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Your Guide to Getting Started With Aromatherapy Essential Oils

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Ever been lying in Savasana pose, feeling resplendent post-yoga practice, to have the instructor come around the class and dot each person's forehead with just a touch of lavender? (Spoiler alert: It makes corpse pose that much more gratifying –– so if you haven't experienced a yoga class infused with essential oils, you should seriously consider trying it out.)

Even if you haven't, chances are you've come across aromatherapy in some form in your daily life, from beauty products to aromatherapy candles. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years, and are only continuing to gain popularity today.

Because scent is sensory magic, some are laden and brimming over with memories, others with mood-enhancing abilities, like relaxing or energizing properties. Read on for a crash course in harnessing the healing power of plants with aromatherapy essential oils. (Via @mountainroseherbs.)