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
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.
Celebrate Ostara, the Goddess of Spring with an offering of Lavender & Lemon Shortbread cookies! It’s like springtime baked into a cookie!
Learn how to make this dandelion salve recipe using foraged dandelions! This homemade herbal salve is especially good for sore muscles, joints, and dry skin.
Herbal Infusions are the simplest way to prepare the more delicate aerial parts of plants, especially their leaves and flowers.
I love to make Moon Tea as a full moon ritual to bring sacred feminine energy to the tea, especially during a full moon.
Seed starting made easy! Everything you need to know about hardening off of seedlings, the proper soil, water and light conditions, and supplies needed.
This rose hip syrup recipe is simple and a great way to get a delicious high dose of Vitamin C.
Every herbal home should have a well equipt home apothecary filled with the tools and herbs needed to successfully treat common ailments.
Here are the basics of ethical wildcrafting to consider before harvesting plants from the wild. These principles will help you to be a good steward of our natural world.
For centuries among every culture there have been full moon rituals, and yet they seem to be dying out. Herbalists, however, are the great keepers of ritual, and most of us have our own celebrations to honor another month around the sun.
Step-by-step instructions on how to make your own tea bags plus FREE printable tea tags.
Pine needle tea is not only delicious but also packed with vitamin C. It’s one of the herbs easily foraged in winter and is perfect for sipping by the fire.
With a handful of herbs, many of which can be found in your kitchen cabinets, and a few basic techniques, you can make your own tea blend and brew up healing teas for everyday ailments.
Start Nature Journaling and develop a deeper connection with nature. Plus get 20 FREE nature journaling pages.
Find the benefits of connecting with nature and 12 easy ways to start your ecotherapy practice.
Try this simple, yet effective homemade cough remedy you can whip up with everyday kitchen ingredients.
One of my favorite winter season holistic skin supports is an herbal steam. This is easy to create, and it is beneficial not only for our skin, but also for our mind, spirit, and respiratory system.
Not only is this strawberry rhubarb jam recipe the easiest you’ll ever make, but it’s super delicious as well. IIt only has a few ingredients and only a couple of steps.
The health and medicinal benefits of dandelion are many, not to mention its nutritive value. Check out all the awesome properties of this common lawn pest. Plus recipes!
Your kitchen likely contains these powerful 10 immune boosting herbs to help you stay healthy in 2021.