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 intuned 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
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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 is the idea to take time each Sunday to practice self-care. Here are 25 ideas for taking care of yourself.
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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.
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.
Juniper berries have many uses. This article explains how to identify juniper berries, their medicinal uses, and how to cook with them.
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.
There’s still time to pick up the perfect holiday gifts for herbalists, nature lovers, and wildcrafters in your life! This list is packed with goodies that will appeal to anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors. From books on herbalism and foraging to herb grinders and new pruners, there’s something for everyone on your list.
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.
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.
Try this easy homemade mulling spices recipe to add to apple cider or wine for the perfect winter or holiday drink.
The number one guide to understanding the wheel of the year – an ancient Celtic calendar based on festivals that celebrated our connection with nature.
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 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.
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.
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.
Fall is a great time to get creative and explore new things. From apple picking to pumpkin carving, there are so many fun fall activities out there for you and your family to enjoy together. What’s more? We have an entire list of 20 ideas right here!