In the Middle Ages they were intended to make it easier for nuns and monks to adhere to the vow of chastity, hence the name chaste mud or monk's pepper.
Native throughout the Mediterranean to Western Asia, preferring coastal areas or river and stream banks. The fruits come exclusively from wild growth. The main suppliers are Albania and Morocco. Used primarily for premenstrual complaints and irregular temporariness.
Essential oils (0.3–1.2 %) in variable composition, glycosides, diterpenes, flavonoids.
EFFECT & APPLICATION
As aqueous-alcoholic extracts of the crushed fruits as liquid or dry extract can help with irregular menstrual bleeding, with all forms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS): nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, headache, depression, insomnia. For tension in the breasts or severe menstrual cramps, also as a rub in skin-friendly ointments.
RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
If symptoms persist or become more severe, you should consult a doctor. Not to be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding or in breast cancer.
- Wichtl M.: Tea drugs and phytopharmaceuticals. 5. Edition, Stuttgart 2009