Gulkand

Gulkand is an ayurvedic medicine prepared with rose petals and sugar or jaggery. The process of preparing gulkand is simple. Rose petal layers are placed in a glass jar with sugar or jaggery in between the layers and kept exposed to Sun light and heat for about a month. The rose petal and sugar mix is stirred with a wooden spoon on alternate days during the four week period of preparation and after that kept in air tight containers. It is essentially a jam made out of rose petals.

Since it is prepared mainly for medicinal purposes, only good quality rose petals and jaggery or sugar crystals must be used for preparation of gulkand.

Rose is a perennial plant grown all over the world mainly for the ornamental value. There are about a hundred varieties of rose species that are cultivated. The color of the rose flower varies from white to yellow to red with umpteen number of shades. While the use of the rose flowers for decoration is common, its use as an ingredient for preparation of gulkand is significant.

Health benefits of Gulkand

Gulkand provides many health benefits since it is a powerful antioxidant and an excellent rejuvenator.

Like in India, China also uses rose in their traditional medicines to cure disorders in the digestive system, regulate menstrual cycle and to relieve pain due to injuries.

Gulkand has anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, laxative, carminative, demulcent and digestive properties on account of which gulkand provides many health benefits.

Natural body coolant

Gulkand is a good coolant of the body. It reduces the body heat and protects the body from sun heat and sun stroke particularly during summer. Due to its cooling effect, stomach ulcer formation is prevented on regular consumption. In addition to this gulkand neutralizes the stomach acid and enhances digestion.

Blood purifier

Gulkand removes the poisonous toxins from the body and purifies the blood. In addition to purifying blood, by removing the toxins, gulkand protects the skin from problems like rashes, pimples, acne and blackheads.

Diuretic

The diuretic nature of gulkand, helps to reduce water retention in the body. Regular consumption increases the urine output and flushes out toxins.

Protects the nerves

Gulkand not only is a coolant but also has the potential to calm down the nerves thereby protecting the nervous system. It reduces stress in the body and consequently the nervous system is calmed.

Cures dysmenorrhea (Painful menstruation)

During the start of the menstrual cycle rhythmical pain occurs in the lower abdomen or in the back and sometimes cramps which may last for a few hours to a few days even. Gulkand relieves such pains and cramps and regulates the cycle appropriately. Moreover abnormal white discharge is also reduced by regular consumption. It also prevents excessive bleeding during menstruation thereby preventing anemia.

Protects the uterus

With its ability in treating dysmenorrhea, gulkand not only regulates the menstrual cycle but also protects the uterus from possible damage.

Pregnant women

During pregnancy there is enormous stress experienced by pregnant women. To reduce the stress, gulkand can be consumed regularly which protects the nervous system during pregnancy besides taking care of the digestive system, in addition to keeping the body cool at all times. It is an ideal diet for pregnant women as it prevents constipation and boosts the energy level.

Tonic

Gulkand functions as an ideal tonic for people of all ages as it acts as an energy booster by aiding the metabolism and removing the toxins from the body and ensure sound health. It removes fatigue and keep the body active.

Prevents nose bleeds

During summer months nose bleeding occur particularly in kids. When gulkand is regularly consumed, it treats and prevents nose bleeding.

Improves eye sight

Anti-oxidant property in it protects the eyes and improves the eye sight. To derive this benefit one should regularly consume the jam in the morning and evening. It also cures conjunctivitis.

Cures anal problems

Consumption of hot and spicy food disturbs the bowel movement and causes irritation and burning sensation after bowel movement every time. Gulkand quenches the heat and removes irritation and burning sensation of the anus.

Cures piles

Being a coolant, it has the potential to cure internal and bleeding piles in the initial stages. However advanced stages of piles need further treatment, it is helpful only for first degree hemorrhoids. Constipation in all types of people including children and pregnant women are cured by regular consumption, due to its laxative property.

Other noticeable benefits are:

  1. Patients treated with radiation therapy for cancer may develop certain side effects. Prevents such side effects in cancer patients.
  2. It is also helpful in reducing the side effects of pain killers, antibiotics or other drugs consumed for any other ailments. Nausea, burning sensation and ulcers created due to consumption of medicines is also reduced.
  3. It cures perspiration (excessive sweating) and enhances the body odor by eliminating any foul smell.

As a word of caution, use of gulkand by diabetics is not advised in view of the high sugar content in it. If diabetics need to use it for any other cure, it must be done after proper medical consultation only.

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.