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.
Your Useful Guide to Seed Starting: Get Your Garden Going Now
Seed starting made easy! Everything you need to know about hardening off of seedlings, the proper soil, water and light conditions, and supplies needed.
Easy Rose Hip Syrup Recipe for High Dose Vitamin C
This rose hip syrup recipe is simple and a great way to get a delicious high dose of Vitamin C.
Start an Amazing Home Apothecary with These 22 Must-Have Herbs and Tools
Every herbal home should have a well equipt home apothecary filled with the tools and herbs needed to successfully treat common ailments.
9 Basic Principles of Ethical Wildcrafting for Beginners
Here are the basics of ethical wildcrafting to consider before harvesting plants from the wild. These principles will help you to be a good steward of our natural world.
6 Full Moon Rituals to Restore Your Sacred Femininity and Connect with Nature
For centuries among every culture there have been full moon rituals, and yet they seem to be dying out. Herbalists, however, are the great keepers of ritual, and most of us have our own celebrations to honor another month around the sun.
How to Make Your Own Tea Bags: With Easy Instructions and FREE Printable Tea Tags
Step-by-step instructions on how to make your own tea bags plus FREE printable tea tags.
Delicious Pine Needle Tea for Health and Simple Pleasure
Pine needle tea is not only delicious but also packed with vitamin C. It’s one of the herbs easily foraged in winter and is perfect for sipping by the fire.
How to Make Your Own Tea Blend Plus 5 Easy Herbal Blend Recipes
With a handful of herbs, many of which can be found in your kitchen cabinets, and a few basic techniques, you can make your own tea blend and brew up healing teas for everyday ailments.
Why You Should Start Nature Journaling: Plus 20 FREE Printable Journal Pages
Start Nature Journaling and develop a deeper connection with nature. Plus get 20 FREE nature journaling pages.
12 Easy Ways to Start Connecting With Nature to Improve Your Mental Health
Find the benefits of connecting with nature and 12 easy ways to start your ecotherapy practice.
Easy Homemade Cough Remedy Made With Common Kitchen Spices
Try this simple, yet effective homemade cough remedy you can whip up with everyday kitchen ingredients.
Herbal DIY Facial Steam Recipe for Natural Skin Support
One of my favorite winter season holistic skin supports is an herbal steam. This is easy to create, and it is beneficial not only for our skin, but also for our mind, spirit, and respiratory system.
5 Amazing Health Benefits of Mint
There are many health benefits of mint. From soothing upset tummies, to reducing bodily inflammation, mint is a valuable household herb not to be ignored.
The Best Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Recipe You’ll Ever Make
Not only is this strawberry rhubarb jam recipe the easiest you’ll ever make, but it’s super delicious as well. IIt only has a few ingredients and only a couple of steps.
Benefits of Dandelion – for Amazing health and Wellness
The health and medicinal benefits of dandelion are many, not to mention its nutritive value. Check out all the awesome properties of this common lawn pest. Plus recipes!
10 Powerful Immune Boosting Herbs for Staying Healthy
Your kitchen likely contains these powerful 10 immune boosting herbs to help you stay healthy in 2021.
Shop Seasonal Guides & Workbooks
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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.
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Yule Celebration Guide: A 26 Page Guide for Seasonal Connection$6.99 Add to cart
The Yule Celebration Guide is the perfect companion for celebrating the winter solstice, the dark half of the year. In it, you will find history, rituals, recipes, and journaling pages all related to this holiday. In this guide you’ll find herb and crystal correspondences, planner pages and lots more.
Autumn Almanach – a guide to self-care & magic during the fall season$6.99 Add to cart
A practical illustrated guide to all things mystical that you can do in Autumn to connect with nature and the deepest parts of yourself. This magical seasonal guide also includes weekly planner pages, to-do list pages, notes pages, and checklists to help you make the most of autumn.
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The Gathering Wild Foraging Journal$8.99 Add to cart
This Foraging Log/Journal will help you get the most out of each foraging season! This journal was designed to help you record all the details of your foraging adventures. Keep track of what you find, your favorite spots to forage, and all of your observations, so you can remember the best spots to check each season. Includes Bonus Material.