In music, in the sea, in a flower, in a leaf, in an act of kindness... I see what people call God in all these things.
— Pablo Casals

Like every person called to make essences; meeting and working with these blessings from nature changed my life. Essences are my constant in the sea of change that is life. During struggle, heartbreak, change, anxiety, anger, stagnation – through it all these gifts from the Universe come into my being; refining and attuning my energy to that which we really are – love.


What are Essences?

Essences are aspects of consciousness and a form of energy medicine. Every individual essence carries a unique energy and message that activates a journey within the self ~ this could be spiritual, mental, emotional or physical healing, or it could be a lesson we need to learn. Taking essences can be a way of unearthing, re-membering or embodying qualities that we may be denying or suppressing. Essences help us reconnect with ourselves, our values, our truths.
We use the amazing gift of water and its ability to hold memory to bring you essences. The subject choice of an essence could be flowers, crystals or trees. Sometimes they are astrological alignments, or they may be channelled. Essences at their core connect us with truth, beauty and love; making the numinous tangible. Essences remind us of our essential true nature; connecting us with our gifts, our strengths and our Soul's voice.


Cariad Essences

Cariad is the Welsh word for Love. These essences are handmade and produced by Lily in Wales, have Welsh names, and are imbued with the energy of Love.

Most of the essences in the Cariad range are made by the sea; so have a strong connection to water, the ocean and the beings & energies that are present there.

Each essence is made as a response to a calling. I am guided by the flowers, crystals and environments and told where to go. This is not a linear, rational process; I simply do as instructed.

Flowers are never cut in the birthing process – water is usually poured over the bloom and the bowl is placed under or amongst the flowers to harness the living energy of the flower.

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

If you feel drawn to working with an essence, please download the photograph of the essence, print out and follow the instructions for making your own bottle further down the page. If you use an essence in this way, please make a donation, suggested at £7 per essence.
This is to make the energies more accessible and sustainable. Alternatively, make a donation of £15 or more and I shall send you a transmission of the essence and I'll email you with any feedback and suggested actions for working with the essence further. If you require any more information please contact me.

10ml stock bottles are only sold to Essence Practitioners and Therapists. If you wish to receive a personal bottle of Cariad Essences, please scroll down and order a Personal Blend, stating which essences you’d like included in your mix.

May these essences bring you great magic and transformation.


The following information is a brief snapshot of the essences in the Cariad Essences range. Click on the photograph of the one(s) you feel drawn to to learn more information about the qualities of the essences and further details such as when and where the essence was made.

Personalised custom blends by Lily


The following personal blend services are for those who wish to connect on a deeper, more conscious level with essences; exploring their messages and gifts; finding a way through your current situation. Having a guide through this process is invaluable; to get us out of our heads and in tune with our own inner knowing. Brief details of these services and what's included are in the product listings below; please click on the Sacred Geometry pictures to find out the full information.


Grateful words

Just to say a hearty, hearty mega-thanks for the bottle of magic. I took the first few drops yesterday afternoon and woke already feeling a new sense of steadiness and certainty working its way through my systems. Just feeling much better in myself. THANK YOU!!
— Charlotte, Bristol
Received with gratitude and love Lily. You are spot on every time.
Those first four drops felt divine!
Thank you.
— Diane, Inverurie


How do I work with Essences?

There are numerous ways to work with essences. Here are some suggestions. As always, tune in and listen to your own intuition.

To Make a Dosage Bottle of Cariad Essences:

You will need a sterilised 30ml dropper bottle, spring or mineral water, and a preservative – most people use brandy or vodka, or you can use apple cider vinegar or salt if you don't want to use alcohol. Print out the photograph of the essence you wish to work with and create sacred space in whichever way feels right for you. Fill your bottle 50-75% full with the spring water and place your bottle over the photograph for 24hrs, making sure the bottle will be touched with both sunlight and moonlight. Using intention and prayer, ask for the medicine to infuse the water. The energy of the essence has already been anchored on Earth, and wants to be used, so it will be with you. After you feel this process is complete, top up the bottle with your preservative of choice. Close your dropper bottle, shake it, and feel the beauty of your new ally with you. You're then ready to take your essences.

Taking Your Essences:

The most common way of working with essences is to take 4-5 drops on the tongue 2-3 times a day. Or you can add the drops to water and drink throughout the day. During periods of intense emotion, you can have a few drops on the tongue every 15 minutes. It can be tempting to want to take more than this; trust the process. Your energy body is working with the essences; allow them to do their thing.

You can also:

  • place the bottle or drops of the essence on a part of the body to ease physical discomfort or to aid energetic clearing, healing and opening

  • put a couple of drops on your hands, rub them together then run your hands through your aura

  • look at a photograph of an essence, and attune with it in a visual way

  • place a glass of drinking water over a photograph of an essence to program the water with the energies of the essence

  • use the message of an essence as inspiration for affirmations and positive visualisation

  • add drops to a bath, alongside essential oils and salts, give the water a good swoosh and soak in the magic

  • as space clearing – fill a glass bowl with water than add a couple of drops of essence in the bowl to cleanse the energy in the room and help all those who enter this space (with thanks to Ann Callaghan for this method)

  • place a photo or picture of an essence on your altar to help you connect more deeply with its healing; asking it to be with you during meditation etc

  • add drops into your art materials or crafting projects to create soothing and healing art

  • add drops in your hot water bottle to warm and soothe (with thanks to Dori Midnight for this suggestion).


It's a good idea to keep them somewhere visible so you remember to take them; on your bedside table if you're working with them twice a day is a sensible idea so you can take them before sleep and when you wake. Essences are robust and long lasting if preserved with alcohol. Should you request your essences without alcohol, apple cider vinegar will be used instead. In this instance, keeping your essences in the fridge will ensure they remain fresh for longer. Otherwise, keep them in sight. Like human friends, your energetic friends like to be cherished. Give your bottles a hug and express gratitude for their allyship. Mutual appreciation deepens your relationship and healing.