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Tips and Tricks: How to Hold a Coffee Enema

April 14, 2019 1 Comment

Tips and Tricks: How to Hold a Coffee Enema

It happens to everyone at some point or another, especially when you’re just starting to do coffee enemas. On occasion, one may experience difficulty holding the coffee enema for the full recommended 12-15 minutes.

Fear not, we’ve come up with a list of tips and tricks for you:

1. Prepare Your Coffee

Many enema users want to know the exact coffee: water ratio, but the truth is that it's really completely up to you. 

For practiced users, 2 tablespoons of ground coffee to 4 cups (1 quart) of distilled water is fairly standard, but each body is unique and may respond differently.

2. If You're a "Newbie", Find the Right Coffee-to-Water Ratio for Your Body

If you're sensitive to caffeine or are new to coffee enemas, we suggest that you be conservative with your coffee as you start out. Some first-time users have reported feeling nausea or jitters, and starting with a low "dose" may help to mitigate this.

  • Bring 2 cups of distilled water to boil
  • Add 1-2 flat teaspoons of coffee and allow boiling for 2 minutes and then reduce heat and allow simmering for 8-10 mins.
  • Remove from heat and add 2 additional cups of room temperature (or cool) water to brew. 

3. Check the Coffee Temperature

Check the temperature of the enema solution. If it is too hot or too cold, it may be more difficult for the patient to hold. Not to mention, you run the risk of scalding or freezing and an area that is incredibly sensitive.

The solution should always be at body temperature. 

4. Make Sure You've Prepared Everything Correctly

Before you jump into the enema application, make sure you re-read the proper coffee enema recipe & procedure carefully to ensure that you are doing it right. If you have prepared the coffee solution incorrectly or are not following the proper instructions, you may find this is the cause of your troubles.

5. Relax

Making sure you feel comfortable will go a long way in enabling an effective enema. Some prefer to lie on a towel, others in the bathtub. As long as a toilet is near, find the best spot and position for you.

Since you're immobile for the next foreseeable 15ish minutes, you may as well take advantage of the opportunity for relaxation. Whether it's meditation, reading, watching Netflix, or just resting and breathing–having a stress-free activity may help to alleviate any potential anxiety (or impatience).

6. Adjust Bucket Placement

Once you're mid-enema, you're not going to be in a position to make any adjustments, so before diving in, check the height of the bucket. Make sure it is less than 18” above your body, or else the coffee will flow too fast.

Trust us, there's nothing like a tidal wave of coffee coming at your bum to ruin the moment. 

7. Take a Breath

The clamp on your enema tubing is your friend. While instilling the coffee, don't be afraid to take a pause and stop the flow with the clamp as needed. And don’t forget to breathe!

8. Alleviate Any Cramps

If you feel cramping at any point, light massage on your tummy is an option that may help. 

You can also try placing the tip of your thumb on the first knuckle of your ring finger and apply pressure to the knuckle. This is a pressure point that can help alleviate cramping in the lower intestine.

Do you have any tips you'd add to this list? We'd love to hear in the comment box below.

1 Response


March 29, 2019

Plain water and coffee is irritating to the colon, due to lack of salinity. Distilled water can even draw minerals from the body. In Michigan our Great Lakes tap water is fine, or you can use bottled water. I used to add 1-2 teaspoon(s) of sea salt per quart of coffee. I next switched to using two salt packets made for a Nettie nose rinse bottle. These are ground very fine and dissolve quickly, they also contain some sodium bicarbonate and make enough for a pint of nose rinse. Using two packets is perfect for a 1Qt of coffee. This matches the internal salinity of the colon and the solution is much easier to retain. Since I am now on a restricted salt diet, due to the Lasix diuretic medicine, I switched to 1-tsp of Now Potassium chloride powder. Lasix causes potassium loss via the kidneys. Potassium chloride is a popular salt substitute. The Now brand contains no additives, like anti-caking agents. For younger people the salt packets are sterile and come 100 to a box and are inexpensive and very convenient. Try it yourself, it is night and day gentler solution on the colon.

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