuations in weight, changes in sex drive and thinning hair can all signal changes in hormone levels. If you suspect, that you’re experiencing hormonal imbalances, you may be wondering if essential oils like Vitex can help. Luckily, this multi-faceted oil is able to assist with symptoms of hormone imbalance such as joint pain and swelling, aches, soreness and headaches. To use Vitex for hormone balance, inhale it using an essential oil diffuser or apply it topically. For topical use, dilute Vitex to 1% by combining 6 drops essential oil and 1 oz carrier oil. Apply to pulse points, abdomen, back or behind the neck. As always, we recommend consulting with your doctor before using essential oils for medical issues.
- Vitex essential oil (Vitex agnus castus) offers several benefits that can support a holistic lifestyle. Diffused, it can improve sleep, heighten focus and act as a decongestant. Additionally, Vitex can balance PMS symptoms in women when inhaled. Applied topically, Vitex acts as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent. Its sweet and herbaceous aroma is also known to encourage positivity.
- Some believe that Vitex essential oil is harmful to men and should not be used by them at all. However, we have found little to no evidence of this in our research. Most studies involving Vitex do study its effects in women, but this does not mean that men cannot benefit from this oil as well. For example, Vitex oil’s ability to improve mood, reduce inflammation, enhance sleep and increase focus are all ways men can enjoy this healing essential oil as well. Please note that Vitex oil is not recommended for use by those pregnant and nursing and by children.
- It is currently unknown whether Vitex essential oil helps or harms fertility. Research and studies have proven mixed. One research study examined 43 studies on the effects of Vitex on male and female infertility and concluded that Vitex can improve fertility. A 2022 animal study looked at the effect of Vitex on the fertility, pregnancy and birth of its subjects. The study concluded with mixed results. Therefore, we recommend using Vitex with caution if planning to get pregnant. Note also that Vitex is not recommended to be used by those who are pregnant or nursing. For more information on essential oils and fertility, visit this article.
- Vitex has not been shown to increase estrogen, but it has been known to increase the activity of estrogen receptors in animal studies. This has been shown to support symptoms of menopause, such as absentmindedness. To use Vitex for menopause, dilute it to 2% by combining 12 drops with 1 oz carrier oil. Apply to pulse points, the abdomen and the back of the neck. Vitex can also be diffused by adding 10 drops to 100 ml of water in an essential oil diffuser. Alternatively, try Me-No-Pause essential oil blend.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
PMS: Add 6 drops Vitex, 6 drops Clary Sage and 6 drops Lavender to 1 oz of Fenugreek carrier oil. Have a partner massage onto back, hips and rub onto abdomen.
COOL SPRAY: Add 4 drops Vitex, 4 drops Spearmint and 4 drops Geranium to Polysorbate 20 (manufacturer’s recommended amount). Let sit, then add to 2 oz distilled water in a spray bottle. Mist onto skin. Shelf life: 1 week
FRUSTRATION: Diffuse Vitex using the Thera Lux diffuser, or add to a bowl of pink Himalayan salt and place next to your lounging area for natural diffusion.
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