Lifestyles by Estelia… Chinese Concepts – Feng Shui Plants
Continuing with my series of exploring Chinese culture and symbols, today’s installment is about decorating your home and/or office with plants feng shui style. Plants are important because they bring Chi, or energy into one’s space.
To be good feng shui the plants need to be kept healthy, grown in attractive pots and positioned in appropriate feng shui bagua (energy map) areas.
Good feng shui plants fall into two categories:
- Air Purifying Plants: There can be no good feng shui energy in a home or office without them. They include Boston fern, Areca Palm, Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm, English Ivy, Rubber Plant and Peace Lily.
- Money Plants: Bamboo (for luck) and the jade plant are the most common plants used as feng shui money trees and are best positioned in the southeast area of your home or office.
So-called bad feng shui plants are usually the plants that can bring undesired energy into one’s home. The cactus plant is an example of bad energy because it is very spiky.
Now for some helpful tips as you begin your feng shui plant decorating:
- Mind the entrance: The front door is literally the beginning point in the journey of your home. It is where you welcome people, and where air circulates most freely. Place or hang plants near the front entrance whenever possible.
- Don’t keep dead or dying plants as they emit negative energy and should be discarded. This applies to cut flowers as well.
- Keep herbs in the home: The Chinese often burn herbs after an argument or other disruptive event to purify the home. Lavender is a particularly powerful herb as it is widely considered to promote relaxation and peace.
- Think in terms of whole rooms: Decorate the whole room at once with plants, or begin on one side and move slowly across the room.
- Avoid thorny plants as they form a protective barrier, thus stopping the flow of Chi. Never place thorny plants near the front door.
Questions or comments welcomed.
Related Links and Reading:
Feng Shui that Makes Sense – Easy Ways to Create a Home that FEELS as Good as it Looks, by Cathleen McCandless
Feng Shui for the Soul, by Denise Linn