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being an educated buyer, so
we created this list of questions
that we are asked the most.
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additional concerns or curiosities!
Which Chica is right for me?
We created our original Chica Chocolate to be for anyone with a period looking for a delicious way to support their body before and during through period. Chica Chocolate is a great place to start if you have a period.
Chica Glow is for you if you struggle with hormonal acne or headaches around your period. Chica Glow will provide all the same period loving benefits as our original Chica Chocolate.
Chica Chill is for anyone struggling with stress, although it is especially helpful if you are moving through the stages of menopause. The herbs in Chica Chill can help relieve hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping, anxiety, irritability, and forgetfulness.
If you have any hesitations around any of the herbs in Chica, we encourage you to check in with your consulting medical practitioner.
What do you mean by my "hormonal cycle"
Your hormonal cycle is how your hormone levels change over the course of your menstrual cycle. The term “menstrual cycle” refers the 4ish week during which your uterus prepares for pregnancy, ovulates, and sheds uterine lining into your panties. How you feel throughout this cycle is governed by the changes in three key hormones; estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. As these hormone levels rise and fall, you experience shifts in energy and mood. You can learn more here.
Ever heard the stereotype about people craving chocolate when they’re on their period? Well, there is a reason for that. First, chocolate literally makes you happy (endorphins, get at me!) second, the high magnesium content in dark chocolate does all kinds of good things for your body, including easing PMS symptoms in many people and increasing energy.*
We believe that eating delicious, sustainably sourced organic chocolate is simply a great way to improve your day.
What if my period isn’t predictable?
If you don’t know when you are going to start bleeding, or don’t bleed at the same time every month, it’s ok! Fortunately for you, nature has a built in cycle that you can follow, and you can start eating Chica Chocolate, or Glow, on either the full moon or new moon every month. The herbs in Chica Chocolate will help to regulate your cycle, though this may take longer than two periods with Chica Chocolate to notice.
How do Chica Chocolate and Chica Glow work?
Chica Chocolate and Chica Glow both target the source of your challenging periods by supporting the organs in your body, your liver and spleen, that are responsible for the balance and regulation of your hormones. Chica customers have reported improvements in mood swings, PMS, cramps, acne, and enjoy a more regular blood flow, all of which are markers of a healthier cycle.*
When will I notice a difference?
Many Chica Chocolate and Chica Glow customers see a positive difference in their period by the first month! However, every body is different, and it may take you a few cycles to notice changes. 93% of existing Chica customers experienced a better period after their second month eating Chica. We recommend you enjoy Chica consistently for at least three periods in a row.
Chica Chill is intended to help you feel better immediately, however it is very common for it to take a longer period of time to notice a difference with Chica Chill. The herbs in Chica Chill are nourishing your Yin, which is the water in your radiator that keeps you from overheating. If your Yin has been run dry by a stressful life, it will take longer for you to build your Yin back up. You can help Chica Chill work faster by incorporating Yin nourishing practices in your daily life; such as spending time outside, meditating, drinking more water (and less coffee), and finding your favorite way to relax.
Allow your body time to change, and enjoy delicious chocolate in the meantime.
When do I eat Chica?
If you are enjoying Chica Chocolate or Chica Glow, we recommend opening your bag of twelve Chica truffles 7-10 days before you start your bleeding, and eating two truffles a day for six days in a row. Using a period app is very helpful for tracking your cycle (we love Clue) and you can set a reminder on your app to let you know when to eat your Chica every month.
If you are eating Chica Chill, we recommend eating 1-2 Chill truffles anytime you need a moment of Chill. This can be during a hot flash, after a stressful event, or at the end of the day to help you unwind and sleep better.
Is Dong Quai bad for endometriosis?
Dong Quai is one herb in the Chica formula that is known to increase blood circulation. This increase has been considered bad for endometriosis, due to fear that this will cause the endometrial tissue to further spread and become aggravated. However, Dong Quai actually introduces fresh blood to your uterine system, allowing your body to naturally cleanse by removing excess tissue growth, healing tissue damage, and limiting the formation of scar tissue. Encouraging this circulation is considered to be supportive for reducing pain and inflammation for those with endometriosis.*
We have many customers with endometriosis who report a positive experience with Chica Chocolate. However, always listen to your own body, and stop eating Chica Chocolate immediately if you do not like how your body feels.
If you have any hesitations around any of the herbs in Chica, we encourage you to consult with your herbal or medical practitioner.
Can I eat Chica Chocolate if I don't have a period?
We see you, non-bleeders. We know Chica is delicious, and you can’t help yourself.
What if I am not bleeding due to birth control?
The herbs in Chica will help to nourish and support your underlying menstrual cycle, even while you are using a hormonal birth control that stops your bleeding. Eating Chica while on birth control can help your body to adjust back to its natural cycle more easily if you ever decide to stop using your hormonal birth control. Chica will not impact the effectiveness of your birth control.
What if I am menopausal?
Chica can be very supportive for your shifting system when you are peri-menopausal. If you are experiencing hot flashes or anxiety during peri-menopause, we recommend eating Chica Chill. If you are experiencing painful periods or irritability with peri-menopause, we recommend Chica Chocolate.
What if I am pregnant or nursing?
Chica Chocolate is not recommended for anyone currently pregnant due to the strong warming and blood invigorating herbs in our formula.
Chica Chill is not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing.
Please consult a licensed physician or practitioner if you are concerned about Chica’s effect on your health.
Can men eat Chica?
Short answer: Yes!
Anyone can enjoy Chica Chill and enjoy the benefits of soothing irritability, forgetfulness, trouble sleeping, and other manifestations of stress.
The herbs in Chica Chocolate help release Liver Qi stagnation, which can help relieve frequent frustration and mood swings.* However, if you are enjoying Chica Chocolate for your period, we recommend keeping Chica to yourself so that you can enjoy all those period-loving herbs your body craves.
Is there marijuana in Chica?
Nope. Nada. Zilch.