Feng shui (pronounced "fung shway") is the ancient practice of observing how the placement of objects affects the overall energy flow of an environment. It also suggests that object placement influences the personal energy flow of the people within a space, as For Dummies explains.
Plants, like all organic and inorganic beings, have energy, according to feng shui principles. Science tells us that plants really do make a difference. A Clean Air Study sponsored by NASA demontrates that plants can actually purify the indoor air of such toxins as formaldehyde, which infiltrate the air via synthetic materials in furniture.
1. Peace lily. Just the name peace lily is enough to generate good vibes. According to David Wolfe, it purifies the air and neutralizes harmful gasses in your home. The plant grows well in dark, shaded areas and looks especially nice in a bedroom or home office.
2. Palm. The impressive size of palm trees makes them excellent room dividers, says Feng Shui For Real Life. The plant is especially noteworthy for its ability to eliminate xylene and formaldehyde from the air.
3. Rosemary. This good-energy plant doubles as a culinary herb. Not only does it taste delicious with roasted vegetables, but it also cleanses the air of harmful toxins. David Wolfe says inhaling rosemary is also known to improve memory, treat insomnia and lift a person's spirits.
4. Orchid. With their leggy stalks and vibrant petals, orchids are some of the most elegant flowers. They're both beautiful and functional. According to David Wolfe, orchids release oxygen in the night. No wonder they're best placed in the bedroom, where during sleep you can benefit from the flower's fresh oxygen. Orchids also have a pleasant smell capable of boosting a person's mood with just a quick sniff.
5. Lucky bamboo. We can't talk about feng shui without talking about bamboo. Lucky bamboo has long been a symbol of good fortune and prosperity in many Asian cultures. Its shape is a reminder of our own energy and vitality. David Wolfe notes that this is an ideal starter plant because it is low maintenance and doesn't require much sunlight. To keep the plant alive, simply place the reeds in a glass bowl with an inch of distilled water.
6. Jade. This succulent is known as the money tree, according to My Feng Shui Advice, and is supposed to bring wealth and prosperity to a household. Because it requires very little water, it makes an exceptional houseplant .
7. Ficus. These large plants are excellent air purifiers, known to remove formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia from the air. They can also be used as simple and sophisticated room dividers, as suggested by Feng Shui For Real Life.
8. African violet. About Home observes that according to the principles of traditional feng shui, every home has a "money area" located in the southeast corner. As Feng Shui For Real Life says you can cultivate wealth by keeping an African violet in that money area. This is because the petals of the flower resemble coins and are therefore symbols of wealth.
9. English ivy. Climbing leaves of English ivy are thought to ward off the negative energy that comes when you're sleeping or working. The plant is also helpful for removing formaldehyde found in carpet and paint, according to Feng Shui For Real Life.
10. Citrus trees. WikiNurseryLive says citrus plants are a feng shui addition to a kitchen because fruit-bearing plants symbolize abundance and health.
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