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Plant-Powered Spaces: Feng Shui, Essential Oils & Your Healthy Home

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Essential oils are a valuable part of my feng shui toolbox. During home blessings, I smudge spaces with a proprietary blend of cleansing oils. I also frequently recommend certain oils to clients based on their bagua and energetic needs.

Just as growing indoor plants can purify the air and improve the atmosphere, so can their derivatives. These pure essences are the vital life force (Ch'i) of mother nature - carefully extracted and distilled from flowers, seeds, roots, bark, fruits, rinds, and leaves of the earth. Think of these little bottles as tiny, portable botanical gardens at your fingertips - healing remedies for your body, mind and soul.

Aromatherapy pairs perfectly with Feng Shui because sensory experiences like fragrance have the power to shift the vibrational frequency and flow in your space. The health of your home and your body are one and the same. They are your energy.

It is widely proven that sickness, decay, disease, dust, and mold thrive in places with a low energetic frequency. You can use oils to boost the vibrational wavelength and promote healing and repair at the cellular level of your body, or to create harmony and balance in Chi of a space.

The Energy of Your Space

Researchers have found that a healthy body resonates at a frequency of 62-70 MHz, and when your frequency drops to 58 MHz, that is when the pain, sickness and disease can begin to develop. As your frequency drops due to environmental and physiological factors, your immune system is compromised making you more susceptible to disease. Toxic spaces, people, and trapped emotions stored in our bodies also have a negative influence our electromagnetic frequencies and overall wellbeing. In other words, disharmony and imbalance in the body’s energy field shows up long before it becomes a physical problem.

"If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibrations."

-Nikola Tesla

Check out the popular oils below and their frequencies, all determined by their plant origins, innate characteristics and properties:

  • Idaho Blue Spruce: 580 MHz

  • Rose: 320 MHz

  • Helichrysum: 181 MHz

  • Frankincense: 147 MHz

  • Lavender: 118 MHz

  • Myrrh: 105 MHz

  • German Chamomile: 105 MHz

  • Juniper: 98 MHz

  • Sandalwood: 96 MHz

  • Peppermint: 78 MHz

  • Basil: 52 MHz

Altering the flow of Yin and Yang in your surroundings translates to physical shifts in the body and the mind. Some oils serve as remedies for physical ailments and inflammation (such as Eucalyptus or Geranium), some are designed to heal emotional trauma (Frankincense or Bergamot) or connect spiritually to Source (Cedarwood or Sandalwood).

We've all been in situations in our life where we have experienced that our sense of smell can evoke powerful memories and feelings. You can observe almost immediately their influence our mood and psychological well-being, boosting inner peace or even self-confidence.

"The first method of healing is to cure the spirit; the second is to give knowledge of how to restore the body."

Nei Ching

While there are several ways to get the oils into your system (topically, through ingestion, or inhalation) the easiest way to get them into your space and reap the Feng Shui benefits is to diffuse them gently in the air.

EO's for Your Home

There are hundreds of oils to choose from so it can feel overwhelming to know which will have the most benefit to your home and health. I have outlined the two main ways to narrow your oil selection and sure there is energetic alignment.

The simplest method is to choose your oils based on the purpose and identity of each room.

  • Bedroom: Calming oils like Lavender, Vetiver, Rose, Jasmine, Frankincense, Geranium, Chamomile

  • Office: Uplifting oils like Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon, Tangerine, Clary Sage, Lemongrass

  • Bathroom: Soothing, medicinal oils like Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lavender, Ginger, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang

  • Kitchen: Savory or quenching oils like Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Citronella, Thyme and Orange

  • Living Room: Comforting oils like Fir, Pine, Cypress, Spruce, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Patchouli

If you're wanting to fully align and channel the Earth's vibrations you can use the foundations of Feng Shui.

Yin vs Yang Oi


Every scent in nature can be classified under a category known as Aroma or Fragrance Families, which are arguable based on who you ask. In general they are as follows, and can be group in a broader category of Yin and Yang according to ancient Chinese philosophy.

Yin essential oils generally have a higher frequency (referred to as "top notes")

and a more feminine quality. They are cooling, calming, absorbing, and moistening, sweet, fresh or fruity.

  • Citrus- Lemon, Bergamot, Lime, Tangerine, Citronella

  • Floral- Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Ylang-Ylang

  • Herbaceous- Clary Sage, Rosemary, Basil, Lemongrass, Thyme, Sage, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus

  • Minty- Spearmint, Wintergreen, Peppermint

Yang oils are of a slightly lower vibrational frequency (referred to as 'base notes') and have a more masculine essence. They are typically warming, energizing, transforming, and drying.

  • Spicy- Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove

  • Musky- Frankincense, Myrrh

  • Woodsy - Cypress, Juniper, Pine, Sandalwood, Fir, Cedarwood, Palo Santo

  • Earthy- Patchouli, Vetiver, Carrot ,Vanilla

Neutral oils could be described as universally appealing, crossing into multiple families and with a variety of applications. Examples include Helichrysum or Orange.

The goal here is to select the oils which support and balance the innate earth element of each Gua.

  • Fame/Reputation (S): Igniting yang Fire energy from Frankincense, Rosemary or Neroli,

  • Abundance, Implementation (SE, E): Expanding yang Wood energy with Chamomile, Grapefruit, or Cedarwood.

  • Career/Purpose (N): Reflecting yin Water energy such as Lavender, Lemon, or Bergamot,

  • Inspiration, Connections (W, NW): Strengthening yin Metal with Clary Sage, Thyme, or Ylang Yang.

  • Love/Relationships, Knowledge/Wisdom and General Well-being (SW, C, NE) Stabilizing Earth energy from Vetiver, Ginger, or Patchouli,

Your Personal Frequency

Lastly, you can even choose essential oils based on the Chakra system of the body, which can also be applied to the 9 areas of your life and the Bagua.

  • Root Chakra (Career/Purpose or Health/Family History)

Vetiver or Cedarwood, for centering, strengthening and support.

  • Sacral Chakra (Love/Relationships or Wealth/Prosperity)

Peppermint or Geranium for soothing, uplifting, refreshing, invigorating energy.

  • Solar Plexus Chakra (Wealth/Abundance or Fame/Reputation)

Chamomile or Grapefruit for relieving and releasing anger, tension and stress.

  • Heart Chakra (Love/Relationships or General Wellbeing)

Rose or Ylang Ylang for soothing spirits and relaxing the emotions.

  • Throat Chakra (Creativity/Children or Travel/Helpful People)

Bergamot or Eucalyptus for stabilizing and harmonizing

  • Third Eye Chakra (Knowledge/Wisdom or Travel/Helpful)

Clary Sage or Rosemary for gaining clarity and insight.

  • Crown Chakra (Fame/Reputation or Career/Purpose)

Sandalwood or Frankincense for finding inner peace and achieving highest self.


Do not worry if you try an oil for an area and it does not resonate. Keep trying to find one that aligns. Scent is personal and you ultimately that there is no "wrong" one for you, as long as the oils you choose are of the highest possible quality.

While you can create your own custom blend that appeals to your needs, there are certain oils that universally compliment each other. These recipes are crafted by master aromatherapists and have stood the test of time because they hold a perfect balance of yin/yang, sound resonanace, color, and notes to create a song together.

  • Thieves (Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, and Rosemary)

  • Citrus Fresh (Orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, and spearmint).

  • Highest Potential (Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Lavender, Rose and more)

  • Abundance (Myrrh, Patchouli, Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Ginger, Spruce)

  • Grounding (Ylang Ylang, Spruce, Cedarwood, Juniper, Fir, Pine, Eucalyptus, Angelica)

“I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.”

Vannoy Gentles Fite

Botanical Basics

Another wonderful way to incorporate essential oils in your life is through home-made products for home cleaning, beauty and personal care. These are powerful and effective solutions that do not contain the synthetic endocrine-disrupting and chemical toxins that so many store-bought products have. Below are some of my favorites to DIY:

  • Daytime Face Serum: apricot oil, frankincense, carrot, geranium

  • Nighttime Face Serum: evening primrose oil or hemp oil, myrrh, roman chamomile, patchouli

  • Universal Skin Soother Balm: 1 beeswax, 4 jojoba oil, lavender, tea tree, helichrysum

  • Overnight Heel Repair: coconut oil, manuka, tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender

  • Deodorant: magnesium oil, witch hazel, lemongrass, bergamot, copaiba

  • Sunscreen: avocado oil, myrrh, carrot

  • Insect Repellent: hemp/cbd, castor oil or witch hazel with peppermint, lemongrass, citronella, rosemary, cedar, clove, (in order of ratio)

  • Itch/Bite Relief: universal balm or daytime serum plus purification

  • Clarifying Shampoo: 1 baking soda: 5 water, 1 drop rosemary or cedarwood

  • Clarifying Hair Rinse: 1 ACV: 5 water, 1 drop lemon or petitgrain

  • Aftersun Spray: vinegar, peppermint, lavender, tea tree

  • Antihistamine Nasal Rinse: tea tree, peppermint, roman chamomile, lavender

  • Kitchen Cleaning Scrub: baking soda, lemon, thieves

  • Sacred Anointing Oil/Perfume: vanilla, bergamot, rose

  • Pet-friendly Deodorizer/ Diffuser blend: frankincense, lavender, chamomile, bergamot

  • Protecting Spray for Body or Space: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Black Spruce, Myrrh, Rose, Sage.

  • Cleansing Spray for Body or Space: Lemongrass, Cypress, Frankincense, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Peppermint, Orange, Sage.


These are a just a few of my go-tos but it's important to remember that not all oils are created equal. The emphasis on quality, care and intentionality are some of Feng Shui's highest principles, therefore I encourage my clients to seek out products and brands that truly warm and deeply energize their heart.

For the utmost healing and balancing properties it is necessary to use the purest and most reputable oils available. Young Living, the leading provider of the highest quality essential oils on the market, offers more than 300 essential oil singles and blends, each with a 100% Seed to Seal Guarantee.

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Namaste, ya'll. You can thank me later.

Love, Light (and LESS)


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Erin Ratliff is a certified feng shui consultant, energy healer, and holistic growth strategist.

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