Bio-Health herb garden – Agnus Castus
Our Herb Garden has flourished this year and, the Vitex Agnus-castus, (family: Verbenaceae) bush in particular, has benefited from the mild to hot climate conditions in Kent during 2014. In so doing, the plant has added a dash of purple colour to the corner it has inhabited since Bio-Health’s Medicinal Herb Garden was extended and replanted in 2006 to contain many of the plants that make the popular products we market.
At that time we included herb trees, shrubs and bushes we use in the manufacture of many of our herbal remedies. Production staff have found it fascinating to watch the growth and development of the plants they regularly use as ingredients in the products that fill our warehouse.
Agnus-castus’s natural habitat and cultivation is the Mediterranean region, Western Asia and sub-tropical regions around the world where the plant often becomes naturalized. It is the berries, referred to as the fruit, that are harvested when properly matured in the Autumn, then dried and powdered for use in the product we manufacture and so popular with our female customers.
In the excellent book called “Woman Medicine” by Simon Mills, the story of Agnus Castus throughout the ages and chronicled since the Ancient Greeks gives a full account of the history of the herb up to its’ latest clinical studies and acceptance as a Medicine associated with the female cycle.