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CHITRAL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY

Rhizomes of Muza' are collected in the months of September-October when maize crop is harvested. Muza' is a common weed in maize crop. The rhizomes are cleaned, dried and stored. Dried rhizome is rubbed against a desu (plain stone) and, by adding a few drops of water, a thin paste is made which is applied directly to split lips at bed time. One to two applications is enough to recover the splitted or chapped lips.Sometimes the fresh rhizomes are used as a decoration by removing the thin skin and left in flour for a few days to get brighter "Muzd". Then these are beaded into a string and presented to a bride as gift.

Local Name Muzd
Botanical Name Cyprus difformis
Part used Rhizome
Locally used for Splitting/chapped lips