Health Benefits of Gulkand (Rose Petals Jam)

Updated on January 26, 2019
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Homemade Gulkand

Homemade gulkand
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About Gulkand (Rose Petals Jam)

"Gul" means rose and "kand" means sweet.

Thus, Gulkand is a sweet preserve made of rose petals. It can be called Rose Petals Jam, as well. Gulkand is native to India and Pakistan. An Ayurvedic tonic, it is a delicious and healthy food that can easily be prepared at home.

Gulkand is one of the ingredients used in Paan - the traditional Indian mouth freshener and digestive. It is a fact that, like wine, it becomes better as it ages.

Traditionally, gulkand is made from the rose petals of the desi, or the wild rose plant. However, due the predominance of the hybrid rose varieties, it is difficult to find the desi variety everywhere. Not to worry; it can be made from the hybrid variety of roses, too. But the traditional one is the best.

The flowers of the wild roses are red or pink and neither as big nor as showy as the hybrids, although they exude a unique smell, which is deep and sweet.

Rose petals being separated for making gulkand


How To Make Gulkand - Candied Rose Petals - Rose Petal Jam

Method To Make Gulkand At Home

Making gulkand at home is not difficult at all. Just ensure the roses are pesticide free or organic. If you cannot get the desi variety of roses you can use the hybrid roses. Use only dark red or pink roses for their petals. Also, ensure the petals are fresh and tender.


  • 1 part Rose Petals, washed and dried overnight.
  • 1 part Granular sugar or candy sugar.
  • 1 sterilized and dry wide mouthed glass jar with lid.


  • Put a layer of petals about an inch thick and top it with equal quantity (by weight) of granulated sugar.
  • Keep adding a layer each of rose petals and sugar, till the jar is full.
  • Close the lid tight and keep the jar in full sun. In the evening keep the jar inside.
  • Every morning keep the jar in full sun the whole day and take it inside in the evening. Shake the jar well once a day.
  • Carry on this process for a week to two weeks till the entire mixture has become one mass with a corresponding darkening of color.
  • Since the rose petals disintegrate due to heat, the amount of time in which gulkand gets ready will depend on the how strong the sunlight is.
  • In colder areas with weak sunlight, pounding the rose leaves before putting them in the jar will help disintegrate the petals faster and complete the process sooner.

Note - Optional Additions

  1. "Vark" or thin edible silver leaves found at Indian grocers.
  2. Praval pishti - processed coral, which is a heart and brain tonic.
  3. Cardamom powder - good for urinary, respiratory and stomach problems.
  4. Godanti Bhasma - a natural form of calcium

Added to increase the benefits of Gulkand.

Health Benefits Of Gulkand

  1. Gulkand is cooling so is beneficial in alleviating all heat-related problems like tiredness, lethargy, itching, aches, and pains, reduces burning sensations in the soles and palms.
  2. It treats mouth ulcers, makes teeth and gums strong and also reduces redness and inflammation of the eyes.
  3. It reduces women's problems like leucorrhea and heavy menses.
  4. It improves appetite, betters digestion, corrects digestive issues.
  5. It is an excellent tonic, reduces stress, strengthens the heart, liver and central nervous system.
  6. Gulkand reduces acidity and reduces heat in the stomach, treats ulcers and swelling in the intestine.
  7. It corrects skin issues like pimples, blemishes etc.
  8. It corrects sperm defects in males like less or weak sperms.
  9. It protects from sunstroke, controls nose bleed in summer. Eat 2 tsp gulkand before going out in the sun.
  10. It is a mild laxative and strengthens the 7 dhatus (fundamental elements or tissues, namely, plasma, blood, muscles, fat, semen, bone and bone marrow) of the body.

The normal dose of gulkand is 1 tsp 2 times a day, morning and evening.

Gulkand can be taken on its own, added to rose tea, lassi or juices or prepared into milkshakes and ice cream. Check out the video below to see how you can prepare gulkand ice cream at home.

However, since it contains sugar, those with diabetes should consult their doctor before consuming it.

Gulkand Ice Cream Recipe

The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements, or before starting a new health regime.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      14 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Syed Ji.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Sivakumar gulkand is not an appetite increaser.

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      Sivakumar balakrishnan 

      20 months ago

      Hi Rajan will it increases the appetite? please explain

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      21 months ago

      Can take with hot milk or cold ,

      1 in morning and 1 in evening spoon

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      mohd imran 

      2 years ago

      nutritions value in glukand jam

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      Khalid Mohiuddin 

      2 years ago

      Hi Sir! I want to know, whether Gulkand causes dizziness in the next morning if ate before night?

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      3 years ago


      want to know is it good to take gulkand for the cough

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      abdul qadir 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for given better information about desi products,

      we are also manufacturer of desi flower gulkand since 1980

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks for the kind words, GTF.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for your hubs rajan. I learn more from them than so many others. I will have to try this someday.

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      Harsha Vardhana R 

      7 years ago from Bangalore

      Just now, searched for a store and bought a pack of Gulkand! Everyday, before going out I shall have a spoonful!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Hi Joe,

      I'm sorry I should have explained what lassi is. Thanks for taking time to find out. One more thing about lassi that is not usually explained, is that, it can be both salty and sweet. The salty lassi, along with a few spices, is good to relieve summer heat.

      I'm glad to share this information on gulkand with my readers in the West who are not aware of foods that are specific to my part of the world. I'm very thankful to you for taking time to read and leave encouraging comments.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      7 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Rajan!

      Aside from the wonderful content of your article, I was motivated to look up the meaning of lassi, and so I learned another new thing today. This is a habitual thing whenever I read your most interesting hubs. Thank you once again, my friend, for an invaluable health and nutrition lesson.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @ Kathryn - Thanks for the mention and I appreciate your visit and comments.

      @ Rasma - I'm sure you will love not only making it but eating it as well. Thanks for the visit.

      @ Shadaan - I can understand it tastes so good in pan, I can feel the taste in my mouth right now just thinking of it. Thanks for coming by.

      @ Aurelio - you will certainly find it in Indian grocery stores or else making it isn't difficult.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You are just introducing me to all kinds of interesting dishes. I'll see if I can find this goody at the Indian sweet shop. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Shadaan Alam 

      7 years ago from India

      i simply love eating it in paan but knew it for the first time that it has so many health benefits too, really a nice hub, thanks

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Thanks for sharing this informative and fascinating hub. I might not have just the right kind of roses but once the season of roses comes round I am going to give this a shot. Passing this on.

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      7 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      I didn't know about this until you mentioned it to me the other day. Thank you for writing this, and informing all of us of the benefits of Gulkand, as well as how to make it.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @ Carol - since you love roses this is one thing you could try making. Thanks for the kind comments, vote and sharing.

      @ Devika - well, now that you know about it do try to make it. It's easy. Thanks for the visit and comments.

      @ Bill - thanks and it is my pleasure to provide this info. I hope you too have a great weekend.

      @ Harsha - thanks buddy. It is a fantastic nerve tonic and easily available in India. Appreciate the visit.

      @ Suzie - I'll be honored by the linking Suzie. I need to check out your frosted rose petal recipe hub. I wonder how I missed it. I certainly would like that you make this as you are into a lot of natural preparations. Would love to know how it goes. Thanks for all the kind comments.

      @ livingsta - you are right. Like pickles it needs the sun to work on it. Appreciate your visit and comments.

      @ Torri - I appreciate the encouraging comments. Always good to see you and thanks for sharing it as well.

      @ MsDora - it is always a pleasure to see you and I'm glad information on such unknown foods is appreciated. Thanks.

      @ Bill - Certainly but how I wish we don't mess up too much with what nature provides. Thanks for stopping by.

      @ teaches - thanks and glad to know you appreciate the info.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      This plant has many benefits for the body. THank you for the education on it and your description of the processing. Voted useful and interesting. Well done.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi rajan. I have never heard of Gulkand. How interesting. Amazing how nature has all of these wonderful remedies. Very interesting.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very interesting. Never heard of gulkand before but you always give such good information. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      hey rajan,

      I love that your hubs center around the benefits of

      different foods and there nutritional value

      I can't wait to read more

      thanks for the read

      Voted up and shared

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      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Another useful and interesting hub Rajan. The process involved seems very much similar to leaving pickles in the sun. I have never tasted gulkand. Need to find them! And you never fail to share the health benefits. Thank you for this.

      Votes up and sharing!!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rajan,

      How amazing, Gulkand is something I am not familiar with and is great to know. I will link this to my Frosted Rose Petals recipe hub with your kind permission as it is so easy to make and incredibly healthy, I love it and will definitely try making this, thanks so much Rajan, as always you never fail.

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      Harsha Vardhana R 

      7 years ago from Bangalore


      Thank you, Rajan! At the start of Summer, this information is very valuable! Nice to know that it is a nerve strengthener too!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow! Who knew? I had no idea this existed and it's amazing to me that it comes from roses. You have done it again, Rajan. Thank you for very interesting information.

      Have a wonderful weekend!


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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most interesting on Gulkand And of The Benefits another learning lesson for me. New information and about something I had no idea of. Voted and interesting!

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Anything with roses is wonderful. I just made some moisturizing cream with rose oil...I love the scent. This is most interesting as all of your health oriented hubs. Always enjoy learning very new things from you. Voting up+++ and sharing.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I'm glad you like these healthy hubs. Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      It is always so wonderful to hear about good natural health aids. It only took the two words 'rose' and 'sweet' to get my attention. Great Hub, thanks for sharing!


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