Chaste tree

The chaste tree

Agnycasto is a perennial plant with deciduous leaves, with a shrub character, which belongs to the Verbenaceae family and which is widespread in the humid areas of the Mediterranean. The adult plant manages to reach heights of about 4 meters. The stem is thin and with many branches. The foliage is webbed with lanceolate leaflets, a wrinkled surface with a dark green or greyish green color. The inflorescences are collected in apical panicles with a blue color. Flowering begins in spring and could last until the first cold in autumn. The fruits have a rounded shape, with a fleshy consistency, containing spherical seeds and with a dark color. The foliage is particularly aromatic and the flowers remarkably fragrant, making the plant very ornamental.

Chaste tree and menopause

Agnocasto is often used to treat the symptoms of menopause thanks to the properties of the active ingredients extracted from the plant. The ripe and dried fruits could also be used for the treatment of premenstrual symptoms and for female fertility to reduce some problems related to the cycle such as dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea. For premenstrual symptoms, the chaste tree is able to act on the production of prolactin, inhibiting it and therefore reducing the disorders. Agnocastus is able to balance the ratio between estrogen and progesterone, thus regularizing the ovulation cycle and improving the disorders caused by menopause. In fact, the problems related to menopause are due to the lack of estrogen production since monthly ovulation does not occur.

Cultivation of the chaste tree

Agnycasto is a rustic and particularly resistant plant that prefers to be planted in a very sunny position, although it could also develop in the presence of semi-shade. In the absence of light, however, the plant would not produce adequate blooms. The chaste tree does not suffer from harsh climate conditions. Plants grown outdoors do not require a lot of watering, in fact, rainwater may be sufficient, only in the hottest months you could irrigate when the soil is too dry. Fertilization should take place towards the end of winter using slow-release granular fertilizer or mature manure. Newly planted seedlings need more abundant irrigation to stimulate root growth.

Care of the chaste tree

The ideal soil for the cultivation of the chaste tree should be adequately drained, avoiding the establishment of dangerous stagnations of water. Gravel and silica sand should also be added to the growing medium. The soil, however, should not be too heavy and compact, to prevent the roots from suffering from a lack of ventilation. Pruning is a very important process for the chaste tree, in fact being a plant in which the flowering occurs on the new branches, it should be provided to stimulate its growth. Pruning should take place between February and March with a resolute removal of the branches, remembering to leave at least 2 buds on each branch. The chaste tree is a very resistant plant that is hardly affected by insects or diseases.

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