Inositol is a natural compound with few side effects, which makes it an attractive alternative to prescription medications for anxiety which have significant side effects.
Lavender, also known as lavandula angustifolia, is a flowering plant in the mint family, and is native to the Old World.
Benadryl dosed at 25mg to 50 mg will help to reduce anxiety, mainly by helping you get rest and sleep, as Benadryl is quite sedating.
The disadvantages are that Benadryl can lose its effectiveness with long term use and with regular daily use…this phenomenon is known as tolerance.
A study found that lavender oil was more effective than placebo for anxiety, had fewer side effects than paroxetine, and had a side effect profile similar to placebo (Kasper et al., 2014).
Another study showed that lavender oil was as effective as lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder, and does not have the sedative or addictive potential of benzodiazepines (Woelk and Schläfke, 2010).
Using over the counter (OTC) medications for anxiety is a relatively new development when compared to using OTC medications for physical symptoms.
As many people suffer from anxiety, the appeal of OTC medications is understandable.