I feed Chasteberry to my horse with Equine Metabolic Syndrome, a/k/a Peripheral Cushings, even though it is not considered cushings
Well - lol lol My nose is pretty much "deaf, dumb, and blind" so I just went to the Chasteberry container and stuck my nose down in there
While it has a really different smell to it, I don't think it is so strong as knock you over.
From Spring until the weather cools down and he needs to start growing his coat (anywhere from mid-September to mid-October for where I live), I feed 1/8th measuring cup in the AM and half of that in the PM.
As the weather gets colder, that gradually gets cut back to a partial 1/8th measuring cup because I need his hair to grow. I bought a winter blanket for him anyway because he is now 25.
I mix his chasteberry in with his Triple Crown Senior, pelleted rice bran, arthritis meds and just enough water to dampen the "flighty" stuff so he doesn't blow it out of his feed pan.
The weeks we had temps and Feels Like over 100, he didn't want to eat at night. He also has hind gut ulcers so I had to be really careful with him.
I mixed everything in half cup of pelleted rice and a handful of carrots and apples that had been crushed in the blender.
I know full well carrots and apples are a no-no but this horse needed his supplements and a handful of mushed up carrots and apples every night for two weeks was going to do way less damage than him not getting his supplements. Which, nothing happened, he ate the crushed apples & carrots like any healthy horse
I wish I knew if your idea and my idea of "strong" are close to the same. What knocks some people over, others tolerate with not much more than a shrug. Chasteberry does not go bad but if the smell is excessively strong, I wonder if it was processed wrong or the berries were cured properly??
Do you have a health food store (besides that useless GNC) you could take the Chasteberry to and have them take a whiff of it??