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What are the Different Types of Enema Recipes?

By Tara Barnett
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Many different enema recipes exist for a variety of different purposes. While many people find that a simple water enema is sufficient to cleanse the colon, there are a variety of other substances that can be used to achieve different effects. For instance, a coffee enema is thought to be detoxifying, whereas a chamomile enema is thought to be relaxing. It is very important to verify that any enema recipe used is safe because the body can absorb liquids and other substances from the colon.

One of the most popular enema recipes is the coffee enema. Most people use organic unflavored coffee brewed in purified water. The coffee should be brewed as normal with the grounds strained out, then allowed to cool completely. It can then be used just like water in the enema process.

The use of herbal teas is also popular for enemas. It is thought that the properties the tea would normally have when taken orally are also true of the tea when taken rectally. As such, chamomile tea enema recipes are thought to be relaxing, whereas green tea enemas are considered stimulating and detoxifying. The tea should be steeped in purified water and allowed to cool completely. It is very important to strain out any solids, and then the resulting liquid can be used for enemas.

A lemon juice enema may be mildly irritating to the intestines, but it is thought to balance out the pH of the colon. It may cause cramping, which is often considered desirable for enemas. A lemon juice enema is prepared by juicing and straining two organic lemons, then mixing the juice with enough warm water to fill the bag. If the mixture is too harsh, it is a good idea to expel the liquid early rather than face extended discomfort.

In extreme cases, some people use cayenne pepper enemas for a variety of health problems. This recipe will almost certainly burn, but cayenne pepper enthusiasts claim that it relieves arthritis, lowers cholesterol, and even heals wounds. A cayenne pepper enema often consists of several heaping spoonfuls of cayenne pepper mixed with warm water, although a milder solution may be used as well. There are no official recommendations for a cayenne pepper enema, but it is never a good idea to use an enema that hurts.

Many things that can be beneficially consumed orally can be transformed into an enema solution. It is very important to modify the quantity of the substance being taken when making an enema recipe, because the intestines absorb these substances faster than the stomach. When including alcohol or other potentially dangerous substances in an enema, the quantity should be very small and care must be taken to avoid accidental poisoning. For the purposes of cleansing the intestines, it may be best to stick to simple water enemas to prevent accidental illness.

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Discussion Comments

By ysmina — On Oct 14, 2013

Has anyone tried a vinegar enema? I've heard that this is the most effective and cheap enema recipe for detox. As far as I know, it only needs a tablespoon or two of vinegar in warm water. I wonder if vinegar will irritate the colon though.

By burcidi — On Oct 14, 2013

@simrin-- Some cramping and bloating is to be expected with all enemas since that's how they work. But some recipes do cause more cramps than usual and milk and molasses is one of them.

Try a milk of magnesia, Epsom salt or a mineral oil enema recipe. I do Epsom salt enemas frequently. I add one ounce of Epsom salt to four or five ounces of water in an enema bag. It works well and doesn't cause too much cramping or bloating. Mineral oil enemas are also great and usually gentle.

I've also heard good things about baking soda enemas (baking soda plus water), but I think baking soda will cause a lot of bloating so I've avoided it.

By SteamLouis — On Oct 14, 2013

I've only tried a molasses and milk enema recipe before. I just added molasses to warm milk and used that. It worked but caused a lot of bloating and cramping. This is why I haven't tried this enema again.

Can anyone give me an enema recipe that's milder than the molasses one? I'm looking for gentle cleansing with little to no cramping if possible.

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