Saying Goodbye

Dear Chica Community, After over five years, we have decided to close Chica. In the beginning of this summer, we paused production to reformulate the recipe of Chica. During this break, it became very clear that our personal life pursuits have grown away from Chica, and we no longer desire to run our small start-up. … Read more

Meet Chica’s Relaunch

Happy Spring! I am delighted to launch into this new Yang season with the premiere of Chica’s new product offering!  What Are the Changes to Chica? 🥺 Let’s get the bad news out of the way first… in March we phased out our truffles. I know this is the Chica that we have all known and loved. (We … Read more

What’s With Those Mood Swings Before Your Period? Our Herbalist Explains Your PMS Mood Changes.

Pictured: Marco Chung-Shu Lam in his acupuncture clinic in Boulder, Colorado. Do your moods start changing 7-14 days before your period? We know it can feel like a rollercoaster. While it’s difficult to avoid these hormonal mood changes entirely, you can help yourself feel better by knowing what’s coming and why.  Here, our consulting acupuncturist and herbalist, Marco Chung-Shu Lam, LAc, MSOM, will explain … Read more

Embracing the Darkness

Tips for Winter from Traditional Chinese Medicine As we approach the longest night of the year, we are sharing tips from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help you feel best through this dark time. 📝 Dedicate Time to Internal Reflection While Summer encourages us to spend late evenings gathering with friends, Winter finds us cozying up and … Read more

Meet Our Green-er Packaging!

The Chica boxes got a makeover! While they look similar in design, the biggest change is behind the scenes, in our carbon footprint. 👣🌱 We are now printing our boxes with a local supplier that gives Chica:♻️ Boxes made from recycled (and recyclable) paperboard.🚛 Smaller carbon footprint from decreased shipping distance (local even!).🎐 Wind-Powered and … Read more

How Mint Helps Your Period

The Chill One Chinese Name: Bo He / 薄荷 Mint cools the Liver to balance Yin and Yang in the Liver, and works to boost all the herbs in both Chica Align and Chica Glow. Stagnant Qi (life force energy) in your Liver generates excessive heat in your system, which contributes to symptoms like PMS … Read more

How White Atractylodes Help Your Period

The Peacekeeper Chinese Name: Bai Zhu / 白术 White actractylodes take care of the Spleen, an often undervalued organ that helps your body process emotional stress and stablilze mood. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Spleen system is considered your emotional digester. Therefore, a strong Spleen is considered essential for not feeling overwhelmed by emotions and … Read more

How Poria Helps Your Period

The Fun Guy Chinese Name: Fu Ling / 茯苓 Poria is celebrated in Traditional Chinese Medicine for soothing the nervous system. In Chica Align and Chica Glow, Poria drains dampness, an excess of moisture that the body collects in the wrong places and makes us feel heavy and fatigued (hello moodiness and bloating). Poria in … Read more

How Angelica Root Helps Your Period

The Coach Chinese Name: Dong Quai / 当归 Angelica root is so widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for supporting the reproductive system, that it is sometimes described as the “female ginseng.” Angelica is a central herb in the Chica Align and Chica Glow herbal formulas. Angelica root strengthens blood, which means it helps your … Read more

Poria

Fungus & Root

Scierotium Poriae Cocos / Fu Ling / 茯苓 Scierotium Pararadicis Poriae Cocos / Fu Shen / 茯神

Poria calms the heart and soothes nerves, helping with anxiety and insomnia. Additionally, Poria drains dampness, an excess of moisture that the body collects in the wrong places and makes us feel heavy and fatigued (hello moodiness).

Chinese Salvia

Root

Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae / Dan Shen / 丹參

Salvia root nourishes the blood and heart, and calms the spirit. Salvia works with Schisandra and Zizyphus in Chica Chill to help relieve insomnia.

Rehmannia

Root

Radix Rehmanniae Preparata / Sheng Di Huang / 熟地黄

Rehmannia root is your Yin nourisher, supporting calm and cold in your system. With its additional ability to help cool blood, increase fluids, and clear heart fire; Rehmannia is a star herb for soothing and preventing heat flashes.

Polygala / Thin-Leaf Milkwort

Root

Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae / Yuan Zhi / 元志

Polygala root nourishes the Heart, and helps soothe nerves and restlessness.

Schisandra / Chinese Magnolia

Berry

Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis / Wu Wei Zi / 五味子

Schisandra berry is famous for featuring all five flavors of Traditional Chinese Medicine: bitter, sweet, salty, sour, hot. This means that Schisandra is completely energetically balanced, promoting overall health and vitality. Schisandra helps relieve night sweats, insomnia, and hormonal imbalances. Schisandra is also rich in antioxidants that are thought to protect from free radicals and other toxins in the environment that may cause cellular damage. 

Platycodon / Balloon Flower

Root

Radix Platycodi / Jie Geng / 桔梗

Platycodon root is a neutral balancing herb, meaning it is not especially Yin or Yang. Platycodon is nourishing for the lungs, which in TCM, is the organ that supports Qi and fluid flow throughout the body.

Scrophularia / Figwort

Root

Radix Scrophulariae / Xuan Shen / 玄參

Scrophularia root nourishes Yin, drains fire, and cools the blood. Scrophularia is particularly soothing for irritability.

Ophiopogon / Dwarf Lilyturf

Tuber

Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici / Mai Men Dong / 麦门冬

Ophiopogon tuber works with Asparagus to nourish Yin and clear heat throughout the system. These plants also provide moisture and relieve restlessness.

Stemona

Root

Radix Stemonae / Bai Bu / 百部

Stemona root is a balancing herb in the Chica Chill formula. Stemona is nourishing for the lungs, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is the organ that supports Qi and fluid flow throughout the body.

Licorice

Root

Radix Glycyrrhizae / Gan Cao / 甘草

Licorice acts as a unifier, balancing the formula and amplifying the properties of the other herbs.

Zizyphus / Sour Jujube

Seed

Semen Zizyphi Spinosae / Suan Zao Ren / 酸枣仁

Zizyphus seed nourishes the heart and calms the spirit. Zizyphus helps relieve insomnia, irritability, and anxiety.

Ginseng

Root

Radix Ginseng / Ren Shen / 人参

Ginseng root, one of the most famous herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is known for its ability to strengthen Qi and support life vitality. Ginseng nourishes the Heart and calms the spirit, helping reduce anxiety and insomnia.

Acorus / Grassleaf Sweetflag

Rhizome

Rhizoma Acori Tatarinowii / Shi Chang Pu / 石菖蒲

Acorus helps relieve internal heat and is a favorite herb for reducing frequent insomnia.

Eucommia / Chinese Rubber Tree

Bark

Cortex Eucommiae Ulmoidis / Du Zhong / 杜仲

Eucommia bark balances the Chica Chill formula by offering Yang properties. Eucommia is also nourishing for the heart, and has been featured in research in Western medicine for its ability to help lower blood pressure.

Angelica / Dong Quai

Root

Radix Angelicae Sinensis / Dong Quai / 当归

Angelica root is sometimes described as the “female ginseng,” due to its fame for supporting a healthy and regular menstrual cycle. Angelica root strengthens blood and energizes circulation. In Chica Chill, Angelica root balances the herbal formula with its Yang properties.

Biota / Arborvitae

Seed

Semen Platycladi / Bai Zi Ren / 柏子仁

Biota seed benefits memory and promotes restful sleep by nourishing the heart and calming the spirit.

Chinese Asparagus

Tuber

Tuber Asparagi Cochinensis / Tian Men Dong / 天门冬

Asparagus root works with Ophiopogon to nourish Yin and clear heat throughout the system. These plants also provide moisture and relieve restlessness.

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