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.
If you’re wondering how to identify Blue vervain, then this article is just for you. After reading through this article you will be able to spot blue vervain wherever it is growing as well as know its medicinal benefits and uses.
May wine recipe traditionally served in the spring on Beltane or the May Day holiday.
Learn about 6 of the most sacred plants of Beltane as well as the Folklore of this wondrous Season.
Enjoy this recipe for bannocks, and may they bring you abundance and prosperity in the coming year!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so we put together a list of 30 mother’s day gift ideas for moms who love nature and gardening.
Here are 21 delicious Beltane recipes that help you capture the essence of this magical time of year as you celebrate.
41 Easy and Amazing Earth Day Activities Your Family Will Love.
This list of what to forage in spring will help you get started on your spring foraging adventure! You may find yourself picking up a few new tricks of the trade or even discovering a new favorite seasonal vegetable or medicinal herb.
Learn about all of the benefits of motherwort, a bold and nurturing herb.
There are many amazing and unique ways to use fiddleheads. Here are 10 fiddlehead recipes for when you have an abundance of this awesome wild plant!
The health benefits of stinging nettle and how to find, identify, harvest, and prepare them.
Looking for an easy and unique nature craft for all skill levels? Try branch weaving.
Why and how to turn your yard into a certified wildlife habitat and botanical sanctuary.
Let’s celebrate World Water Day with a list of ten ways you can begin to protect groundwater at your home.
How to safely identify, forage, harvest, and prepare fiddlehead ferns.
Discover how living by the moon can help you live in rhythm with nature, understand its effect on your health and well-being, and help in your spiritual growth.
Learn the ancient art of forest bathing – the practice of immersing yourself in nature and consuming it with all of your physical senses.