PN Olotu, JP Olotu, IA Olotu, NM Gushit, HO Ejembi, NS Yakubu, U Ajima and EU Onche
Citrus is the second most popular and common fruit after mango that is widely consumed by the Agatu tribe of Ayele in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Nigeria since the ancient time. The objective of the research was to document different varieties of citrus in Ayele and their traditional medical uses. Well-known and respected individuals in the field of traditional medicine practices in Ayele community were interviewed orally on varieties of citrus and their uses and specimens were gathered for confirmations. Results of the findings showed that different varieties of sweet, bitter and sour citrus were used to manage various ailments such as cancer, inflammation, high blood pressure, diabetes, skin diseases, blurred vision, cuts, and loss of appetite, obesity, indigestion and flatulence. The varieties of citrus used and their folklore uses were properly identified and documented by their Scientific, English, Agatu/Idoma and Hausa names.
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