8 Amazing Health Benefits of Gulkand + Recipe

I love any thing that is made with fresh rose petals and this gulkand/rose petal jam recipe is no exception. We call it rose gulkand and it has amazing health benefits. Though it has so many health benefits, it all depends on the quality of the roses that you use. I have always preferred and used paneer variety roses for all my home made treatments.

This jam is best made with it, as it has a very sweet and wonderful fragrance. Make this rose petal jam, only if you are 100% sure that the roses are not sprayed with pesticides. Usually rose petal jam is made by layering the petals with white sugar and keeping it under the hot sun till the sugar melts and forms into a jam. But I prefer making it with rock candy and good quality honey as I feel it has better health benefits and taste than the one made with plain white sugar.

To make this homemade gulkand, first wash the roses well and separate the petals and dry them in shade till there is no moisture left. Pound the rock candy in a mortar and pestle till it is powdered finely, mix the powdered rock candy with honey. Take a glass jar and start layering the rose petals and honey mixture.

Once it is completely layered, tie a thin muslin cloth and leave it out in the hot sun  for a few days till the petals wilt and everything mixes together well, till it forms a jam. Make sure to stir the mixture every day. This rose petal jam is good to have as it is. It can also be whipped up into a milk shake with milk and a little bit of vanilla ice cream. People who are diabetic should avoid this rose petal jam.

Gulkand Health Benefits:

1. Gulkand for Health :

This rose petal jam is a powerful antioxidant and helps to restore lost health.

2. Gulkand for Acidity:

Consuming a few teaspoons of gulkand daily helps to reduce stomach acidity.

3. Gulkand for Acne:

It is also one of the best natural blood purifiers and keeps the skin from break outs and acne

4. Gulkand for Irregular Periods:

Taking a tsp of gulkand regulates irregular periods and prevents excessive bleeding.

5. Gulkand for Constipation:

It is also a very good digestive tonic and helps to improve the appetite and treats constipation and piles.

6. Gulkand for Mouth Ulcers:

It treats mouth ulcers very effectively. Consuming gulkand often prevents mouth ulcers from forming again.

7. Gulkand for Skin:

It is a natural body coolant and prevents boils on the skin.

8. Gulkand for Pregnant Women:

Consuming gulkand during pregnancy helps to calm the nerves and keeps the pregnant women healthy.

How To Make Gulkand?

1. Separate the rose petals from the flowers. Wash and dry them in shade till there is no moisture left.

2. Powder the rock candy to a fine powder using a mortar and pestle.

3. Mix honey and rock candy powder. Take a glass or a ceramic jar and start layering the petals and honey mixture, till everything is used up.

4. Tie a muslin cloth over the ceramic jar and keep it under hot sun for 2 to 3 days, till the petals wilt and sugar melts to form a jam consistency. Once it has cooled down, store it in glass jars.


  • Make sure to use only ceramic/ glass jars, when making this jam.
  • Keep it in the hot sun till everything is mixed together well and the color has changed to dark red color.
  • Try using good quality honey and pesticide free roses for this recipe, to get all the health benefits.
  • The rose petals can also be ground coarsely in a mixer without water before layering, it will make the process faster.


  1. Anonymous
    February 17, 2015 / 9:40 am

    I make it and its very healthy. My acidity problem solved by using it after breakfast.

  2. Anonymous
    April 23, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    what is that Rock candy?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 24, 2015 / 5:09 pm

      Rock candy are large sugar crystals, you can substitute it with regular sugar…..

  3. Anonymous
    May 13, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    what is the best time and way to consume this p.s acne issue

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 16, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      I would like to mix gulkand with milk and consume it, give it a try. If you can, try consuming it in the early morning for best results…

  4. Anonymous
    October 16, 2015 / 11:52 pm

    I live in Chicago where hot sun is not available all year rouns. can I keep it in oven or stove instead of hot sun? any other alternative for hot sun process?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 21, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      I always use only sun drying method but OTG oven is a good idea, try and let me know how it turns out for you…

  5. Nishanthi Chezhian
    March 13, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Where can I get Almond gum in the US?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 6:37 am

      I tried searching online for badam pisin but couldn't find any good source, try in Indian stores there…

  6. Anonymous
    August 1, 2016 / 4:20 am

    Is gulkand eating if any chances to reduces the creatinine value?

  7. Anonymous
    August 4, 2016 / 10:58 am

    Hai mam,if i eat the gulkandh,any chances to reduce the blood creatinine range …?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 23, 2016 / 4:28 am

      I couldn't find any evidence suggesting that gulkand reduces creatinine levels, you can try herb punarnava instead (you can read about it in the blog)

  8. abhay bhati
    August 30, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Does it help in acne…if so… what is recommended dosage and time

  9. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 1, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Gulkand is a blood purifier and it increases immunity and keeps the body and skin from getting any infections. But it does not treat existing acne….

  10. avinash gowda
    September 6, 2016 / 9:05 am

    Which rose petals are good to make gulkand

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      Paneer variety rose petals are the best for making gulkand…

  11. Anonymous
    September 25, 2016 / 8:17 am

    Gulkand is good during pregnancy or not…

  12. Anonymous
    September 25, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Any one please suggest me gulkand is good during pregnancy time or not

  13. Anonymous
    September 25, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Awaiting for your reply mam

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 25, 2016 / 5:33 pm

      Gulkand can be had during pregnancy but try to use good quality gulkand, the ones that is made with pesticide free roses…

  14. Jennifer Pai Yu Cheng
    October 6, 2016 / 3:32 am

    Can I just use dry rose petals?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 19, 2016 / 6:21 am

      Hi Jennifer, I have always made gulkand with fresh rose petals but you can try with dried rose petals too. But you will have to sun dry the mixture for the sugar to melt and the mixture to come together…..

  15. Harika
    January 12, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    I just got rid of acne a month ago.As it contains a lot of sugar is this safe to consume?? Can this provoke breakouts?

    March 27, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Mam I want to take gulkand regularly, what is the dosage, and should we take it before food or after food for indigestion

    March 27, 2017 / 10:30 am

    And if we want to add praval pishti and mukta pishti,to it how and how much should we add?

  18. Saranya vasudevan
    April 12, 2017 / 2:53 am

    Gulkand eating daily moring 1 teaspoon increase skin color ??

  19. Vision Fresh - Organic Food & Grocery Store
    June 16, 2017 / 7:29 am

    Good for skin, purifies blood and cure pimples, acne and other skin problems. Use always Organic Gulkand, it's better for your health.

  20. Fiza Javed
    February 18, 2018 / 8:05 am

    is it okay if i add jaggery instead of sugar?

  21. Malathi
    May 17, 2021 / 11:42 am

    Rock candy na panakalkandu or jaggery please clarify the sugar that u used

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      May 21, 2021 / 10:01 am

      It is panakalkandu Malathi

  22. JesseA
    April 26, 2022 / 3:35 pm

    Very well explained. Rose petal jam is my favorite in summers. I have learned its health benefits and recipe from Iahas.com; since then, I have been using it. Keep posting great stuff.

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