Supporting Your Yin

Our world is all go! go! go! and not enough slow, slow, slow

Our lives are stressful, and we are drained by society’s Yang-dominant energy that tells us to work hard and keep performing. This exhausts you, as your body loses Yin energy in an attempt to fight stress. When you find yourself short on Yin, the reflective, calm energy in your system; you can have trouble sleeping, feel anxious, and experience hot flashes and night sweats with (peri)menopause. 

Chica Chill helps bring your Yin back.

We say that Chica Chill helps, “nourish the heart and Yin,” but what does that mean? In this case, we are specifically considering Kidney Yin. The Kidney Yin is associated with your adrenals, which sit above your kidney, and produce the hormones that help your body respond to stress. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the connection between the Heart and the Kidney is what supports the adrenals, as well as your entire central nervous system.

Therefore, the more stressed you are, the harder your adrenals have to work, and thus the more your Kidney is depleted. The Kidney loses Yin during stress because it sends Yin up to the Heart to keep the Heart from overheating.

Low Yin and an overheating heart leads to anxiety, sometimes palpitations from anxiety, trouble sleeping, forgetfulness, and heat flashes. These symptoms listed above are common for people going through (peri)menopause. 

When you begin menopause, you have already been depleting your Yin from stress throughout your life, and then on top of that, your body stops producing both Yin and estrogen, a hormone that can help you feel energetic, when you begin menopause. That can be a difficult emotional transition, but herbs, such as those in Chica Chill, can help by providing the Yin nourishment your body is craving.

Chica Chill offers herbs, such as Rehmannia, that are considered cool, Yin plants, thus adding more Yin to your system. Plus, eating Chica Chill helps reset the Heart-Kidney connection, which means that Chica Chill can help relieve your entire central nervous system and give your adrenals the support they need. With this nourishment, you feel less tired and less anxious.

How else do we feel when we nourish our Yin? The herbs in Chica Chill help sharpen the mind as well! With the slower, reflective energy of Yin, you may enjoy improved memory and focus after enjoying Chill. This makes Chica Chill perfect for students studying for exams, or someone starting a stressful new job.

We all need a little Yin nourishment from time to time! Why not make it delicious?

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.