Essential Oils for Beginners

Essential Oils for Beginners

New to essential oils? Here is a simple guide to help you get started in your essential oil journey.

10 Things To Say To Empower Yourself! 

What do you say to yourself? 

We’ve all done it, have felt inadequate or worried what others will think… 

Let’s turn these 10 things you should never say into 10 amazing positive things you should say to empower yourself! 

  1. What will they think of me. -> I LOVE INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING OTHERS!
  2. I’m so embarrassed I could die. -> I DREAM AND LIVE WITH PASSION.
  3. I can’t do it. -> I CAN DO ANYTHING! 
  4. I’m so useless. -> I HAVE UNIQUE SKILLS! SUCH AS… Sports, Art, Photography, Language, Math, Helping others etc…
  5. I’m not good enough. -> I AM ENOUGH!
  6. Nobody loves me.  -> I AM LOVED AND RESPECTED! 
  7. Life is so unfair. -> I AM THE ARCHITECT OF MY LIFE!

I will admit, I am guilty of the negative self talk, we all are, we are human.  It is so much more empowering to speak highly of yourself with love and confidence – even if possibly at the time you do not completely believe it! That’s totally ok! It will come. With an open heart and mind, invite in the power of the law of attraction! Begin to feel the shift in your life 💖! 

Expand Your Health In June with Pam and doTERRA! 

A lot happens in June especially for children and parents… the end of the school year, beginning of Summer! A new routine and much more time outside 🌞! 

Expand your health this June with Pam and doTERRA! Since your routines are adjusting anyway, get a jump start on boosting up the kids (and your) immune system before back to school in the fall! 

This month from the Canadian Warehouse enjoy 10% off our beautiful natural shampoo and conditioner to leave your hair healthy, soft and smelling amazing! 

With a 125PV Loyalty Rewards Order by June 15th the Oil of the month you will receive is Juniper Berry! 

Juniper Berry

•    Used in Aromatherapy as a nervine and calmative.*  

•   Used in Aromatherapy for symptomatic relief of acne and boils.*

•   Used in Aromatherapy to relieve eczema and dermatitis.*

•   Used in Aromatherapy to relieve minor skin irritation.*

•  Used in Aromatherapy to relieve cuts.*

•  Used in Aromatherapy to relieve bruises.*

•  Used in Aromatherapy to relieve burns.*

•   Used in Aromatherapy to relieve to help relieve joint and muscle pain associated with sprains, strains, or rheumatoid arthritis.*

•   Add one to two drops to your next green or fruit smoothie.

•  Reduces the appearance of skin blemishes.

•   Acts as a natural cleansing agent for the skin.  

•   Apply one drop to promote a clear, healthy complexion.

•  Diffuse with citrus oils to freshen and purify the air. Blends with Grapefruit, Bergamot, or Cypress.   

*  Claim is approved for this Natural Health Product. Reference Juniper Berry NPN80060933

10% off products from the US Warehouse is PB Assist and TerraZyme! Both incredible for the digestive tract! 

PB Assist

PB Assist+ is a proprietary formula of pre-biotic fiber and probiotic microorganisms in a double-layer vegetable capsule. It delivers 6 billion CFUs of active probiotic cultures and soluble pre-biotic FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) that encourage friendly bacterial growth.*
Primary Benefits

    Promotes a positive balance and proliferation of beneficial bacteria*

    Maintains healthy intestinal microflora balance*

    Supports healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems*

    Supports the health of the GI tract, particularly the intestines and colon*

    Helps support optimal metabolism and absorption of food*


DigestZen TerraZyme Digestive Enzyme Complex is a blend of whole-food enzymes and supporting cofactors that help strengthen the body’s production of enzymes which is important in the process of healthy digestion of food nutrients and cellular metabolism of nutrients to energy.*

Primary Benefits

    Supports healthy digestion and metabolism of enzyme-deficient, processed foods*

    Supports conversion of food nutrients to cellular energy*

    Promotes gastrointestinal comfort and food tolerance*

    Supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes*

    Proprietary blend of 10 active whole-food enzymes

    Contains the doTERRA tummy tamer blend of Peppermint, Ginger, and Caraway Seed

    Sodium lauryl sulfate-free HPMC vegetable capsules

    Safe and effective

The product of the month from the US Warehouse is a 5ml Serenity blend!  With a 125PV Loyalty Rewards Order by June 15th the Oil of the month you will receive is the 5ml Serenity! 

Recently reformulated last fall to include Vetiver, Ho Wood and Cedarwood in the blend it’s even more relaxing and grounding! Beautiful in the diffuser at bedtime! 

•   Apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime before going to sleep.

•  Creates a perfect escape with its renewing fragrance. 

•   Diffuses into a subtle aroma. 

•  Add two to three drops to a warm bath with Epsom salts to create a peaceful, renewing aroma. 

• Diffuse to help promote relaxation.   

The 200PV Promotion this month for any order is Immortelle! 


•   Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

•   Helps reduce contributing factors to the appearance of aging skin. 

•   Helps sustain smoother, more radiant, and youthful-looking skin. 

•   Apply as part of your morning and night facial routine. 

•   Apply topically to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.

•   Apply under your arms after a sweaty workout or a day in the sun. 

•   Helps to beautify the skin. 

•  A blend of powerful oils in every drop.

Canadian and United States Warehouse Promotions! 

If you are interested in any of the above products and/or would like to get started with a kit in your home this month I would be honored to support you! 

These kits below are available in Canada and the United States with kits also available for Europe and Australia. 

Please connect with me via email pam AT yourlifeasartphotography DOT com (replacing the AT with @ and DOT with .) You can also order online if you feel comfortable WA 1028607 . 

Curious how to use the oils in these kits? Check out My Top 12 Essential Oils here

I look forward to helping you on your own journey to health and wellness custom to your life 💖

Release Yourself From Their Expectations

I inspire and educate families on real, simple ways to positive change in their health.

This is something that I have chosen to step into and take control of myself in my own life. For years I turned a blind eye and followed with what I thought ‘should’ happen or what I ‘should’ do.

I read this blog post the other day and it completely resonated with my heart in a couple ways.  

For myself, it truly was not that long ago that I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and PCOS. I have also been challenged with Depression – a symptom of both of these invisible illnesses. For a while I followed the norm of how I should handle these illnesses, I even down played them to others. Even though this completely rocked me to my core and I felt very lost. Compounded with past emotional hurt from years before these diagnoses and learning to trust again.

For my children, to embrace their individuality and unique personalities. Each of them learns differently and every part of their individuality must be supportive to their learning style, emotions and health. 

I began to step forward into what I knew needed to happen – regardless of what others may say and did say.

I chose to make my health a priority in a natural {life changing} way and although scary at first to “go against the grain” I am loving where this journey has taken us and how great I am {finally} feeling! 

What expectations do you need to let go of to fully open your heart, mind and life 💗😄?


She asked me, “What is the biggest lesson you have learned from founding your own company?” Release yourself from people’s expectations of your decisions. If you’re looking for people to “get” you or applaud your career-switching decisions, you may be searching for a long time.

The vast majority of people are afraid of trying something new, but–more so–afraid of failing publicly. Most people don’t want to be vulnerable and run the risk of closing the doors to a dream.

Your responsibility isn’t to handle the naysayers, nor is it to convince others that your decision is right. Your only job is to do what you’ve been created to do.

You must stand in the rightness of your vision and let your success silence their doubts.

via Release Yourself from Their Expectations — Jasmine Star

ADHD and Me

Almost 3 years ago I was drawn to a local ‘mood management’ class in an attempt to find a way to naturally support my little man. Back then I didn’t need a doctor or psychologist to tell me, I already knew. My son has Inattentive ADHD.

This past November it was confirmed and I literally broke down in tears.

Tears of happiness.

For years we were challenged, by the norm. I quite honestly focused too much on what “should” be happening or “stages” rather than focusing on my child as an individual. As a mother I felt compelled to do what I “should do” and not what I felt in my heart as right.

In grade 1 our son was told by his teacher and in front of the principal (at that time) that he isn’t smart, he doesn’t know how to do this and that and is just wasting her time.

I’ve unfortunately also witnessed the way some adults {with authority} speak to children with more sensitive needs… educators, coaches, police officers…

Our children are hearing all of this and it’s condemning to their success and future. What if this was your child?

What if instead of having this “perfect” image in our mind, we simple embraced every single child for who they are and what they have been brought into this world to do. 

It has taken years to rebuild his confidence and empower him that just because he learns ‘outside’ of this “box” that he IS smart. He was made to feel like he was stupid, he was singled out and he simply gave up and hated going to school. Do you know how this affects a child… we do and its very sad. He began pulling away, was not the happy go lucky kid we once knew, began getting in trouble at school and then we found out that he was being teased and bullied.

My childhood was what I would consider ‘normal’ when we were sick we went to the doctor, took prescriptions and medications etc. However something in my heart was leading me in another direction for my child.

Given his grade 1 year, this was tough. But we persevered. We followed all the recommended steps, going to the pediatrician, seeing a therapist and more recently a psychological assessment, after a long 3 year wait. Our son has Inattentive ADHD – I knew this year’s ago. What had me bawling like a baby in the meeting was when she said… The results also showed he IS a very smart boy. However he has a unique need for the way he learns. With a learning disability in combination with being inattentive ADHD it makes learning in a “typical” classroom much more challenging for him, especially for a sensitive child.

Truthfully leaving that meeting in November my husband and I both agreed that given the information, we both too would technically be diagnosed with ADHD as well.
So what does this mean for us? Almost 3 years ago I began my own research with essential oils and supporting emotional and brain health. Much of this was trial and error, reading the various properties of oils and which ones may benefit, various blends to try etc. This process for us wasn’t simple and everyday still we are learning. I was introducing a natural way to support our bodies – emotionally and physically, which prior to, was unheard of in our home, while trying to get a grasp on what was actually happening and most important how to support him!

What I have personally learned is this. Your heart will lead you to where you need to be. Sleep is SO incredibly important. Eating healthy real food is equally important. Best of all, if your child is open to learning,  go with it.

From the very get go our boy was intrigued with these oils. I first began my own journey with about 5 or 6 oils which looked like were ones we needed to start with for our own health goals. As I learned more, I added more to our oily tool box in ways that could also support him better as well as my own health and the rest of our family. More importantly I began to {quietly} let go of being afraid of what others may think.

Thankfully my son’s teachers since grade 1 have been more supportive. We truly have been blessed, but as his parents we still must be advocates for him and his learning. Just a few months ago he proved that grade 1 teacher completely wrong when his testing came back proving he has great intelligence and IS incredibly smart … he learns and works for what comes natural to him. Not everyone learns from a book or simply being told what to do, movement is important as well as hands on learning, visual components, technology, the learning atmosphere and being supportive emotionally with any sensitivies of how children learn in a more unique way! 

I’m very thankful for our small school and the educators our children have. Be an advocate for your child. It’s simply too easy to get ‘lost in the system’ and then have to play catch up with skills and knowledge. Take the reins, take control and follow your heart!

Take 6 minutes and watch this. Truly let it sink into your core. Every single child has unique needs when it comes to education and how they learn.

How We Support ADHD Naturally…

What I honestly recommend people to do first is to begin to make a lifestyle shift. Yes it takes time and work. BUT if I can do it and our family did it, YOU CAN TOO!

  1. Introduce The Top 10 Essential Oils into your home.
    Why is this important?
    So that you and your family have natural options to turn to for a very long list of ailments such as headaches, cuts, burns, bruises, sleep, coughs, colds, digestive discomfort, respiratory support, skin irritation, acne, muscle aches and pain, sprains, strains, calming, cooling and so much more.
  2. Take a closer look at what you are eating and drinking… we found a direct link to processed foods and lesser quality food and our kids behaviour (yes even our non ADHD child). Preservatives, dyes, sugar, anything “white” or bleached,  etc.
  3. Sleep is extremely important. I remember when our children were young and sitting outside of their bedrooms to ensure they stayed in bed and went to sleep. Our kids were a week less than 18 months apart so their younger years are very much a blur however we made it work. Now we use essential oils every night with them topically and in their diffusers.
  4. I also then did research on which specific oils would support his body and mind for his specific needs. The Oils we are using daily to support our son are Balance, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Frankincense, Lemon and In Tune. We’ve also added in high quality plant based supplements.  (Frankincense and Lemon are in the top 10 oils).
  5. Routine and organization are key – which have been challenging during a whole home renovation! We also have our oils sitting in our kitchen available for them to pick and choose which oils they are drawn to for a back massage or if they need something different for their bedtime diffusers. We are empowering them with choices, natural options to support physical and emotional health.

As I mentioned above, consistency is key as well as incorporating healthy sleeping and eating habits as well. Be easy on yourself as a parent, it can be stressful and frustrating, it’s also the same for your child. There will be hiccups, adjustments, learning curves for your child, you, siblings, family, friends and educators.  Everyone has a bad day and that’s OK! This was and still is a learning experience for our entire family, however sometimes life lessons are the best kind! ❤

I was once quiet and similar to my own health just wanted for us to live a “normal” life and not be labeled by a diagnosis. At first we didn’t talk much about what ADHD is or why it is important to our lifestyle. Learning opportunity for us as this contributed to him feeling singled out.

THIS IS OUR NORMAL LIFE. I wouldn’t change my family and our life for anything.  We are all unique and I am so grateful to have been chosen as my kids mom. They were given to me because 1. I needed them and 2. They needed me. So we have chosen to empower and educate. Yes he had ADHD and learns differently, truth be told he gets it honestly from his dad, myself and other family members. This is us and I am so happy we’ve been given this life together ! 💗

Sleepless night and headaches!

Being a mom, sleepless nights are something I am very familiar with. However as the kids get older any sleepless nights have become much lesser and much harder on me when they do happen ;). Anyone else? LOL!

The other night one of our little’s didn’t sleep well and ended up in bed with us. Thankfully we have a king size bed, however when my sleep is disrupted I typically have a harder time falling back asleep. Any other moms out there have this challenge after a little joins you in your bed and they and dad fall happily back to sleep? 😉

So needless to say I woke up feeling like I hadn’t slept a wink after 130am and thus had a horrible head tension, headache and almost felt sick being so over tired. Awesome way to start a Friday, before a long weekend…

Two  and a half years ago I would have reached for my trusty bottle of over the counter pain pills (which my body was becoming immune to and thus I needed the pills more often). Today however I lathered up with Deep Blue and Frankincense on my neck and temples, lavender down the bridge of my nose and then pulled out my PastTense.

Thankfully since making these lifestyle changes my headaches are far and few between now – amazing because I used to have them alot 😦 I took my supplements and drank lots of water. Difficult when you feel sick! Its been so long since Ive used my PastTense I honestly forgot how simply AMAZING it is!!!

PastTense really is an incredible blend to use topically to feel relief! It worked beautifully and I was feeling like myself again, enjoyed time with the littles after school and then had a real class that night! 

doTerra_PastTensePast Tense - Oil of Relief

Are You Ready For The Bugs This Spring & Summer? | Weekly Drops of Wisdom

TerraShield is my family’s favorite blend for the summer. We spend a lot of time outside and this is the magic that wards off any insects that want to join our summer festivities. This oil is safe for everyone in
your family and can even help your garden flourish by giving it a protective barrier. We even use TerraShield in the diffuser outside on the deck to keep the bugs away!!! 

TerraShield has recently been updated to include Tamanu oil which not only provided extra benefits for your use but is positively impacting families in Madagascar through dōTERRA’s Cō-Impact Sourcing. This blend can be diffused or applied topically using the TerraShield Spray to provide a defense against the annoyances of outdoor activities. 

  • Diffuse TerraShield to protect you from insects during your summer barbeque
  • Apply to kid’s arms and legs to help them get the most out of their summer vacation
  • To focus on experiencing nature instead of avoiding it, apply TerraShield before a hike
  • Apply topically or place on aromatherapy jewelry while camping or on a fishing trip
  • Acts as an effective insect repellent
  • Helps ward off insects
  • Don’t let Mosquitos ruin your outdoor experience, use TerraShield

Learn more about this blend by clicking

here or click
to read more about the spray. 

How have you used it to keep your family protected?