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want to kill your libido?  I mean like totally flat-line it?  Origanum majorana (sweet marjoram) will definitely do it!  not only is it a strong sedative (which is what I’ve been using it for), it’s also an ANAPHRODISIAC, sheesh…  this is why it’s SO important to use more than one source for research — I based my initial decision to use sweet marjoram in my insomnia blend on the description given by one of my ingredient suppliers; HOWEVER, after reading the much more detailed descriptions provided in the hardcover edition of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Lawless) and 375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols (Rose), and even the more cursory description given in Essential Aromatherapy (Worwood & Worwood), I quickly realized my mistake…  now the trick w/b to find EOs whose complete systemic effects I can tolerate (or actually want) — for example, the chamomiles are sedative, but they’re also sudorific (promotes sweating), which is NOT something I want; but it’s not like I can pick and choose the effects an EO will have on my body, so the chamomiles are out…

right now, trying to reformulate my “sleeping potion” in the middle of moving house (blah!!), I’m leaning towards a blend of Lavandula angustifolia (true lavender; I prefer the high-altitude variety since it’s less camphorous), Canaga odorata var. genuina (ylang ylang; also an aphrodisiac, which w/b a nice counter to the anaphrodisiac I’ve ignorantly been using), Citrus reticulata Blanco (tangerine; a gentle sedative that adds a lovely sweet orange fragrance to the blend, altho’ I may “upgrade” to mandarin at some point), and Nardostachys jatamansi (spikenard, a close relative of valerian; both are used to combat insomnia, as well as stress and tension)…  fortunately I have all of these on hand, so it won’t be a huge problem to reformulate once we get moved; the problem is what to do for the next 2-3 days — “sleeping on it” is easier said than done for me…

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