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.
Return to Our Roots
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.
Discover the best books on Northeast foraging! Explore a curated list of my favorite resources for identifying and preparing wild edibles and medicinal plants in the Northeastern part of the US. Enhance your foraging adventures with these invaluable guides.
Discover the healing potential of common herbs and weeds with these 5 herbal salve recipes. Crafted from nature’s bounty, these remedies offer natural solutions for various ailments. From pine resin to yarrow, antibacterial herbs, and dandelion, learn how to create soothing and nourishing salves for optimal well-being. Explore the transformative power of herbal medicine in this informative blog article.
Learn how to make your own delicious cordial at home with this easy-to-follow elderflower cordial recipe. Discover the step-by-step process and tips for crafting your very own elderflower cordial from scratch.
Celebrate the summer solstice in harmony with ancient traditions and embrace the wisdom of our ancestors. Explore the significance of this celestial event and discover meaningful ways to honor it in the modern world.
Learn how to create your own soothing and nourishing calendula cream at home with this comprehensive guide. Discover the step-by-step process, from infusing calendula petals into oil to blending it with skin-loving ingredients. Unlock the secrets of this natural remedy and pamper your skin with the goodness of calendula.
Learn how to make a nourishing cleavers infusion, harnessing the power of nature to give your body a gentle boost. Explore the benefits of this wild medicinal plant and embrace the enchanting energy of spring.