Return To Our Roots
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.
About Me: Barbi
I’m a bookish “earth mother” who loves to read and walk in the woods. I’m a wildcrafter & herbalist, 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.
Rewild Your Life
Connecting with nature is more than a walk through the woods. It’s about being conscious of seasonal changes, becoming attuned with the plants around us, and relearning the nature-language we’ve forgotten through our modern lives. 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, closer to nature.
We hope to provide you with a foundation to rewild yourself through aligning with the cycles of the seasons and to help you in discovering the energies of the seasonal cycles.
Nourish Yourself with Nature
Free 29-page Guidebook to Celebrating the Seasons
A Guided Workbook to help you celebrate nature’s seasonal cycles with mindfulness and meaningful intentions – our gift to you! Learn how to live a mindful nature-connected life.
Explore the beauty of February’s Snow moon, a magical winter moon! February’s Full Moon is a celestial event that will leave you in awe of the beauty of nature. Discover the stories and myths behind this beautiful and mystical lunar event, and how you can make the most of this magical moment!
Celebrate the turning of the wheel and honor the season of Imbolc with these 5 meaningful rituals. Learn how to give thanks and welcome the changing of the seasons with meaningful ritual practices. Discover how to connect with the spirit of Imbolc and open yourself up to the potential of the new season.
4 Easy Winter Foraging Finds (and How to Use Them) – This quick read offers four easy winter foraging finds and how to use these edible and medical plants.
Learn how to make your own unique and one-of-a-kind pine needle basket! With this step-by-step guide, you’ll be crafting beautiful and intricate designs that will impress your family and friends. Unlock the magical world of basket weaving and discover the joy of creating something special out of nature’s bounty!
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the basics of hugelkultur, what makes it different from traditional raised beds, and the many benefits of this unique gardening technique. So, let’s get started!
Learn how to make smreka, a fermented beverage originating from the Balkans and made with juniper berries. It’s super easy to make, and it’s great for your gut health!
The moon is often an object of fascination. Its phases and names say a lot about how we relate to, and derive meaning from, the moon’s seemingly ever-shifting aspects. Here are the names and meanings of the 12 full moons, plus tips on how they can influence your life.
Try ginger for a cold when you feel like you might be getting sick. It has many medicinal properties, which help the body fight off those viruses that can cause upper respiratory infections.
Have you ever wanted to start your garden early? Well now you can, with the practice of winter sowing in milk jugs. You’ll be able to stay productive through the winter months and then hit the ground running as spring arrives.
Made with sacred medicine and infused with the scent of pine, this salve is a healer. It can be used for everything from soothing insect bites to healing wounds. Learn how to make a healing Earth medicine salve by blending pine resin with other healing ingredients.
In January, the first full Moon of the year is known as the Full Wolf Moon. We hope you will observe it with reverence and wonder. Learn more about this amazing celestial body!
3 Homemade Bird Food recipes to keep your feathered friends happy, healthy, and active during the coldest time of year.
In order to support bee populations, you need to ensure their habitat. Bees need water, shelter, pollen, and pesticide control if they are going to thrive. Follow these four easy steps for bee gardening in your own backyard!
By going within to discover your own ancestral lineage, you may surprise yourself with what you find out. By connecting to your ancestors in this way, you may find that incredible source of belonging that has been missing your whole life. It is an essential practice for us today, a way to heal our lost connection to the earth and each other. It can help us realize a love for where we are on this planet that we may have never thought possible before.
Make this truly amazing and simple pine needle cough syrup, in just a matter of minutes! This natural remedy is made by mixing a super concentrated pine tea with raw, local honey. The result is a thick, soothing and delicious syrup that can be used for both adults and children.
Celebrating Twelfth Night is all about the end of the Solstice Season and welcoming back the light. Here are 8 easy ways for celebrating Twelfth Night.
I’ll teach you how to wrap gifts in an eco-friendly and creative way this holiday season using handmade and wild, foraged adornments. This is a fun and sustainable way to create beautifully wrapped gifts. Replace the traditional red and green with a bit of handmade charm.
The plants of the winter solstice play an integral role in this seasonal celebration that marks the turning of the Wheel of the Year. Evergreens such as conifers, holly and ivy, and mistletoe have their own folklore associated with them. These plants can be used to honor the season, celebrate its wisdom, and return home.
If you’ve been wondering how to make a wreath step by step, look no further. A wild, foraged, evergreen wreath is far simpler than you can imagine—and it only takes a little creativity to stretch a basic wreath into a masterpiece.