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Thyme with Maia Toll
Episode 101st December 2021 • Herbs with Rosalee • Rosalee de la Forêt
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Thyme is a potent antibacterial and antiviral herb, one of my favorites for respiratory congestion, and I am so excited to bring you this conversation about thyme with Maia Toll. You’ll also receive Maia’s recipe for thyme za’atar, which is a delicious way to enjoy thyme with eggs, bread, fish, pasta, veggies, salads… almost anything, really.

Maia is the author of the best selling and award-winning Wild Wisdom Series including The Illustrated Herbiary, The Illustrated Bestiary, The Illustrated Crystallary and The Wild Wisdom Companion. The seed for this series was planted when Maia apprenticed with a traditional healer in Ireland where she spent extensive time studying the growing cycles of plants, the alchemy of medicine making, and the psycho-spiritual aspects of healing. Maia’s books build on this foundation, eloquently translating patterns and metaphors from the natural world to help modern seekers understand and grow within their own lives. She also owns an herb shop called Herbiary, with locations in Asheville, Philadelphia, and online.

Listen in for:

► How thyme saved Maia’s mom from having to cancel her travel plans (Timestamp 12:19)

► Tips for working with thyme (Timestamps 16:35 and 23:00)

► The benefits of embracing a cyclical timeline (Timestamp 31:49)

► Maia’s advice for finding the middle ground as an herbalist (Timestamp 35:29)

Here is one of my favorite takeaways from our conversation:

“I was a clinical herbalist for over a decade, and the more you are working in something, the deeper your knowledge goes... Thyme is kind of the regular friend and anytime anything comes up, that's what I reach for.” (Timestamp: 11:39)

I loved spending time with Maia and I’m delighted to share our conversation with you!


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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and teaches many popular online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here