Time to Dump the Coffee?

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Why the heck would you want to quit drinking coffee?!?

I loooooove coffee, but I decided to stop drinking my daily espresso over a month ago because every cup just made me feel bad. After I drank coffee, my anxiety would spike, and it felt like doom was descending. Coffee made the emotional waves of PMS feel worse, and I wasn’t even more productive with it.

Since this was how I felt with coffee, quitting was really easy. Even though I felt more tired on some days, I still felt better without the anxiety and doom.

Do you relate? Here are our tips:

How do I know if quitting coffee will help me feel better?

It might be helpful for you to eliminate coffee if you are experiencing:

  • Anxiety after your coffee
  • Irritability
  • Crazy PMS
  • Painful or Irregular Periods
  • Hot Flashes
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • No Energy Without Coffee

Why would I want to stop drinking coffee?

Coffee messes with your hormones!

  • Spikes cortisol, your stress hormone.
  • Leaves you feeling exhausted without coffee, and still having trouble sleeping at night. In the end, coffee takes more energy than it gives.
  • Increases estrogen and lowers your thyroid hormones. (We encourage you to ask your doctor/practitioner about what these may look like over time.)
  • Increases inflammation. Hello, painful periods.

How do I stop drinking coffee?

First step: Eliminate your afternoon cup of caffeine and adjust to that feeling of finding energy elsewhere.

Popular method for elimination: Cut down amount of caffeine in morning by 75%, then 50%, etc. till you are at zero.

My method: Go cold turkey on a Saturday. Let myself take a nap when I want to. Drink cacao when I need an extra boost in front of my computer screen. Feel really proud of myself the whole time.

Hint: Drinking alcohol, or having other substances, at night can make it more difficult to feel awake the next day.

What else can I drink?

  • Mushrooms. Yes, they are all the rage right now, but they are really amazing for boosting energy and focus. Mushroom Harvest offers affordable, organic mushroom powder blends. I’ve learned to like that muddy herbal taste, so I drink these straight every morning.
  • An herbal coffee-substitute blend that will be stimulating. I love Rasa Koffee.
  • Water!
  • Whatever helps you feel good.

Is this forever?

We do not believe in rules!

While I intentionally did not drink any caffeine for a couple weeks, I am not 100% caffeine-free. I love tea, chai, and cacao, and they don’t make me feel bad.

If you stop drinking coffee, feel amazing, then want to drink it again after a while, you can. Now you know the difference, and you can give it up again.

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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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