Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) Essential Oil

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Vitex (Vitex agnus castus) Essential Oil

Product Description

Vitex (Vitex agnus castus) Essential Oil
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Plant description

Latin Name : Vitex agnus castus
English Name : Vitex
French Name : Gattilier
Family : Verbenaceae
Origin : Bulgaria, Italy, France

History and Origin

Vitex is a 3 to 5 metres high bush. At the end of the stems, the flowers are grouped and they form small purple, pink or withe corollas. The small dark brown fruits are the size of a grain of pepper. The whole plant has a peppery aroma and flavour. Vitex is found throughout the Mediterranean area and in Asia.

The name of the plant would come from its anaphrodisiac properties (not demonstrated scientifically). Agnus castus means "chaste lamb". About the Latin word vitex, it would come from vitilium, which means "basketwork". The tough and resistant branches of the plant were used to make wicker fences.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part : Fruits
Extraction : Steam distillation
Oil Characteristics : Pale yellow color. Its odour is spicy, acrid and peppery.
Properties : Endocrino-regulator, menstrual regulator, hormonal system balancing during menopause.
Indications : Premenstrual syndrome, mastalgia, fibroma, particular infertilities, painful spasms (caused by premenstrual syndrome), migraine, acne (caused by premenstrual syndrome).



Dried fruits are used as a substitute for pepper. Its taste is more sweet and spicy. Vitex can be in the Moroccan spice mix called ras el hanout.


The flowers are used in making perfumes.


  • Avoid in case of using hormonal treatments, pregnancy and breastfeeding.




Monoterpene: sabinene (27,80 %)

Terpene Oxide: 1,8-Cineole (25,71 %)

Sesquiterpenes: tr-β-farnesene (6,00 %), β-caryophyllene (5,08 %)

Documentation and References

  • MCVICAR, J., La passion des herbes aromatiques-culinaires-médicinales-cosmétiques et comment les cultiver, Guy Saint-Jean Éditeur.
  • FRANCHOMME, P., La sciences des huiles essentielles médicinales, Guy Trédaniel Éditeur. 
  • TEUSCHER, E., ANTON, R., LOBSTEIN, A., Plantes aromatiques – Épices, aromates, condiments et huiles essentielles, Éditions TEC & DOC.
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