I love plants and the energy they bring to a home, and I also really like what they do for a home's air quality and just making it feel more...homey. But I'll tell you a secret. I have well-earned a reputation among certain members of my family as a plant serial killer. I love plants, but my efforts at cultivating and caring for them haven't always ended well.
Still, hope springs eternal, and I've continued to try to cultivate and maintain plants because they bring earth and nature energy to spaces, help improve chi (especially plants with rounded leaves), and they can clean toxic indoor air. Fortunately, I've been more successful with both indoor and outdoor plants recently thanks to a smartphone watering app I downloaded called Waterbug. If you are someone who tends to over water (that's me) or under water plants, I highly recommend downloading the app, entering in all your indoor plants, and following its watering schedule - you can even set it with push notification reminders about when watering is due. The app also tells you how much light a plant needs, which can help with placement in your home.
Energy Healing for Your Plants
I've also discovered that along with placing and watering my plants correctly, using energy healing techniques has also helped. Above is a fluorite crystal in matrix in my jade bonsai (those aren't yellow dying leaves, by the way; it's a reflection from a lamp). In the image to the left, you can see I've placed crystals around the base of an indoor magnolia plant, which can be a bit persnickety. The green aventurine is a particularly beneficial stone for the plant's energy, while the rose quartz adds love and the clear quartz amplifies the healing energy I put into the plants. I also reiki the plant by placing my hands on it, and by holding the plant's water in my hands and giving it reiki before I water my plants.
Crystal Elixirs for Watering
Another way to give your plants better energy is by creating a plant crystal elixir. I'm always cautious in recommending crystal elixirs, because many crystals have toxic elements that seep into the water if you put the crystals directly in the fluid. Instead, I recommend a method of making elixirs that infuses a crystal's vibration into the water without adding any of the crystal's potentially toxic elements (such as copper or aluminum) to your plants. To make a safe crystal elixir, I put a newly cleansed crystal in a sealable silicon pouch and allow it to sit in a container of distilled water for two or three hours. For even more power, you can put it out in the moonlight overnight as it steeps. Then, remove the crystal and seal the water into a labeled jar. The water has now been infused with the energy of the crystals, and you can add a teaspoon to your watering container every time you water your plants or to your spray bottle for misting them. Crystals especially good for this purpose include green calcite, clear quartz, and moss agate, which all have beneficial energy for plants.
Plant Feng Shui
Plants are also a beneficial element for positive energy in feng shui. Some feng shui suggestions for plants:
-Choose plants with rounded leaves, which invite positive energy.
-Plants are especially beneficial in the bauga areas associated with wood, fire, and earth. These include the south, southeast, and east areas of your home or space.
-You can also place a plant in places to diffuse negative chi, such as between a front door and a back door that are aligned, or at the base of a staircase that faces the front door (I have this in my home, and I have a plant there).
-Remove dead plants, leaves, and blossoms right away because they create "dead" energy.
-As some of my friends whose spaces I've helped to create better feng shui can attest, I am not a fan of fake plants because they don't have the same alive energy as real plants - and they are often dust collectors. Avoid them as much as possible.
-Choose plants considered "lucky" or good feng shui to boost various energies in your spaces. Here's an article I wrote for LoveToKnow about good feng shui plants.
-Avoid plants with spiky leaves or with thorns or spikes, as they can create "poison arrows" that direct sha chi, or negative chi around a space.
You'll notice that the above cacti, which all sit in my kitchen window, are surrounded with crystals. We purchased the larger cactus because Jim absolutely loved it; we call it Audrey 3 because it reminded us of of Audrey 2 in Little Shop of Horrors. At first, I fought bringing a cactus into the house, but Jim kept returning to it and talking about how much he loved it, so eventually I gave in figuring I could use feng shui to transmute the sha chi. So I've placed crystals around all the cacti, and the largest is surrounded by rose quartz hearts with the reiki symbols on them to cleanse the energy as it passes through the plant and into my home. Another good remedy for sha chi created by plants you fall in love with that are spiky or pointy is to place a hanging crystal above the plant to change sha chi into shi chi (positive chi). You can see an example of that to the left, where I've hung a crystal over a bromeliad plant with spiky leaves to cleanse the energy.
Bringing Plant Energy into Your Home
Plants can do a lot for your home beyond just making it look nice. They help improve your home's air quality and vibe. If, like me, you have a dubious history with plants, consider a plant watering app, and start with something simple and difficult to kill like a succulent or a peace lily. Then, utilize energy healing techniques available to you to help keep the plant healthy and strong, and employ feng shui techniques to make sure the plant provides the most beneficial energy possible to your home.
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