Plants are crucial in channeling the natural flow of positive energy. They also purify the environment by absorbing carbon dioxide and provide relief from stress.
“Plants dispel the stagnant and stale energies from the home. They subconsciously connect us to the colour green, which has therapeutic qualities. According to Vastu Shastra, healthy growing plants placed in the right directions, enhance the ability to attract abundance into one’s life and improve relationships,” says Nitien Parmar of Vastu Plus, Mumbai.
Plants that bring good luck, harmony and prosperity
According to Vastu shastra, one of the most powerful, sacred and auspicious plants that enhances positivity at home, is the Tulsi or holy basil.
“This shrub, which has great medicinal value, can purify the atmosphere and keep mosquitoes away. Tulsi can be grown at the front or the back of the house, in the balcony or windows, wherever it can be exposed regularly to sunlight,” says Parmar.
Jade plant, with its small rounded leaf, is known to bestow good luck. According to Feng Shui, the Jade plant is the epitome of good luck and favourable positive energy and hence, can be placed in the house or office. Jade symbolises growth and regeneration and the shape of the leaves bear a resemblance to jade stones. However, avoid keeping the jade plant in the bathroom, experts suggest.
The lucky bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana) plant is from south-east Asia and both, Vastu and Feng Shui, associate it with good fortune and health. The number of stalks in the plant has a big impact on the meaning of a particular lucky bamboo plant. For wealth, for instance, it should have five stalks; for good luck six; seven stalks for health and 21 stalks for health and great wealth. Bamboo plants also act as air purifiers and remove pollutants from the surroundings. Preferably, keep the bamboo plant in the east corner.
Money plant (pothos) is known to bring wealth and good luck to the house and helps in overcoming financial obstacles. Money plants act as natural air purifiers, as they filter the toxins out of the air. It requires very little maintenance. It is said that keeping a money plant at home can help to achieve success in both, personal and professional fields.
Areca palm plants, according to Feng Shui, lead to health, peace and prosperity. It eliminates negative energy and attracts positivity. This leafy plant can be grown anywhere in the house, in indirect sunlight. It has an ability to remove common pollutants from the air and also improves humidity.
The rubber plant represents wealth and fortune in Feng Shui, as its rounded leaves resemble coins. When placed in the home, it is believed to provide abundance. Also, the rubber plant improves indoor air, as it is a natural air purifier.
Flowers that bring good luck
Peace lilies are a great addition to any room, to help clean the air and evoke a sense of harmony. Feng Shui says that nurturing peace lilies, help to bring about good luck and affluence and it wards off negative energies. Since the plant attracts good vibes, it is also good for emotional wellbeing. It improves the flow of energy in the home by cleansing the air.
Jasmine represents appreciation, love and good luck and creates positivity in relationships. Jasmine (mogra) has a delicate sweet fragrance and is known to reduce anxiety and bring tranquility. “In today’s chaotic world, one needs a calm and peaceful home to recharge and plants help us to relax. I have jasmine flowers in my balcony, which are the favourite flowers of Lord Shiva. After a day’s work, I enjoy the delicate whiff of blooming jasmine in my balcony and forget all the stress,” says Srilata Krishnan from Mumbai.
Orchids are associated with good luck and prosperity. In Feng Shui, orchids symbolise good relationships, happiness and fertility. Ideally, it should be placed in the north direction.
Lotus is a symbol of wealth, peace, purity, harmony and spirituality. The lotus, which also has medicinal value, is considered an auspicious flower as it is linked with Goddess Lakshmi, as well as Lord Buddha. Placing it in front of the house is most beneficial but it can be kept inside the house too. A water pond with lotus in it, is ideal in the north-east or north or east direction of one’s garden.
Lucky herbs for home
This herb keeps bad vibes away and is ideal for attracting wealth and prosperity. The aroma of mint leaves helps calm one’s nerves and is believed to revive one’s hopes. It also helps in relieving stress stressed muscles and has medicinal value.
This herbal plant is considered auspicious for wealth. It does not require too much sunlight or water. The beautiful ribbed leaves of the plant are edible and an easy home remedy for an upset tummy.
See also: 6 Herbs For Your Kitchen Garden
Lucky trees for the garden
Neem tree creates positivity, a healthy environment and according to Vastu, is auspicious. As it has great medicinal value, the Vedas called the Neem as sarva roga nivarini (the curer of all ailments). Neem trees act as an efficient natural air filter, absorbing pollutants.
The banana plant is a sacred plant worshiped in India. It is considered a harbinger of good luck and signifies prosperity, good health and mental peace. This plant should be placed in the north-east.
The coconut tree, which is called the ‘kalpavriksh’ or the sacred tree, is said to fulfil all desires and bring good fortune and positive energy. The ideal direction to plant it is in the south or south-west.
Ashoka, the evergreen tree with fragrant flowers, is believed to remove suffering and bring joy. This ‘tree of happiness’ brings positive energy and prosperity.
See also: How to set up a kitchen garden
Tips to grow and take care of plants that bring good luck
- Select healthy plants with vibrant foliage, to create beneficial energy.
- Trees like neem and mango, provide good results in all directions.
- For any house, it is auspicious to have a Gooseberry tree in the north-east direction, pomegranate in the north-west, banyan in the east, gular (cluster fig) in the south, peepul in the west and pakad (ficus) in the north direction.
- In your kitchen garden, besides growing turmeric which is associated with prosperity, grow herbs such as coriander, thyme and rosemary.
- According to Vastu, a citrus plant, besides emanating a fresh smell, helps in creating a happy atmosphere.
- Remove dried and decayed leaves, flowers and weeds, as they attract negative energy.
- Grow hibiscus, champa and marigold flowers in the garden at home as they are considered auspicious.
- Except for a few medicinal plants, avoid plants with thorns, as they give rise to tensions in the environment.
- Do not grow plants in chipped or cracked pots or vases.
- According to Vastu, growing creepers with support on the house wall, is not recommended.
Where should I keep the bamboo plant at home?
You can place the bamboo plant in a place in the house that received low and indirect light.
Which plants are unlucky for home?
Avoid cacti and plants that have thorns.
Are Fake Plants bad luck?
As per Feng Shui, artificial plants are not good.