Gulkand Health Benefits & Disadvantages

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Gulkand, a sweet preserve of rose petals, is an ayurvedic medicine and Indian traditional recipe used for skin, constipation in pregnancy & kids, acidity, gastritis, ulcer, Indigestion, dysmenorrhea, acne, foul body odor, palpitation, hypertension, nosebleed, stress, etc.

Gulkand is prepared from fresh rose petals and sugar. Other ayurvedic ingredients such as Praval Pishti and Mukta Pishti can also be added to boosts its action in hot season and diseases that occur due to excess heat.

Other Names

  1. Rose petal jam
  2. Rose petal jelly
  3. Rose jam

How to make Gulkand

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 considerably best for making Gulkand. For making Gulkand, you need following ingredients.

IngredientsQuantity
Fresh Rose Petals200 grams
Sugar100 grams to 200 grams

Method – 1

  1. Take 200 grams fresh rose petals and 100 grams sugar.
  2. Crush rose petals with hands. Grind the sugar crystals to make powder.
  3. Mix crushed rose petals and sugar together.
  4. Preserve the mixture in glass jar and keep under sunlight.
  5. You may need keeping under sunlight for a few days.

In India, generally, people do not grind the sugar and crush rose petals. They just mix these two ingredients and keep it in a glass jar under direct sunlight. After a few days, sugar dissolves and mixes with rose petals. They start consuming the Gulkand. This method is without heating the rose petals. This method helps to preserve nutrients present in the rose petals.

Method – 2 (Rose petal jelly)

  1. Take 200 grams of rose petals and 100 grams sugar.
  2. Crush the rose petals and grind the sugar crystals.
  3. Mix both ingredients in stainless steel pan.
  4. Heat the mixture until sugar and rose petals dissolves well. It will take 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Now, let it cool down and then preserve the rose petal jelly in a glass jar.

Method – 3 (Gulkand with honey or rose jam)

Gulkand preparation with honey with refined sugar

  1. Take 100 grams rose petals and 5 teaspoons honey.
  2. Crush the rose petals and mix it with honey.
  3. Keep the mixture in glass jar under the direct sunlight.
  4. After 3 to 5 days, you Gulkand with honey will be ready to consume.

If you prefer gulkand with honey, then do not heat the rose petal or honey. Ayurveda does not suggest heating the honey at high temperature, but you can keep the honey under sunlight.

Note: Some people also use jaggery for making Gulkand.

Gulkand Nutrition Facts

Rose petals contain 80 to 95% water content. The values provided below are based Gulkand prepared with method one using 100 grams sugar and 200 grams fresh rose petals.

Amount Per 10 grams
Total Calories12 to 15
Calories from Fat0
Total Fat0 g
    Saturated fat0 g
    Polyunsaturated fat0 g
    Monounsaturated fat0 g
    Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium0
Total Carbohydrates4.13 to 5.3 g
    Dietary Fiber0.85 g to 1.7
    Sugar3.33 g
Water4.3 to 5.8 grams

Disclaimer: The exact data for nutrition analysis is not available for Gulkand. Data provided here is just an estimate and calculation based on sugar content nutrition data and available data for nutrition facts of rose petals.

Medicinal Properties of Gulkand

All healing properties of Gulkand are attributed to Rose Petals. Almost all varieties of Roses used for making Gulkand have similar therapeutic actions. Rose flowers have following therapeutic properties.

  1. Mild laxative
  2. Antibacterial
  3. Antioxidant
  4. Antitussive
  5. Mild hypnotic (in larger doses, the property appears more in Rosa Damascena)
  6. Demulcent
  7. Anti-inflammatory
  8. Cardio-tonic
  9. Carminative
  10. Digestive Stimulant (appears more in patients with heartburn, dyspepsia etc.)
  11. Anti-ulcerogenic

Therapeutic Indications

Gulkand is beneficial in following health conditions:

  1. Mild to Moderate Constipation
  2. Heartburn
  3. Acid Reflux
  4. GERD
  5. Dyspepsia
  6. Intestinal Gas
  7. Peptic Ulcer
  8. Mouth Ulcer
  9. Bleeding disorders like nosebleed
  10. Tachycardia (along with Mukta Pishti)
  11. Excessive Sweating
  12. Hot Flashes in Menopause
  13. Generalized Burning sensation
  14. Burning pain of any specific organ
  15. Headache with burning pain and when pain increases after pressure on head or head massage
  16. High Fever with burning sensation all over the body (to reduce burning sensation)

Benefits of Gulkand

Health benefits of gulkand include its uses in various diseases that occur due to excess heat in the body or hot temperature outside. Diseases that occur due to excess heat are known as PITTA diseases in ayurveda. Gulkand is a best remedy for these diseases.

Constipation

Gulkand is best for mild to moderate constipation.

Constipation in Pregnancy

Women can take gulkand during pregnancy because ayurveda consider it safe in pregnancy. In India, it is widely used for treating constipation that occurs in pregnancy.

Gulkand softens the stool and its sugar content helps drawing liquids in the intestines, which ultimately helps to get rid of constipation in the pregnancy.

Constipation in Kids

Gulkand is natural remedy for kid’s constipation. It is also delicious and favorite among children.  You may need giving Gulkand for several days to get a cure of constipation. In addition to Gulkand, include fiber rich foods such as fruits and vegetables in your kid’s diet.

Sunburn

The regular intake of Gulkand prevents sunburn or sun poisoning that commonly occurs in summer season. It reduces the impact of excess heat on the body.

Nosebleed

Nosebleed in summer is a common issue in kids. Gulkand is a natural remedy that helps get rid of nosebleed. Give 1 teaspoon of gulkand to your children to prevent and treat nosebleed.

Heartburn & Gastritis

Acidity is a common problem worldwide and many people have to take antacid drugs on empty stomach every day. Some feel burning sensation in throat, heartburn, sour mouth or throat, indigestion and stomach ache.

You can get rid of all these problems using Gulkand in your daily life. You can eat Gulkand every day at night just before sleep.

Ayurvedic physicians prefer giving Gulkand in between meal for treatment of gastritis and ulcers.

Mouth Ulcers

Gulkand is a cool herbal preparation, which has cooling effects in the body. It reduces the occurrence of mouth ulcers and helps reducing burning sensation and pain in the mouth due to mouth ulcers.

Anal Problems

Burning Sensation after a Bowel Movement

Some patients suffer with burning sensation after a bowel movement. Gulkand can help in this condition. It reduces acidity in the body, which a main cause of burning sensation. Other causes include spicy food and peppers. Gulkand helps in all conditions that cause burning sensation except intestinal worms.

Hemorrhoids (Piles)

The most common cause of Hemorrhoids/Piles is chronic constipation and low fiber diet. However, other causes including pregnancy or chronic diarrhea may also play role in hemorrhoids development.

Gulkand help reduce swelling of the hemorrhoids by providing mild laxative action in constipation. It also reduces the pressure in the lower section of the large intestine and lets the easier passage of the stools. It also provides strength to the veins, which helps restoring natural elasticity of the veins. The important thing is that Gulkand has little effects if disease progresses. It is only effective in mild causes of hemorrhoid (first-degree hemorrhoids), but it is highly effective in bleeding piles. It reduces habit of constipation and stops bleeding. In mild cases, the results appear within a week, but in severe cases, it may not alone effective solution and other remedies may also require.

How to Take Gulkand for Bleeding Piles

In bleeding piles or first-degree hemorrhoids, Gulkand can be taken in dosage of 2 teaspoons 2 hours after food two times a day with milk or water.

General tonic

Gulkand is a general tonic, which helps to reduce fatigue, muscle pain, burning, lethargies and mental stress.

Many students in India using Gulkand for improving memory and reducing exam related stress.

Conjunctivitis

Gulkand also improves eyesight and helps in conjunctivitis. For conjunctivitis, it is used as adjuvant for other ayurvedic medicines.

Mukta Pishti125 mg
Parval Pishti500 mg
Yashad Bhasma125 mg
Gandhak Rasayan500 mg
Gulkand1 tsp.

Above ingredients are mixed together and advised to take with milk in conjunctivitis. It reduces burning sensation and itching in the eyes.

Gulkand in Cancer

Cancer patients undergoing radiations therapy or chemotherapy are advised to take rose petal jam to reduce the side effects of these therapies.

Spasmodic Dysmenorrhea

In spasmodic dysmenorrhea, sharp abdominal cramps occur at the start of menstrual flow. However, a mild pain on first day of menstrual period is normal, but when it starts causing troubles with daily life activities, then women need medication.

Gulkand is a natural solution for this problem. It reduces abdominal cramps and pain during periods. Women suffering from this type of dysmenorrhea should take Gulkand on regular basis for at least 3 months.

Foul smelly yellow discharge in women

Gulkand helps to reduce foul smell and yellow discharge that occurs due to chronic infections, vaginitis or leucorrhea in women.

Other benefits & Uses of Gulkand

  1. Gulkand helps to get rid of burning sensation in soles and palms.
  2. It helps to reduces pain in heels.
  3. It reduces serum uric acid level, so it is beneficial for patients with Gout.
  4. It relieves mental stress and calms the mind.
  5. Gulkand is a mild laxative, so if you suffer with constipation, you should use this remedy first than trying strong laxatives.
  6. Gulkand also helps to reduce the side effects of antibiotics, painkillers and other strong drugs that cause nausea, burning sensation and ulcers.

Dosage & Administration

The appropriate dosage of Gulkand is as follows:
Infants500 mg to 1 gram *
Children2 to 3 grams *
Adults5 to 10 grams * or 20 grams **
Pregnancy2 to 5 grams *
Geriatric (Old age)5 grams *
Maximum Possible Dosage20 grams per day (in divided doses)
* Twice a day with milk or water ** once a day

When to Take Gulkand

In mild constipationBefore Sleep (once a day)
In moderate constipationMorning an hour after meal and at night before sleep (twice daily)
Heartburn or  gastric problemsIn between food (when you have eaten half food) (twice daily)
Other conditionsAn hour after meal  (twice daily)

How to Take Gulkand

However, one can eat Gulkand without any adjuvant or with water, but cow’s milk is a best adjuvant for Gulkand in most of diseases especially in constipation. Water is good adjuvant for Gulkand in gastric problems.

Safety Profile

Gulkand is LIKELY SAFE for healthy individuals, pregnant women and lactating mothers. There are no side effects observed with the regular use of Gulkand for a period of six months.

Disadvantages of Gulkand

The only disadvantage of Gulkand is for diabetic patients. It is rich in sugar content, so it can increase your blood sugar level. Therefore, Gulkand is contraindicated in diabetes mellitus.

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33 Comments

  1. johar says

    What are benefits of gulkand for skin?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Hi Johar, Burning sensation is a common symptom in some skin diseases. Gulkand can help reducing this symptom. It also helps in sunburn, as described in the article.

  2. Irma says

    Can we take gulkand during pregnancy. Is it safe for developing baby?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Gulkand is POSSIBLY SAFE in pregnancy and it is also safe for developing baby.

  3. kanchan says

    Eating Gulkand is very effective way to cure constipation with hard and dry stool. My child had constipation and stool was very hard and dry. He was always crying while passing stools. I have used Gulkand for a month and now I stopped it. He is now fine after a month course with Gulkand.
    Thank you, Dr. Jagdev for your valuable article.

  4. S.S.GHLAI says

    I am having gastric problem and burning problems in stomach and at the time of toilet. Please confirm shall I continue take the Gulkand daily or limited period.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      One can use Gulkand on regular basis because it is also a general health tonic. Secondly, it is not habit forming laxative. Actually, it maintains digestive health and corrects the gastric functions, balances acid production, cures heartburn, helps in GERD and improves functions of intestines and liver. Therefore, it also works in constipation because it softens the stools. The long-term use of Gulkand is LIKELY SAFE.

  5. rizwan says

    What time best to take Gulkand for stomach heating problem and constipation?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      One can take it at night before sleeping. If the problem is chronic and obstinate, then Gulkand should be taken two or three times a day one hour after meal.

  6. venkatesh says

    Does Gulkand help to cool down the body and remove heat boils, pimples and acne? How to take Gulkand and what about the sabja seed (sweet basil seeds). Does it also help to keep body cool? Can we take Gulkand in milk along with sweet basil seeds?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      1. Gulkand is made of rose petals and sugar, so according to ayurveda, it has cool potency. It reduces body heat. It also a good blood purifier, which helps in pimples & acne.
      2. You are referred to Dosage & Administration for How to Take Gulkand.
      3. Yes, we can take Gulkand with milk and with sweet basil seeds.

  7. PraveenKimar says

    good news.thank you

  8. Syed masood says

    Can a person suffering from T.B. take Gulkand? Is it good for weight loss?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      T.B. patients can take Gulkand. It is tonic and reduces fatigue, restlessness, tiredness and sweating. It may not have direct influence on weight loss rather than a nutritional supplement.

  9. Agilan says

    Sir, whether Gulkand will increase sperm count and motility by either directly or indirectly.

  10. Sarah says

    Are there any benefits towards the skin as we consume Gulkand?
    When is the best time to consume it?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Gulkand increases skin glow, improves complexion and prevents skin diseases especially that occur due to heat or radiations.
      Due to mild laxative nature, the best time to consume Gulkand is just before sleep. Alternatively, one can also take it twice daily after meal.

  11. Naila says

    Can Gulkand help in weight gain?
    I want to increase my weight. I am 23 years and my weight is only 40 kg. Please do suggest if anything other than Gulkand can help.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      It may not have direct influence on weight gain, but it will provide nutritional support to the body and help reducing weakness and fatigue.
      The best remedy for gaining weight is Ashwagandha powder or its extract.

  12. Priya says

    Does Gulkand increase the complexion of skin in adults and kids?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Gulkand improves complexion and prevents skin diseases like acne, blackheads, blemishes, dark circles etc.

  13. Hussain says

    How to take Gulkand as a treatment for Piles

    Is Gulkand an effective medicine for hemorrhoids/piles and bleeding piles?

  14. Nithya says

    From which month can a pregnant women use Gulkand?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Gulkand is indicated in constipation in pregnancy. If pregnant woman has constipation, it can be used in any month without any problem.

  15. chakra says

    Thanks for the article. Is it advisable to mix Gulkand in warm milk? Does mixing in warm milk affect its medicinal properties?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Mixing Gulkand in lukewarm milk does not likely to affect its medicinal properties. In some cases, we advise to eat Gulkand with milk.

      1. Gangadhara says

        Sir, if I take Gulkand with bread for breakfast, is there any side effects?

  16. Shameer says

    Will the Gulkand help to get pregnant faster?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Gulkand is likely to improve fertility and improves chances to conceive.

  17. Shilpa Apurva says

    Hello Sir, my name is Shilpa Apurva, I am a nutritionist n dietitian, presently working on Gulkand and I am quite successful in making four variation of gulkand to improve its nutritional value, your work helps me a lot as a reference for, how it is beneficial, some of my variations can be taken by diabetic patients as it’s sweetener is a complex one, my research is still going on. Tasting of my variations is also done and I am glad to share that all are well accepted by my selected tasting panel. Presently I am staying in Oman. I have a good day ahead n tc. Jai Shree Krishna, sir.

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