Herbal enemas are for more than just cleansing the colon. Herbal enemas are a very efficient way to achieve healing effects; the active substances in the herbs get absorbed by the intestinal walls and go directly into the blood stream. When herbs are taken orally some of the active substances are altered, weakened, or destroyed by the gastric juices before they are absorbed into the system.
Once administered, hold the herbal enema for 15-45 minutes. The longer you can hold it the better; this will allow for more absorption of the active substances.
If you have not done a recent colon cleanse or enema, it is recommended to do a cleansing enema before administering a herbal enema to achieve better effects. In this way, you will first remove the majority of fecal matter before administering the herbal enema and more of the herbal solution will be absorbed. You can use plain water or salt water for your cleansing enema. To see more cleansing enema solutions, read the page “7 Natural Enema Solutions You Can Use at Home”.
**Important** Before administering any enema, please read about the proper procedure for administering an enema and the contraindications for receiving an enema. “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Giving Yourself an Enema and Were Afraid to Ask” talks about this in detail.
Also, please note that many of the herbal enemas listed below are recommended for mild and chronic inflammations of the intestinal tract, but avoid using enemas during acute flare-ups of inflammatory bowel conditions. Most herbs are contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are pregnant, consult a health-care practitioner before administering a herbal enema.
Remember to use only filtered, chlorine-free water in your solutions and heat the enema solution to a comfortable temperature (between 37-40˚C or 98-104˚ F).
Note that the herbal enema recipes below are in litres, if you measure by quarts then use 1 quart of water for each litre. A litre is 1000ml, and a quart is 946ml, the difference is negligible.
Herbal Enema Solutions:
Aloe (Aloe vera)
Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Neem (Azadirachta indica)
Pau d’Arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa)
Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium
1. Aloe Enema
Aloe Vera is a very soothing and healing plant with strong anti-inflammatory properties. An aloe vera enema is good for those suffering from hemorrhoids, as it will help to stop any bleeding associated with the hemorrhoids and aid in healing. An aloe vera enema will also promote healing of the intestinal tract and will be beneficial for those with irritable bowel or diverticulitis.
Aloe Vera Enema Recipe:
1/3 to ½ cup aloe vera juice
2 litres warm filtered water
2. Burdock Enema
Burdock root is one of the best herbs for purifying the blood and correcting skin problems. A burdock enema aids in the elimination of calcium deposits and is beneficial for improving the functions of the kidneys and bladder.
Burdock Enema Recipe:
2 Tbsp burdock root
2 litres filtered water
Add the burdock to the water in a pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to an appropriate temperature. Strain the solution and administer. Retain the solution 15- 45 minutes.