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The Edgar Cayce Health Database


Use of the charred oak keg containing apple brandy was recommended in about 50 readings for respiratory problems, particularly tuberculosis. Charred oak kegs are used commercially in storage of aging liquors since the charcoal absorbs impurities from the liquor. This is probably why Cayce stressed keeping the brandy in this type of keg. Even so, the keg must be periodically rinsed with warm (only!) water to remove acids that have accumulated. In this way "there is less of that influence or force which arises from the acids that come from such infusions [of the brandy].

To prepare the keg for use:

  • Soak keg in water to swell; tighten metal bands as much as possible beforehand.
  • Place one or two bottles of the apple brandy in the keg and allow to sit overnight. The keg should be about 1/2 full.
  • Keep the keg warm (about 85 degree F.) by placing near a heating vent or on a heating pad.

To use the keg:

  • Using a tube, 1/2" in diameter, inhale the vapor in the upper part of the keg through the nostrils or mouth for three or four breaths.
  • Repeat the sessions about 3 or 4 times each day.
  • Keep the tube above the liquid so as to inhale the apple brandy fumes, not the brandy itself.


"First we would give that the body begin inhaling the fumes from pure apple brandy in a charred oak keg. Put half a gallon of pure apple brandy (such as Hildick's) in at least a gallon or a gallon and a half of charred keg. Prepare the keg so that two vents may go into one head of the keg after it has been corked. To one vent attach a little hose or a connection so that the fumes from the vacuum may be inhaled deeply into the lungs. The other vent is to allow air to enter, so that there is not the attempt to inhale against a vacuum. At least two or three times a day inhale these fumes into the lungs, blowing out through the nostrils when it is practical. Keep the keg in a warm place so that evaporation may occur easily.
Do this and it will change those activities in the lungs that once in a while do break through. Use these fumes regularly." (3154-1)

"The activity on this is not only for the destruction of live tubercle tissue, but it acts as an antiseptic for all irritated areas; also giving activity to cellular force of the corpuscle itself. It acts as a stimuli to the circulation, then, recharging each cell as it passes through areas so affected by the radiation of the gases from this fluid itself." (3176-1)

"For the properties inhaled will work with the activity of the respiratory system, as well as the properties contained therein will act upon the influences of the liver and kidneys in their ability to be purified - in the assimilating of these forces that arise from the infusion of these influences indicated." (1557-1)

"This will act not only as an antiseptic, but will so change the lung tissue as to bring about healing of the tissues, and will also increase the abilities of assimilation, and we will have improvements." (5053-1)

"These [inhalations] will irritate at first, but use through the nostril for the stopping of cough, as well as inhaling into the lungs." (3594-1)

"Do not attempt to inhale too much in the beginning, or it will be inclined to produce too much intoxication for the body." (2448-1)

"Keep the keg. This is as life itself. " (1548-4)

Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health Database.