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
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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.
Learn about the magical festival of fire with us as we celebrate Imbolc and nature awakening.
I’ve gathered twenty-five recipes from people around the country who are using wild edible weeds in ways that will surprise and delight you.
Self Care Sundays is the idea to take time each Sunday to practice self-care. Here are 25 ideas for taking care of yourself.
Ready to make your home smell divine? 10 Natural Simmer Pot Recipes for a Fresh Smelling Home is packed with delicious, easy-to-follow recipes that fill the room with beautiful scents.
While there aren’t as many options of wild plants that you can eat during this time, there are at least 9 plants that I’ve had good success in foraging during a long New England winter.
There are many benefits of rosehip oil for your face. Today we will learn 8 amazing benefits of rosehip oil which will definitely have you wanting to make this incredible DIY moisturizer.
Juniper berries have many uses. This article explains how to identify juniper berries, their medicinal uses, and how to cook with them.
If you want to learn about winter solstice and the pagan holiday yule along with its traditions, history, symbols, and ways to celebrate it today, then this post is for you.
This evergreen forest bath salt is my very favorite bath soak recipe for winter. Luxurious Dead Sea salt is combined with other therapeutic salts along with the grounding and antimicrobial nature of pine needles, cedar, juniper, and sage for a relaxing bath.
As the colder weather starts to set in, many of us start worrying about how we’ll stay healthy during the season. One great way to boost your immunity is by using fire cider. This natural remedy is easy to make and can help keep you healthy all winter long. Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own fire cider and some of its benefits.
Try this easy homemade mulling spices recipe to add to apple cider or wine for the perfect winter or holiday drink.
The number one guide to understanding the wheel of the year – an ancient Celtic calendar based on festivals that celebrated our connection with nature.