December 6, 2023

Episode 26:

Let’s Chat w/ jim mcdonald, HerbCraft

During this action-packed interview, jim mcdonald gives a us a mini-tour of his herb cabinet, shares his go-to winter tea recipe, talks about his Lindera herb workshops, and even tells us about his very first herb experience!

Episode Guest

Episode Guest

In 1994, jim mcdonald’s life changed when he drank tea from a wild plant that he harvested from the land he lived upon. Since those first sips of strange tea, his life in the woods and meadows of southeast Michigan has been centered on the plants & ecosystems of that land, and how he might share their virtues to restore wellness with those around him. jim’s approach to herbcraft is deeply rooted in the land he lives upon, and blends traditional European folk influences with 19th century eclectic and physiomedical vitalism, which he conveys with story, experience, humor, common sense and lore to students, clients, random passersby, and readers of his websites. He’s taught classes throughout North America, is one of the organizers of the Great Lakes Herb Faire. jim is a community herbalist, a manic wildcrafter and medicine maker, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herbcraft… the plants themselves.

Learn more about jim’s work at and

We’ll learn why jim prefers to spell his name with little-case letters and something about sunbathing in Speedos on the roof?! It’s a wild time!

You can learn more about jim’s work at and sign up for his in-persona and online herb workshops at

jim is a co-organizer of the Great Lakes Herb Faire, one of Michigan’s finest annual herb conferences. Check it out at

During the interview, jim sings the praises of mushrooms for supporting the immune system. Check out our previous interview with Erin Hamilton from The Mushroom Conservatory to learn more about wonderful mushrooms! 

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In January 2024, we’ll be launching our new Herb Co-op, an exclusive offering for members of our Patreon community!

Members will enjoy wholesale prices on bulk organic herbs and spices including black/green teas, flowers, roots & more! As a member of our community, you can enjoy the benefits of buying quality herbs by the ounce at special discount prices!

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