Money Trees are popular house plants used in feng shui.">Potted money tree

Using House Plants in Feng Shui

Potted money tree

Money Trees are popular house plants used in feng shui.

Feng Shui is a long-established Chinese decorating style that takes into account the different “energies” that shapes and materials can bring into a space. According to the feng shui tradition, you want to have a balance of energies, or chi, in your workspace and home. The balance of energy is called yin yang. Five different elements outlined in Feng Shui release their chi into your spaces, and should achieve yin yang. These five elements are Earth, Metal, Water, Fire, and Wood. They can all be realized in your home and office through the use of plants.

“Good” and “Bad” Feng Shui Plants?

Some people say that there are both good and bad feng shui plants. However, this is really a misunderstanding. Even the bad feng shui plants have their place in establishing balance, and in releasing chi.

Among some of the benefits of feng shui plants is that they are known as air purifiers. Some of the top air purifier plants in feng shui houseplants are palms. These have long, narrow leaves, presenting a lot of surface space through which to cleanse air. Rubber plants, ferns, and lilies like our potted Peace Lily are also great for the purification of air in feng shui.

Other plants in feng shui are called money plants. These plants have either thick leaves or big leaves. While there is some confusion as to which a person should use, but the spirit you are looking for is lush foliage and a growing energy. For this type of plant the jade tree is quite popular. Its succulent leaves are easy to grow, too. The Pachira Aquatica is a bonsai tree with a braided trunk and lots of leaves. It’s another good money tree for use in feng shui.

Jade plant in a blue container

Jade plants are valued in feng shui design for their succulent leaves.

One so-called bad feng shui plant is the mother-in-law’s tongue, also known as sansevieria or snake plant. However, this plant carries very strong protective energies with it, and can be very helpful in some areas of your home and office.

Where to Place Feng Shui Houseplants

Placing you feng shui houseplants correctly will maximize their energy. These plants will best release their energy when placed near a Wood element. The other feng shui elements in your spaces, such as your choice of green and brown colors, or wooden statues and figurines such as a wooden sailboat model, will reinforce this. Bamboo wind chimes, wooden picture frames, and illustrations of wooden elements through art are another way to strengthen the wood element. Areas of your from that will benefit from the Wood element are the East, South, and Southeast. The energy in these areas is best served with Wood elements.

However, the North, Northeast, West, Northwest, and Southwest areas of your room can be hindered by a strong Wood presence. Placing plants in these areas may actually stop the flow of energy in these areas. Therefore, you should limit the number of plants you have in those areas of your room.

With proper use of feng shui houseplants, you can discover your chi and focus it properly. This centuries old technique for increasing health and prosperity is well thought out and easily implemented with a little bit of research.

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