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castor oil packs for soothing the bowel January 10, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 9:17 pm

I’m a great fan of Castor oil packs for soothing an irritated bowel and increasing movement in a sluggish bowel, it has quite a few other uses as well, below is some great information on the benefits of Castor Oil, Enjoy and try making a bottle of this wonder oil a fixture in your cabinet.

Castor oil is a very unique substance. While most of us are familiar with its use as a remedy for constipation, healers  around the world have used castor oil to treat a wide variety of conditions. Its effectiveness is probably due in part to its peculiar chemical composition.

Castor oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids. Almost 90 percent of its fatty acid content consists of ricinoleic acid. To my knowledge, ricinoleic acid is not found in any other substance except castor oil. Such a high concentration of this unusual, unsaturated fatty acid is thought to be responsible for castor oil’s remarkable healing abilities.

Ricinoleic acid has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of numerous species of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds. (J Am Oil Chem Soc 61;37.323-325.) This would explain the high degree of success in the topical use of the oil for treating such ailments as ringworm, keratoses (non-cancerous, wart-like skin growths), skin inflammation, abrasions, fungal-infected finger- and toenails, acne and chronic pruritus (itching). Generally, for these conditions the area involved is simply wrapped in cloth soaked with castor oil each night, or if the area is small enough, a castor oil soaked Band-Aid can be used. (For persistent infections and those finger- and toenails that have discolored and hardened, a good 10 to 20 minute soak in Epsom salts, prior to applying the castor oil, usually speeds up the healing process.)

The castor bean plant is actually native to India, where it is called “Erand.” There we found it being used extensively for all types of gastrointestinal problems like constipation, dysentery and inflammatory bowel disease. It was also used to treat bladder and vaginal infections and asthma. We were told the seed kernels or hulls (without the actual seed) could be boiled in milk and water and taken internally to relieve arthritis and lower back pain accompanied by sciatica.

Much of the current use of castor oil packs, can be attributed to the late healing psychic, Edgar Cayce. Time after time he recommended their use.  This is probably due to two reasons. First, it’s just too simple. It’s hard for most people to imagine that something as simple as castor oil packs could have a profound effect on any health problem. Secondly, in our present health care system, positive results alone do not constitute the critical factor in determining whether a treatment will be accepted by the medical establishment. [Everybody (except probably the poor patient) now seems to be more concerned about how something is supposed to work, than whether it actually works at all.] Recent research data presented by longtime follower of Edgar Cayce, Dr. William McGarey of Phoenix, Arizona, might help shed some light on how castor oil works. I’m always encouraging clients to use Castor oil packs for a sluggish bowel.

When used properly, castor oil packs improve the function of the thymus gland and other areas of the immune system. More specifically, he found in two separate studies that patients using abdominal castor oil packs had significant increases in the production of lymphocytes compared to increases among those using placebo packs.

Lymphocytes are the disease-fighting cells of your immune system. They are produced and housed mainly in your lymphatic tissue. This includes the thymus gland, the spleen, the lymph nodes and the lymphatic tissue that lines the small intestine (called Peyer’s patches, or more commonly, aggregated lymphatic follicles). Strangely, other than knowing it produces the body’s white blood cells, most doctors are not very knowledgeable about the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is an amazingly complex structure. It works hand in hand with both the blood circulatory system and the digestive system.

In the circulatory system newly oxygenated blood from the lungs moves from the heart along smaller and smaller arteries until it reaches the smallest vessels called capillaries. It is in these microscopic tubules that the blood exchanges oxygen and nutrients for cellular waste products with surrounding body cells. The capillaries then gradually become larger and form veins through which the unoxygenated, waste-carrying blood returns back to the lungs and then to the heart to be recirculated time and time again.

Much of the fluid accompanying the blood and large protein molecules leak from these capillaries. Additional fluids and waste products are expelled from every cell in the body. These fluids accumulate in the small spaces between the cells. If all of this material weren’t somehow removed we would begin to swell like a toad and die within a matter of 24 hours. Fortunately, we have a completely separate circulation system, called the lymphatic system, that is able to absorb and remove these fluids, proteins and waste materials. With the exception of the brain, where these proteins and fluids flow directly into the fluid that surrounds them, the extensive lymphatic network has hundreds of miles of tubules that cover the entire body. Through these tubules all of this material is returned to the blood so it can be utilized or eliminated from the body. (There is no pathway, other than the lymphatic system, that excess protein molecules can use to return to the circulatory system.)

Also, along these lymphatic tubules you’ll find bulb-shaped masses called lymph nodes, which act as filters and produce antibodies when foreign proteins are encountered. I’m sure you’ve experienced the tenderness and swelling of an inflamed lymph node at one time or another. It is usually a result of antibodies fighting an infection either in the node itself or somewhere in the draining area of that particular lymph chain.

In addition to returning leaking fluid from the circulation system and creating antibodies for the immune system, the lymphatic system also performs another very important function. Clumps of lymphatic tissue, called Peyer’s patches, are spread throughout the small intestine. Unlike other nutrients, fat molecules are generally too large to be absorbed directly from the intestine. Instead, they are absorbed by these patches and transported along the lymphatic system and then released into the blood stream where they can be carried throughout the body. Between 80 to 90 percent of all the fat absorbed from the gut requires the help of the lymphatic system.

When it comes to treating the majority of health problems, the status of your lymphatic system is rarely given any consideration whatsoever. Medical students are taught that a failure of the lymphatic system is obvious to detect because it is accompanied by “pitting” edema (the accumulation of fluid in the tissues, i.e. swelling, usually in the feet, ankles or hands). The test for “pitting” edema is rather simple. A finger is pressed into the skin at the area of the swelling and then quickly removed. The skin stays depressed, forming a small “pit”, which remains until the fluid outside the cells has time to return to the area (this can take anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds). Unfortunately, research studies have shown that “pitting” edema and other signs of fluid retention can’t be observed until fluid levels outside the cells reach 30 percent above normal. In other words, you can have a serious lymphatic drainage problem long before it can be detected.

Several problems occur when the lymph drainage slows and fluids begin to accumulate around the cells. First, the individual cells are forced further and further away from the capillaries. The amount of oxygen and nourishment they receive is decreased. Under exertion or stress some cells may die. Additionally, cells are forced to survive in their own waste and toxic by-products. This situation can eventually lead to the degeneration and destruction of organs. For example, poor lymphatic drainage of the heart can lead to tissue damage and even heart failure. Similar problems occur in the liver, the kidneys and other organs.

A good analogy would be if you confined yourself to one room of your house. Someone could bring you food and water, but not remove any of your waste products. Eventually you would have difficulty remaining healthy in such an environment. As your waste accumulated, not only would you become sick, those around you would begin to experience the same fate. Just like it is for each cell, in addition to nourishment and oxygen, the removal of waste products is essential for continued health of the entire body.

Fluid accumulation outside the cells also stretches the tissue in the area. The more it stretches and the longer it remains that way, the harder it becomes to correct the problem.

Regardless of the health problem, most doctors generally assume the lymphatic system is working adequately. This assumption is made at the peril of the patient. Research has shown that as we age certain organs begin to degenerate. The thymus gland is a key component of the immune system. It is initially responsible for the proper development of the lymphatic system and is practically absent in older individuals. Peyer’s patches, those clumps of lymphatic tissue found in the small intestine, begin to get smaller with age and are often destroyed by certain diseases like typhoid fever. (Cayce felt that the overall health and well-being of an individual was directly related to the health of these Peyer’s patches. He stated on several occasions, that a certain compound formed in these patches was necessary for maintaining the integrity of the nervous system. He may very well be correct. To this day, we still don’t totally understand the functions and importance of either the thymus gland or Peyer’s patches.)

Efforts should be taken to improve the function of the lymphatic system in every health problem. This applies to AIDS, as well as heart disease, hemorrhoids and everything in between. No drug exists that has the ability to improve lymphatic flow; however, the job can easily be handled through the topical application of castor oil.

When castor oil is absorbed through the skin, several extraordinary events take place. The lymphocyte count of the blood increases. This is a result of a positive influence on the thymus gland and/or lymphatic tissue.

The flow of lymph increases throughout the body. This speeds up the removal of toxins surrounding the cells and reduces the size of swollen lymph nodes. The end result is a general overall improvement in organ function with a lessening of fatigue and depression.

As toxicity is reduced, the pH of the saliva becomes less acidic, indicating improved health. The Peyer’s patches in the small intestine become more efficient in their absorption of fatty acids, which are essential for the formation of hormones and other components necessary for growth and repair.

Common Methods of Using Castor Oil

The most common way to use castor oil (and most objectionable, I might add) has been to take it orally. Generally, oral doses are used to correct constipation. The recommended dose is usually 1 tablespoon for adults and 1 teaspoon for children. You can usually expect a “purging” of the system in about four to six hours.

Rubbed or Massaged Directly Into the Skin

For several conditions I’ll mention later, the oil can simply be rubbed into the skin. It can also be used as a massage oil which seems to be especially effective when applied along the spinal column. If the oil is massaged into the body, the direction of the massage should always follow the same path as the underlying Iymphatic drainage system.

Conditions Responding to Topical Application

Oftentimes there is no need for castor oil packs; amazing results can be obtained by simply applying it directly to the skin. The following is a short list of some of the more common ailments it can remedy:

skin keratosis
fungal and bacterial infections
abdominal stretch marks (prevention)
sebaceous cysts
senile lentigo (“liver” or “aging” spots)
muscle strains
ligament sprains

Castor Oil Packs

One of the most useful and least utilized methods of using castor oil is to employ packs. Packs are an economical and efficient method of absorbing the ricinoleic acid and other healing components of castor oil directly into body tissues. (The following basic procedure was outlined in several of the readings of Edgar Cayce.)

To make this simple version of a castor oil pack you will need the following items: cold pressed castor oil, a heat pack or hot water bottle,  a plastic shopping bag or cling wrap, a cotton flannel 

1. Start by smearing a large puddle of castor oil over your belly, don’t rub it in just smear it 

2. On top of the oil lay a flannel then the  plastic wrap or bag. 

4. Then lay a heat pack, rest for an hour or so

5. When you remove the pack, the remaining oil can be massaged into the skin or cleaned off using a little soda water made from 1 quart of warm water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.

6. You can wash out the flannel and reuse next time.


Tanya “the poo fairy”



the wonders of coffee enema colonics

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 4:24 am

Its been about 3 months now that we have introduced coffee colonics to the clinic and I’m very happy we have as the benefits have really been worthwhile, easier releasing, increased feeling of wellbeing after a colonic and fast tracking detoxification. Listed are some great benefits of coffee enemas or colonics. The article is based on doing home enemas. You can get a coffee colonic at our clinic.

  • Increased alkalinity of the intestinal tract.  This is due to enhanced bile flow.
  • Coffee has a strong affinity for and astringent action upon the colon and colonic mucosa.  I do not know why this is so, but it appears to the case, in our experience.  An astringent means it help dislodge old feces and other material and thus keeps the large intestine cleaner.  A common contributor to ill health is the production and absorption of toxins within the small and large intestines. If food is not digested properly, sugars ferment and protein putrefies or rots.  Both processes generate toxic chemicals which are then absorbed into the liver.
  • Improved digestion.  This is due to enhanced bile flow, and by killing or disabling harmful micro-organisms and parasites in the intestines, and perhaps other mechanisms such as alkalinizing the small bowel.
  • Enhanced liver activity.  This is due to the activity of the caffeine, and perhaps other components in the coffee.  It also has to do with acupunture theory.  Technically, introducing water and coffee into the colon weakens the large intestine meridian somewhat.  This can enhance the liver meridian in acupuncture theory.  Commonly, the liver is weak and the intestinal meridian is often overstimulatedby the presence of toxins in the large bowel.  Even if it is not overstimulated, the effect of the coffee enema, in terms of acupuncture meridians, is to enhance the energy of the liver/gall bladder meridian to some degree.
  • Selenium.  Coffee contains some selenium, a mineral needed by most people.  Taking the selenium by rectum apparently works better than taking it by mouth in some ways.
  • Protection against toxins in coffee.  Coffee contains some toxic metals such as lead and cadmium.  However, it appears from our experience that when taken by rectum, these are not absorbed nearly as much as they are when coffee is taken through the mouth.  The colon is designed to filter out toxic substances and leave them in the colon, and to absorb mainly water.  This may be one reason why drinking coffee is toxic, but coffee used in an enema is much less so.
  • Downward motion.  Retaining the enema for 15 minutes or so forces one to move one’s attentiondownward toward the pelvic area.  This has a subtle and powerful healing effect.  To read more about this, read the article on a website entitled Downward Energy And Healing.
  • Yang effect.  Coffee is a fairly yang bean, especially when roasted, and for most people the coffee enema may have a yang effect on the body.
  • Sympathetic relaxation.  Coffee enemas cause relaxation of the sympathetic nervous system.  This may seem odd, since they contain caffeine which is a stimulant.  Possible reasons for relaxation of the sympathetic nervous system include: 1) stimulation of two important parasympathetic organs, the liver and the large intestine, 2) removal of irritating toxins from the body rapidly and thoroughly, 3) more subtle mechanisms that affect the nerve feedback in a way that inhibits the sympathetic nerves, 4) downward motion of energy.
  • Increased glutathione activity. The compounds kahweol and cafestol found in coffee enhance glutathione S-transferase activity in the liver.  This enzyme assists liver detoxification that neutralizes and helps remove a large variety of toxic compounds.
  • Improved hydration. While it may seem minor, some people are quite dehydrated and the addition of several cups of water in the enema improves this rather serious but hard to identify situation.
  • Improved root energy center activity.  When one does a coffee enema, one must lock the root chakra or energy center.  This is done by tightening the anal sphincter, which is necessary to retain the coffee solution.  It is known in yoga and other ancient texts that locking the root chakra helps greatly to circulate etheric or subtle chi or energy in the body.  While this is subtle, some people can feel the benefit of this practice.
  • Coffee is a strong warming agent.  Slow oxidizers, in particular, are often cold.  This refers not only to their temperature, but to their general demeanor and yin condition.  Coffee may be beneficial because it is a warming or more yang herb, and appears safe administered in enema form or delivery system.  I do not recommend drinking coffee, although one cup daily is not too bad.
  • Yeast elimination from the colon, but this requires more water.  This is a wonderful benefit for some people who are full of yeast.  For this to occur, one must put about 2 quarts of water into the colon, and must rub the colon vigorously to get the water to penetrate into the pockets of the colon to dislodge the yeast organisms.  This is a mechanical benefit, and less related to the use of the coffee. Adding some crushed garlic to the enema water may help this a little by a chemical mechanism.

How often?

One enema per day to assist detoxification or to enhance liver activity is fine to begin with.  Two or perhaps even three enemas daily may be taken safely, however, especially during a healing reaction of if one feels much better by using them two or even three times daily for a few months or even longer. At the clinic we usually do a coffee colonic once a week for 3 to 6 weeks, in conjunction with a very clean diet of mostly vegetables, fish, egg,  fruit, natural yogurt and kefir.

How long.  For best results, a program of coffee enemas should be carried on for at least a year, and preferably for much longer.  I have been having colonics for 25 yrs..and i will now be doing a short coffee colonic at least once a week, this takes about 15mins.

When.  You can do a coffee enema at any time of the day.  However, coffee enemas taken in the evening may interfere with sleep, in a few people, due to the caffeine effect.  Indeed, if one feels ill during the night, a coffee enema may help relieve the symptoms, such as a headache, and allow one to go back to sleep rapidly.

The coffee is easiest to retain for 15 minutes or so after you have had a bowel movement so the colon is less full of feces.  To have a bowel movement first, in the morning, you may need to drink some warm water or eat a few nuts, seeds or other food.  Otherwise, you may need to do a quick plain water enema to wash out the large intestine before you do your coffee retention enema.  Some people do not find it necessary to have a bowel movement before doing their coffee enema.

With a coffee enemas, one may get a slight rush from the caffeine, but it is not like drinking coffee, which I do not recommend..

Where and how?  Make yourself comfortable.  Some people spread a towel or two on the bathroom floor.  Much more comfortable is to use a thick mat or yoga mat of some kind so you can relax during the coffee enema.  Use a pillow for your head if you are more comfortable.  Make sure the area is nice and warm.  Bring in a small heater, if needed.

Some people like to begin by lying in the bathtub, although this is not necessary.  For the first few enemas, you may have a slight accident with coffee spurting out, so have a towel handy and preferably lie on a folded towel.

Hippocrates health have a website with home enema kits available.

How to relax with a coffee enema.  To retain the coffee for 15 minutes or so requires that you relax.  So put on some quiet music, meditate, breathe deeply, or even watch television or listen to the radio while you are doing your retention enema.



When done properly, coffee enemas do not cause habituation, constipation or any rectal problems.  They might cause some constipation in a few cases, but often this is because the fecal matter is removed daily, so there is less to remove.  In 30 years of clinical nutrition practice, I have not seen any significant negative effects of coffee enemas at all.  However, observe the following cautions.

1. Hemorrhoids, anal or rectal fissures and rectal prolapse.  These conditions, if severe, can make doing coffee enemas a little painful or even impossible.  In my experience, mild cases of hemorrhoids are not a problem.  Anal and rectal fissures can usually be healed quite easily.  One excellent treatment is to place about 1-2 inches of very hot water in a bath tub.  Add 4 pounds of Epsom salts to the water and mix it thoroughly with your hand.  Now sit in the bath water for about 20 minutes.  Repeat this daily for several weeks or as long as it takes to heal the fissures.

If one has hemorrhoids, use extra care inserting the enema tip.  Some people with hemorrhoids find the enemas irritating.

Another possible remedy if the ones above do not work is to first insert a well-lubricated colon tube in the rectum so that the coffee and water will be released far away from the fissures or hemorrhoids.  A colon tube is usually a 30-inch soft rubber tube that is available on the internet. However, this may not solve the problem in all cases.

2. Problems retaining the coffee enema.  A small number of people are unable to retain even a cup of water for the required 15 minutes.  If you have this problem, try retaining it for 10 minutes, which is probably adequate.  Also, you may begin using less coffee or less water in these cases.  Retain the small amount for as long as possible, and then insert more, retaining that amount for as long as possible as well.

There seems to be no harm if one wishes to retain the enema longer than 15 minutes.  Below are some other hints if you have trouble retaining the enema.  While enemas may seem uncomfortable, many clients report the procedure is so helpful they soon forget the inconvenience.


3. Problems tolerating caffeine.  Most people who cannot tolerate caffeine well are able to do coffee enemas without a problem.  They may need to begin with a very small amount of coffee until their bodies grow accustomed to the enemas.  However, a very few clients could not tolerate any caffeine at all.  These people were unable to use coffee enemas.  At the time, I did think to have them try decaffeinated coffee, although this might have helped.  Decaffeinated coffee usually still contains a small amount of caffeine.

There is no question that caffeine is a mild toxin to the body.  However, in the enema it seems to have a different effect of stimulating the release of more bile from the liver.  This is used in this procedure in a beneficial way.

4. Allergies to coffee.  Rarely, a person is allergic to coffee.  This is very rare, however.

5. Watery feeling and weakness.  Coffee enemas are somewhat yin in Chinese medical terminology, as they involve placing water in the colon, and water is yin.  This is not a problem for most people.  However, those who are more yang may find it objectionable.  They may find themselves somewhat weakened by the coffee enema.  While unpleasant, this is usually more than offset by the benefits of the procedure.

6. Upsetting digestion afterwards.  A few people report digestive upset after a coffee enema. This may be a yin effect, described above, or an effect upon the kidney and liver meridians, both of which are stimulated by the coffee enema.  It usually passes quickly.  An excellent preventive or remedy is to rub the feet for about 1 minute each, especially the second and third toes – all around these toes.  This is a reflexology method that seems to relieve this discomfort in most, if not all cases.

7. Lowering blood sugar.  A coffee enema often will lower the blood sugar.  This can cause some weakness and shakiness.  Eating something soon after doing the enema generally relieves the situation.  Some people prefer to eat something before the enema, such as some yogurt, nuts, a few organic blue tortilla chips, or leftover vegetables.

8. Weakening the yin organs and enhancing the liver and kidney energy.  These are energetic effects of the coffee enema.  They are helpful for most people, which may be one reason why the coffee enema is so helpful for many people.  Occasionally, they cause adverse effects of various kinds.  One of these effects is a few people report worse posture with more kyphosis after an enema.  This is temporary in all cases.


Organic coffee only..!!


Note: This method recommends using about 2 cups of water in the enema.  You may use more, but it is not necessary.  If you cannot hold the enema well, use less if this helps.


Step 1. Materials

Buy a 2-quart enema bag with a clamp. The enema/douche bag combination is easier to use.

Buy any brand of regular coffee – Organic only, available at most supermarkets and health food stores.

Step 2. Preparation of coffee

There are three methods. The coffeemaker and the boil methods are best.

1. Coffee maker.  Place a cup or so of water in a coffee maker, along with ½ teaspoon to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee and turn the machine one.  When starting to do enemas, use less coffee in case you are sensitive to it.
When the coffee is ready, add more water to cool the mixture to body temperature.  The coffee made with a coffeemaker will not be quite as strong as with the boil method, so you may need a little more coffee using a coffee maker.


2. The boil method. 
* Place 2 to 3 cups of purified water and two to three tablespoons of coffee in a saucepan and bring to a boil (or use a coffee maker).

* Let it boil 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow it to cool. One or two ice cubes may be added to speed the cooling process.  You may make a larger quantity and use it for several enemas.

* Wait until the water is comfortable to the touch.  If the water is too hot or too cold, retaining the enema will be more difficult.  Strain the liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter paper into a clean enema bag.  Screw on the top of the enema bag.  The enema is now ready.


3. The alternative non-boil method:
* Place 1 cup of ground coffee in a container with 2 cups of water. Stir the mixture thoroughly and allow it to soak overnight. (You may make a larger quantity if desired.)

* In the morning, filter the liquid through coffee filter paper or a fine strainer. Place in a jar for storage in the refrigerator.

* To prepare an enema, pour 2 cups of purified water into the enema bag. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of the coffee liquid from the jar.


Step 3. Preparing to take the enema

* Be sure the plastic hose is pushed or fastened well onto the enema bag and the thin enema tip is attached to the other end.

* Remove any air from the enema tube the following way.  Grasp but do not close the clamp on the hose.  Place the tip in the sink.  Hold up the enema bag above the tip until the water begins to flow out. Then close the clamp. This expels any air in the tube.

* Lubricate the enema tip with a small amount of soap or oil. (Too much lubrication will cause the tip to fall out of the rectum, creating a mess!).


Step 4. Taking the enema

* The position preferred by most people is lying on one’s back on a towel, on the bathroom floor or in the bath tub.

* With the clamp closed, place the enema bag on the floor next to you, or hang the bag about one foot above your abdomen.

* Insert the tip gently and slowly.  Move it around until it goes all the way in.

* Open the clamp and hold the enema bag about one foot above the abdomen. The water may take a few seconds to begin flowing.  If the water does not flow, you may gently squeeze the bag.  If you develop a cramp, close the hose clamp, turn from side to side and take a few deep breaths. The cramp will usually pass quickly.

* When all the liquid is inside, the bag will become flat.  Close the clamp. You can leave the tube inserted, or remove it slowly.

* RETAIN THE ENEMA FOR 15 MINUTES.  See below if you have difficulties with this.  You may remain lying on the floor, or lie in bed with a towel under your mid-section to protect against leaks.  Do not walk around.  Use the time to read a book, meditate, or listen to a CD, etc.


Step 5. Finishing up

* After 15 minutes or so, go to the toilet and empty out the water. It is okay if some water remains inside.  If water remains inside often, you are  dehydrated.  Rubbing your abdomen while sitting on the toilet may help eliminate the water, but don’t worry it will come out eventually or reabsorb into your colon.

* Wash the enema bag and tube thoroughly with soap and water.

Hints regarding enemas:

* If possible, do the enema after a bowel movement to make it easier to retain the coffee. If this is not possible, take a plain water enema first if needed, to clean out the colon.

* If  gas is a problem, some exercise before the enema may eliminate the gas.

* It is not essential but is helpful if the water fills the entire colon. You can assist by first lying on your right side for 5 minutes, then on your back for 5 minutes, and then on your left side for 5 minutes.

* If water will not flow around the entire colon, you may gently massage your abdomen. Some people attach a 30-inch colon tube to the tip of the enema tube, and insert the tube so the water will reach the right side of the colon.

* If the enema makes you jittery, reduce the amount of coffee.

* The enema may lower your blood sugar. If so, have a sip of juice or tea  just before or after taking the enema.

* If you have trouble holding the enema, here are suggestions.

1) Be patient.  Practice makes perfect.
2) The water may be too hot or too cold.  Be sure the water temperature is comfortable.
3) It may help to place a small pillow or rolled up towel under your buttocks so the water flows down hill into your colon.
4) If trouble continues, try reducing the amount of coffee or add 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses to the water.

ENJOY….Love Tanya “the poo fairy”


why you need this mineral every day January 8, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 11:34 pm

Magnesium, this mineral taken daily can make so much difference to your poo !! Why because it relaxes the bowel, which is a muscle, if we are tense and tight the bowel will knot up so tight and refuse to relax and LET GO…It also draws water into the bowel, these two actions together make the whole daily poo experience very satisfying, so if your on the dry hard stubborn bowel side of things try 1 flat tsp on magnesium powder a day.  I like Ultra muscle eze powder, but there are several brands available ie Blackmores just ask in your local health food store.  You can take it in water or add to your breakfast smoothie….here’s a great daily poo friendly smoothie recipe

BERRY smoothie

1 cup of your favourite berries (fresh or frozen)

1 cup of filtered water

1 cup of organic milk of your choice, goat cow soy rice or almond

1 tsp honey (optional)

1 tsp magnesium powder

1 tsp slippery elm powder

half tsp psyllium (optional) can replace with linseed meal

1 tsp flaxseed oil

pinch of cinnamon

ice (optional)

blend all ingredients and enjoy


away from home and pooing January 5, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 9:12 pm

Well its still holiday season still for many and the big question I get is when I travel my bowel shuts down..So I’ll give you some tips on what to do when this annoying problem occurs..

First take some gentle cleansing herbs with you when you go away, a good one is Aim Herbal Fibreblend, available from my website or any product from the health food shop with cascara sagrada in it, no senna as it can be way too harsh..Also some magnesium powder is good. Take something the eve prior to travel and this will help the bowel kick in with its normal rhythm, try to keep your normal morning rituals in place to encourage the bowels to open.  Not rushing,and  a warm drink.

evening concoction

1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil (this maybe tricky to travel with)

1 cascara sagrada capsule

1 tsp magnesium powder (ultra muscle eze is great)

1 tsp Aim herbal fibreblend (or psyllium)

1 tsp slippery elm powder

mix all together in half a cup of water or juice.

drink at least 1.5  – 2 litres of water each day

eat 1 to 2 pieces of fruit and at least 1 bowl of vegetables ie salad or steamed or stirfried.

ease of on grains…and red meat…..



Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 9:08 am

I first was led to squatting 25 yrs ago when i had my first colonic, I had a wonderful therapist who after the colonic guided me to the loo and showed me how to squat up on the porcelain rim of the toilet…I enthusiastically propped myself up and found it really comfortable…and to this day its the only way for me. You will never look back, keep reading and there are instructions on exactly how to do this. 

Squatting feels so natural because it is the natural way to have easy and complete bowel movements.

Our bodies are anatomically designed to eliminate in the squatting position. Two-thirds of the world’s population do it. When you look at nature, so do all the animals (it’s instinctive). It is we westerners who make up the last third and we are the ones who have created amazing diseases, degenerative conditions and extremely congested systems. By having bowel movements in the seated position, we have also contributed to our chronic constipation, bladder weakness, prolapses, prostatic swelling and inflammation, and painful, bleeding haemorrhoids.

Have you ever had that feeling of ‘unfinished business’? Its really common and the dialogue I hear the most in my clinic. Squatting really does help alleviate this feeling. It can take a little time to get used to squatting but once mastered, mission accomplished.

When we sit on the toilet to have a bowel movement, the last part of the colon is kinked (see diagram 1 ). The reason for the kink is to prevent us from leaking while we are upright. We find ourselves ‘bearing down’ and pushing, causing enormous internal strain. In fact, you could call it a repetitive strain injury (RSI) of a lifetime. The effort required to force open the anal canal bursts sensitive capillaries causing haemorrhoids, weakening, yet at the same time stressing, the poor little bowel.

When squatting, the bowel aligns itself naturally and the kink is straightened due to the pelvic  tilt, thus allowing the rectum to open completely and effortlessly; no strain occurs. You will notice a greater sense of ease and will also pass much more.

Bowel movements are incomplete when we sit; a certain amount stays behind every time, hence ‘unfinished business’. So, if you added up an average of one bowel movement each day, multiply that by 365 days each year for every year you’ve been alive, that amounts to an enormous build-up. Imagine that!

To squat on an average western toilet, simply raise the seat and stand upon the rim, slowly squat down until your knees and thighs are pressing against your chest (see diagram 2).

Now relax and allow all your body weight to be taken by your feet, especially your heels. A hand or towel rail, wall or chair can give you added support if needed. This position may for some of you, feel extremely uncomfortable, unsteady or really, really silly. Persevere and practise each day until you feel completely at ease. It is so worthwhile! Knowing what I know and feeling the obvious benefits, I wouldn’t do it any other way. If you do struggle to squat on the toilet rim try at first placing a steady stool in front of the toilet so your knees are higher than your hips.  Also you open your mouth wide on the out breath and make an AAH sound this helps open up the canal as well..truly !!!

So for speedy, efficient, effortless and enormous bowel movements, try squatting because ‘squatters do it better’!

Last but not least. When you feel the urge to move your bowel, don’t ignore it, take the time to honour this feeling, because your body is talking to you. Its so worth the results.


first tip on how to get things going

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 2:53 am

So you wake up and its a new day, what better way to start the day with the Perfect Poo ! or close to for some is more than enough.

You can aid this by RELAXING…the bowel needs and wants to feel relaxed, start with as soon as you wake in bed massaging your belly in a clockwise direction with a nurturing hand…speak kindly to your bowel, because trust me if you dont its going to lock up and behave like a stubborn 2 yr old. So gentle words of encouragement go a long way…using your breath bringing the breath all the way down to the belly as you gently this for about 5 to 10 mins.  The bowel is a muscle and if you wake up in a state of stress or anxiety you aren’t giving it the best chance to GO, you can eat all the fruit and veges possible religiously for weeks on end the so called perfect diet and if your stressed no go…it just aint gonna go…certainly you can give it the best possible fibre and nutrition…but STRESS is the shut down.

Next its drink a big glass of room temperature  water..(filtered preferred) this will stimulate the cleansing process, then make a warm drink the warm water will add to the stimulation. Some choices below

1.  Hot water with a dash of lemon

2.  Hot water with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a drop of agave syrup

3.  Home made Chai tea….or just plain Formosan Tea

4.  Decaf coffee freshly made

5.  Herb tea of your choice




January 4, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 10:59 am

Welcome to my much awaited poo fairy blog

My aim here is too have frank forum on the perils of poo…..first Im navigating my way thru wordpress so be patient

and we will get started very soon…