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Bringing the Outdoors In: The Power of House Plants in Feng Shui

As one of the 10 essential energy cures, plants are an essential part of feng shui spaces. And like feng shui, indoor plant cultivation originated in ancient China. In addition to improving the aesthetics of a home or office, they activate positive Chi to bring in opportunity and abundance. Because plants represent the earth element of wood they are especially beneficial in water-dominant places in the home, such as bathrooms or laundry rooms. ⁣⁣

Not only do plants invite the grounding energy of nature indoors, but they also benefit our lives in other ways. They provide a sense of companionship, something to care for and nurture. And numerous studies have shown how they boost mood, creativity and general psychological well-being.

One of the most important purposes of plants in feng shui is in their physical healing properties. By placing them within three feet of an electric device (router, computer, television, etc) they can absorb radiation and offset disruptive electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs).

Use plants to purify the air quality by removing off-gasses and toxins such as carbon monoxide, benzene, acetone and formaldehyde, and even to absorb mold spores. The best air-purifying examples include:

  • Spider Plant

  • Aloe Vera

  • Peace Lily

  • Boston Fern

  • Rattlesnake Plant

Another purpose of plants in feng shui is to create dynamic visual interest. They are especially useful in creating an illusion of height in a small space. The best vertical plant examples are:

  • Snake Plant

  • Ficus

  • Fiddle Leaf Fig

  • Areca Palm

  • Banana Leaf



Plants with soft and rounded leaves are preferred in feng shui, as they promote a gentle energy that offsets hard angles of interior spaces. It is best to avoid plants with spiky and pointy leaves, such as cactus or anything with thorns. Rounded plant examples include:

  • Philodendron

  • Jade

  • Pothos

  • Calatheas⁣

Regardless of which varieties you choose your indoor plants should always be healthy, nourished and well cared for, with no decaying parts.⁣⁣ For people with a "black thumb", opt for low-maintenance, hard-to-kill species that thrive in low light or drought conditions. ⁣⁣ Low maintenance plants include:

  • ZZ Plant

  • Air Plant

  • Dracaena

  • Herbs (especially Mint or Ginger)

If faux plants absolutely must be chosen, they should be of the highest quality and look as realistic as possible. Indeed, when it comes to plants, you get what you pay for!

Lastly, one of the most traditional feng shui cures is Lucky Bamboo, which is the ultimate feng shui energy package of being hearty, rounded, vertical AND purifying. The number of stalks a pot has different symbolic meanings: 1 for simplicity, 2 for love, 3 for happiness, 5 for creativity, 7 for health, 8 for wealth, 9 for luck, and 10 for completion. ⁣⁣Place your lucky bamboo in accordance with the bagua map, or in whatever area of the home that needs a boost of Chi.

With so many benefits, it's no wonder that the houseplant industry is now a billion dollar market and continues to grow each year.

Want to chat about plants and how they relate to the feng shui of your home? Email me!

Erin Bowers is a certified feng shui consultant, energy healer, wellness coach and holistic growth strategist.

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