Essential oils are profoundly effective natural medicines whose popularity has grown significantly in the last decade. The body of scientific evidence supporting their very diverse therapeutic actions is growing rapidly, validating the interest of the natural medicine community in their use. At the same time, many people are just not sure what they should be doing with these little bottles of great smelling liquids. People new to aromatherapy get the idea that there’s something valuable here, but not sure how to make use of them in their own lives. Here’s a look at the three major schools of aromatherapy, which will serve as an important starting point for the beginning practitioner.