Why did I decided to do Purearth’s Medicinal Cleanse?
My main reason for doing a cleanse was because I had been feeling nauseous every morning for almost a whole year and I was so fed up of it. I have done two juice cleanses in that time and I felt better for a few weeks after each. My nausea was really bad on a recent trip and I spent a whole morning unable to get out of bed, then it was horrible in the days after I returned home and it was making me unhappy, so I thought it was time to do another cleanse.
I picked Purearth because I had received an email from their agent a few months before. At the time of the email I had said that I would work with the brand for a small fee, but since they are a start-up company, they didn’t have a budget for paying bloggers and so nothing came of it. At the time I had looked on the Purearth website and thought that their range of kerfir, juice and nut mylk looked very tempting, and I loved that their products were organic and made fresh for each order. I felt that Purearth made good quality drinks and fit with the ethos of Healthy & Psyched, but since I am trying to make more money from my blog, I had decided not to work with them at that time.
Fast forward a few weeks and I had changed my mind because I wanted to do a cleanse. So I contacted the agent about the Medicinal Cleanse and we arranged that I could have a 30% discount in exchange for this review. I did look at a few other companies, but stuck with Purearth because I was interested to see if the kerfir, which has live probiotics in, would help my situation more long term than the traditional juice cleanses had.
Before the Purearth cleanse
Before my cleanse I was emailed a preparation guide, which suggested that I cut down on caffeine, alcohol, meat and processed food and increase my intake of vegetables and water. I also received a .pdf detailing what I could expect during the cleanse and what to eat afterwards with an example menu. Most people doing a cleanse would likely want to gain the maximum benefits, so I think it is great that Purearth provide this information. Although, they did make a long list of claims about the benefits and I’m not sure if they are all supported with clinical evidence, it seems hard to believe that you could lower your blood pressure after a 3 day cleanse.
Pureearth Medicinal Cleanse Review
I was really pleased that the delivery guy came at 8.15am! This was great service and I was so excited to unpack the bottles, take some photos and try my first juice!
In the delivery I only seemed to have juice for 2 days, which made me quite confused because I was sure that I had ordered the Purearth’s 3 day Medicinal Cleanse. Also, I had a ‘hot shot’ included in my order, which contained cayenne pepper and I had stated on my order form that I can’t eat capsicum/peppers. I had thought that I might have been able to choose which shot I received, since there are several shown on the webpage, but I was never asked.
I emailed Purearth and they got back to me the same day to explain that I would receive another delivery the next day and they were sorry that the person who packed my order didn’t realise that cayenne was a capsicum and I couldn’t drink it. Luckily I was working from home that week so would be in to receive the second delivery of drinks and they gave me some extra shots to apologise.
What did I think of the juices, nut mylks and kerfir?
The morning green juice did taste fairly ‘green’, but had a good level of sweetness (i.e. sweet enough but not too sweet that you think you’re just drinking sugar), which meant it was very pleasant to drink. This juice had cucumber, spinach, chard, apple, kale, fennel, lemon and parsley and I could imagine that it was doing my body good to drink the juice from these fruit and veggies.
I did try a sip of the ‘hot shot’ with capsicum in, but it burnt my mouth and definitely wasn’t one for me! The replacement shots that I received were turmeric and ginger and a berry one. These were also quite fiery, but I decided to water them down a little bit with my morning juice so that I could drink them easier.
I was also sent some Mini Mighty Me shots. These are aimed for children and were really yummy. They were a blend of dragon fruit and apple juice with sea buckthorn and charcoal. They were very sweet and I liked the slightly grainy texture of the charcoal in there.
The next drinks on the menu were two nut mylks scheduled at 1pm and 3pm. However, the guide stated that the timings were only suggestions and you could have them at another time, so I had a drink earlier. Somehow I ended up with an extra green juice and kerfir in my order, so I had these at 11am on the first two days to refuel after a short run.
The Chocolate Mylk was scheduled for the afternoon and was my favourite of all the drinks. It contained brazil nuts, dates, cacao powder and vanilla. The ingredients had separated as it stood in the fridge and I found it hard to mix them back together by shaking it, so instead I decided to blend it with ice and extra spices (e.g. cinnamon and nut meg). I ate it with a spoon and it was delicious and indulgent. Honestly, it tasted like a chocolate milkshake and I didn’t feel like I was on a Cleanse at all! Also, when eaten in this way it made a big portion and I was satisfied after eating it.
The Golden Nut Mylk had almonds, turmeric, honey and vanilla. Like the chocolate mylk it had separated with it was in the fridge and I decided to blend that with ice to make a milkshake.
The final juice of the day was called ‘Evening Purify ’and contained, cucumber, spinach, chard, apple, fennel and ginger. It tasted slightly green and I could taste the aniseed flavour from the fennel. The person making the juice had taken out the cayenne pepper that is usually in this recipe, which I think was very good service. I know that when I have enquired about juice cleanses before the companies have standard juices that you can’t alter the ingredients, so Pureath is great because it is a lot more flexible in this respect.
I received a bottle of kerfir with aloe vera and lemon, which I decied to drink the day after the cleanse. It was mild tasting, refreshing and had a gentle fizz.
This cleanse included some organic herbal tea bags, medicinal mushroom powders to make hot drinks, superfood green powder to add to water, and Epsom bath salts with lavender, which I thought was a nice touch.
How did I feel during the cleanse?
I felt pretty energised during the day, but relaxed and sleepy when it came time to drink my juice in the evening. My nausea in the morning had mostly disappeared while I was on the cleanse, which I was very happy about. I didn’t have any bad symptoms from the cleanse (e.g. a headache or feeling irritable) and I didn’t experience hiccups like on my first cleanse.
I never felt bite-your-arm-off hungry during the cleanse, but when I felt a bit hungry between juices I had a herbal tea, one of the mushroom powder hot drinks or had some of the juice a bit earlier than planned.
I don’t know why but I kept thinking about how much I wanted a bowl of porridge and I thought about giving up on the cleanse a few times. But I was actually really enjoying the juice and my craving wasn’t that strong to make me act on it, so I did complete the 3 days (apart from eating a few homemade sweet potato wedges, which my boyfriend had left for me).
After effects from the Purearth Medicinal Cleanse
I didn’t follow the meal plan of what to eat following the cleanse, although I did try and stick to lighter meals. I don’t think I experienced any weight loss and my nausea in the morning came back pretty much straight away, which was disappointing. To be honest though, the Purearth cleanse doesn’t claim to stop that and I was just trying it because juice cleanses have made me feel better in the past.
More thoughts on Purearth Medicinal Cleanse
I love the glass bottles and brown paper labels. They look so chic and I can re-use the bottles for when I make juice or nut mylk myself. Also, it’s great that the packaging is recyclable, but I had no idea what to do with the inner packaging that was made from sheep’s wool. I ended up leaving the box and packaging on the kitchen floor for a few days, and then it started to smell! So I put the cardboard in the recycling bin and ended up putting the inner bit in the normal rubbish bin!
Overall, I think that the drinks were very delicious and although it is quite pricey to do this cleanse, you are getting premium quality products and support through your cleanse. I have done a really cheap (like £60) juice cleanse and the juices I received tasted like pure sugar and weren’t organic. So I really think that you get what you pay for when it comes to something like this. If I had the money I would certainly purchase more juice, nut milk and kerfir from Purearth to add to my daily diet, but I’m not sure if I would try the cleanse again because it didn’t give me the specific result that I was looking for.
Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? How did you find it?