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.
This easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to make dried orange slices for ornaments will help you create beautiful homemade Christmas decorations that are sure to bring charm and beauty to your Christmas decor.
The winter solstice is a time to tap into your ancestral memory, connect with the earth, and celebrate the light that is returning to our world. Here are seven illuminating rituals to help you celebrate the shortest day of the year.
There’s still time to pick up the perfect holiday gifts for herbalists, nature lovers, and wildcrafters in your life! This list is packed with goodies that will appeal to anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors. From books on herbalism and foraging to herb grinders and binoculars, there’s something for everyone on your list.
Don’t wait until you’re sick to try to build up your immunity! This immune boosting tea is made with homegrown and foraged herbs, which are known to aid in the body’s natural defenses. It’s perfect for cold and flu season, but can also be enjoyed year-round.
Today, I’m excited to show you how to make these simple DIY fire starters for a unique, woodsy look. They’re great for warming up your hearth and keeping you cozy this winter, and they’re great for gift giving!
Taking a relaxing bath is more fun when it comes with a little luxury. Homemade bath melts are easy to make, and they smell so good, too. They’re the perfect indulgent treat for your skin in winter.
Here are some homemade gifts ideas that are easy enough for just about anyone to make and are sure to please everyone on your list.
This chamomile and oat bath melt recipe is a dream come true for those with sensitive skin, or anyone who appreciates a soothing bath. The infusion of chamomile flowers will soothe the skin, while the oats are calming and soothing. These bath melts make a great gift that will leave the recipient begging for more.
There are many uses for rose hips. Rose hips are an excellent example of nature’s seasonal offerings and can be beneficial in beauty products as well as in nourishing culinary recipes. Check out these 4 easy recipes!
Drying ginger is easy and can be used in many ways. Here’s how to do it so that you never buy another bottle of ginger powder, EVER! Learn how to dry ginger and make your own ginger powder.
Discover the ways that the science of botany has relied on input from the amateur botanist and citizen scientists like you and me, who share their observations and experiences with a community over time.
Deepen your connection to yourself and nature by taking part in sacred celebrations which honor the passing of time and the seasons. By doing so, we solidify our place in this universe. These observances allow us to slow down and savor each season, each magical moment.
Making a homemade wild flower wreath is a unique way to incorporate a variety of floral colors and textures—some of which you can easily forage from your own backyard. This article walks you through how to make your own dried wild flower wreath.
The Solomon Seal root is a powerful healing herb with many useful properties. When used in herbal medicines and tinctures, Solomon Seal root can help to improve your health and overall wellness. In this article, we will explore the uses of Solomon Seal root, how to make root medicines from it, and its benefits for the body.
This black walnut tart recipe is a delicious fall recipe made with foraged black walnuts and real maple syrup. With just the right amount of sweetness, it makes for the perfect holiday dessert or Thanksgiving treat.
Discover the history, folklore, magic and meaning of Samhain. Learn all the important aspects of this ancient festival and how you can bring that energy into your life.