Our Story



Dove River Peonies was started by parents of three boys who all have eczema. We had tried everything – Immunologists, specialists, homeopaths, chemists, doctors, other parents, special clothing, special diets, allergy testing, …. and we tried it all again over and over! Our sons continued to suffer from severe eczema.

Nine years later and our eldest has largely grown out of it – which is what many of the doctors we saw suggested might happen. But if we had known of the healing powers of peony root then – we wouldn’t have had to wait and witness his ongoing suffering, or subject him to the quantities of sedating antihistamines and steroids that we have. Today we use our 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.

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