Is it possible…can winter finally be ending? My goodness, this winter season seemed like a never-ending tunnel of gloom, making the welcoming of spring an even more joyous occasion! If you have been cooped up in your house for the past four (seems like 4,000!) months, then chances are the energy in your home is pretty stagnant and you’re feeling the consequences.

If you are feeling sluggish, moving slow, and can’t seem to kick the potato chip craving, then you have an energy problem. According to energy guru Karen Kingston, Feng Shui “is the art of balancing and harmonizing the flow of natural energies in our surroundings to create beneficial effects in our lives.” When your home is filled with active, positive energy, you feel like an entirely new person. If this winter has turned you into a hibernating bear (like it did to me), bringing some Feng Shui into your life is just what you need to reawaken your mind, body, and spirit.

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The best way to up the energy in your living space is by using plants. Indoor plants can do wonderful things for indoor air quality, a big factor in how energetic you feel, but they can also help to foster certain types of energy within your home. In traditional Feng Shui, plants represent the Earth element, wood, which is thought to possess yang energy. Yang energy is uplifting, energizing, and optimistic, exactly what you need for springtime.  Not only will an added pop of green make you smile, but the incredible energy will wipe away all your negative memories of winter.

A Simple Guide to Revitalizing Plants

1. Bamboo

Bamboo is a very sturdy plant that embodies the Wood element perfectly. This particular plant will help you kick your lazy winter habits and adopt a renewed air of discipline, strength, and endurance.

2. Plum Blossoms, Chrysanthemums, and Magnolias

These vibrant flowers represent purity, helping to clear out stale, flat energy.

3. Peony

The peony flower represents love, which will bring all sorts of positive energy into your space. This flower also helps to restore harmony and balance in energy flows and has also been known to represent wealth and beauty.

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4. Lotus

The lotus flower is the symbol of the Buddha. This is a wonderful flower to help revitalize your spirit, cultivating a feeling of peace and contentment in your home.

5. Jade, African Violet, Daffodil

These plants are all considered auspicious in Feng Shui and help to bring good luck and fortune to your household. It is also believed that these plants symbolize money and prosperity (so plant a few if you’re looking for a raise!)

6. Herbs

The strong, welcoming aroma from fresh herbs like lavender, oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, and mint have a powerful revitalizing effect on the senses. They also can be used to add flavor to food, stimulating sleeping taste buds and sensory receptors that were dormant in the winter.

Plant Placement

Now that you understand the type of energy these plants can bring into your home, here are few tips for where you should place them to optimize their revitalizing qualities.

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  • Place plants within a three foot radius of electronic devices to clear excess energy static from your living space. Plants help to filter out electromagnet energy and will help calm frenetic waves coming off computers and televisions.
  • Plants situated near your front entrance act like a good energy magnet, pulling in positive energy that will greet guests and family with a fresh dose of good Chi.
  • Grow fresh herbs in your kitchen. Placing planters near windows will allow their rejuvenating aromas to carry throughout your home. (Check out this DIY guide for growing your own.)
  • Dead energy tends to congregate in the corners of big rooms, hang plants or place an arrangement of potted plants to liven up energy.
  • Don’t forget to tend to your plants! Dead flowers and plants give off negative energy.

Finally: when you are finished planting and situating your new Feng Shui plants, take a deep breathe, open a few windows, and enjoy all the uplifting energy of spring!

 Image source: annieo76 / Wikimedia Commons

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