Feng Shui plants
Feng Shui meaning
Feng shui is an ancient art of Chinese origin that aims to harmonize the environmental energy of a place in a way that promotes the health, well-being and prosperity of its inhabitants.
Feng Shui thus aims to increase the vital energies (also called chi) of your home.
Green plants and indoor flowering plants, if they are healthy, give off wonderful chi. They vitalize the house and thus you bathe in a regenerating chi very beneficial for your health.
The yang energy of plants is used to clean up your home, and neutralize any negative energies from pollutants, which can be chemical and electrical.
In general, you should know that all green plants are beneficial. There are, however, a few that should be avoided.
Bad feng shui plants
There are a few plants that should be avoided. These are plants with leaf-shaped leaves, or plants filled with quills, such as cacti … These give off waves of harmful shapes which are also called Shar Chi.
Another category of plants to ban in your home is bonsai, because while they are often very pretty, but you should know that they are in fact degenerated trees. These may create a slowing down of vital energies or chi in your home.
Dried flowers and diseased plants should also be avoided. If the bouquets of flowers and plants give off a very beneficial vital energy, watch out for dried flowers and diseased plants which no longer give off the same energy at all …
Indeed, dried flowers no longer have life in them, so they will no longer bring life into your interior. On the other hand, their faded appearance will evoke negativity more than anything else (such as the end, the past …)
And as, Feng Shui is mainly based on the symbolism that the things present in your interior will release, the dried flowers will not bring you a favorable symbol.
What plants are good for feng shui?
The most beneficial green plants are those with rounded, broad leaves.
Widely used in Feng Shui, bamboo is the lucky plant par excellence.
It symbolizes prosperity, luck and repels negative waves. Bamboo is an amazing plant that brings peace and wisdom to a room. By its very nature, it teaches us the ultimate wisdom: how to be flexible in the face of life, to remain open within while maintaining a deep attachment to the earth and to the present moment.
Like all plants, it represents the wood element that influences our energy and vitality.
According to its number of stems, bamboo has particular properties:
• 2 for love
• 3 for happiness
• 5 for health
• 8 for wealth and abundance
• 9 for luck
Bamboo requires very little maintenance. It is usually placed in a room with low light and out of direct sunlight.
The ideal positions are the southeast and the east.
Plants, cut flowers, are important elements of Feng Shui in a home. The orchid has a special place, it is often represented on Zen paintings.
For Feng Shui, the orchid is the symbol of Fertility. It symbolizes the quest for perfection in all areas of life: abundance, perfection, spiritual growth, beauty, purity.
In ancient cultures, the orchid was offered to newlyweds as a lucky charm for a fulfilling life.
The orchid is a plant that absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen, so it is suitable for any room in the house, including bedrooms.
This plant should always have slightly moist soil.
Native to South Africa, Crassula Ovata or Plant of Wealth is one of the most popular plants in Feng Shui.
It is the most beloved Feng Shui plant, known to attract money and luck as it grows, which is why you have probably seen it in the entrances of Chinese restaurants or shops.
Crassula Ovata is a plant known to attract prosperity, but also for its depolluting properties in your interiors. It grows very quickly, and its growth should never be impaired.
It should preferably be placed in the south-east and east of its accommodation.
This Feng Shui plant requires very little maintenance (watering every two weeks) and is best placed at an angle. The Crassula Ouata loves natural light.
Sage is a Feng Shui herb and is used to get rid of negative emotions. Whether it is fear, anger, anxiety will be calmed by the purifying properties of sage.
Shamans in North America burn white sage to dispel negative energies.
Sage is also used as a remedy for its antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, etc.
Do not place it in dry areas.
The Peace Lily
Feng Shui plants that promote good energy at home. This plant promotes spiritual, mental and physical development. It allows the good circulation of energy in a room.
Ideal for purifying the air, the peace lily makes it possible to spend very peaceful evenings and nights. Indeed, this plant neutralizes pollutants in the house such as paints, carpets, etc. which can cause headaches and other sleep disturbances in some people.
Where should feng shui plants be placed?
Now that we know the most beneficial Feng Shui plants for all habitats and their inhabitants, we will see that there are places where they are highly recommended.
And yes, during a Feng Shui study, plants will be used as “remedies” to correct certain disturbances. What we call “disturbances” are elements, in particular architectural elements, which create a disharmony and therefore a vital energy less favorable to the inhabitants. Among these elements, we find all the salient angles, walls or furniture, which attack the Chi (vital energy). It will then be advisable to place a plant in front of these angles to soften them, or even hide them.
The shape of the dwelling can also create disharmony. This is the case for all dwellings that are not rectangular (or square), as they form missing sectors. Indeed, if we take a house with an L shape and we trace the Feng Shui sectors, there will necessarily be partially missing, or even completely missing, sectors. These shortcomings can have significant effects on the lives of residents. Plants will help us remedy this: by placing them in front of the missing sectors, they will activate more energy in this place and thus make people forget the lack that there was …
Empty, little animated spaces, recesses and corridors are also unfavorable areas in Feng Shui. It will therefore be interesting to place plants there to energize the energy that is there.
The 8 Feng Shui sectors
They are drawn from the center of the house, depending on the orientation:
To find the southern sector in your living room, all you need to do is stand in the center of your room with a compass. Try to orient yourself towards the South. When you are there, open both arms so that they form approximately a 45 ° angle. The area demarcated by your hands corresponds to the South sector, Renown and Self-Confidence.
You can do the same by looking South East to find your sector of Prosperity and Wealth. Looking east, you will find the Health sector.
Using plants for better Feng Shui
There are five elements in Feng Shui, and plants represent the wood element, which, according to Cho, “contributes to the affirmation of life, to light and healing energy, and as such can help us. to create more harmony in the house “.
Although Cho thinks that all living plants are great for Feng Shui, you don’t want unhealthy plants because sick and dying plants represent sick, dying energy. And as a general rule, she recommends plants with soft, rounded foliage, as opposed to thorny or pointed stems or leaves.
Regarding placement, she recommends placing the plants in the wealth area, entrance, offices or bedrooms:
Wealth Zone – Stand in the hallway, facing any room, you can usually find the Wealth Zone in the far left corner. Place greenery here to promote wealth and prosperity
Feng Shui plants for front door – Representing your “face to the world”, placing plants near the entrance to your home helps cultivate and invite more positive energy into your space and life.
Feng Shui Office plants – Use plants on your desk or in your practice for successful work and career
Plants in bedroom Feng Shui – Place plants in the relational space of your bedroom to promote growth and harmony in your relationship
You have all the elements to make your interior more positive thanks to Feng Shui plants.