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.
Root Tinctures: Powerful Earth Medicine
Making root tinctures is a low-tech and ancient practice that can yield potent plant medicine.
The Magical Time of Nature Awakening and the Celebration of Imbolc
Learn about the magical festival of fire with us as we celebrate Imbolc and nature awakening.
Wildcraft a Feast of Invasive Edible Weeds: 25 Recipes
I’ve gathered twenty-five recipes from people around the country who are using wild edible weeds in ways that will surprise and delight you.
Self Care Sundays: 25 Easy Ideas for Getting Through Winter
Self Care Sundays is the idea to take time each Sunday to practice self-care. Here are 25 ideas for taking care of yourself.
10 Natural Simmer Pot Recipes for a Fresh Smelling Home
Ready to make your home smell divine? 10 Natural Simmer Pot Recipes for a Fresh Smelling Home is packed with delicious, easy-to-follow recipes that fill the room with beautiful scents.
Northeast Winter Foraging: 10 Wild Plants That You Can Eat
While there aren’t as many options of wild plants that you can eat during this time, there are at least 9 plants that I’ve had good success in foraging during a long New England winter.
8 Amazing Benefits Of Rosehip Oil for Your Face Plus DIY Moisturizer Recipe
There are many benefits of rosehip oil for your face. Today we will learn 8 amazing benefits of rosehip oil which will definitely have you wanting to make this incredible DIY moisturizer.
Surprising Health Benefits of Juniper Berry Tea
Juniper berry tea is a wonderful herbal tea that can be used to treat a variety of ailments. This article will reveal some of the health benefits of juniper berry tea and how you can use it to improve your health.
5 Easy Juniper Berry Recipes to Try Today
Enjoy these juniper berry recipes. Juniper berries are a wonderfully aromatic spice, that’s easy to collect in the wild and can be added to many recipes for amazing added flavor.
Incredible Juniper Berries: Identification, Uses & Benefits
Juniper berries have many uses. This article explains how to identify juniper berries, their medicinal uses, and how to cook with them.
The Best Guide to Growing a Lemon Tree Indoors
Everything you need to know about growing a lemon tree indoors. From watering and fertilizing to potting and pruning, we’ve got you covered.
10 Easy Ways to Enjoy Nature in the Winter
Get outside and enjoy nature in the winter. Learn the health benefits, tips, and easy ways to enjoy nature in the winter.
Joyous Pagan Holidays: A History and Introduction to Yule
If you want to learn about winter solstice and the pagan holiday yule along with its traditions, history, symbols, and ways to celebrate it today, then this post is for you.
Cedarwood and Sage Winter Bath Soak Recipe
This evergreen forest bath salt is my very favorite bath soak recipe for winter. Luxurious Dead Sea salt is combined with other therapeutic salts along with the grounding and antimicrobial nature of pine needles, cedar, juniper, and sage for a relaxing bath.
Fire Cider for Incredible Seasonal Immune Support
As the colder weather starts to set in, many of us start worrying about how we’ll stay healthy during the season. One great way to boost your immunity is by using fire cider. This natural remedy is easy to make and can help keep you healthy all winter long. Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own fire cider and some of its benefits.
Easy Mulling Spices Recipe for The Perfect Winter Drinks
Try this easy homemade mulling spices recipe to add to apple cider or wine for the perfect winter or holiday drink.
The Best Guide To Understanding The Wheel of the Year
The number one guide to understanding the wheel of the year – an ancient Celtic calendar based on festivals that celebrated our connection with nature.
What is Witch Hazel For? Make Your Own Useful Extract
In this blog post, we will answer the question what is witch hazel for as well as other questions about this valuable herb. We will explore what this herb is, what it does, how to use it, and even how to make your own witch hazel extract.
Autumn Olive Berries: An Amazing Superfood
Autumn olive berries are a magical fruit that can be found in the fall months. These berries have been used to make teas and jellies, and fruit leathers, but they also serve as an herb for maintaining overall health. In this blog post, we’ll talk about identifying, harvesting, and enjoying the many benefits of Autumn Olive Berries.
6 Ideas for Hosting the Perfect Samhain Celebration
Learn how to throw the perfect Samhain celebration in the comfort of your own home with some of my favorite fall feast foods and recipes, seasonal crafts, and DIY decorations.
10 Simple Herbal Tea Recipes for Wintertime Support
This blog post will provide you with delicious herbal tea recipes that are specially designed to help you feel energized and refreshed during the colder months.
Shop Seasonal Guides & Workbooks
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Litha Celebration Guide: 50 Pages to Connect You With the Energy of the Season.$8.99 Add to cart
This lovely and functional Litha Celebration Guide bundle is perfect for planning your days throughout the Summer Solstice season. Includes 50 pages to connect you with the energy of the season of Litha. Reflections. Rituals. Magical Correspondences.
Beltane Celebration Guide: 50 Pages to Connect You With the Energy of the Season.$8.99 Add to cart
This lovely and functional Beltane Celebration Guide bundle is perfect for planning your days throughout the Beltane season. Includes 50 pages to connect you with the energy of the season of Beltane. Reflections. Rituals. Magical Correspondences.
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Ostara Celebration Guide: 49 Pages to Connect You With the Energy of the Season.$8.99 Add to cart
This lovely and functional Ostara celebration guide bundle is perfect for planning your days throughout the Ostara season. Includes 49 pages to connect you with the energy of the season of Ostara. Reflections. Rituals. Magical Correspondences.
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Imbolc Celebration Guide: 47 Pages to Connect You With the Energy of the Season.$8.99 Add to cart
This lovely and functional Imbolc celebration guide bundle is perfect for planning your days throughout the Imbolc season. Includes 47 pages to connect you with the energy of the season of Imbolc. Reflections. Rituals. Magical Correspondences.