Introducing our Hero 🧝♀️
In classical mythology, a hero is “a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity”… exactly how we like to view our flagship product, The Hero.
The Hero is a powerful mix of 12+ super herbs, cannabidiol (CBD) and ozonated extra-virgin olive oil. Each ingredient has been thoroughly researched and specifically chosen for the unique physical and mental health benefit it may offer.
At Mary’s Muse, we believe in cultivating happiness. We understand that everybody struggles with something and so it is our mission is to help you feel like a better version of yourself. By including The Hero in your daily wellness rituals we hope to bring you one step closer to living a happier, healthier and more balanced life.
Let’s dive a bit deeper into the ingredients to unpack the powerful benefits of The Hero.
CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that may offer a myriad of benefits including improving sleep, stress management, easing pain and inflammation, addressing anxiety and enhancing focus.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in cannabis (marijuana and hemp) plants. CBD doesn’t cause the “high” feeling often associated with cannabis. That feeling is caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a different type of cannabinoid.
The exact way CBD affects receptors in the brain isn’t fully understood, however, it has been found that it may positively alter serotonin signals. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, plays an important role in your mental health.
Some research has also shown that CBD stops the body from absorbing anandamide, a compound associated with regulating pain. So, increased levels of anandamide in the bloodstream may reduce the amount of pain a person feels.
In addition to this, cannabidiol has shown to limit inflammation in the brain and nervous system, which may benefit people experiencing pain, insomnia, and certain immune-system responses.
CBD, like all cannabinoids, are lipophilic, meaning that they love fat. They are most easily and readily absorbed when paired with a fat such as olive oil.
Ozonated extra-virgin olive oil
Not only is olive oil a key ingredient of The Hero because it assists the absorption of CBD, but it also has numerous health benefits.
Various epidemiological studies have shown that the incidence of inflammatory, cardiovascular, and tumour illnesses is generally lower in Mediterranean European countries (such as Greece, Italy, and Spain) than in other Western and Northern countries. This can be attributed to the high consumption of olive oil in the Mediterranean diet, which contributes to the daily requirement of vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and specific antioxidants, particularly represented by phenolic compounds and tocopherols.
Antioxidants play a primary role in resistance to oxidation and have been shown to exert numerous beneficial effects on the human body. Oxidative stress seems to be the main reason for many chronic and degenerative diseases and skin aging and thus olive oil may have a protective effect against this.
It has also been shown that the consumption of olive oil may improve blood pressure regulation and cholesterol content in the blood; these events, together with the inhibition of platelet aggregation and the reduction of LDL oxidation, are important to prevent the onset of atherosclerotic plaques and, in general, cardiovascular disease.
Olive oil also contains many monounsaturated fatty acids, including oleic acid, which is a key component of cellular membranes.
Bacopa monnieri, also called brahmi, water hyssop, thyme-leaved gratiola, and herb of grace, is a staple plant in traditional Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine.
Bacopa monnieri has been used by Ayurvedic medical practitioners for centuries for a variety of purposes, including protection against oxidative stress, reducing inflammation, boosting brain function, helping reduce ADHD symptoms, preventing stress and anxiety, helping lower blood pressure and providing anti-cancer properties.
A class of powerful compounds called bacosides in Bacopa monnieri is believed to be responsible for these health benefits.
Sceletium tortuosum is a plant that has been known and used in South Africa for centuries with the Khoisan introducing its mood elevating effects to the early colonisers around 1662.
Sceletium tortuosum is often used for anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug dependence, bulimia nervosa and obsessive-compulsive disorders as it contains mesembrine and other related compounds which act on the central nervous system as serotonin-uptake inhibitors.
Sceletium is also used to help address irritability in menopause, improve libido (when lack is due to anxiety) and help with post-traumatic stress disorder.
L-theanine is an amino acid which the human body does not produce (but which is also not essential). Green tea, black tea, and certain types of mushroom naturally contain L-theanine.
L-theanine may affect the levels of certain chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine, which influence mood, sleep, emotion; and cortisol, which helps the body deal with stress. A change in the balance of these chemicals can change a person's mood or stress levels.
In addition to this L-theanine may assist with better mental focus, increased cognitive performance, weight loss through the reduction of appetite, boosted immune system, anti-inflammatory properties and reduced blood pressure.
Rhodiola is an herb that grows in the cold, mountainous regions of Europe and Asia.
Its roots are considered adaptogens, meaning they help your body adapt to stress when consumed. The rhodiola root contains more than 140 active ingredients, the two most potent of which are rosavin and salidroside.
People in Russia and Scandinavian countries have used rhodiola to treat anxiety, fatigue and depression for centuries.
Today, it is widely used for benefits such as the reduction of stress and burn-out, fighting fatigue, reducing the symptoms of depression, improving brain function, improving exercise performance, lowering blood sugar, and its anti-cancer properties.
Ashwagandha is a plant, the root and berry of which are used to make medicine.
Ashwagandha probably has the most noted health benefits of all these studied herbs and has been used for arthritis, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), balance, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trouble sleeping (insomnia), tumours, tuberculosis, asthma, a skin condition marked by white patchiness (leukoderma), bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, Parkinson's disease, under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism), and chronic liver disease.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen meaning it helps the body adapt to stress, and it contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure, reduce levels of fat and sugar in the blood and alter the immune system.
Chaga mushroom is famous for its health benefits and can be traced back to a few centuries ago when Russians and North European nations used it in traditional medicine.
The Chaga mushroom boasts numerous therapeutic advantages such as; anti-cancer properties, antidiabetic components, regulating blood cholesterol, boosting the immune system, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, enhancing memory, improving digestive functions, and assisting the immune system through its antibacterial properties.
Ginkgo biloba extract is collected from the dried green leaves of the plant and people use it for a variety of reasons.
The therapeutic properties of the ginkgo plant are said to include treatment for blood disorders and memory problems, enhancement of cardiovascular function and to improve eye health.
Gingko contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, antioxidants that provide protection against oxidative cell damage from harmful free radicals. In this way, antioxidants are believed to help reduce the risk of cancer.
There is some evidence indicating that ginkgo can help people with dementia, through improved thinking and memory, better social behaviour and a better ability to perform everyday tasks.
Lion’s mane mushrooms, are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane as they grow. They have both culinary and medical uses in Asian countries like China, India, Japan and Korea.
Lion’s mane mushrooms contain bioactive substances that have beneficial effects on the body, especially the brain, heart and gut.
In the gut, Lion’s mane extract has been shown to protect against stomach and intestinal ulcers. In addition some research shows that it may help protect against oxidative stress and reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood sugar, and boost the immune system.
It has been found that Lion’s Mane contains compounds that could stimulate the growth of brain cells and protect them from damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease, and it may help relieve mild symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement researched thus far. Many high-quality studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor), which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in your brain. Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone, including depression and Alzheimer's disease, therefore, it may be effective in delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function
Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.
Arthritis is a common disorder characterized by joint inflammation. Many studies show that curcumin can help treat symptoms of arthritis and is in some cases more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs.
Curcumin has shown some promise in treating depression. Depression is also linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory. Curcumin boosts BDNF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes .
Lastly, due to its many positive health effects, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer, curcumin may aid longevity
Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is made from the resin of the Boswellia tree.
Used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years, frankincense appears to offer certain health benefits, from improved arthritis (through its anti-inflammatory effects) to digestion (also by reducing inflammation in your gut).
It is also said to reduce asthma due to compounds in the plant that may prevent the production of leukotrienes, which cause your bronchial muscles to constrict in asthma.
Some research shows that is may even help fight certain types of cancer by killing cancer cells and preventing tumours from spreading
Rosehip is part of the fruit that grows on the blossom of a wild rose called Rosa canina.
Rosehips are packed full of vitamin C, E and B, and other antioxidants and minerals. They also contain a substance that fights inflammation.
Rosehip powder might help lessen pain due to osteoarthritis. The supplement has been tested in many people with osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, hand, shoulder, neck, and other areas. Some doctors think rosehip might be an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Unlike NSAIDs, rosehip does not appear to thin the blood or cause stomach irritation and possible ulcers.
Compared with other fruits and vegetables, rose hips offer one of the highest levels of vitamin C. This vitamin, along with other compounds in rosehip tea, helps strengthen and protect your immune system.
The ‘cure-all’ of South African plants, Sutherlandia frutescens is widely praised for its immune boosting, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties used for ailments such as arthritis, cancer and as a treatment of adult-onset, type-2 diabetes mellitus. First records from the Dutch colonisers in the Cape reported the Khoisan and Nama people using decoctions made from Sutherlandia to disinfect wounds and break fevers.
The plant has been used traditionally to treat liver, kidney and stomach ailments, stimulate appetite and prevent wasting (used with success in HIV/AIDS patients) and to treat hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and gonorrhea.
It is also used in the treatment of mental and emotional stress, including irritability, anxiety and depression.
The use of buchu can be documented as a treatment for kidney and bladder problems for more than three centuries and evidence suggests it may have been used as an herbal medicine for thousands of years.
Dutch Afrikaners adopted it for the treatment of kidney stones, arthritis, cholera and muscle aches as well as urinary tract infections (UTI). There are claims that it was used for mild pain relief as well.
Today, Buchu is a common ingredient in many well-known pre-menstrual medications and has been researched for those suffering from high blood pressure.
Some claim that buchu is South Africa’s “miracle herb” with potent natural anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, antifungal and antibacterial properties, enabling it to act as a natural antibiotic with no side-effects.
Buchu contains naturally occurring antioxidants and bioflavonoids such as Quercetin, Rutin, Hesperidin, Diosimin, Diosphenol and Vitamins A, B and E.
There you have it, all the healthful, insightful, delightful context behind Mary’s Muse’s Hero.
It is our belief that optimal health depends on greater exposure to natural ingredients, rather than those that are not found in nature, and by harnessing the power of these natural ingredients, we hope to help you reach a state of inner balance or health.
So, whether you are a believer or not, we encourage you to give The Hero a try.
You have nothing to lose, but potentially a lot to gain.