I recently learned about all the benefits of the rose! I had previously learned about how rose water is a good skin tonor. However, I did not know that eating them could be healthy. My friend Kaustubh introduced me to Gulkand. This jam type of substance is made up of roses and sugar. When smelling it I thought “this smells like my bath water” but since I always have an interest to try out new things with healthy benefits, I went ahead and tried it. It actually wasn’t bad. It did have an interesting taste new to my taste buds but over all it was good. He explained that as a child they would actally take rose petals, smash them, and add sugar and then eat it. He also told me that it was very healthy.
So…. I got on the internet and did some research 🙂
Here’s what I found:
Rose Water in Beautycare: sometimes as a base for astringent and skin toner & face masks
There is a rose essence often called Rooh-afza. [note: this is a syrup that my husband loves. I never knew it was rose flavored; I thought it was strawberry 🙂 ]. Rose syrup added to chilled milk or lassi makes an excellent drink in the summers.
Gulkand: This is a sweet preserve made from rose petals and sugar. (gul means rose, kand means sweet or sugar) many people make gulkand at home, though it is available in the market. Gulkand has many medicial uses as per ayurveda. Gulkand can be eaten just as it is or it can also can be put into paan and eaten, or you can add it to ice-creams, milk shakes and kulfi.
The Ayurveda benefits/Uses of Gulkand (click here for link)
- Gulkand has been traditionally used as a cooling tonic to combat fatigue, lethargy, muscular aches, biliousness, itching, and heat-related conditions.
- For those who do not know pulse reading, simply observe the color of the underclothes. If slight yellowish tinge is seen, Pitta exists. For people with yellowish foul smelling sweat from armpits, there exists pitta dosha in blood. This gets corrected by Gulkand.
- Gulkand is highly useful in problems like Heavy menstrual discharge, white discharge in women. The medicines for these problems are generally given with Gulkand. It’s aroma helps secretion of Oxytocin, the love harmone. Hence the flower is associated with heart. It increases `Sadhak Pitta’, the constituent of the blood which strengthens heart, emotions, motherly affection.
- Nose-bleeding, hemorrage, vomitting of blood and or bitter-sour pitta, excess menstrual discharge, frequent abortions etc are the indications wherein Gulkand gives excellent cooling. The rose has special properties. It is sweet, cool, pungent and yet slight bitter. After digestion it produces sweet (Vipak) juice due to which it shows very benificial effect on intestines, improving digestion and metabolism. In many cases, when pimples arise due to heat in the blood, the use of Gulknad removes the heat from the intestines. This removes pimples and old blemishes.
- Rose is easy to digest, due to its sweet, pungent and bitter tastes, it has certain benificial effect as heart tonic. Its association with heart is already mentioned.
- For children having worms in intestines, an ayurvedic powder `Vidanga’ or `Vavding’ is mixed in Gulkand and given to destroy the worms in a fortnight. Dose is 1 tsp twice a day for fortnight.
- Gulkand gives cool feeling to nerves. In todays world filled with stress and strain at every point, it is a good tonic for central nervous system as well as liver. It pacifies pitta in blood, reduces constipation and strengthens all seven dhatus of the body, as per Charak Sanhita.
- Gulkand also helps reducing hyperacidity. The heat in the Gastro canal, duodenum is removed by Gulkand. In swelling and ulcer of intestines, the acidity shows up in blackish blemishes on forehead, face, blackish circles around eyes, loss of hair etc
- Ayurveda describes rose as “Vrishya” meaning strengthening the semen. When semen has less sperms or sperms are getting weakened due to vaginal acidity, such couples will get benefits due to Gulkand
Recommended dose: 1 tsp. in the morning, afternoon and evening.