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.
Eating Weeds: 22 Delicious Dandelion Recipes You Need to Try
If you haven’t been eating weeds, you’re missing out, especially when it comes to dandelion. Try these 22 dandelion recipes!
12 Amazing Benefits Of Lemon Balm You Need to Know
Discover the health and medicinal benefits Of Lemon Balm and why you need it in your garden.
Gardening as a Therapy and 6 Easy Herbs to Grow
Gardening as a therapy. As we plant and tend to our garden, we feel connected to the earth, to life, and most of all, connected to ourselves.
How To Use Blue Vervain Tea To Calm Anxiety
Blue vervain tea can help calm you down and sort of mellow the whole system out.
5 Easy Steps to Making And Using Blue Vervain Tincture
Blue vervain tincture helps you find peace in your body, mind, and emotions.
An Ancestral Diet and 12 Easy Wild Edible Plants to Enjoy
Here are some easy spring foods that you might want to consider gathering for food, medicine, or to start a more ancestral diet with.
13 Reasons Why Native Plants Are Best: A Wildlife Gardener’s Perspective
Many of us look at our yards as a place to grow food or flowers, but not necessarily for wildlife.
Litha: The Incredible History, Lore & 20 Ways to Celebrate
Everything you need to know about the celebration of Litha including the history, folklore, and ways to celebrate.
Edible Lilacs: 7 Delicious Spring Recipes
Edible lilacs are a spring treat that can’t be beat. Try them in one of these amazing recipes.
Blue Vervain: The Hidden Aspects Of A Magical Medicinal Herb
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.
The Magic of Mugwort, the Mother of Herbs
Mugwort is magical and mysterious. It has a long history of traditional use as a medical herb, cure-all, and culinary flavoring. Mugwort will boost your health and healing potential.
The Perfect May Wine Recipe for Spring Celebrations
May wine recipe traditionally served in the spring on Beltane or the May Day holiday.
6 Powerful Beltane Plants & the Folklore of the Season
Learn about 6 of the most sacred plants of Beltane as well as the Folklore of this wondrous Season.
Bannocks Recipe – A Magical Beltane Breakfast Treat
Enjoy this recipe for bannocks, and may they bring you abundance and prosperity in the coming year!
21 Beltane Recipes that Capture the Essense of this Magical Festival
Here are 21 delicious Beltane recipes that help you capture the essence of this magical time of year as you celebrate.
41 Amazing Earth Day Activities Your Family Will Love
41 Easy and Amazing Earth Day Activities Your Family Will Love.
14 Amazing Edible and Medicinal Plants to Forage in the Spring
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.
Benefits of Motherwort: The Bold and Nurturing Herb
Learn about all of the benefits of motherwort, a bold and nurturing herb.
10 Delicious Fiddlehead Recipes to Celebrate the Freshness of Spring
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!
10 Easy Nettle Recipes You Don’t Want to Miss
10 amazing nettle recipes to try today. Nutr itious and delicious.
Foraging For Stinging Nettle And 5 Amazing Benefits You Didn’t Know
The health benefits of stinging nettle and how to find, identify, harvest, and prepare them.
Shop Seasonal Guides & Workbooks
- Digital Downloads
Litha Celebration Guide: 50 Pages to Connect You With the Energy of the Season.$8.99 Add to cart
This lovely and functional Litha Celebration Guide bundle is perfect for planning your days throughout the Summer Solstice season. Includes 50 pages to connect you with the energy of the season of Litha. Reflections. Rituals. Magical Correspondences.
Beltane Celebration Guide: 50 Pages to Connect You With the Energy of the Season.$8.99 Add to cart
This lovely and functional Beltane Celebration Guide bundle is perfect for planning your days throughout the Beltane season. Includes 50 pages to connect you with the energy of the season of Beltane. Reflections. Rituals. Magical Correspondences.
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Ostara Celebration Guide: 49 Pages to Connect You With the Energy of the Season.$8.99 Add to cart
This lovely and functional Ostara celebration guide bundle is perfect for planning your days throughout the Ostara season. Includes 49 pages to connect you with the energy of the season of Ostara. Reflections. Rituals. Magical Correspondences.
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Imbolc Celebration Guide: 47 Pages to Connect You With the Energy of the Season.$8.99 Add to cart
This lovely and functional Imbolc celebration guide bundle is perfect for planning your days throughout the Imbolc season. Includes 47 pages to connect you with the energy of the season of Imbolc. Reflections. Rituals. Magical Correspondences.