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Our Story


Dove River Peonies grew out of our desperate search for an effective, natural alternative to prolonged steroid use for our sons eczema.  As parents we tried everything to stop them itching and to soothe their red, dry, sore skin– immunologists, specialists, homeopaths, chemists, doctors, other parents, special clothing, special diets, allergy testing, …. and we tried it again, over and over! Our sons continued to suffer from severe eczema until by chance we re-discovered the natural healing powers of peony root. We were growing the beautiful flowers for export when we read about how peony root had been used for centuries as a natural calming and immune balancing treatment.  The anti-inflammatory properties have been scientifically proven and led us to develop our unique Pure Peony sensitive range of cream, soap and shampoo to calm and help heal irritated skin. Today we use our sensitive range of peony products to help our sons – and the whole family’s skincare. All of the peony root used in our products is harvested from our organic plantation which is located a 45 minute drive from Nelson city, in the south island of New Zealand. We grow peonies organically in a very special valley that provides us with a unique climate that really benefits peonies. In the winter our temperatures go down to -9 Celsius and occasionally we have been known to have snow, but most winters we experience severe frosts. In summer we get huge blue skies and very still hot days up to 32 degrees. Our peonies are grown on a stony free draining soil and our paddocks abound with colour for October through to December. In Autumn we harvest our peony root and it is dried in a purpose built organic drying facility onsite in accordance with Peony Root harvesting protocols as outlined by British Pharmacopeia.  We only use natural ingredients from New Zealand and all our products are made locally in Nelson. They have healed our son's skin and changed all our lives - we hope they can change yours too.

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