How to Do a Coffee Enema at Home

And a Normal Water Enema too!

I’ve had a lot of requests from people asking how to do an enema at home and especially how to do a coffee enema. Even if you never do an enema at home, it’s always good to know how it’s done! Personally I always travel with an enema bag just in case…it’s a great thing to have for any unexpected constipation or even food poisoning while on the road. You can set it up in minutes as long as you have a towel rack to hang the bag from and a toilet of course!

An enema is done while laying on the floor, as opposed to a colema which is done on a colema board. Both use gravity-fed water, but with the colema board, when you feel the urge to release, you can simply ‘let go.’ With an enema, you have to first clamp the line shut, remove the tip, stand up to sit on the toilet, and then release. So there are a few extra steps involved. It seems complicated but it’s actually very easy! The key is to use the clamp and always be ready to stop the flow of water when you feel full.

How to Do a Plain Water Enema

Before doing a coffee enema, you should always do a plain water enema and wash everything out until the water runs clear. Then you are ready for the coffee. If doing a cleanse at home, you should also do at least one water enema per day during the fasting or juicing phase of your cleanse.

1. Prepare the Water.

Buy distilled water in advance and have it ready for your enema. You can heat up some of the water to body temperature. If the water seems too hot to touch, then it is too hot for the enema! In that case, add room temperature water to bring down the temperature of the water.

2. Set up Enema Bag.

There are a few different types of enema bags out there. My favorite is the type that looks like a hot water bottle – it has a wide top to add the water easily and clean afterwards. This type of enema bag comes with 2 different tips – one is smaller and is for rectal insertion. The other is larger with several holes and it is for vaginal insertion. For an enema, you only need the smaller tip. You can screw the tip onto the end of the water line. Then, be sure the clamp is shutting the line so no water can pass through the hose. Next, hang you enema bag on a towel rack. You want to be sure that the tip can still be inserted comfortably. If the bag is hanging too high, you won’t have any extra hose line to be able to insert the tip. The towel rack is usually more stable than trying to hang on a door knob. When you have the bag clipped and hanging, you are ready to add the water. Fill up the bag with distilled water warmed to body temperature. (If the water is cold, the colon will contract and things will not flow out so easily. If the water is too warm, the colon can relax too much and may become a bit ‘floppy’ after the enema. Body temperature keeps things just right.)

3. Prepare towels for Comfort.

Enema at Home Set-Up

Lay one towel flat on the floor and use another for a pillow so you are comfortable during the enema.

4. Place plastic colander in toilet (optional).

This is an option for the hard-core cleansers who like to check out their mucoid plaque or look for worms during their enema. You can have a pair of plastic gloves on hand as well as a pair of chopsticks to thoroughly investigate all. It’s best to buy the colander and chopsticks at a Dollar Store, and clean with hot water and vinegar every day during your cleanse.

5. Use olive oil or coconut oil for lubricant.

Have this ready in the bathroom so when you lie down, you have everything you need.

6. Play some music, turn the phone off and take a final pee.

Before you lie down to start your enema, empty your bladder by having a pee. Having any extra pressure in the bladder can make it harder to retain the water.

7. Fill the hose with water to remove air pocket.

Before you begin, it’s a good idea to clear the enema line from air. If you forget this step, the worst thing that will happen is you will get a big air pocket in your colon and have a nice release of gas with your exit water. When the bag is full of water, take the tip and aim it over the toilet. Release the clamp, allowing the water to flow. As soon as you see the water come out, clamp the line again. Now the line is full of water instead or air and you are ready to begin!

8. Relax!

Yes, your colon is now ready to be a 2-way street.. so don’t think about it being 1-way only! The water helps rinse out old, undigested, fermented, rotting fecal matter. Once that gunk it out of your system, your whole body works better. This is a great thing, so rejoice and be grateful for all the good you are about to do for your body! Take a deep breath and relax…it’s going to be ok!

9. Ready for Insertion!

Enema Clamp

Lie down on the floor, either on your right side or your back, whatever feels more comfortable (I prefer lying on my right side). Gently add some lubricant to the plastic tip and also to the rectal area. Take a breath, and on the exhale, insert the tip just enough (about 1 inch) so it rests comfortably inside the rectum. When you feel comfortable, release the clamp on the water line and let the water start to enter. Keep one hand on the clip so you can stop the flow at any time. As soon as you feel any pressure, stop the flow by clamping the line. Take a few deeps breaths and as you feel the water move deeper inside, release the line again to let more water flow inside. Repeat this as many times as you can. As soon as you feel the urge to release, clamp the line and remove the tip. Then stand up and sit on the toilet, releasing the water into the toilet.

10. Repeat until the Water Runs Clear.

Initially you may find it very difficult to retain any water. This is completely normal. As you become more comfortable with the process and as you go further into your cleanse, you will naturally find that you are able to retain more water before releasing. It is very normal to have to repeat this process a few times before you even go through one full enema bag (between 1 and 2 liters). It is recommended to repeat the process until the water runs clear. This may take 2 or 3 times of filling the enema bag, for a total of 2 to 6 liters of water.

How to Do a Coffee Enema

Before doing a coffee enema, you should always do a plain water enema and wash everything out until the water runs clear. Then you are ready for the coffee. It is absolute imperative that you use 100% certified organic coffee. Do not use anything less! Commercial grade coffee can damage the liver.

A coffee enema is an excellent way to clean the liver, but should only be done when the colon is clear. During a normal cleanse or at the end of a cleanse is a good time to do a coffee enema. Just doing one in the middle of eating a Standard American Diet (SAD) will not have a positive effect on the body. Please do not use this as a “magic pill” to try to clean your liver quickly. You can actually draw toxins into the liver if the colon is toxic, and then you will be doing more harm than good!

1. Prepare the Coffee.

Add 3 Tablespoons of ground organic coffee to 1 quart of distilled water. Let it boil for 3 minutes, then simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and cool until the water is at body temperature.

2. Retain for 12-15 minutes.

Use the same set-up as above, insert the 1 quart (strained) coffee and retain for 12-15 minutes. Lay on the right side during this time. Breathe deeply. Dr. Max Gerson found that all of the caffeine is absorbed from the fluid within 12 minutes.

3. Release.

That’s it! The coffee enema is an easy way to get the liver to dump bile and toxins quickly. It should be done only about 2 times per week during a cleanse, and definitely not any more than that if feeling unwell after the enema. Replenish your electrolytes after a coffee enema by drinking a fresh juice. Carrot, beet and celery juice is especially good after a coffee enema.

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Jennifer Thompson has been working with raw food, juices, smoothies and detox for over two decades to help people heal. Today, she shares her expertise worldwide, offering lectures, workshops, training and one-on-one consultations at various health and detox retreat centers. She provides Iridology Readings & Health Coaching via Skype and Phone to clients and continues to educate, motivate and inspire others on their journey of healing. When she’s not working, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains, power-walking along the sea or globe-trotting to a new and exotic health destination.
14 replies
  1. Laura
    Laura says:

    Hi there, I’m a little confused by your comments about having to do a dietary (?) cleanse at the same time or before the water/coffee enemas. I haven’t seen this directive elsewhere. If I eat relatively healthy (no processed foods), do I need to do some kind of dietary cleanse first or during? And what about people who do this regularly–they can’t be doing a dietary cleanse every time, right? Thank you for clarifying. (:

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Laura,

      The terms you are using can have very different meaning depending on whom you ask so let me explain what my definition would be!

      A colon cleanse should be done first before messing with coffee enemas. Why? Because if your colon is filled with old gunk and toxins, you can actually pull them back into the liver with the cleanse. What if you are eating no processed foods? Well unless you have done that from birth, you have probably had junk foods in your body at some point in your life which means you are still a candidate for someone who needs colon cleansing. If you are 40 years old for example, that’s 14,600 days of eating. Let’s say you changed your diet 3 years ago and now eat “relatively healthy” (a relative term especially with someone like me!). That means you’ve got 1095 good days of eating and still have over 13,000 days of old gunk that most definitely builds up in the colon over time.

      Once you get into the habit if regular colon cleansing with a healthy diet, you are on the path to real long-term positive change and success. That said, you still need to clean up your diet for a few days before this cleanse in order to have good effects. That means you need to minimize fats, eat a high fiber diet, eliminate alcohol and coffee and get your body alkaline. If you don’t, you simply increase the chance of your liver saying “No way” and you will likely stir up too many toxins and feel unwell after. Hey, your body does get a vote too! You may or may not drink alcohol and eat fatty foods since most people have their own definition of what a “clean diet” is to them.

      Eating a high raw food plant-based diet with no alcohol and minimal fats before this cleanse is the “dietary cleanse” needed to prepare your body and liver for this cleanse. Even people who do this regularly should take out all fats (including avocado and cashew) the day of and/or before a coffee enema. The liver can create more bile to release toxins when there has been less fat metabolizing taking place.

      I hope that makes sense!

      My best,

      To your health,


  2. Judy
    Judy says:

    This topic is entirely new to me, sparked by watching several Gerson Therapy videoes on FMTV.

    My question is do some ppl use enemas (coffee ground or otherwise) for general / preventative health while others use them therapeutically?
    And if the above answers are both yes, then what is the recommended interval in each case?
    (How often so ppl really do these things?)

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Judy,

      Thanks for your question! Actually, there is no “one size fits all” for how many enemas to do or how much cleansing to do. It’s kind-of like asking,”How often should I clean my house?” And the real question is: how dirty is it to begin with? Do you get where I’m coming from here?

      You asked if some people use coffee enemas for preventative maintenance: the answer is YES. But, it’s NOT recommended to have a coffee enema in the middle of a toxic diet or lifestyle as a magic pill to take away the debauchery from the weekend. That won’t do you any good. Some people will do a coffee enema once a month, once every 3-6 months or even once a week, but those are people on a high raw food diet who have cleansed a lot on the past including colon, liver, parasite and heavy metal cleansing.

      You also asked if people do coffee enemas for therapeutic reasons: the answer is also YES. But again, how much really depends on how dirty is your house??

      The short answer is this: Every person is different because your strength and weaknesses are different than the person sitting next to you. When I see people for an Iridology session, I am able to create a personalized detox program that fits exactly for them and will be the right order of steps at the right pace for optimal healing. I hope that helps!

      My best,

      To your health,


  3. Richard
    Richard says:

    In your explanation of the coffee enema you refer to the body temperature and the enema solution temperature. Would it be beneficial for a rectal temperature to be taken prior to the coffee enema to determine what the coffee temperature should be?

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Richard,

      I can only speak from personal experience and say that I’ve always used the “testing the water by touch” approach and it has worked for me. I guess it’s similar to a mom putting her finger into heated baby formula, or putting a few drops on her wrist, to check the temperature before feeding to a baby. I’m sure you can be more technical and get an exact temperature, but it will be best to ask your medical doctor what that number should be. Good luck and happy enemas!

      My best,

      To your health,


  4. Paula
    Paula says:

    You’re so cool! I don’t suppose I have read through a single thing like that before. So great to discover somebody with some genuine thoughts on this subject matter. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality!|

  5. Karl Tiefert
    Karl Tiefert says:

    Since it takes considerable time to prepare the coffee for the anema,
    is it o.k. to brew it the evening before and warm it up in the morning?

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Sara,

      My question would be: what are you eating, and can you improve your diet to help you go to the toilet naturally so you don’t need to do enemas while traveling? I travel with a blender so I can make Green Smoothies on the go, and that literally helps me “go”!

      My best,


  6. Bee
    Bee says:

    It tends to take me a long time to release all the fluid. Like, my body retains the ce. I use distilled water and 2-3tbs coffee per qt. Any ideas why this is happening?

    Also, what do u do when traveling and might not have access to a private bathroom? I’m moving across country and might not have access… However, i need to do these every am due to issues with not being able to go and not being able to detox well (nerve damaged colon, nerve damaged bowel etc). Any advice?

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Bee,

      Try stretching after you finish your enema. Lift your left arm high, then your right arm, then both. Bend your waist from side to side and then rotate your hips and bend forward, then back. That can help release the water. It may be that you have a prolapsed colon. Long-term, you can repair the colon with diet and certain supplements such as alfalfa tablets. Squatting on the toilet (rather than sitting) can also help greatly with this condition.

      Blessings to your health,



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