Gulkand, or more correctly Gulqand (Urdu: گلقند, Hindi: गुलक़न्द), is a sweet preserve of rose petals from North India. Gul means flower in Persian and qand means sweet in Arabic.
Rose petals being prepared for gulkand. Place the rose petals and sugar in layers in a wide-mouthed airtight glass jar. Place this jar in sunlight for 6 hours per day for around 3 to 4 weeks. On alternate days, the contents of the jar should be stirred with a wooden stick. The jar should be kept indoors once done.
Other ingredients, such as silver foil, Praval Pishti, cardamom seeds, or Muktapishti (powdered pearl) can be added to increase the cooling properties of the gulkand.
Benefits and uses:
Gulqand is an Ayurvedic tonic. The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine provides a list of the benefits obtained from eating gulkand. This includes reduction of pitta and heat in the body, a reduction in eye inflammation and redness, strengthening of the teeth and gums, and the treatment of acidity. Gulqand is commonly used as an ingredient of Paan, a popular dessert and digestive of North India.
About Rasashala Ayurveda:
Ayurveda Rasashala is a Trade mark (TM) and is known for manufacturing quality Ayurvedic herbal products, also called as “HOUSE OF QUALITY PRODUCTS”. Ayurveda Rasashala is a GMP Certified Company also.
It was established in 1935 as one of the constituent unit under the aegies of Rashtriya Shikshan Mandal (established 1924) during the British regime ruling India, with a motive to impart practical knowledge of manufacturing Ayurvedic drugs to Ayurveda Graduate students of Tilak Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya and to cater quality medicines to affiliated Seth Tarachanda Hospital and suffering public in general.
Rashtriya Shikshan Mandal is a renowned registered Public Trust engaged in Research, Education, manufacturing Ayurvedic medicines, health care activities through its constituent organizations like - Tilak Ayurveda College (1933), Vd. Purushottam Nanal Rugnalaya, (1965), Mehandale Clinic, Centre for Post Graduate Studies & Research in Ayurveda, Research Institute of Health Sciences & Management (2001), Monthly magazine – ‘Ayurvidya Journal’ : (since last 60 yrs) , Sheth Tarachand Ramnath Dharmarth ayurvedic hospital, besides Ayurveda Rasashala.