Vitex Essential Oil
Vitex Essential Oil
COMMON NAME: Vitex or Chaste Tree
PARTS USED: Berry
EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam distilled
NOTE CLASSIFICATION: Middle
AROMA: Fresh with tenacious front notes that are dry and bitter. As the aroma evaporates, the notes turn soft, bittersweet, and floral, presenting a scent that is complex and quite lovely. Characteristic of dried vitex berries.
OVERVIEW: This powerful essential oil comes from the distilled fruits (berries) of the vitex or chaste tree. Native to the Mediterranean, uses for this perennial shrub have been mentioned throughout history and can be found in works by Pliny the Elder, Dioscorides, and in Homer’s The Iliad.
Vitex is considered a balancing herb for women. It can be included in a diffuser blend, or used topically. For topical use, it should always be diluted in a carrier at no more than 1%. Vitex is not typically used within perfumery, but can add interesting notes to a blend.
PACKAGING: 1/2 oz., 1 oz., and 2 oz. essential oils are packaged in amber glass bottles with drop reducers for easy application. Larger sizes are packaged in amber screw cap bottles and do not come with reducers or droppers.
CONSTITUENTS: Sabinene, 1,8-Cineole, α-Pinene, β-Carophyllene, Limonene, and trans-β-Farnesene.
BLENDS WELL WITH: Floral oils (such as rose, geranium, or lavender), clary sage, vetiver, oakwood, valerian, palo santo, amyris, Moroccan chamomile, elemi, and ho wood.
Oil Specific: Do not use while pregnant, nursing, or while using hormonal contraceptives.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.