Chestnut leaves have long been used in traditional folk remedies to treat skin infections and it has inspired new, exciting research, by Cassandra Quave, an ethnobotanist at Emory University.
What’s very remarkable is that instead of eliminating staph, this botanical extract works by taking away Staphlococcus aureus ability to produce contaminants that cause tissue damage.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year cause at least two million health problems and 23,000 deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since chestnut leaf extract, blocks Staphlococcus aureus virulence and pathogenesis without antibiotic resistance, this new discovery holds great promise in treating and preventing infections of methicillin-resistant S. aureus, or MRSA, without fueling the growing problem of drug-resistant pathogens.
Quave did numerous interviews, specifically in Italy, where local people and therapists told them how they would make a tea from the leaves of the chestnut tree and wash their skin with it to treat skin infections and inflammations.
The research team extracted 94 chemicals from the leaves and found that ursene and oleanene where the most active chemicals against staph.
A single small dose of the extract, at 50 micrograms, cleared up MRSA skin lesions in lab mice, stopping tissue damage and red blood cell damage. The extract does not lose activity, or become resistant, after two weeks of repeated exposure. And tests on human skin cells in a lab dish revealed that the botanical extract does not damage the skin cells, or the normal skin micro-flora.
Here’s a fantastic (short video) that explains how this amazing folk treatment works!