Step 1. Materials

* Buy a standard 2-quart enema bag or an enema bucket.  It should come with a hook or handle to hang up the bag, a hose, an enema tip, and a clamp on the hose. The enema/douche bag combination is a little easier to use.  If you cannot find an enema bag or bucket at a local drug store, here is a link to buy one inexpensively online here .

* Buy preferably some dark roast, organic and perhaps Columbian regular coffee.  This is best, although technically any coffee will work.  It can be regular grind or flaked.  Do not buy instant coffee and do not buy decaffeinated coffee.  For maximum freshness, you may buy coffee beans and grind your own coffee, but this is not necessary.  Store your coffee in the freezer to keep it fresh.

Step 2. Preparation of coffee

There are three methods. The coffeemaker and the boil methods are best. 

  1. The boil method.
    * Place 2 to 3 cups of purified water and about ½ to three tablespoons of coffee in a saucepan, and bring to a boil.  When beginning coffee enemas, use much less coffee, to make sure you tolerate it well.  For example, begin with a half teaspoon of coffee and increase the amount when you are sure you tolerate it well.

* When the water and coffee boils, turn down the burner and allow it to simmer for 12 minutes.  Then turn off the heat and allow it to cool.  One or two ice cubes may be added to speed the cooling process.  You may make a larger quantity and use it for several enemas.

* Wait until the water is comfortable to the touch.  If the water is too hot or too cold, retaining the enema will be more difficult.  Strain the liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter paper into a clean Pyrex measuring cup.  Then, pour the coffee into the enema bag or bucket.  Screw on the top of the enema bag.  The enema is now ready.

* A way to save time is to boil only about 1/2 of a cup of water with the coffee, allowing it to simmer for 10 minutes.  Then add another cup and a half or so of water, and this will cool it instantly to the required temperature.  You may have to vary the amounts of water to achieve a comfortable temperature.  Then follow the instructions to strain the coffee through a fine strainer. 

  1. Coffeemaker method.

* Place a cup or so of water in a coffee maker, along with ½ teaspoon to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee and turn the machine on.  When just beginning to use coffee enemas, start with a smaller amount of coffee, in case you are sensitive to it.
* When the coffee is ready, add more water to cool the mixture to body temperature.  The coffee made with a coffeemaker will not be quite as strong as with the boil method, so you may need a little more coffee using a coffee maker than if you use the boil method. 

  1. The alternative non-boil method:
    * Place 1 cup of ground coffee in a container with 2 cups of water. Stir the mixture thoroughly and allow it to soak overnight. (You may make a larger quantity if desired.)

* In the morning, filter the liquid through coffee filter paper or a fine strainer. Place in a jar for storage in the refrigerator.

* To prepare an enema, pour 2 cups of purified water into the enema bag or bucket. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of the coffee liquid from the jar.


Step 3. Preparing to take the enema

* Be sure the plastic hose is fastened tightly onto the enema bag or bucket and the thin enema tip is attached to the other end.

* Remove any air from the enema tube by doing the following: Grasp, but do not close the clamp on the hose.  Place the enema tip in the sink.  Hold up the enema bag or bucket slightly above the tip until the water begins to flow out.  As soon as it starts flowing, quickly close the clamp.  This expels any air in the tube.

* Lubricate the enema tip with a small amount of olive oil or coconut oil.  (Note: Too much lubrication might cause the tip to fall out of the rectum, creating a mess).


Step 4. Taking the enema

* The position preferred by most people is lying on one’s back on a towel, on the bathroom floor or in the bath tub.

* With the clamp closed, place the enema bag or bucket on the floor next to you, or hang the bag about one foot above your abdomen.

* Insert the tip gently and slowly.  Move it around until it goes all the way in.

* Open the clamp and hold the enema bag or bucket about one foot above the abdomen. The water may take a few seconds to begin flowing.  If the water does not flow, you may gently squeeze the bag.  If you develop a cramp, close the hose clamp, turn from side to side and take a few deep breaths. The cramp will usually pass quickly.

* When all the liquid is inside, the bag will become flat or the bucket empty.  Close the clamp. You can leave the tube inserted, or remove it slowly.

* RETAIN THE ENEMA FOR 15 MINUTES, if possible, or even up to 30 minutes.  See below if you have difficulties with this.  You may remain lying on the floor, or lie in bed with a towel under your mid-section to protect against leaks.  Do not walk around.  Use the time to relax, meditate, listen to a CD, or other quiet activity.


Step 5. Finishing up

* After 15 minutes or so, go to the toilet and empty out the water.  It is okay if some water remains inside.  If water remains inside often, you are likely somewhat dehydrated.  Rubbing your abdomen while sitting on the toilet may help eliminate the water.

* Wash the enema bag or bucket and tube thoroughly with soap and water.


Hints regarding enemas:

* If possible, do the enema after a bowel movement to make it easier to retain the coffee.  If you cannot have a bowel movement, this does not affect some people’s ability to hold the coffee, while other like to take a plain water enema first, to clean out the colon.

* If intestinal gas is a problem, some stretching or bending exercises before the enema may eliminate the gas.

* It is not essential, but is helpful if the water fills the entire colon.  You can assist by first lying on your right side for 5 minutes, then on your back for 5 minutes, and then on your left side for 5 minutes.

* If water will not flow around the entire colon, you may gently massage your abdomen.

* If the enema makes you jittery, reduce the amount of coffee.

* The enema may lower your blood sugar.  If so, eat something just before or after taking the enema.

* If you have trouble holding the enema, here are suggestions.
– Be patient.  Practice makes perfect.
– The water may be too hot or too cold.  Be sure the water temperature is comfortable.
– It may help to place a small pillow or rolled up towel under your buttocks so the water flows down hill into your colon.
– If trouble continues, try reducing the amount of coffee or add 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses to the water.