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November 6, 2021

The Power of a Tea Break: Slow Down, Relax, and Focus with Cleanse & Co.

From Ancient China to the modern kitchen, tea has always played an important role in giving humans a moment away from everything else.

Among the stresses of general life – not to mention the added pressures of recent lockdowns – a cup of tea is often the perfect safety net to help us recentre ourselves. From humble black teas to rich herbal mixes like those from Melbourne brand Cleanse & Co., the world’s second most popular drink (aside from water) gives us a way to ensure we take time to ourselves.

Tea has a long history of being used in rituals that help us take time to be more thoughtful. After it first became popular to turn tea leaves into hot drinks in China about 1,500 years ago, famous Tang Dynasty writer and tea master Lu Yü wrote the first major text about the drink, called Classics of Tea. In it, he described the twenty-five pieces of equipment and utensils that he considered essential for brewing tea in a way that ‘highlight[ed] its philosophical and ceremonial potential’ – that’s a lot of steps! Tea ceremonies continue to play an important role in Chinese culture, and while both these rituals and those that have come to the West tend to be a little simpler that the traditions they were inherited from, tea still holds a power that helps you relax, think deeply, and refocus your energy.

Just the process of making tea is beneficial to our mental wellbeing, as it gives us a moment for respite and reflection. Compared to coffee, which many of us prepare with the press of a button, tea at the very least requires us to pause for a few minutes while it infuses and potentially for even longer if we’re preparing loose leaf tea in a strainer. In this time, we can focus on mindfulness, do a ‘body scan’ to check in with ourselves, or reflect calmly on what might be causing us stress, all while surrounded by the relaxing sound of bubbling water and the smells of the leaves and herbs.

Sit down, relax and embrace the space [that] tea creates.
HAYLEY, OWNER & DIRECTOR OF CLEANSE & CO.

Hayley, owner and director of Melbourne-based brand Cleanse & Co., enhances the energy inherent in tea by combining it with her work in alternative healing and crystals. After going through her own struggles with constantly hitting rock bottom, feeling disconnected and emotionally suppressed, Hayley found solace in a focus on connecting with nature and finding intention through self-care tools like tea, which she now shares with the world. Cleanse & Co.’s new Intention Loose-leaf tea range includes thirteen herbal teas inspired by everything that tea is capable of igniting within us, from Calming and Grounding to Manifesting and Self-Love. There are also tea accessories, including tea strainers anchored by a variety of crystals and mugs made entirely from quartz, which remind us of the importance of the whole tea making process when it comes to the healing experience of tea.


We at Casper Magazine want to encourage you to take a pause over some tea for yourselves, so we’re giving away some of our favourites from the Cleanse & Co. Intention range to our subscribers! One lucky winner has already been announced, but if you want to be in for the second and final draw next Friday, subscribe to become a Casper VIP – it’s free and you’ll be entered into all of our upcoming giveaways across November and December.

Whether it's your morning wake-up call, a break in the afternoon, or a way to calm yourself before bed, tea does wonders for encouraging our self-care. So go get that kettle boiling and enjoy a well-earned moment of rest and reflection.

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