G.I. Goe (pronounced G.I. Joe) is likely one of my favorite blends. Created for gastrointestinal concerns, this blend has become so much more!
G.I. Goe is great for intestinal concerns, diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion, colic, nausea, and motion or car sickness. This blend also has essential oils that are beneficial for intestinal parasites, however, veterinary data is still being collected on the most effective natural deworming methods with essential oils and other natural products. At this time, the results are sporadic and not always consistent with any essential oil protocol. It can be worth an attempt in certain animals, but follow up monitoring and confirmation of deworming actions with fecal tests is important. And when necessary, deworming with the least toxic and longest used traditional deworming agents is recommended.
Diffusion: Although G.I. Goe was not designed with diffusion specifically in mind, many people have found the fragrance quite enjoyable, as well as adding a mild layer of benefits, beyond what physical applications impart. Diffusion in a car diffuser is often helpful in cases of car sickness, and water-based diffusion can be a great option for animals who do not tolerate topical applications or who cannot be handled. All animals can be exposed to water-based diffusion of G.I. Goe - and if that alone is enough to aid them - then AWESOME!
Birds & Exotics: The main way G.I. Goe will be used in these species is orally. Addition into drinking water (1 drop per liter of water), addition into foods (1 drop per Tablespoon), and Petting onto non-avian species (diluted 1 drop per 10 or more drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil) are the most common methods used. Please see the Bird Page for more instructions on adding essential oils to bird water. For chickens and other similar birds, having a very light coating (either directly out of the bottle, or diluted in coconut oil as stated above) on your hands, and massaging into the feet can be an excellent application method when more intense exposure is needed. Parrots who become car sick or have nausea, can also have G.I. Goe massaged onto their feet or be allowed to perch on hands that have a very light coating of G.I. Goe on them. The point with all applications for animals, is to start with very little, and only use more if you need to. For most animals, I will start with the essential oil being completely to almost completely absorbed into my hands before rubbing their feet or allowing them to perch on me. This small exposure is often very easy and effective!
Cats: The most cat friendly methods to use G.I. Goe is to use it within the Litteroma Technique or to use with Petting Methods. G.I. Goe can be diluted with 1 drop per 10 drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil for petting with cats if desired. In general, 1 neat drop is placed into the hand, your hands are rubbed together until the oil is almost completely absorbed, and then your hands can be used to pet your cat down their back and sides, and occasionally on the stomach fur if your cat is willing. In general - I do not recommend the application of oils to cats' feet or ears. For many feline conditions, the KittyBoost will still be your primary recommendation to try. Litteroma SmellyCat also contains G.I. Goe and is a great way to have additional benefits in your cats litterbox!
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