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Milk and Molasses Enema Recipe


Updated February 17, 2011

Oil-retention enemas can be helpful in patients who are impacted, meaning stool is so large and hard that it is obstructing the colon. An example of an oil-retention enema is a milk-and-molasses enema. Always consult with your health care provider before administering an enema at home.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 8 oz. warm water
  • 3 oz. powdered milk
  • 4.5 oz. molasses


1. Put water and powdered milk in a plastic jar. Close the jar and shake until fully mixed.

2. Add the molasses and shake the jar again until the mixture appears to have an even color throughout.

3. Pour the mixture into an enema bag. Gently insert the enema tubing a few inches inside the rectum. Do not force the tube and stop if you meet any resistance. Hold the bag high until all the liquid has been drained into the rectum.

4. Repeat every six hours until good results are achieved.

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