For centuries, chestnut leaves have been used as a remedy against skin infections and other ailments. Due to their popularity as a folk remedy, science has decided to investigate what makes the leaves so powerful. Cassandra Quave from Emory University recently led an exciting research which showed that not only can the leaves destroy simple bacteria – they can even kill superbugs such as MRSA.
MRSA is a type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria which causes more than 20 000 deaths in the USA annually and affects millions of people. These antibiotic-resistant bugs are caused by our constant use of antibiotics. Over time, the bacteria and viruses can become resistant to the cure, effectively morphing into a stronger form.
And, although there’s still no effective cure against superbugs, chestnut leaves present a viable natural option. In the study, extract from the leaves was used against bacteria such as S. Aureus and it managed to destroy it without antibiotic resistance. This is an exciting discovery that could change the way we treat MRSA and other bugs in the future.
Quave went to Italy during the research where chestnut leaves have been used as a remedy for centuries. Locals in the towns she visited told her how to prepare a tea from the leaves which can then be used to reduce skin inflammation and infections. Quave’s team managed to isolate 94 compounds including oleanane and ursine, which were the most active against staph infections.
A single dose of the extract (50 gr.) was enough to treat MRSA lesions in lab mice and prevented red blood cell and tissue damage. The extract’s activity was not reduced even after 2 weeks. Human tests showed that the extract doesn’t harm the skin cells or microflora, meaning its greatly effective against the infection.
Watch the video below to learn more about how the remedy works:
Here’s another video which will show you how to prepare your own herbal tinctures: