Ok folks, Valentine’s Day is over and here you are, stranded with lots of lovely red roses that need to be watered for the next God-knows-how-many days till they wilt away and are thrown out.
Now, I have better ideas as to what you can do with your roses, instead of letting them waste away in your vases.
Make some Gulkand: Wash and dry fresh rose petals. Mix them with granular sugar of the same amount. Put them in a glass jar under the hot sun for a few weeks. Give the mixture a good shake intermittently, until a semi-sold, thick jam-like paste is formed. It is delicious, good for memory and eyesight, keeps your spirits high and is a good blood purifier. Gulkand calms the body and mind, and eliminates extra body heat. It can be had with warm or cold milk, in kheer, phirni, pan, etc.
Try Gulkand Sharbat: Mix equal amounts of fresh rose petals and sugar in a large pan, add a cup of water and cook covered on low heat. Filter the rose syrup and bottle it. Whenever you feel like a fresh drink, dilute with water to suit your taste. If you add milk to the syrup, you would get a rose shake. If you add it to buttermilk, you get a Rose lassi. It makes an energetic cooling drink in summer.
Rose petal products are used in Ayurveda for anti-stress therapy. If one is depressed or mentally exhausted, smelling rose essence gives the person instant relief. It is not for nothing that women have been presented with roses since times immemorial. The essence of the flowers is a natural mood elevator that helps relieve gynecological disorders, PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Rose products have a cleansing effect on the skin, liver, kidneys and spleen. They decrease ageing, increase smoothness, reduce wrinkles and make ones skin glow. It is also good for respiratory disorders.