Beyond Coffee Enemas

Now that you have mastered the coffee enema, here are a few other enemas for you to try.  Yes, I have tried all of these and I’ll let you know how I liked or didn’t like each of them.

Young female doctor with enema, isolated on white background

With any of these enemas If you start to feel uncomfortable, turn off the flow and relax for a few minutes and only restart if you feel comfortable. If the pressure is too much then release the liquid. Rub your stomach counterclockwise on the way in and clockwise on the way out.

A common issue for people doing enemas is dehydration so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the process.


Epsom Salt Enema

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and it’s a great way to cleanse your intestinal tract. Doing an Epsom salt enema draws more water into the colon allowing for a more thorough cleansing.


  • 1-2 tbsp Epsom salts per liter
  • 2 liters filtered water heated to desired temperature. I like mine around 100F

Fully dissolve the Epsom salts in the water. Retain as much as feels comfortable for up to 5 minutes. Start with one half to a full liter for your first one and work up to 2 liters if you feel comfortable.

I do these now and again and they always get a lot of stuff out of me. These are easy for me to hold and leave me feeling nice and relaxed afterwards.


Apple Cider Vinegar Enema

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) contains over forty vitamins and minerals. It releases toxins from the liver and has helped people reduce pain.  


  • 1-2 tbsp organic ACV with mother per liter
  • 2 liters filtered water heated to desired temperature. I like mine around 100F

Heat water to desired temperature and add ACV. Start with a liter and 1 tbsp ACV and work your way up. Retain as much as feels comfortable for up to 5 minutes.

One way to clear your bowel of candida is with an ACV enema. Candida thrives when the bowel is too alkaline and an ACV enema encourages candida to exit. Note, however, that candida will return in the next 24 – 48 hours, so this is not a permanent fix but rather provides temporarily relief from symptoms. To help restore proper flora in your colon, consume some quality probiotic foods (yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, etc.) after this enema. You can also follow this enema with a probiotic enema.

The first few times I did one of these it was hard to retain very much and felt really warm and I had to release right away but I slowly got used to it and was able to build up. It definitely helped kill some candida and it got a lot of stuff out of me. These can make some people feel bad so definitely start slow and listen to your body.


Probiotic Enema

This is a great follow up to ACV enemas. I learned about this one from Dr. Perlmutter and have found it very helpful


  • 3-6 probiotic capsules or ⅛ tsp powdered probiotic (make sure they contain bifidobacteria, since these are most dominant in your colon); another option is a tbsp of plain yogurt or kefir without any added sugar. Just make sure it has been cultured with bifidus bacteria
  • 1 liter filtered water heated to desired temperature

Heat water to desired temperature and add probiotics or kefir/yogurt and stir to dissolve. Retain the entire liter and try to hold for up to 30 minutes. Do these a few times a week for 4-6 weeks to restore your bowel flora. These are especially helpful if you’ve been on a long course of antibiotics.

I had good results doing these and they definitely helped me get solid again.


Lemon Juice Enema

This is great to cleanse the colon of fecal matter, balance its pH, and detoxify the system.


  • Juice of 1-2 organic lemons per liter
  • 2 liters filtered water heated to desired temperature

Heat water to desired temperature and add fresh squeezed lemon juice. These can be hard to hold so start with just one lemon and a liter of water and work your way up. Retain what you can for up to 4 minutes.

I did this once and I don’t know if it made my bowel too alkaline or if it was something else but I was very soft for a while after doing this one. I haven’t done one since however have read many other accounts of people having good results with them.


Salt & Soda Enema

This is another good cleansing enema and it also stimulates the lymph system. If you want you can do a salt and soda bath as well, which is very relaxing. Use a cup of each for the bath. These enemas are relatively easy to hold and will get a lot of stuff out. 

  • 1 Tbsp salt (I use unrefined Celtic sea salt)
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda  
  • 2 liters filtered water

Heat water to desired temperature and add the salt and baking soda. Retain for up to 10 minutes and release.

These are good for maintenance, are easy to hold, and get a lot of stuff out. I find these easy to hold and very effective.

There are many more kinds of enemas out there. You don’t have to try them all. Start with one that you find interesting and see how it works for you and maybe experiment with another one.

These are a great way to help your body detox and can also help reduce pain and other Lyme symptoms.