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.
24 Free Online Herbalist Courses and Resources to Jumpstart your Herbal Education
Looking to delve into the world of herbalism? Our blog article highlights 24 amazing free online herbalist courses and resources that will jumpstart your herbal education. From beginner to advanced, these courses cover a range of topics and provide a solid foundation for your herbal studies. Start your journey towards becoming a herbalist today!
April’s Full Moon: Celebrating the Beauty and Magic of the Pink Moon
Discover the magic of April’s Full Moon, also known as the Pink Moon. From its history and spiritual significance to folklore and rituals, this article delves into all aspects of the Pink Moon. Learn how to honor this celestial event with 10 unique ways, and embrace the power of renewal and growth that comes with the start of Spring.
World Water Day: 10 Ways You Can Protect Groundwater
Let’s celebrate World Water Day with a list of ten ways you can begin to protect groundwater at your home.
Making and Using Rose Syrup: A Delicious Botanical Surprise
Discover the sweet and fragrant world of rose syrup. Learn how to make your own rose syrup from scratch, and explore the many delicious ways you can use it to add a touch of elegance to your favorite desserts, drinks, and cocktails. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a budding home cook, this article is packed with useful tips and tricks for foraging your own roses and making and using rose syrup like a pro.
The First Day of Spring: Everything You need to know and 10 ways to celebrate
Are you looking for ways to celebrate the first day of spring and the vernal equinox? This blog post has everything you need to know about the arrival of spring and 10 nature-based ways to celebrate the season! With this list, you’re sure to find something to do that will make the first day of spring special.
Nettle Frittata Recipe: An Easy and Nutritious Springtime Meal
This Nettle frittata recipe is a great way to use up those foraged stinging nettles and get some extra nutrition into your diet!
How to Make Pressed Flowers in 3 Easy Steps
In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of making pressed flowers in just three easy steps. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a beginner, this project is perfect for anyone who wants to add a touch of nature to their home decor or craft projects. So grab your flower press and let’s get started!
Honor Nature’s Cycles through 8 Wondrous Seasonal Shifts
Celebrating the seasonal shifts of the wheel of the year is a great way to honor nature’s cycles and celebrate the natural rhythms of life. In this blog article, you’ll learn how each turn of the wheel can help you honor the changing of the seasons and find out how to make the most of each season’s unique energy.
Make Your Own Herbarium the Easy Way
Discover the power of preserving nature and learning with a herbarium of your own! Learn how to create and use a herbarium as an engaging, interactive learning tool for herbalists, or those aspiring to be herbalists.
Make Your Own Flower Press in 4 Easy Steps
Learn how to make a beautiful DIY flower press with simple materials and step-by-step instructions. Preserve your favorite blooms and create unique keepsakes with this easy and budget-friendly project.
Ostara: A History of the Spring Equinox and 10 Easy Ways to Honor the Season
Discover the ancient history of Ostara, the pagan celebration of the spring equinox, and learn 10 easy ways to honor the season. From decorating your home to planting new life, this guide offers tips for celebrating the arrival of spring and embracing the renewal of nature. Perfect for those seeking a deeper connection with the earth and its cycles.
Rooted Living: 6 Easy Ways to Cultivate a Deeper Connection to Community, Environment, and Self
Explore the concept of rooted living and learn how to cultivate a deeper connection to your community, environment, and personal values. Discover tips and insights on how to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
March’s Full Moon: Celebrating a Full Worm Moon
March’s full moon is also known as the Worm Moon, as it marks the time of year when earth slowly begins to warm up after the winter, making earthworms come out of the ground to feed. You’ll discover the stories and folklore behind March’s Full Worm Moon, as well as tips on how you can make the most of this full moon.
How To Prune An Apple Tree: An Easy Step-By-Step Guide
Find all the information you need to prune an apple tree in this guide. Learn about the tools, types of pruning cuts, frequency of pruning, and aftercare for apple trees in this instructional guide.
Earth Medicine: A Practice of Connecting to the Natural World for Healing and Nourishment
Discover the power of Earth Medicine with this blog article. Find out how to open yourself up to a deep connection with the Earth and explore how Earth Medicine can benefit you!
Living Slow: 4 Easy Ways to Embrace The Inward Energy of Winter
Winter doesn’t have to be the time of year that you hate! Learn how to make the most of the season with these four tips for taking full advantage of living slow. Discover how to enjoy the simple things and savor every moment of winter with these practical ideas.
6 Easy Steps to Setting Up a Rain Barrel Rainwater Collection System
Setting up a rainwater collection system is a simple and effective way to capture and store rainwater for future use. It is a great way to conserve water and reduce your water bills. Read on to learn how easy it is to set up a rain barrel and start collecting rainwater today!
Hearty & Delicious Winter Soup With Sweet Potato
This delicious, hearty winter soup with sweet potato is full of flavor, visually appealing, and incredibly filling. The combination of ginger, sweet potato, coconut milk, kale, and lentils make this soup with sweet potato a hearty and nourishing meal.
The Food and Medicine of the Juniper Tree: An Easy Plant to Forage
Discover the amazing and versatile benefits of the berries from the juniper tree! Learn how to incorporate them into your diet for medicinal purposes, and discover tasty recipes for cooking with these powerful little berries. Get all the information you need to unlock the magical health and culinary power of juniper berries!
The Best Guide to Planning a Raised Bed Garden
Planning a raised bed garden can be a fun and rewarding experience! With the right know-how, you can have the garden of your dreams in no time. Learn how to design, build, and maintain a beautiful and productive raised bed garden that will provide you with fresh, organic produce all summer long!
My Core Values and Personal Philosophy
I’m so glad you are here. I’d like to share a bit about what I stand for at The Outdoor Apothecary. My core values and personal philosophy.
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.
- Digital Downloads
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.