7 Natural Enema Solutions You Can Use at Home

November 4, 2012 by Michelle | Filed under Cleansing and Detox, Digestive Care, Health, Natural Remedies.

There are many enema solutions that one can use for colon cleansing and maintaining colon health. Below are the 7 most common and effective home made solutions that you can safely use at home. For more enema solutions, see the page on herbal enemas.

** Important ** Before administering any type of enema be sure to read the necessary preparations and precautions mentioned in “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Giving Yourself an Enema and Were Afraid to Ask”. There you will find information about how to administer an enema safely and effectively. This article gives only information on specific solutions and includes the recipe for each type of enema.

Remember to use only filtered, chlorine-free water in your solutions and heat the enema solution to a comfortable temperature (between 37-40 deg C or 98 and 104 degrees F).

Note that the recipes below are in litres, if you measure by quarts then use 1 quart of water for each litre. A litre is 1000ml and a quart is 946ml, the difference is negligible.

Natural Enema Solutions:

1. Acidophilus Enema

This simple enema will give a gentle cleansing of the colon and also replenish beneficial bacteria. When the live culture is administered directly into the colon there is a better chance for survival and propagation of the beneficial bacteria than when it is taken orally.

A yoghurt or acidophilus enema is very helpful for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, constipation, hemorrhoids or colon cancer.

Because regular enema usage can deplete the population of beneficial bacteria in the colon, if you take regular enemas, it is a good idea to use an acidophilus enema from time to time. Either follow your regular enema with a small acidophilus enema, or substitute your regular enema with an acidophilus enema once in a while.

Acidophilus Enema Recipe:

  •  4 Tbsp. probiotic yoghurt  or  4-5 capsules dry acidophilus (break open the capsules)  or  1 tsp. Powdered acidophilus
  • 2 litres warm filtered water

Stir the yoghurt or acidophilus into the water. Administer and retain the enema for a minimum of 10 minutes to allow the beneficial bacteria to get deeper into the intestine.

2. Coffee Enema

While it might seem a little strange to inject your morning brew into your colon, the coffee enema is famed for it’s detoxification effects. The palmitates in coffee (kahweol and cafestol) enhance the action of glutathione S-transferase, a family of enzymes which play an important role in the bodies detoxification process.

Coffee administered via enema does not go through the digestive system, and will not effect the body the same way as drinking coffee does. When coffee is administered rectally the hepatic portal veins carry the caffeine directly to the liver.

Coffee contains caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline, substances which cause a dilation of the blood vessels and encourage the flow of bile. Bile is the means through which the liver eliminates stored toxins. Usually bile (including toxic bile) is reabsorbed 9-10 times by the intestinal walls before it is eliminated in the stool. By taking a coffee enema, which also flushes the contents of the colon, one can ensure the elimination of toxic bile from the system.

The coffee enema is one of the most famous types of enema. It has become well known due to its promising effects in alternative cancer treatment. The coffee enema was used extensively in the 1940’s, by Dr. Max Gerson, in the treatment plan of his cancer patients. There has been more recent research on the use of coffee enemas in cancer treatment through the work of Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez. Some of the coffee enema’s fame can also be attributed to the 1930’s Actress Mae West, who attributed her healthy and youthful appearance to her enema regime. Nowadays coffee enemas have become popular by those wishing to maintain a good state of heath by assisting the bodies detoxification process.

Coffee Enema Recipe:

  • 3 Tbsp organic coffee
  • 1 litre filtered water

Add the coffee to the water and boil for 3 minutes, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool the mixture to the appropriate temperature, filter and administer. Retain the enema for 12-15 minutes.

Cautions and Considerations:

  • To ensure the most thorough cleansing you may want to perform another enema 4-6 hours later. This will remove more of the bile that was released into the small intestine, as there may be some left over which was not eliminated in the first enema.
  • The coffee administered via enema goes directly to the liver and so do any chemicals that were used in the cultivation of that coffee. To lessen the toxic load, use only organically grown coffee in your enema.
  • Although the coffee administered via an enema is not absorbed in the same way as when one drinks coffee, it is not advisable to administer a coffee enema in the evening, as some individuals can still experience side effects of caffeine. Those with a sensitivity to caffeine should not take a coffee enema.
  • Do not use coffee enemas for more than 4-6 weeks. Regular usage of coffee enemas can deplete the body’s stores of iron as well as other vitamins and minerals.

3. Epsom Salt Enema

Epsom salts are available in most pharmacies and can also be found under the name magnesium sulfate. Epsom salts are commonly used in baths for relief of muscle aches and pains, but are often taken internally for relief from constipation. The high concentration of magnesium in epsom salts causes a relaxation of the smooth muscles of the intestinal tract and promotes elimination of the colon’s contents.

Using epsom salts in an enema is a faster and safer way to achieve effects than when taking the salts orally. An epsom salt solution will increase the amount of water in the intestine because it draws water into the colon. This results in a more thorough cleansing of the intestinal tract. An epsom salt enema is a good solution to use when suffering from stubborn constipation.

Epsom Salt Enema Recipe:

  • 4 Tbsp epsom salts
  • 2 litres warm filtered water

Add the epsom salts to warm water and mix well until all salts are dissolved. Administer the solution and retain for a comfortable amount of time.

Cautions and Considerations:

  • Do not administer an epsom salt enema if you have stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting.
  • One tablespoon of epsom salts contains approximately 35grams of magnesium sulfate. This is a a lot! The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is around 300-400 milligrams. Excessive or improper use of epsom salts can result in hypermagnesemia, a condition which can lead to death. These cases are extremely rare and such dangers are usually related to the oral ingestion of epsom salts. Still, the risk of toxicity must be noted as some absorption of magnesium sulfate can occur while retaining the salts in the colon.

4. Lemon Juice Enema

Lemon juice is a good cleansing enema which rids the colon of excess feces and helps to balance the pH levels in the colon. Relief from the discomfort and pain associated with colitis may be achieved by taking a lemon juice enema once per week.

When used on a weekly basis, a lemon juice enema can provide relief from chronic constipation. A lemon juice enema is more effective at cleansing the colon than a plain or salt water enema, but generally not as comfortable to hold due to the nature of the lemon juice.

Lemon Juice Enema Recipe:

  •  2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (the juice of about 3 lemons)
  • 2 litres warm filtered water

Squeeze the juice from the lemons, filter and mix with 2 litres of warm water. Administer and retain for a comfortable length of time.


  • A lemon juice solution is mildly irritating to the intestinal lining and may cause more cramping than other enema solutions. If you have a sensitive tract, you may want to use less lemon juice in your first enema to see how you react before using the full strength of this recipe.

5. Milk and Molasses Enema (M+M)

A milk and molasses enema is an efficient way of ridding the colon of excess fecal matter. This old school remedy was actually used in nursing until it was replaced by more convenient pre-made formulas.

A milk and molasses enema may produce “explosive” results, but this will vary from person to person depending on the concentration of bacteria in the colon. The high sugar content of this enema rapidly feeds the bacteria. The bacteria in the colon create gas as they metabolize the sugars present in the milk and molasses solution. This gas helps the enema to move further up the colon. Also, the high concentration of sugars in this solution creates and osmotic gradient which draws water into the colon, increasing it’s cleansing potential. The evacuation produced from a milk and molasses enema will generally be large and thorough, but this also depends on the amount of matter in ones colon.

The milk and molasses enema is very effective because it is formulated to stimulate peristalsis. For this reason it may produce cramping. It is also quite difficult to retain for long periods of time because of the gas produced by the reaction happening between the milk, molasses, and the flora in the intestines.

Since this is a strong evacuative enema, you do not need much volume for it to be effective. You can use anywhere between 1 and 2 cups of each  milk and molasses, but make sure that they are in equal proportion.

Milk and Molasses Enema Recipe:

  • 1-2 cups whole milk
  • 1-2 cups blackstrap molasses

Warm the milk in a saucepan and bring to a slight boil, do not overheat the milk because you do not want it to curdle. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the molasses until the milk and molasses are mixed thoroughly. Cool to the appropriate temperature and administer. Retain for as long as possible.


  • The M+M is one of the messier enema solutions out there. Use a disposable bag or an enema can with replaceable tubing, as it can be difficult to clean the bag after this enema. Also make sure you have a thick towel below you to soak up any leaks or spills.
  • The consistency of a milk and molasses enema is much thicker than a water enema. In order for the solution to flow through the tube you need to hang the enema bag much higher than you usually would for a water-based enema.
  • Administer this type of enema as fast as you can. Because this solution will cause cramping almost immediately, it will be difficult to hold your M+M enema for a long duration. Try at least to take in the entire amount of solution before you run to the toilet for an evacuation.

6. Salt and Soda Enema

Baking soda is a very alkaline substance, using it internally can help neutralize acids and in enema form it will be beneficial for people with conditions involving excess acidity. This enema can also help restore the acid alkaline balance in times of illness.

A salt and baking soda enema may be useful in people suffering from colitis as it helps to prevent and heal ulcers in the colon caused from excess acidity.

Salt and Soda Enema Recipe:

  • 2 tsp pure sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 litres warm filtered water

Mix well until the salt and soda are dissolved. Administer and retain the enema for at least 10 minutes.


  • Use salt and soda enemas in moderation; regular use of baking soda enemas may lead to excess alkalinity.

7. Salt Water Enema

A salt water enema is the most comfortable solution one can use. If you are doing enema for the first time, the salt water enema is the best choice. A saline solution has a neutral concentration gradient; it does not draw electrolytes from the body (which can happen with plain water enemas) and it does not draw water into the colon. Because the salt reduces the amount of water absorbed into the bloodstream, you will also experience less need for urination while holding this enema.

Because a salt water enema does not draw water in or out of the colon it is also a good solution to use when a longer period of retention is desired. Since a salt water enema can be retained for longer periods it is also very effective for softening old fecal impaction.

Salt Water Enema Recipe:

  • 2 tsp pure sea salt
  • 2 litres warm filtered water

Mix well until all salt is dissolved. Administer and retain for as long as possible, or up to 40 minutes.




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29 Responses to “7 Natural Enema Solutions You Can Use at Home”

  1. Mrlee says:

    One of the best descriptions and outlines I have ever read.
    Thank you and keep posting!

  2. Nadira says:

    Great post! Is it possible and safe to do a a Vitamin C enema? The purpose is for retaining/absorbing the vit c, not for having a bowel movement. If so, which form is recommended? I assume probably a buffered form?

    • Michelle says:

      H Nadira, Im’s sorry but I am unfamiliar with Vitamin C enemas and thus cannot give advice or recommendations on this particular enema.

      • Natasha says:

        Nadira, I don’t suggest doing an enema with Vitamin C. The above ‘Lemon Juice Enema’ will work for this purpose. Lemon has a lot of natural Vitamin C.

  3. Mary says:

    Bravo!! The best chelation and detox information I’ve found to date. Thank you so very much. I’m definitely going to try the organic coffee enema. A friend from Russia advised this years ago but I didn’t take it seriously. The connection to the secretion of bile is extremely important. I am convinced that I am not eliminating properly because of a problem with my liver and toxicity. Thanks again! -Mary

  4. star says:

    I appreciated these “recipes” and want to try them all. Was wondering if coffee brewed in a coffee pot would work. Also, what is your take on a wine enema? I have heard a lot of hype about them, but it did absolutely nothing to me when I tried them. One more question since you seem to be the guru, is it possible to get addicted to enemas? I have suffered my entire life (I’m 56) with constipation and in the last year since starting enemas have had the ONLY relief I’ve ever had. I’ve been told to be careful or I will become addicted to using enemas. Regardless, the sheer bliss of being un-constipated is worth the addiction, if there is such a thing. Thank you for a wonderful read and the amazing recipes.

    • Michelle says:

      Glad you are finding the recipes useful. No drip coffee is not sufficient. The coffee should be brought to a boil and simmered for 15 minutes to bring out all the components. With regards to a wine enema, do not ever put any form of alcohol into your colon. This is a dangerous practice as the alcohol is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and not broken down by the liver.There have been a number of deaths reported from the insertion of alcohol into the colon. You can read more here: . Whether the colon becomes addicted to enemas or not is debatable and I have never found a clear answer on that. Personally, I would not use enemas as the only method to relieve constipation. Enemas do flush out some of the friendly bacteria in the colon, if you are doing them daily as a means to just eliminate, then you are upsetting the balance of good bacteria in the colon. I do not know what you have tried in the past but a good quality probiotic is a must to restore colon health. Another thing I would recommend is a Ayurvedic herbal combination called triphala which regulates colon function.

    • j says:

      You are magnesium deficient, get some magnesium glycinate before its too late and you are to my stage! This is what your body is telling you if you are constipated. There are lots of remedies out there, but they are all bandaids to getting enough magnesium.
      I took a non magnesium bowel eliminator for years, thinking my problems were solved, but my body is a wreck because I didn’t have magnesium.

  5. dale says:

    I have been taking coffee enemas for ten years and no negative side effects.
    I have been adding a little potassium but wonder if adding a small amount of magnesium sulfate would interfere with the benefits.
    The reason I do a coffee enema is because of bowel cancer surgery, leaving my bowel hyperactive.

  6. Renee says:

    Do they sell small squeeze bottles to fill to make your own enema instead of all the long tubes and such?

  7. Sam says:

    Thank you so much for this info. I did try collonic irrigation but it is so expensive and due to different ailments need regular clear outs. I can now safely carry out enemas at home using the correct product’s. :)

  8. Tony says:

    Dear, I have psoriasis for 20 years. Which recipe would you suggest for psoriasis?


    • Michelle says:

      I would suggest you try a coffee enema. Coffee enemas improve the function of the liver. When the liver is not functioning well, it cannot process all the toxins in the body, as a result skin conditions such as psoriasis can develop.

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  10. Ruxandra says:

    I would like to Pin the post on Pinterest and share it on Facebook, but I cant find the buttons on your page. Can u ad this facility?

    • Michelle says:

      There is a bar at the bottom of the article which has different buttons to click to share on various social media. It was down for a while, but is updated and up and running again. Just click on the “Pin” button. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Christine says:

    Is milk and molasses enema safe to clear out feeling of impacted fecal matter bloated stomach no pain just feel uncomfortable heaviness in my stomach need a quick thorough cleaning

  12. Big Al Fish says:

    I do high volume enemas for ten years. They work the best with no constipation.

  13. supfro says:

    I visit this post often and am very grateful for the information. The coffee and lemon juice enemas are incredibly effective in relieving my chronic constipation.

    Would it be effective to add Acidophilus to either of them? (In the interest of increasing beneficial flora and not having to do a separate enema a few hours later.)


    • Michelle says:

      Glad you are finding the information useful.
      I don’t think the acidophilus would survive in a lemon or coffee solution as they are very acidic. Best to do a separate enema, or just take a quality probiotic orally.

  14. Thobeka says:

    Would you also advise using garlic enemas

  15. rippe says:

    I wonder if i could combine salt and coffee in the enemas? Would salt destroy the benefit of coffee?

    • Michelle says:

      No, salt will not destroy the benefits of the coffee. I add salt sometimes as it prevents loss of electrolytes.

  16. LA says:

    Does a coffee enema make you feel the same way caffeinated coffee make you feel? Shaky and nervous?

  17. Tim says:

    Thanks for the nice content. As big enema fan I can confirm all that is mentioned above. I don’t have experience with coffee enema (prefer coffee in traditional mode), but all the other types have had a really good influence on my body and health.

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