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Rose – Queen of Flowers

The rose, known in India as Shatapatri or Taruni, has a very wide range of uses in eastern countries. In Persia, India, China and other countries, the tradition of its use is not only connected to the production of perfumes and cosmetics, as is customary in our environment, but is a common part of gastronomy and therapeutic recipes of Ayurvedic medicine.

Rose as Medicine

This ornamental plant has many medicinal properties, which are mentioned in classical Ayurveda scripts and confirmed by scientific research. Shatapatri occupies an important place in Ayurveda due to its cooling property, which has a calming effect on Pitta dosha, which it reduces and thus helps to bring balance in the body. It is also beneficial for good heart health, calming the mind and improving the skin. It is often included in Ayurvedic preparations designed to detoxify the body and improve overall sense of well-being. Rose water is traditionally used to improve the quality of eyesight when applied directly to the eyes.

Scientific studies show that rose contains a variety of bioactive compounds such as flavonoids, tannins, terpenes, and various essential oils. These substances contribute to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial effects. Research also suggests that rose has a positive effect on mood and anxiety reduction, supporting its traditional use in aromatherapy. Its pleasant scent is also considered to be soothing to the mind and emotions in Ayurvedic practice. Rose extracts are then often used in cosmetics as they soothe, harmonise and tone the skin. Its antiseptic effects can help treat minor skin irritations.

History and Cultural Significance of the Rose

The rose, whose homeland is mainly in Eurasia, now has more than a hundred varieties, which have been developed over the centuries through intermingling and targeted breeding of several native species. In our environment, these were mainly the Celtic rose (rosa gallica), the rose of the rose hip (rosa canina), the Persian rose (rosa persica) and the Damask rose (rosa damascena) in the Middle East, which is now widely used to produce the famous rose oil in Bulgaria. In China and India, it was the Chinese rose (rosa chinensis/rosa indica) and the giant rose (rosa gigantea). The cabbage rose (rosa centifolia), which is part of traditional Indian cuisine and Ayurvedic medicine, was created by crossing the Damask rose, the Celtic rose and the rose hip in Asia Minor and the Caucasus. In the 16th century, it was further bred in Europe, where it then became particularly famous as a component of French perfumes.

Cabbage Rose

This noble rose species has a rich history and cultural significance throughout the world. In India, it is considered to be a flower that emerged primarily with the Mughal dynasty (1526-1858), who came to India from Central Asia and who cultivated roses and other flowers in their magnificent palace gardens, which were then used to produce intoxicating fragrances and perfumes according to the Arab-Persian tradition. In India today, the rose is considered a symbol of earthly and transcendental love and is used in secular celebrations and religious ceremonies known as pujas.

In Persian poetry, the cabbage rose was considered a symbol for beauty and as a metaphor for perfect love. In ancient Egypt, Queen Cleopatra used it in her famous perfumes and baths. In Europe, this rose is associated with Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, patron saint of the sick and poor, who was known for her care of the suffering. This rich cultural heritage contributes to the perception of the cabbage rose not only as a beautiful flower, but also as a symbol of love, beauty and spiritual purity.

Rose and its Properties and Effects According to Ayurveda

Ayurveda attributes different kinds of properties and natural characteristics to each plant. The specific configuration of everything we consume then, according to these characteristics, affects our body by strengthening or weakening the three doshas - vata, pitta and kapha, whose mutual balance at the individual level affects the overall health of a person.

  • the basic quality (guna) of the rose is lightness
  • the basic taste (rasa) is bitter, astringent and sweet
  • the basic potency is cooling
  • it is tridoshic, has a beneficial effect on all three doshas

Health Effects of Rose

  • strengthens the heart
  • absorbs substances in the intestines, helps with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and diarrhoea
  • improves digestion
  • as a cardiac tonic, it cares for heart health
  • supports the female and male reproductive system
  • promotes good skin and complexion
  • harmonises brain activity
  • relieves the feeling of internal heat and burning (often with increased pitta) and thus helps with fever, gastritis, sore throat, laryngitis, sunburn, etc.

Traditional Use of Cabbage Rose in Ayurveda

In addition to the crushed petals used as powder, paste, jam, the famous rose water or fragrant rose oil, there is another exceptional way to reap the great health benefits of the rose and that is in the form of a sweet Indian delicacy called gulkand. This dessert is prepared with dried rose petals and cane sugar. The recipe on how to make it easily at home can be found below.

Rose petal powder - add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of rose powder to milk or water and take on an empty stomach once or twice a day. Helps with acidity. 

Rose water from soaked rose petals - add 2-3 teaspoons of rose water to a glass of pure water. Drink it before meals once or twice a day as a stomach tonic. Separately, use it to rinse your eyes to relieve burning or as a facial toner for hydration.

Fresh rose petals - chew 2-4 petals preferably in the morning, helps with mouth aphthae.

Rose sharbat (rose syrup) - mix 2-3 teaspoons of rose sharbat with a glass of water and drink before meals to relieve the feeling of bitterness and burning in the body. It helps to cool and reduce pitta dosha.

Rose tea - clean 5-6 fresh rose petals (per 250 ml of water) and remove the white base (so that the tea is not bitter). Simmer for 5 minutes until the petals darken. Strain the mixture and enjoy a cup of fragrant tea that helps with weight loss.


Gulkand is a sweet preserve made from the petals of pink roses that originates from the Indian subcontinent and is used in both Ayurvedic and traditional Persian medicine for imbalances in the body. The term is derived from the Persian names gul (rose) and qand (sugar/sweet). It is an excellent herbal preparation that:

  • reduces the occurrence of ulcers and aphthae in the mouth and helps to relieve burning and pain in the mouth and throat
  • helps reduce fatigue, muscle pain, lethargy and stress tension
  • Beneficial for acidity, heartburn, indigestion and stomach pain
  • helps reduce the side effects of antibiotics, painkillers and other drugs that cause nausea, burning and ulcers

Take 1-2 teaspoons of gulkand 1-2 times a day, ideally with water or milk to help absorb its effects.

How to prepare gulkand easily at home?

Place a layer of rose petals in a glass jar and evenly sprinkle a layer of cane sugar on top. Then spread a layer of flower petals again and a layer of sugar on top. Repeat the process until you have filled the jar and then close the jar with a lid and keep it in the sun for 7 to 10 days. Every other day, stir the gulkand with a clean spoon. Store afterwards in an airtight container and refrigerate.

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