Health benefits of Gulkand

Priya Kundal
Floriculture has now made its place in commercial world. Rose has a great commercial importance as there is great demand for fresh roses, petals and by products like rose water, rose jam etc. not only in domestic market but also in export market.
One of the important products of rose is GULKAND.
Gulkand, also known as Gulqand, is a sweet preserve of rose petals from the Indian subcontinent. “Gul” means “flower” in both Persian and Urdu language whereas “Qand” means “sweet” in Persian. In Turkish it is known as Gul Receli.
However, Gulkand can be prepared from any of rose variety or species. Almost all have similar medicinal value and uses. Rosa centifolia and Rosa damascena is best for making Gulkand.
Benefits of Gulkand
*Gulkand is an ayurvedic tonic. The national institute of ayurvedic medicines provides a list of benefits obtained from eating Gulkand.
*Gulkand has cooling properties; thus it is beneficial in alleviating all heat related problems like tiredness, lethargy, itching, aches and pains.
*Gulkand is a powerful antioxidant and a very good rejuvenator.
*Consuming 1-2 teaspoon of Gulkand help to reduce acidity and stomach ulcer.
*Gulkand helps to treat mouth ulcer, strengthens teeth and gums.
*It can be used to treat dysmenorrhoea and is effective in relieving menstrual pain in women.
*It is very good digestive tonic – helps to improve appetite, improves digestion and correct digestive problems.
*Gulkand helps to remove toxins from the body and purifies blood. Thus it helps in giving a clear complexion and prevent the occurrence of various skin problems like acne, boils, whiteheads etc.
*Helps to reduce excessive perspiration and foul body odour.
*Having two teaspoon of Gulkand before venturing outdoor can help to prevent sunstroke and controls nostrils – bleeding.
*It has a calming effect on the nervous system, thus helps in reducing stress.
Caution: since it contain sugar, those with diabetes should consult their doctor before consuming it.