Foraging and Wildcrafting

Foraging and wildcrafting means using what nature gives us – Wild plants are abundant, flourishing in fields, meadows, woodlands, the seaside, and in your own backyard!

These plants teach us about healing and nourish those who have a calling to walk the green path. Learn how to safely and positively identify wild edible herbs and plants and how to use them. 

Here you’ll learn about wild plants that can be used for food and medicine. I will share my favorite wild edible food foraging recipes made from wild “weeds” and plants that grow in our backyard gardens and in forested areas. You’ll learn how to make delicious edible, medicinal, and healthy recipes with what grows naturally around us.

The Outdoor Apothecary
DIY Skills
Barbi Gardiner

How to Roast Chestnuts: 5 Easy Methods

When you have fresh chestnuts, there are plenty of ways to roast them. Learn how to roast chestnuts like a pro with these five easy methods.

herb boneset
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

Learning the Herb Boneset: A Useful Native Medicinal Plant

While you might have never heard of the herb boneset, it has been used for centuries for its medicinal uses. It is best known as a fever reducer, digestive aid, pain reliever and to stop coughs. On this page, you will learn all about the herb boneset and its traditional and medicinal uses.

wild blueberries
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

How To Identify, Harvest, and Pick Wild Blueberries: The Ultimate Guide

Learn how to find, identify and pick wild blueberries! I will teach you the basics of foraging these sweet summer fruits and explain some of the best places to look as well as how to tell them apart from other berries. We will also discuss safety concerns, harvesting, and storage practices.

yarrow plant
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

Yarrow Tea: Both Magical and Medicinal

Yarrow tea made from yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) has been used in folk medicine for centuries. Discover some of the many benefits so you can harness its magic and medicine.

mugwort
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

The Magic of Mugwort, the Mother of Herbs

Mugwort is magical and mysterious. It has a long history of traditional use as a medical herb, cure-all, and culinary flavoring. Mugwort will boost your health and healing potential.

forage
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

14 Amazing Edible and Medicinal Plants to Forage in the Spring

This list of what to forage in spring will help you get started on your spring foraging adventure! You may find yourself picking up a few new tricks of the trade or even discovering a new favorite seasonal vegetable or medicinal herb.

The Outdoor Apothecary

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