How Honey Fried Licorice Root Helps Your Period

One of Chica‘s essential herbal ingredients is Honey Fried Licorice root.

Licorice root is offered either raw or honey fried in TCM. Licorice is a harmonizer, balancing the ways other herbs work together, which is incredibly important in TCM formulas, including the Chica herbal formula.

Raw Licorice Root v. Honey Fried Licorice Root

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the method by which herbs are cooked (if they are) is essential to defining the benefits of the plant. Nothing is isolated or purposeless in TCM. The process of cooking medicinal substances to influence their energy and taste is a technique that can be traced back to ancient TCM, and is done to increase effectiveness and specify what the cooked medicinal substance may treat.

Raw licorice root is not the correct form to use in the Chica formula because raw licorice is effective at clearing heat toxins and poisons, such as food poisoning (raw licorice root pills can be handy to have around for spells of diarrhea).

Honey fried licorice is, simply put, gentler, and tonifying for your body. An herb is tonifying when it balances energies in the body, which are interpreted in TCM as yin (cool, deficient) and yang (heat, excess), as well as the flow of qi (i.e., energy) in the body.

The Importance of Balance

A balanced system does not run too hot or too cold, and has no energy sitting stagnant. (Think about when food becomes stagnant in your gut and gives you painful constipation – stagnant energy can also have negative outcomes that we feel physically and emotionally). In addition to Honey Fried Licorice’s balancing properties, it is used in TCM for clearing excess heat associated with hormone imbalances, which helps increase circulation, release damaged tissue, and soothe inflammation.

The Story of Why Chica is Not 100% Vegan

One of our most frequent requests in the past was to remove the dairy from Chica Chocolate. We listened, and we now use an Organic Coconut Cream. Not only is Chica now available to more menstruators, it’s also more delicious. Win-Win! Thank you to everyone for speaking up! (PS – Following customer requests, we also made Chica soy-free and free of refined sugar!)

Now, the vegan note on Chica is accompanied with a **contains honey, and that is because we feel that including honey fried Licorice root is too important to change ur formula. We’re big fans of Honey Fried Licorice root for periods, and we hope you are too!


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


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.



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


Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae / Yuan Zhi / 元志

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

Schisandra / Chinese Magnolia


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


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


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 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.



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.



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


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.



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


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


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


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


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 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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