iterally speaking gulkand is a jam made of rose
petals. How often have we seen young people
expressing their love to their significant other by
offering him or her a rose? In fact in many colleges
now-a-days, 'Rose day' is celebrated. But has any
one of us ever wondered as to why only the rose is
given so much of importance and not any other
flower It is because of the fact that rose is the flower
which helps tackle health problems of youth. Rose is
known as 'taruni' in Sanskrit which means 'young
girl'. This is predominantly due to the fact that
preparations made from rose plant help relieve
women of the problems they may encounter in their
reproductive ages. It also helps increase virility of
men. It is fragrant and is available in various
attractive shades. Although various varieties of roses
are available now, the most commonly used and the
preferred one is known by the botanical name Rosa
The flowers of the rose plant are used for medicinal
purposes. There are various formulations that can
be made from the flowers such as face pack, gulab
ark or rose water and the commonest and the most
delicious one is gulkand. Gulkand can be made in
Ingredients required: Rose petals, sugar, silver
foil, fine paste of pearls or corals (mukta pishti or
praval pishti) *, cardamom seeds.
Procedure: First wash the rose petals
thoroughly and pat them dry to remove excess water.
Place these cleaned rose petals and equal quantity of
sugar in an airtight, wide mouthed glass jar. Place
this jar in bright sunlight for 6-7 hours daily for 3-4
weeks. The contents of the jar should be stirred on
every alternate day with a wooden spatula. It may
take more or less then mentioned time depending on
the season, place etc. It may take less time in summer
and more in monsoon or winter. Other ingredients
are to be mixed in 1/8th proportion of the weight of
the rose petals. These are to be added only after the
base is formed i.e. towards the end of 3rd-4th week.
The jar should not be placed under the sun once the
other ingredients are added as this will reduce the
efficacy of the product.
The quantity of sugar can be altered depending
on one's liking. However if you are using refined
sugar it is best to keep its quantity low.
Dr Purnima Vinod BAMS, Dip. in Aromatherapy
Rose is useful in treating problems of youth and early middle age.
This is that period in a person's life where the
pitta dosha dominates the other doshas. Rose is refrigerant in nature
and thus helps to reduce the excess pitta in one's body.
To keep you
young and beautiful