Health Benefits of Gulkand
Benefits of Gulkand
Many of us eat Gulkand in the pan (betel nut leaf) as a mouth freshener after meals in Indian weddings, without realizing the actual significance of Gulkand. However, because of the diversified nutritional benefits of Gulkand, it should be eaten regularly by itself.
Gulkand is a sweet preserve of rose petals it is made by preserving rose petals. It is believed to have originated around 900 B.C and is considered as a divine food supplement in ancient Ayurveda. “Gul” means flower and “qand” means sweet in the Arabic language. It is believed to balance the “pitta dosha” according to Ayurveda.
Gulkand is a savior to beat the summer heat, it possesses coolant like properties. According to a research article published in 2013, in the International Research Journal of Pharmaceutical and Applied Sciences (IRJPAS), Gulkand possesses antioxidant properties. It Increases resistance against disease and it boosts natural immunity.
The health benefits of Gulkand are attributed to the healing properties of rose petals. Following is the list of therapeutic benefits of Gulkand.
Improves memory and promotes good sleep
Drinking Gulkand at bedtime acts as a natural coolant, it helps restful sleep. A restful night sleep is incredibly important for your overall health and well being.
Good sleep is vital for healthy brain function like performance, concentration, cognition and productivity. Gulkand fights fatigue and acts as a natural energizer. It soothes the nervous system and brings down stress hormones in the body.
Ayurveda believes that Gulkand is beneficial in improving eyesight, it helps in treating conjunctivitis. It decreases itching and burning sensation in the eyes.
According to Ayurveda, Gulkand possesses the properties to pacify the “pitta” dosha, it can efficiently treat ulcers in the intestine. It improves gut flora, controls hyperacidity, and reduces symptoms related to heartburn. You should consume 1-2 teaspoons of Gulkand everyday in the night for treating acidity, and gastritis.
Gulkand is rich in antioxidants, it fights the harmful effect of free radicals and detoxifies the blood. Gulkand boosts the healthy gut bacteria, it naturally purifies the blood and helps reduces acne, boils, dark patchy skin. It is loaded with antibacterial properties and helps in protecting against bacterial infections, It is beneficial in reducing excessive perspiration (hyperhidrosis). It also reduces and relieves from foul body odor, which is often perceived unpleasant. It is beneficial in reducing burning sensation in palms and soles.
Gulkand is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. It improves overall welfare of your body by reducing inflammation in body.
Enhances female health
Gulkand can help in treating dysmenorrhea and reduces and relieves menstrual pain. Gulkand naturally reduces menstrual cramps, it is also beneficial in hot flashes during and after menopause.
Mild infection of the vagina and yellow discharge because of leucorrhea can be naturally treated by consuming Gulkand regularly for 3-4 months. Gulkand also helps in treating nausea and vomiting during the early stages of pregnancy. It enhances the energy levels in body because of sugar content, it act as a good rejuvenator
Gulkand is a good rejuvenator, daily intake of 1-2 teaspoon of Gulkand in summer help in preventing sunstroke. It also controls the nostril bleeding, which is common in summers.
Gulkand helps in relieving flatulence, it prevents the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract.
Gulkand is believed to possess mild laxative properties, it softens the stool and helps in constipation. It is rich in natural fiber, it also reduces the burning sensation during bowel movements. Gulkand is believed to reduce the inflammation of the hemorrhoids, it aids the easier passage of stool through the anus.
Depression and high stress
Gulkand is used for the calming purpose, it fights mental stress and calms the mind.
Gulkand acts as a natural diuretic, it increases urine output and naturally eliminates excess fluid retention.
Making of the Gulkand
While it is easy to procure Gulkand from stores, you can easily prepare Gulkand at home, it only requires rose petals and sugar. Wash and slightly dry the rose petals with a clean towel. Assemble a layer of rose petal and sugar (you can use mishri) in a glass jar, keep it for 30 to 45 days in the shade. To maintain the composition, stir it continuously. Gulkand is sun cooked for 3-4 hours every day, after 30-45 days it would be ready for use.
The safety profile of Gulkand
Gulkand is considered highly safe, it can be easily consumed by children (2-3 grams), adults (5-15 grams), and pregnant and lactating mothers. No side effects have been observed, the only disadvantage is that it is rich in sugar and therefore it should be consumed under medical guidance in the case of diabetic patients.