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10 Plants That Attract Positive Energy In Your Home

6. Peace Lily Peace lilies are known scientifically as Spathiphyllum, or closet plants. They were found in the Colombian jungle and were taken to Europe in… Elizabeth Lilian - February 17, 2017

6. Peace Lily

Peace lilies are known scientifically as Spathiphyllum, or closet plants. They were found in the Colombian jungle and were taken to Europe in the 19th century. Said to be some of the easiest indoor plants to take care of, not only do peace lilies liven up your home, they filter and clean the air too.

Keeping a peace lily in your home is said to provide spiritual, mental and physical wellness. They promote a sense of tranquillity, and can improve the flow of energy. It’s recommended to keep a peace lily at the front door to transmit positivity to anyone who enters, and throughout the rest of the home.

Keep your lily where it can receive bright light, but not direct sun exposure. They bloom anywhere between one to three flowers at a time, and can do so throughout the year. Keep the soil moist at all times, though not too moist. If it’s in need of watering, you will see the leaves ‘flopped’ over – this is a sign of dehydration.

Peace lilies can be mildly toxic, especially to cats, so be wary of this before choosing one for your home. Dust or wash the leaves regularly with a damp cloth, as this will keep them bright green and healthy. When dirt and grime builds up on the leaves of a plant, it can attract insects, mold and bacteria that feed on the plant and result in an unhealthy, sickly-looking flower.

7. Rosemary

Rosemary is a member of the mint family, and an evergreen shrub. The name rosemary comes from the Latin Rosmarinus which means ‘dew of the sea’, which refers to the light blue flowers that bloom on the shrub, and its preference for wetter environments. It’s native to the Mediterranean, and as such it takes its moisture from the air rather than the soil.

Historically, rosemary has been associated with both death and weddings because it’s a symbol of remembrance. Folklore says rosemary was used for many curious things such as protection from plague and common thieves, and hung over the beds of children to stop fairies from stealing them.

Rosemary was also a popular herb used for medicinal purposes to treat a number of ailments like poor digestion, migraines, joint pain and muscle aches. Rosemary contains salicylic acid, which is an ingredient in aspirin. This may be why massaging rosemary oil into the skin can ease such pains caused by arthritis or rheumatism. It’s also believed to be able to dispel negativity. This makes it an effective plant to keep in your home and its delicious taste makes it a perfect herb to use in cooking.

The scent of rosemary can be uplifting and energizing, and placing a small bush in the south-west corner of your house will encourage remembrance and aid poor memory retention. Ensure your rosemary bush has full sun, and water the soil every two weeks (checking first to see whether the soil is dry). Because rosemary gets its moisture from the air, fill a spray bottle with water and mist it over the foliage once or twice a week.

8. Jasmine

Jasmine is part of the olive family, and the name is derived from the Arabic word ‘yasmin’, which means fragrant flower or ‘gift from God’. There have been many variations of the spelling over the ages, such as jessamine, gessamin, jasmin and jessamy. Jasmine is native to Asia, and there are some 200 species of plant.

Jasmine is an extremely fragrant flower, popular for use in products like soaps, creams and lotions. Jasmin officinale is best known for this purpose, and it’s been cultivated in France to use in perfumes. Jasminum sambac is used in herbal tea, and Chinese herbalists use jasmine to treat such issues like headaches and insomnia. It’s also a flower used in aromatherapy practices like essential oils, scented candles and incense.

In the Chinese culture, jasmine represents femininity, kindness, grace and delicacy. It is also used to attract wealth and romance. It’s a flower associated with love, and some people like to plant it outside bedroom windows to allow the fragrance to drift in. The smell can help sooth a stressed mind and create positive energy. It’s said to lift the spirits of those who are depressed, or who suffer from marital problems.

Jasminum polyanthum is the best jasmine to keep as an indoor plant. Commonly called Chinese or Star jasmine, the flowers bloom all year round and can last for many weeks. Place your jasmine plant in a sunny, well-lit room to encourage substantial growth, and keep the soil well-hydrated. If the soil dries up, so will the flowers and buds. As the jasmine plant is a climber, it’s best to provide structural support for them to flourish.

9. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the most well-known medicinal plants. It can be traced back some 6,000 years, where it was used in ancient Egypt. Known as the plant of immortality, it was presented to deceased pharaohs as burial gifts. It’s a succulent plant native to North Africa, Southern Europe and the Canary Islands, but it’s grown in tropical climates all around the world.

Aloe vera is roughly 99% water, but the remaining 1% contains almost 100 ingredients that have healing properties like protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and many vitamins. It’s used as an effective salve for skin sores and problems like scrapes, burns and eczema. Aloe can also be used internally for mouth and stomach ulcers and other issues. It’s an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral plant and in 1994, the FDA approved it for use in the treatment of HIV.

Esoteric beliefs were to plant aloe vera around the house to ward off disease and protect the residents from evil, and it’s said that keeping a small plant in the house will prevent mishaps and accidents. In Feng Shui, the aloe vera plant brings good luck, releases energy that can fight off bad luck and negative vibes, staves off loneliness and invites spiritual and physical healing.

It’s an easy plant to grow, and helps clear the air of formaldehyde, benzene and other environmental pollutants. Place your aloe vera plant in indirect sunlight, and be sure to water it regularly. Ensure it has proper drainage, as it doesn’t cope well in standing water. Using aloe vera as a topical cream can be effective and safe, but it’s important to note which species of aloe you have in your home, as some species can cause allergic reactions.

10. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are a popular flowering herb that was first cultivated in China as far back as 15th century BC. It was thought to have the power of life and was used for many purposes. It was included in salads, brewed for tea, or boiled and used as a headache remedy. Chrysanthemums all belong to the daisy family, known as the Compositae, and they’ve been developed to include shades of pink, purple, red, yellow, orange, white and bronze.

In Japan, the chrysanthemum is seen as a royal symbol, and a sign of longevity and happiness. In fact, the Japanese people celebrate the Festival of Happiness every year, in which they honor the chrysanthemum. It’s also known as the ‘mum’, and it symbolizes lasting friendship, family support, cheerfulness, good spirits, recovery from challenges and illness, birth, loyalty and devotion.

Chrysanthemum is a powerful Feng Shui symbol. It’s considered a multi-functional plant, as it can symbolize many different aspects of life. They’re excellent as air filters, and they encourage tranquillity and help alleviate anxiety and grief. It’s important to water them regularly, as this is a crucial part of caring for chrysanthemums. But be sure to water them from under the leaves, which can prevent fungal issues. Place your chrysanthemum somewhere they will receive good air circulation, and avoid excess humidity.

Chrysanthemums only flower for three to four weeks, and unfortunately once they’ve flowered they are relatively useless and won’t re-bloom again. However, they still encourage positive energy, and can look attractive even after they’ve bloomed. If you decide to keep it on display after the flowers have fallen off, be sure to fertilize it once a month during the growing season.

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