The Coffee Enema Procedure (Part 3 of 4)

This is the third of four blogs detailing the entire coffee enema procedure. Part one talks about The Benefits of A Coffee Enema. Part two is information about how often, how long and when + cautions and contraindications, and part four is helpful hints for doing a coffee enema.  

Step 1: Supplies Needed

An Enema Kit

Silicone Plastic Bag Enema Kit (we no longer sell this item). It's BPA-free, plastic-free, latex-free and chemical-free. All parts can be easily sterilized and reused.

This kit contains: silicone bag with hook, silicone tubing with clamp, silicone colon tube, silicone retention nozzle, silicone straight nozzle, Seeking Health Enema Instructional Booklet

Stainless Steel Enema Kit (we no longer sell this product). All parts can be easily sterilized and reused.

This kit contains: stainless steel enema bucket with handle, silicone tubing with clamp, silicone colon tube, silicone retention nozzle, silicone straight nozzle, Seeking Health Enema Instructional Booklet


Any brand of regular, non-instant, and non-decaffeinated coffee is okay. An organically grown, dark roast coffee is a little better. For very fresh coffee, but the beans and grind them yourself. Store all coffee in the freezer to preserve freshness. At first, use very little coffee for your enema in case you are very sensitive to caffeine.


Use distilled water.

Step 2: Preparation for Coffee - Three Methods to Choose From

1. Coffeemaker. This is the easiest method. Place about 12-16 ounces of preferably distilled water in the coffee maker. Also put 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of coffee in the machine and turn it on. When coffee is ready, add some room temperature water to cool it down.

2. Simple Boil Method. This is probably best.

  • Water. Place about ½ inch of distilled water in a saucepan.
  • Add coffee. Add between ½ teaspoon up to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee to the water. When starting, always use no more than ½ teaspoon or less of coffee, especially if you know you are sensitive to caffeine. If you can tolerate ½ teaspoon, then on subsequent days slowly increase the amount of coffee to at least 1 tablespoon of coffee.
  • Boil the mixture for 12 to 14 minutes. Then turn it off.
  • Cool. Add preferably distilled water to cool the mixture and bring the total amount of water to about 2 cups. To take the enema, the water temperature must be at about body temperature. Placing your finger in the water, it should be somewhat hot, but not burning. The water must be the right temperature or the enema will be difficult to retain. If the mixture is too hot, pour it back and forth through the air into a different container to cool it. Another way to cool it is to add one or two ice cubes to the boiled coffee.
  • Remove the grounds. Pour coffee slowly into the enema bag, or pour through coffee filter paper into a clean enema bucket or bag, and close the top of the bag. The enema is ready.

3. The Non-Boil or shortcut method of making coffee, (not quite as good)

  • Place 1 cup of ground coffee in a container with 2 cups of water. Stir the mixture thoroughly and allow it to soak overnight. Use distilled water.
  • In the morning, filter the liquid through coffee filter paper or a fine strainer. Place the liquid in a jar for storage in the refrigerator.
  • To prepare an enema, pour 2 cups of body-temperature purified water into the enema bag. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of the coffee liquid from the jar.
  • This method is not quite as good, but may be used if time is very short.

Step 3: Preparing to Take the Enema

  • Have a bowel movement before doing the enema. Otherwise you may have difficulty retaining the enema. To have a bowel movement, a simple method is to drink several large glasses of warm or even hot spring or distilled water or mild tea. You may also have something to eat of needed. If you have not had a bowel movement, take a plain water enema first, before the coffee enema. This will usually clean out the bowel quickly and effectively.
  • Set up the enema bag. Be sure that: 1) the plastic hose is fastened well onto the enema bag. 2) the clamp is on the hose and working properly. 3) the thin enema tip is securely attached to the other end of the plastic hose.
  • Remove air from the enema tube. Place the enema tip in the sink. Grasp, but do not close the clamp on the hose. Hold the enema bag up above the tip. When water begins to flow out of the tube into the sink, close the clamp. This expels any air in the tube.
  • Lubricate the enema tip with a little soap or oil. Note: too much lubrication may cause the tip to fall out of the rectum. You are now ready to take the enema.

Step 4: Taking the Enema

  • Position. Most people prefer lying on their backs, on a towel or rug, perhaps on the bathroom floor or even in a bathtub. If you own a large enough sauna, you could use this space. Be sure to have a towel, a plastic sheet or perhaps a double layer of paper towels below your buttocks to catch any leakage.
  • Hang the enema bag about two to three feet above your abdomen. Be sure the clamp is closed tightly. For example, some people hang the bag from a doorknob. The hose must point downward so the coffee will flow out of the bag.
  • Lie down and insert the enema tip gently and slowly. Move it around until it goes all the way in. Practice will help you learn to do this easily.
  • Open the clamp slowly. The water should start flowing into the rectum. The water may take a few seconds to begin flowing into the rectum.
  • If the water does not flow, you may gently squeeze the bag or move the tip around, in case it is blocked.
  • If cramping occurs as the water is flowing in, close the hose clamp, turn from side to side and take a few deep breaths. The cramp will usually pass quickly. Occasionally, it will not pass and you will need to get to the toilet quickly to release the enema. This usually happens less often as you practice your enemas more. When all the liquid is inside, the bag will become flat. Then close the clamp. You can leave the tube inserted, or remove it slowly. If you wish, use some toilet paper to help remove the tip cleanly and then place the toilet paper up against the anus to absorb any leakage.
  • Retain the enema for 10-15 minutes (a little less time is okay, but not quite as effective). See the hints below if this is difficult. You may remain lying on the floor for the 15 minutes or some people can move to a more comfortable location like a bed without spilling any coffee.
  • Relax or meditate. You will find this is an excellent time to relax.

Step 5: Finishing up the Enema

  • Empty the enema. After about 15 minutes, go to the toilet and empty out. It is okay if some water and coffee remain inside. If little or nothing comes out, you are dehydrated. Either you need to drink more water or the type of water you are drinking is not hydrating you well.
  • Wash the enema bag and tube thoroughly inside and out with soap and water. Hang up the enema bag and hose to dry so it is ready for the next use.
  • Rub the tops of the toes, in particular. If you feel at all uncomfortable, bloated, or out of sorts after the enema, gently rub the toes of your feet, especially the top of the toes on the left foot. This will often clear it up. You may eat a meal soon after a coffee enema.

In Health and Happiness,

Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods


Reference: Nutritional Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis by Lawrence D. Wilson; L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.; Fifth edition edition (May 12, 2016); pg. 506-507.

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