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.
Return to Our Roots
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.
Revitalize your well-being with our empowering guide to fall self-care. Discover 12 mindful practices that will help you embrace the changing season and find renewal amidst the beauty of autumn.
Learn how to cook a fresh pumpkin with our beginner’s guide! Discover the process, from choosing the perfect pumpkin to simple prep steps and versatile cooking techniques. Create delectable dishes such as soups and desserts, all while enjoying health benefits and the ability to customize flavors. Embrace the enchantment of autumn in your very own kitchen.
Discover the joy of preserving your garden harvest with our delightful dilly beans recipe. Learn how to create tangy, crunchy dilly beans that will keep your taste buds dancing all year long. Plus, uncover expert tips for perfect results. Don’t miss out on this garden-to-table adventure!
Discover the ultimate collection of warmth and flavor with these 6 Cozy Drinks for Autumn. From spiced lattes to soothing hot apple cider, these delightful recipes will help you embrace fall with every sip. Get ready to cozy up and enjoy the autumnal vibes in a cup!
Discover expert tips to store apples long-term and extend their flavor and freshness. Make the most of your harvest with proper apple storage techniques.
Discover the captivating world of spiced mead—a blend of ancient tradition and modern delight. Uncover the art of crafting mulled spiced mead with our step-by-step guide. Dive into a sensory journey that captures the essence of the season and the spirit of celebration.