Whenever you feel down, frequently you search for a sweet escape you can run away to. A place away from the stress and the chaos of everyday life, whether it’s from work or the chores at home.
For some, this means a getting a plane ticket to some exotic tropical paradise, hiking mountains, or simply going for a walk in one of the beautiful flower gardens in Los Angeles. These are all excellent ideas for taking it slow, dealing with negativity, and finding your way to happiness.
But let’s be honest. It’s not always easy to hop on a plane, take a vacation, or sometimes even clear our schedule for stroll whenever we please. Does this mean we’re doomed? Absolutely not.
Luckily, we can invite positivity and drive away bad vibes even in the comforts of our own home or office just by putting a pot or two of stylish indoor plants near us.
Plants with Benefits
Many houseplants are actually an essential element in the Chinese tradition of feng shui, which claims that specific plants can usher in love, prosperity, and protection when placed in a particular part of the house.
However, there are also scientific studies that have proven that seeing greenery, such as being in wooded areas or being surrounded by indoor plants, can bring you loads of wonderful benefits. These include the following:
- Indoor plants can help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.
- They effectively boost your creativity and problem-solving skills.
- Houseplants can protect you from common diseases and speed up your healing and recovery.
- Plants are natural air purifiers and toxin filters, freeing you from common allergens and allowing you to breathe clearly.
There are a whole lot of options when it comes to beneficial plants that would suit your taste and style. We’ve rounded up some of the most popular ones that will guarantee to attract positive energy into your space.
There’s a reason why orchid arrangements are frequently gifted to friends, family, and business clients during many occasions, especially during Chinese New Year.
A beautiful bringer of wealth, health, and all the good things in life, orchids also have the power to make you feel more calm, relaxed, and optimistic because it produces a lot of oxygen, particularly in the evening when it’s not busy with plant food making, also known as, photosynthesis.
An added boon you should take advantage of would be getting great-smelling types of orchids, which would definitely make you smile. You’ll never go wrong with Oncidium Sharry Baby, Brassavola nodosa, Cymbidium Golden Elf, Phalaenopsis violacea, and Zygopetalum orchids.
Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is a houseplant almost synonymous to good fortune for many Asian cultures. It is also called curly bamboo, Chinese water bamboo, and friendship bamboo among many others. A miniature look-a-like of bamboo trees, feng shui experts believe that its lush green color and vertical stems are an excellent invitation of longevity, happiness, and cash flow.
Interestingly, in Chinese feng shui, the numbers of stalks of your lucky bamboo plant has different meanings. Basically, any number beginning with 2 to 10 carry positive meanings, such as affection, great health, and a perfect life. All except for a lucky bamboo plant with 4 stems. which is thought to bring nothing but bad luck.
When it comes to must-have indoor plants, the peace lily should definitely be on your list. Botanically known as Spathiphyllum, this beautiful flowering plant is a part of NASA’s prestigious team of air-purifying houseplants. It can get rid of the big five indoor air pollutants -- namely trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and ammonia - lurking inside your home. We say those are already five awesome reasons to feel instantly positive.
In feng shui, the peace lily is considered to be a magnet of peace and harmony and is a nice plant to have at home or in the workplace to balance strong energies.
Sage is deemed as a magical plant since the olden times for Native Americans. It is actually used in their ancient tradition of smudging, which involves burning herbs to drive away bad spirits and unpleasant feelings of anger or fear. If you are curious and interested to try smudging, there are many resources online that can guide you to do it properly.
Nonetheless, sage is still a brilliant indoor plant to have around. Aside from adding a refreshing splash of color to your interiors, it also smells fantastic and brings a unique kind of savory flavor when used sparingly in several meat and vegetable dishes.
Here’s another herb plant that’s nice to have at home. Imagine having a few pots of holy basil in your sunny kitchen window sill. Do you want to have tea? Just pluck a few leaves, steep in hot water, and voila! One calming cup of basil leaves tea that’s going to make you feel tons better. Plus, it’s an edible plant that can be added fresh on garden salads or as a culinary herb for many recipes.
That’s just the practical side of holy basil. For the Hindus, it’s called Tulsi plant and is hailed as a sacred plant that promotes spiritual healing not only for you but for the environment. This is why some Indian families go to great lengths to have their own tulsi garden or a mini tulsi forest in their own properties.
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