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.
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.
Learn what slow living means as well as ways to incorporate techniques into your daily life to help you live more intentionally.
Learn How To Identify, Harvest, And Use Staghorn Sumac – Plus 2 recipes.
Identifying wintergreen, as well as its benefits and uses. Learn the challenges in foraging for this herb and tips on how to avoid common mistakes.
Bare root fruit trees are cheaper than container-grown trees, easier to plant and the first-year survival rate is much higher. In this article, we explain what bare root trees are, how to plant them, and how to care for them after planting.
Make your own all-natural DIY disinfectant spray. It’s cost-effective, smells great, and is better for your health.
There’s no need to buy store-bought sodas when you can make your own homemade fermented sodas at home with ginger bug. This free-range culture is easy to catch and maintain so you can make probiotic sodas all year round.
Make this dual-extract Usnea tincture recipe to have on hand when you feel a cough or cold coming on or In times of acute immune response. Usnea is most effective when taken in the form of a dual-extract tincture.
A (url) list of essential tools, resources, and educational opportunities for the beginner herbalist.
Elevate your bath by taking a relaxing soak with these 12 simple herbal bath tea recipes.
Today I want to share a list of my favorite field guides on plant identification as well as some useful tips on using field guides and other resources to identify different species.
One of my favorite wild spring edibles is milkweed. You heard that right…milkweed is edible and delicious! When cooked up, they taste and have a similar texture to asparagus, and yes, you can harvest them sustainably without any harm to the Monarchs.