Because they are more than just smellies, don’t you know?!
Tilly Darling presents 18 of the best essences that every woman needs in their home. Whether you’re in need of something to ramp up the love life (and you’re so over 50 Shades of Gray... Jamie who?), you need to stress proof your lif, or you want a little help busting a bad habit, why not give nature’s wonderful elixirs a try?
This warm, spicy essential oil is a fantastic confidence-booster as it’s thought to help ease the discomfort of introverted and fearful people. It’s said to help balance your feminine side.
Cinnamon holds a comforting scent, and so is an excellent essence to use to boost friendship. Burn a cinnamon-scented in your home when one of your girls is feeling down and invite her round for a night with the Tarot cards and a good natter.
Dill is known as ‘the renewer’. Use this scent whenever you need to start afresh, break a bad habit or plot a new path in your life. Dill will help you find the strength to come up with new plans and carry them through.
Eucalyptus oil is thought to have antiseptic qualities, and has been used over the years as a steam inhalation to help beat colds and flu. These cleansing properties mean it can be fantastic if you’re trying to recover from toxic relationships and make you feel ready to take on the world again.
This regal essence has been used since ancient times in religious ritual. Use this whenever you want to connect with your higher self, or give it as a gift (as the wise men did), to anyone you want to deepen your spiritual connection with. It is an ideal aid to meditation.
This staple cooking ingredient was used by the Greeks medicinally to help with digestion. Its warming qualities will pep you up from the inside out, so add it to stir-fries to help revive a sluggish relationship with your beau. It’s thought to fire up a loved one’s libido.
This hardy, green, bushy plant was introduced to Britain by the Romans, and in pagan religious ceremonies, hyssop was sprayed on worshippers to purify. It’s an essence that is associated with a higher consciousness and protection.
Feeling your creative juices need a little assistance? Then looking no further than rosemary – it’s the perfect essence for exploring inspiration. This mood-lifter clears a foggy mind and allows you to connect with your inner muse.
Jasmine is one of the most important plants for perfumery and its scent is exquisite. Use this when you need to connect with your inner goddess, as its intoxicating qualities will make you feel sensual and all-woman again, and help you to appreciate your inner beauty.
Peppermint is the perfect scent to cut through mental confusion and help you see solutions clearly. It untangles all the muddles in life and will revive your spirit so that you have the energy and the clarity of mind to take on the world again.
Can there be a more wonderful soothing scent than lavender? If your troubles are keeping you up all night, a few drops of this essence on a pillow with ensure you drift off to sleep, leaving you relaxed enough to find the solutions to your problems after a restful night.
There are few essence better for boosting your mental quiet than chamomile, It’s particularly effective at dealing with stress, work worries, grief and anger. A calming cup of chamomile at any point throughout the day will help ease your troubles.
Nutmeg is thought to have visionary properties, so a few gratings of this delicious spice in your nightly cup of cocoa may help you connect with your dreams or act as an aid to astral projection.
This zesty pick-me-up is the perfect early morning essence as its mood-boosting properties will help give a positive outlook for the day ahead. Spritz it from head to toe to help release your inner radiance.
Pine has fantastic cleansing properties, and you’ll ofter find its a popular scent in many household washing up liquids. Light a pine-scented candle when you want to release anxiety and worry and let go of past pains.
This highly romantic scent is wonderful for wooing as it is thought to help reveal your inner beauty to others’ hearts. A few spritzes of rosewater over yourself before you leave the house will make him putty in your hands!
Sandalwood is your encouraging best friend forever. It is thought to boost your sense that all is well with the world, and help to grow your inner peace and confidence.
This scent is known for its refreshing qualities. If you’re feeling run down it’s a fantastic scent to give you the emotional boost you’ll need to make it through the day.