about me

Thank you for visiting The Outdoor Apothecary! I’m excited to get to tell you a little bit about us and am so glad you stopped by.  I hope I can help you on your journey toward self-reliant living and nature connectedness.  Come by anytime for practical advice, encouragement, and a lot of how-to.

The Outdoor Apothecary was born out of my belief that nature ‘IS’ medicine and that by getting back to simple, self-reliant living, we can reconnect with nature on a deeper level. I believe this because many self-sufficient skills tend to bring us closer to nature.  This might mean growing or raising your own food, cooking with foraged food, or creating healthy healing remedies from homegrown or foraged herbs

My goal is to inspire naturally minded people to become self-reliant, connect with nature, live with the seasons, and protect their health through herbal living.

I am all about celebrating “the old ways” of living to bring blessings to ourselves, our families, communities, and to Mother Earth. I 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.

My little homestead is located on about 7 acres in rural Connecticut where I live with my husband, daughter (I also have one daughter grown and gone), cat, and 12 chickens.  These days our efforts concentrate on perennial permaculture agriculture, foraging for wild edible food and herbs for medicine, and trying to be as self-reliant as possible. 

about me

A view of the vegetable garden

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Inside My Studio

Advice from María Sabina: Mexican healer and poet.

 “Heal yourself with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon. With the sound of the river and the waterfall. With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds. Heal yourself with mint, neem, and eucalyptus. Sweeten with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile. Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a hint of cinnamon. Put love in tea instead of sugar and drink it looking at the stars. Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you and the hugs of the rain. Stand strong with your bare feet on the ground and with everything that comes from it. Be smarter every day by listening to your intuition, looking at the world with your forehead. Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier. Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember ... you are the medicine.”

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