Welcome to the outdoor Apothecary

The Outdoor Apothecary inspires naturally minded people to live with the seasons, become self-reliant, connect with nature, and protect their health through herbal living. We love celebrating “the old ways” of living to bring blessings to ourselves, our families, communities and to Mother Earth. We offer articles, tips, recipes and ideas on practical self-reliance, simple herbal remedies, foraging, gardening and reconnecting ourselves to our natural world and sacred ancestral traditions.

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Learn how plants play a role in your health and wellbeing and discover practical ways to use them.


Do It Yourself

Learn practical, self-sufficient, and old-fashioned skills and crafts that promote self-reliance.



Master the art of growing your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs with these tips and tutorials.



Bring the best of old-fashioned and from scratch cooking into your kitchen, no matter where you live!



 Foraging wild plants for food & medicine can nourish those who want a deeper connection with nature.

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About Me: Barbi Gardiner

I’m a bookish “nature girl”/ “earth mother” who loves to read and walk in the woods. I’m a wildcrafter & herbalist, an avid gardener, collector of nature specimens, and field guide enthusiast. 

I spent most of my childhood exploring our natural world and I’m now devoted to reviving the ancestral wisdom of plants as medicine and healers. I love spending hours outside tending to my gardens, gathering plants and herbs, being in nature,and learning skills of self-reliance like homemade soapmaking. 

I give deep thanks and gratitude to my Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck family for inspiring me to honor our Mother Earth by dedicating myself to studying and sharing ancient lifeways and reviving the wonderous arts of plant medicine and nature connectedness. I sincerely hope you’ll join me on this journey of discovery. 


For us, connecting with nature is more than a walk through the woods. It’s about being conscious of seasonal changes, becoming intuned with the plants around us, and being mindful of what we put in, and on, our bodies. 

 We believe that incorporating the “old ways” of doing things, growing and harvesting our own food, and having a DO IT YOURSELF spirit, promotes self-sufficiency and is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle. 

Better living. Better you.

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