Our days would be filled with poetic discussion about the therapeutic powers of indoor plants — the air they purify, the stress relief they provide, and the enjoyment they offer to plant parents. However, according to traditional feng shui principles, greenery can also alter and improve the energy in our homes and bring us good luck. Of course, some plants do this better than others.
We enlisted the help of Karen Rauch Carter, author of Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life, and Rodika Chi, feng shui expert and consultant, to help us learn more about positive feng shui plants. Find out about the basic feng shui principles, the bagua energy map, and the best feng shui plants to get rid of the negative energy in your home.
Plants Bring Positive Energy into the Home: Good Feng Shui Principles
As Carter explains, “Plants are living objects, which are able to revitalize lifeless or tired spaces”. Those living things must take action and get going in order to succeed. Chi echoed this sentiment, adding that “plants bring the wood element into a space, which is one of the five main feng shui elements. “This cultivates and sustains the energy of a vibrant, healthy, and exciting environment.”
Chi explains that plants’ air-purifying properties promote “healthy oxygenation levels, which are essential for positive feng shui,” as well as the introduction of nature’s life-giving energy into a space.
What Is The Bagua & How Does It Affect You?
According to Chi, the bagua is an energy map that indicates the feng shui energy in a home. “It helps one see (and change) certain areas in one’s life that are connected to certain areas in one’s home,” she explains. Nine sections. The bagua contains nine groups of symbolism: wealth and wealth spread, fame and reputation spread, relationship spread, physical health, spiritual well-being spread, children’s and creativity spread, knowledge and personal growth spread, career spread, travel spread, and connections spread.
The ‘family and physical health’ area of a bagua needs an emphasis on the wood element, the water element, and metal elements, but can’t tolerate too much fire (a fireplace) or metal (metal shelving). Go to the website to learn more.
The wood element, which is associated with the east, southeast, and south parts of the home, manifests itself through plants. Each plant provides a different type of energy to a space.
Throughout our professional lives, feng shui practitioners across the globe have used plants to bring good luck to their homes, offices, and properties. Feng shui also stresses the need for plants to be healthy, vibrant, and lush — dead plants or dying plants are bad for feng shui.
The Best Plants for Feng Shui
Check out the plants Chi and Carter say bring good energy to the home, according to feng shui.
This plant is one of the most popular feng shui plants because it attracts wealth and prosperity. Place this feng shui plant in the southwest of your home (the wealth section on the bagua) in order to get the most out of this plant.
It is best positioned near the entrance or a large window, or in an office because it provides a bright, focused energy to a space. Avoid placing a snake plant in a bedroom or children’s room.
It’s a powerful air purifier, also good for feng shui, and looks similar to the snake plant. It has pointed, succulent leaves that give off protective or vibrant energy.
This plant has a great relaxing feng shui energy. It’s best placed in the southeast or east areas of your home (the wealth and physical health areas, respectively, as seen on the bagua map).
The Rubber Tree plant will thrive in the dining area and remove indoor toxins. It’s also similar to the Philodendron and will provide a calm, relaxing energy and bring positivity to the southeast and east areas of the home.
The air-purifying ficus is best suited to your home’s Bagua (the eastern part of your home). It is also taller, making your home appear more spacious.
You can create a positive atmosphere in your home by using an air-purifying plant like the Pothos. It is extremely low maintenance and will bring a positive energy (even if you forget to water it).
In addition to being an attractive houseplant, the calathea will also serve as a great air purifier in your home, especially when it is located in the south on the Bagua map.
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