7 Safe Homemade Enema Solutions

Incredibly, there are many enema solutions that anyone can prepare and administer themselves or with the help of a family member, friend or acquaintance. Although no special medical training may be required to give someone an enema, there are still some caveats and precautions that need to be taken.

Unfortunately, there are wrong ways to give an enema and, some enema solutions may not be as safe (and, possibly, downright dangerous) as others.

Before giving anyone an enema (including yourself), make sure that you read up on the proper way to administer an enema, making sure that you get your information from good sources.

Better yet, let someone with experience giving enemas perform the function and, if at all possible, consult a medical professional, especially if you (or the person getting the enema) haven’t been able to defecate for more than 48 hours.

Constipation can be dangerous if it long-lasting, it is has been induced by a serious medical problem (like an obstruction), and if it leads to compaction (a blockage that may require medical attention ASAP).

As with any other procedure involving someone’s health and, possibly, their lives, proceed with extreme caution and, unless you know what you’re doing, do seek the guidance and help of someone familiar with enemas and constipation—preferably, someone with medical training.

7 Relatively Safe Homemade Enema Solutions

As has been stated, the list of homemade DIY enema solutions available is rather long. Some of the suggestions that you will see online, though, may be marginally safe, while others may be totally unsafe.

For your sake, stick to enema solutions with a track record of generally not leading to complications, including the 7 enema solutions provided to you below.

1. Acidophilus Enema Solution

Acidophilus Enema Solution
This is a rather simple type of solution which can not only cleanse the colon but, also, put back into the area beneficial bacteria. By the way, administering beneficial bacteria like this (directly into the colon) is much more beneficial than consuming it (such as in yogurt or pills).

This type of enema solution may be best suited for those persons suffering from inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer and hemorrhoids.

As a matter of fact, the regular use of enemas can reduce the number of beneficial bacteria in your gut; this fact alone, therefore, is an excellent reason to use this type of enema, if for no other reason.


  • 4 tablespoons of probiotic yogurt or, 4 to 5 capsules of dry acidophilus or, one tablespoon of powdered acidophilus
  • 2 liters of filtered warm water

Simply mix the two ingredients. Introduce and then retain the solution inside for about 10 minutes in order to allow the bacteria to blend in.

2. Coffee Enema Solution

This may seem like the wrong place to introduce what may possibly be your favorite drink, but coffee is well known for its detoxification capacity. The important thing to note is that coffee injected into the body this way doesn’t isn’t digested the way it would be digested if drunk and should, therefore, not affect anyone as when they drink it.

This type of enema is one of the most utilized and rather well known. It is even reputed to be beneficial for those suffering from colon cancer or who are being treated for such.

In fact, it is part of some alternative cancer treatment plans, including those proposed by Dr. Gerson, the famous alternative cancer treatment advocate. Consider, if you can, using organic coffee, which is purer and may be more beneficial than regular coffee.

Coffee Enema Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons of organic coffee
  • 1 liter of filtered water

Add the ingredients, boil the mixture for about three minutes. Simmer for about 15 minutes after reducing the heat. Cool the solution to the ideal temperature, filter the concoction, and then administer the enema.

Caution & Consideration

  • Try to keep the enema solution inside for from 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Avoid this solution if you are sensitive or allergic to caffeine
  • Don’t give this enema too often or regularly since it can deplete the body of some essential minerals (e.g., iron) and vitamins.

3. Epsom Salt Enema Solutions

Epsom Salt Enema Solutions
Epsom salt is easily obtained from local pharmacies and other places; it can also be found as magnesium sulfate. This substance is commonly used for bathing (for muscle ache relief) and it is also sometimes taken orally to combat constipation.

It’s the high amount of magnesium in this stuff that helps relax the intestines, thus producing a laxative effect. Taking these salts internally as an enema is more effective than drinking it.

Epsom Salt Enema Recipe

  • 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts
  • Two liters of filtered warm water

Mix the concoction well until you see all the salt dissolved. Introduce the solution into the rectum and retain inside for as long as it seems feasible and appropriate.

Caution & Consideration

  • Don’t use this solution if experiencing vomiting, nausea, or pain.
  • Like coffee enemas, don’t overuse this enema solution!

4. Lemon Juice Enema Solution

Lemon Juice Enema Solution
This is probably one of the safest enema solutions you can use. Lemon juice has a well-established reputation as a healing substance. This type of enema helps to cleanse the colon from excessive, hanging-around-for-too-long feces; it also helps to restore the Ph levels balance generally found therein.

It’s been reported, in fact, that lemon juice enemas may help with the pain and discomfort generally associated with colitis. Using this type of enema weekly, in fact, can help with chronic constipation. Don’t try to hold this solution in for too long, though, to avoid discomfort.

Lemon Juice Enema Recipe

  • wo-thirds cup of fresh lemon juice
  • Two liters of filtered warm water

Add lemon juice to two the warm water. Of course, filter the juice before mixing into the water so that only the juice remains.

Caution & Consideration

  • As mentioned, don’t try to hold it in for too long but long enough to produce a beneficial effect.
  • This type of enema may be somewhat irritating, especially if used regularly. Use with caution.

5. Molasses & Milk Enema Solution

Like lemon juice enema, this type of enema is excellent for removing hanging-around-for-too-long feces in the colon—in other words, it’s a good cleaning up solution. This solution was used in nursing circles but was replaced with pre-mixed, pre-packaged solutions.

This type of enema, you should be warned, may have rather powerful effects, so use with extreme care. This solution is very effective for most people. Because it is so powerful and effective, you don’t need too much of it, used too often, or to use hold in for very long.


  • 1 to 2 cups of milk (the “whole” variety)
  • one to two cups of blackstrap molasses

Warm up from 1 to 2 cups of milk (the “whole” variety), bringing it to a modest boil—avoid overheating or curdling. Taking the milk away from the heat source, put in one to two cups of blackstrap molasses; mix these thoroughly. Let this cool to a comfortable temp and administer the enema.

Caution & Consideration

  • Keep it in for an adequate amount of time. The results may be rather messy.
  • You don’t have to hold this enema in for very long—in fact, administer it as quickly as you can for best results.

6. Soda and Salt Enema Solution

Soda and Salt Enema Solution
An alkaline substance, baking soda can help neutralize acids, which are not good insider the human body; accordingly, this enema is excellent for people experiencing conditions (such as diabetes) that can lead to abnormal amounts of acidity inside the body.

This enema can do wonders for those persons needing to restore alkaline/acid imbalances. It can also help heal irritation produced by colitis and which can lead to ulcers.


  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 2 liters of filtered warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

Mix the ingredients until everything is dissolved. Put in the enema; hold for about 10 minutes.

Caution & Consideration

  • Don’t overuse this type of enema to avoid too much alkalinity.

7. Salty Water Enema Solution

This is perhaps one of the most versatile solutions, considering how much you do with it, including fighting the effects of constipation. This type of enema is usually well tolerated, rarely leads to complications, and can have several benefits, besides helping to restore defecation. You can hold this enema in for longer than others; it can help with the general cleansing of the colon.


  • Two tablespoons of sea salt
  • 2 liters of filtered warm water

Mix the ingredients well. Make sure the salt is fully dissolved. As has been stated, it’s okay and preferable to hold this enema in for longer than other types of enemas—about 45 minutes might be ideal, unless not feasible.


If administered carefully and conscientiously, these homemade enema solutions are all safe, effective and relatively comfortable. Just make sure that you don’t overuse or misuse any of them. By all means, consult a healthcare provider if symptoms persist or if the enema doesn’t work or leads to any type of complication.  If you think you need more information before using any of them, research yourself over the Internet.