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Herbal Radio

Jul 13, 2021

In today's episode of Meet the Herbalist with Bevin Clare, we’re joined by the one and only jim mcdonald. Let's listen in to find out what he's been up to lately, a little bit of his backstory, stories of being a teacher, his advice to aspiring herbalists and much more! This is such a fun episode, we hope you enjoy! 

In 1996, jim mcdonald's life changed when he drank tea from a wild plant 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 blends traditional folk and indigenous influences with 19th century eclectic and physiomedical vitalism, which he conveys with story, experience, humour, common sense and lore to students, clients, random passersby, and readers of his website  He's taught classes throughout north america and is currently alternately writing “Foundational Herbcraft” and the “A Great Lakes Herbal”, in addition to articles for journals and other publications.  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.

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