The Complete Guide to Coffee Enemas

The Complete Guide to Coffee Enemas


Coffee Enemas: A Powerful Healing Tool

It may creep you out, but coffee enemas have been used throughout history, starting with the Egyptians.  In the 1800’s they were used in hospitals post surgery for pain and also in cases of accidental poisoning.  While we view coffee enemas as alternative medicine, they were actually listed in the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy until 1972 as standard conventional medicine treatment.  

When I first heard about coffee enemas it was through Gerson Therapy (Link), a therapy that uses them for the treatment of cancer.  After reading some stories about their healing of incurable diseases, I knew it was something I wanted to try.  I’ve done at least 3 enemas a week for over a year and it’s helped me with more energy, less brain fog, and clearer skin.  They’ve become a staple in my self care.  

How to Coffee Enemas Work

Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that coffee enemas stimulate the production of glutathione S-transferase by 700%.  This enzyme acts like an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and helps to clean the blood.  The caffeine causes the gallbladder and liver to release bile, which is neutralized and then excreted.  These  organs work hard and are desperate for detoxification due to poor nutrition, environmental toxins, and stored emotions.  

Here are some signs your liver needs a detox:

  • constipation
  • skin problems
  • brain fog
  • irritability or excessive anger
  • chronic fatigue
  • fatty liver
  • slow metabolism
  • gallstones
  • itchiness
  • frequent sickness and poor immune response
  • excessive gas
  • depression or mood disorders 
  • use of medication
  • allergies


If you are ready to take the plunge, the first step is to buy an enema kit.  There are many different kids available but its important to find one that is non-toxic.  I use this one (Link) because it’s BPA and phthalates free.  I also like it because I can take it with me for traveling.  Doing an enema once cured me from a brutal case of food poisoning in Bali.  There are also glass kits if you would like to avoid plastics all together.  

Next up is what coffee to choose.  There is debate over whether it’s better to use light or dark coffee, but I find both work.  It’s important to use organic coffee that is not flavored.  Decaf coffee will not work, because caffeine is necessary to stimulate the liver.  


You will need:

4 cups of distilled or filtered water boiled

2 tablespoons of coffee

  1. Boil 4 cups of water.  Once it reaches a boil, turn off heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of round coffee 
  2. Steep the coffee in the water for 20 minutes.  
  3. Make a comfortable place to lay down near toilet.  You can use a towel or a yoga mat.  It’s nice to also make the environment relaxing with some essential oils or a candle
  4. Strain then pour the coffee into your enema bag.  The coffee should be warm, but not hot.  A good way to test if the temperature is right is if you can submerge your hand comfortably.  
  5. Lay down on your towel or mat on your right side.  Relax. Use coconut oil as a lubricant on the enema insert.  
  6. Hang or hold the enema bag no more than 3 feet above you.  The higher the bag, the quicker it will go in.  
  7. Stay relaxed after the coffee is in and hold it there.  Hold as long as you can.  The goal is to retain for 12-15 minutes but it took me around 4 tries to get to that point.  


Obviously stay close to a toilet. Just hold as long as you can until you cannot. I could not hold it until around my 4th attempt.   As your intestinal wall strengthens this becomes easier. It’s normal to feel a bit icky, you are detoxifying your liver.  

I’ve come to find enemas a relaxing part of my self care routine.  I read or listen to podcasts and feel a relaxed energy afterwards.  I now read books, listen to music, and have inspirational moments of content creation during enemas.  

Benefits of Regular Coffee Enemas

  • repairs digestive tissue
  • cleanses liver 
  • improves blood circulation
  • helps heal gut
  • relives pain
  • improves immunity
  • helps brain fog and fatigue
  • helps digestion issues like bloating and constipation