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Guide to the Best Plants to Have at Home, According to Feng Shui

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As plants are great for energizing the house and bringing well-being and good vibes, according to Feng Shui (Photo: Unsplash / Brina Blum / CreativeCommons) Plants not only make our spaces more beautiful, fresh, and...

As plantas são ótimas para energizar a casa e trazer bem-estar e boas vibrações, segundo o Feng Shui (Foto: Unsplash / Brina Blum / CreativeCommons) As plants are great for energizing the house and bringing well-being and good vibes, according to Feng Shui (Photo: Unsplash / Brina Blum / CreativeCommons)

Plants not only make our spaces more beautiful, fresh, and cozy but they can also transmute energies and enhance positive vibrations at home, according to Feng Shui - the ancient Chinese technique that organizes energy forces to harmonize individuals with their environment.

"The plants are among the main tools of Feng Shui for this process," says architect João Sebastião from Harqmonia. He explains that plants feed on earth and sunlight, two essential elements for giving life and stability. That's why they are so powerful in energy transmutation, generating life and growth for the vibrancy of spaces.

"They represent a part that can help in all areas of life: love, work, health, and money, for example," adds Juliana Viveiros, a spiritualist from the iQuilíbrio platform. To achieve this, Sebastião clarifies that it is possible to use plants in all areas of the bagua (Feng Shui energy map) or even outside of it, such as in an external garden or at the entrance of a space.

O manjericão é uma das verduras com boa safra em dezembro no Ceagesp (Foto: Dominika Roseclay / Pexels) In Feng Shui, basil attracts money and prosperity (Photo: Dominika Roseclay / Pexels)

The Best Plants

According to Juliana, in general, the following plants can contribute to energizing the house according to specific needs. Check them out:

  • Hydrangea: Prosperity and harmony.
  • Azalea: Good relationships and love.
  • Peace Lily: Love, joy, spontaneity, prosperity, socialization, and peace.
  • Jasmine: Peace, calmness, harmony, love, and purification.
  • Rue: To ward off envy and repel any negative energy.
  • Boxwood: Love, joy, attracting positive energies, and preserving good relationships.
  • Rosemary: Health, energy, and healing.
  • Zamioculcas: Peace and prosperity.
  • Lavender: Tranquility, protection, and cleansing.
  • Oregano: Prosperity, money, and well-being.
  • Pansy: Luck, protection, well-being, and joy.
  • Orchid: Beauty, communication, and good coexistence.
  • Tree of Happiness: Improvements in romantic relationships, positive energy, and harmony.
  • Basil: To attract money and prosperity.
  • Violet: Balance and energy.

Flores: Orquídea Cymbidium (Foto: Iara Venanzi/Editora Globo) Yellow flower vases, symbolizing money, are recommended on the dining table (Photo: Iara Venanzi / Editora Globo)

Different Areas of the House

According to Feng Shui, the house is divided into several energetic areas, encompassing the feelings of the people living in the environment. "So we can know which plant to use by also evaluating the different areas of the house and the residents," points out Viveiros.

  • Kitchen: It is recommended to place a plant between the stove and the sink, or even in the refrigerator. Generally, this area needs balance and peace.
  • Living room: Prefer lighter colors and flowers that bring joy and prosperity, such as jasmine.
  • Dining table: A symbol of abundance and prosperity. Therefore, it is recommended to place yellow flower vases (representing money) on it.
  • Bathroom: A great environment to place flowers as they filter out negative energy.

Sob a escada, o cabideiro de Aristeu Pires se destaca (Foto: Fabio Severo / Divulgação) Under the stairs, the inclusion of plants brings good energy to the location (Photo: Fabio Severo / Divulgação)

Obsolete Spaces

João explains that the use of plants is ideal for transforming energies in spaces that are considered "dead" or stagnant, with an excess of negative energy. Plants produce chi energy, which represents all living things and brings life to such spaces.

Thus, they bring life to areas like the space under a staircase, which often remains empty. "This area represents a life sector when the bagua is applied. If left empty, it lacks energy," says João.

The ideal solution, according to him, is to create a garden to place plants that can transmute this energy. The pacová, a plant with wide arms and thick leaves, resistant and with vibrant green, is excellent for these spaces. It thrives well in low-light environments, just like the ficus plant.

espada-de-são-jorge (Foto: Divulgação) Sword of Saint George is indicated to be used in the success area of the bagua (Photo: Divulgação)

Types, Shapes, and Colors

In Feng Shui, plants represent the wood element, which, on the bagua, corresponds to the family and health area. "We use the plant in this area, but also in other spaces. We can interpret the plant for each area of the bagua based on its type, shape, color, and whether it has flowers or not," explains the architect.

For example, the Sword of Saint George is a type of plant with pointed leaves that grow upwards like flames, visually representing fire. Therefore, it is favorable to use it in the success area of the bagua (the fire sector).

Plants with flowers can be interpreted based on their colors and how they match the corresponding areas on the bagua. "Plants with white flowers, for example, are favorable for the children's area, which corresponds to the metal element, whose harmonizing color is white," says João. Using flowers in the relationship and love area is also favorable because the floral scent promotes romance and enhances communication between couples, groups, and society.

SALA | As samambaias suspensas trazem mais um ponto focal em verde no ambiente (Foto: Divulgação / Cristiano Bauce) According to Feng Shui, hanging ferns bring another green focal point to the room (Photo: Divulgação / Cristiano Bauce)


Following a more mystical approach to Feng Shui, João recommends avoiding plants that grow downwards inside the house, such as creeping plants or ferns. It is believed that they take away prosperity. "Prefer plants that grow upwards, as they elevate the energies," he says.

In this line, it is also advisable to avoid using protective plants, those with thorns, such as cacti, inside the house. "They can be placed in entrance halls, on the outside of the house, or on balconies, but never inside the house, especially near the sofa and the bed, as they are aggressive and serve to protect from invaders from the outside," says João.

Mistura de vasos com asplênio, costela-de-adão, renda-portuguesa, fícus-lira, pacová e avenca em meio ao sofá Boiling (Foto: Edu Castello / Editora Globo) Mix of vases with asplenium, monstera, portuguese lace, lyrata, pacova: lively plants to bring health energy indoors (Photo: Edu Castello / Editora Globo)

Care Tips

According to João, the preference in Feng Shui is to use plants with vibrant tones, such as bright green or those reminiscent of young plants. "This is the color of health, to bring that energy," he says. Therefore, it is always good to keep them well cared for, pruned, and dust-free because the more beautiful and vibrant they are, the easier it will be for them to transmute and produce chi energy.

According to the technique, Feng Shui is like a reflection of ourselves. After all, we are the ones who choose, decorate, or clutter our spaces in our own way. For this reason, if we have a beautiful and well-organized environment, it will reflect organization, beauty, and life. If we give our plants love, attention, and care, they will reflect that energy back to us. If we neglect them, they will wither and return the same energy. "It's always a two-way street," concludes João.

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