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.
3 Cheap and Easy Ways to fill a raised garden bed
Are you looking for a fast and affordable way to fill a raised garden bed and get started on your gardening journey? Look no further! In this blog post, we’ll discuss the easiest and most cost-effective ways to fill a raised garden bed and get you growing in no time!
6 Delicious Recipes For Imbolc to Honor the Hearth and Home
Celebrate Brigid’s love of the home and hearth with these 6 wonderful recipes for Imbolc that will infuse your kitchen with the season’s special energy. From traditional dishes to something a bit more modern, you’ll find something special for your Imbolc feast. With these recipes, your Imbolc is sure to be a magical one!
Exploring February’s Full Moon: A Night Under a Glowing Snow Moon
Explore the beauty of February’s Snow moon, a magical winter moon! February’s Full Moon is a celestial event that will leave you in awe of the beauty of nature. Discover the stories and myths behind this beautiful and mystical lunar event, and how you can make the most of this magical moment!
Imbolc: The Magical Space Between Seasons and 5 Rituals to Honor the Turning of the Wheel
Celebrate the turning of the wheel and honor the season of Imbolc with these 5 meaningful rituals. Learn how to give thanks and welcome the changing of the seasons with meaningful ritual practices. Discover how to connect with the spirit of Imbolc and open yourself up to the potential of the new season.
4 Easy Winter Foraging Finds (and How to Use Them)
4 Easy Winter Foraging Finds (and How to Use Them) – This quick read offers four easy winter foraging finds and how to use these edible and medical plants.
The Enchantment of Crafting a Pine Needle Basket: An Easy Step-by-Step Guide
Learn how to make your own unique and one-of-a-kind pine needle basket! With this step-by-step guide, you’ll be crafting beautiful and intricate designs that will impress your family and friends. Unlock the magical world of basket weaving and discover the joy of creating something special out of nature’s bounty!
Hugelkultur: An Amazing Permaculture Gardening Technique
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the basics of hugelkultur, what makes it different from traditional raised beds, and the many benefits of this unique gardening technique. So, let’s get started!
Using Juniper Berries to Make Smreka: A Delicious Fermented Beverage
Learn how to make smreka, a fermented beverage originating from the Balkans and made with juniper berries. It’s super easy to make, and it’s great for your gut health!
The 12 Full Moons: Their Names, Meaning, and Magical Influence
The moon is often an object of fascination. Its phases and names say a lot about how we relate to, and derive meaning from, the moon’s seemingly ever-shifting aspects. Here are the names and meanings of the 12 full moons, plus tips on how they can influence your life.
5 Benefits of Ginger for a Cold Plus an Easy Recipe for Ginger Tea
Try ginger for a cold when you feel like you might be getting sick. It has many medicinal properties, which help the body fight off those viruses that can cause upper respiratory infections.
Winter Sowing in Milk Jugs: The Easy Way To Start Seeds
Have you ever wanted to start your garden early? Well now you can, with the practice of winter sowing in milk jugs. You’ll be able to stay productive through the winter months and then hit the ground running as spring arrives.
Wild Foraged Pine Resin Salve: A Healing Earth Medicine
Made with sacred medicine and infused with the scent of pine, this salve is a healer. It can be used for everything from soothing insect bites to healing wounds. Learn how to make a healing Earth medicine salve by blending pine resin with other healing ingredients.
All About The Full Wolf Moon: The First of the Year’s 13 Moons
In January, the first full Moon of the year is known as the Full Wolf Moon. We hope you will observe it with reverence and wonder. Learn more about this amazing celestial body!
Homemade Bird Food: 3 Fun Recipes to Keep Backyard Birds Happy
3 Homemade Bird Food recipes to keep your feathered friends happy, healthy, and active during the coldest time of year.
Bee Gardening: 4 Essential Elements for Happy, Healthy Bees
In order to support bee populations, you need to ensure their habitat. Bees need water, shelter, pollen, and pesticide control if they are going to thrive. Follow these four easy steps for bee gardening in your own backyard!
11 Powerful Ways to Connect With Your Ancestral Lineage
By going within to discover your own ancestral lineage, you may surprise yourself with what you find out. By connecting to your ancestors in this way, you may find that incredible source of belonging that has been missing your whole life. It is an essential practice for us today, a way to heal our lost connection to the earth and each other. It can help us realize a love for where we are on this planet that we may have never thought possible before.
Easy Pine Needle Cough Syrup: Only 3 Ingredients
Make this truly amazing and simple pine needle cough syrup, in just a matter of minutes! This natural remedy is made by mixing a super concentrated pine tea with raw, local honey. The result is a thick, soothing and delicious syrup that can be used for both adults and children.
Bee Gardens: 12 Essential Native Plants Bees Love
You can make a huge difference in the lives of bees by planting bee gardens. Here are some tips for good bee-friendly gardening.
8 Easy Ways For Celebrating Twelfth Night: The End of the Solstice Season
Celebrating Twelfth Night is all about the end of the Solstice Season and welcoming back the light. Here are 8 easy ways for celebrating Twelfth Night.
An Easy Wassail Recipe For Yuletide
Try this easy traditional recipe for wassail and share it with friends while celebrating Twelfth Night or all 12 Day of Yule.
How To Wrap Gifts 6 Ways With Sustainable, Handmade, and Natural Elements
I’ll teach you how to wrap gifts in an eco-friendly and creative way this holiday season using handmade and wild, foraged adornments. This is a fun and sustainable way to create beautifully wrapped gifts. Replace the traditional red and green with a bit of handmade charm.
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.