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Citrus is native to southeast Asia and most likely originated in Indonesia or Malaysia. It was unknown in Europe before the Crusades and it is assumed to have been carried to North Africa and the Near East by the Arabs and taken by Crusaders from Palestine to Mediterranean Europe.
In the Bahamas, fishermen who spend days in their sailboats, always have with them their bottles of homemade "old sour" which is a mix of citrus juice and salt to avoid getting scurvy.
In the West Indies, the juice has been used in the process of dyeing leather.
- Citrus has anti-bacterial, antiseptic, astringent, tonifying and refreshing properties.
- It helps skin renewal due to its fruit acids content.
- It also has emollient, moisturizing, soothing and conditioning properties.
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