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.
Deepen your connection to yourself and nature by taking part in sacred celebrations which honor the passing of time and the seasons. By doing so, we solidify our place in this universe. These observances allow us to slow down and savor each season, each magical moment.
Making a homemade wild flower wreath is a unique way to incorporate a variety of floral colors and textures—some of which you can easily forage from your own backyard. This article walks you through how to make your own dried wild flower wreath.
The Solomon Seal root is a powerful healing herb with many useful properties. When used in herbal medicines and tinctures, Solomon Seal root can help to improve your health and overall wellness. In this article, we will explore the uses of Solomon Seal root, how to make root medicines from it, and its benefits for the body.
This black walnut tart recipe is a delicious fall recipe made with foraged black walnuts and real maple syrup. With just the right amount of sweetness, it makes for the perfect holiday dessert or Thanksgiving treat.
Discover the history, folklore, magic and meaning of Samhain. Learn all the important aspects of this ancient festival and how you can bring that energy into your life.
Black Walnuts are a delicious treat, but unfortunately, harvesting them can be a labor-intensive process. This guide will walk you through the steps of harvesting black walnuts and give you some tips that I’ve learned along the way that will hopefully help you out in the process.
Chestnuts are unique, delicious and nutritious. Try one of these roasted chestnut recipes for a taste of the season.
Chestnut hummus is the perfect appetizer for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Serve with crudités, crackers or chips as a healthy snack or starter to your holiday party.
Chestnut truffles are a special treat for the holidays. These rich, luxurious bites of pure chestnut flavor are chocolate-covered balls of chestnut puree sprinkled with ground pistachio nuts or coconut.
This crabapple recipe was created as an offering and a way to honor the wisdom and traditions of our ancestors. Enjoy this delicious pastry that captures the essence of crabapple’s beautiful fall fruitiness.
Let’s delve into the folklore of crabapple, as well as ways to use this underappreciated fall fruit to honor our ancestors during the autumn equinox.
You’ll love this velvety, rich and flavorsome pumpkin spice Moon Milk Recipe. If you love pumpkins then I think you’ll really enjoy this latte full of anti inflammatory spices.
This autumn-spiced pickled crabapple recipe is an excellent and delicious way to use a surplus of crabapples in the fall.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite rituals for autumn equinox to help you celebrate the end of summer.
Boneset tincture is a simple and effective way to use the medicinal herb boneset. Its many benefits include acting as an immune tonic, soothing inflammation and easing cold and flu symptoms. Learn how to make a great tincture with this easy guide.