Lucky plants for the home
We list some plants that home owners can grow, which, according to Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui are believed to bring good luck, harmony and prosperity
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.
Fortune plant- corn plant
The corn plant or Fortune plant(dracaena fragrans) as it is commonly known s a well-known indoor plant.In some Asian countries, the corn plant is said to be a symbol of luck. If the plant blooms at home, it means one will receive wealth and fortune. Corn plants purify the air as they remove toxins from the air. Corn plants thrive in bright yet indirect light.
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.
According to Vastu, yellow marigold flowers symbolise good fortune and optimism. It attracts positivity and energy into one’s home. Marigold flowers are considered auspicious and are placed on the main door, as torans. A north or east direction is the best to keep marigold plants in your home.
Peonies signify good luck, fertility, prosperity and blessings. To boost luck and enhance the relationship quotient in your lives, place this plant in the south-west direction of the garden.
The yellow Chrysanthemum flower, according to Vastu Shastra, represents cheerfulness and optimism. It attracts positivity and good luck. It also purifies the air and removes toxins from the home. In Buddhist culture, the altar is often decked with chrysanthemum. One can keep it in the living room but avoid placing it in the bedroom.
The red hibiscus is associated with divinity, as it is offered to goddess Kali and lord Ganesha. You can grow this plant on a sunny window or garden, for positive energy, stability and joy in life. Yellow hibiscus is ideal for lifting one’s spirits and bringing good fortune into your home. According to plant Vastu, the hibiscus should be grown in either the north or east.
Roses signify love and passion and attract good luck and healing energy. It is considered as a Feng Shui lucky plant. Red roses signify love, yellow brings happiness, and white roses symbolise peace. The fragrance of rose reduces anxiety and brings in a feeling of peace. Rose is the only thorny plant which Vastu Shasta states is suitable to grow within a home. According to Vastu Shastra, rose flower plants placed in the south-west are auspicious, as it removes negative energy and enhances social eminence of the house owner.
Magnolia (champak flower)
Planting a magnolia tree in the garden at home can help people get contentment. This is said to be a lucky fragrant flower (cream, light pink, light orange-yellow colour), which attracts prosperity. The tree has the ability to bloom even after being uprooted. In many cultures, the magnolia flower symbolises economic stability, joy, good luck and perseverance.
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.
Sage is known to ward off evil and has cleansing qualities.According to Feng Shui, the sage plant helps in removing negative energies at home. It also has medicinal properties and a strong aroma.
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 stomach.
In recent times, many people are opting to consume ginger tea, as it is known to give relief from cold. Ginger has been used for cooking and medicinal purposes since ancient times. Growing ginger, the healing herb, at home, helps to enhance love and attract wealth and fortune.
Thyme plants can help in luck related to career. This aromatic herb brings good luck to those wishing for a new job, promotion, or commencing a business. Thyme enhances the monetary luck. So, grow it in your kitchen garden.
An evergreen aromatic plant, Bay laurel symbolizes wisdom, (acquired and intuitive) and also a victory. The leaves are usually placed at the entrance of houses to avoid curses and attract happiness and prosperity in the home. Laurel plant strengthens the good energy at home and balances emotions. It has curative properties and is also widely used in cooking. Bay Laurel can be grown indoors in pots, and outdoors as shrubs and also as trees.
Lemon balm is said to reduce stress, helps you to relax, and boost your mood. The zesty lemon balm is used in traditional medicine as a sleep aid and digestive tonic. According to Feng shui, lemon balm attracts peace and prosperity.
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.
Jack fruit tree
Do not grow this tree in the north direction of the house. Instead, plant it in the south, south-west, or north-west direction, for good health and positivity.
Indian gooseberry or amla, according to Vastu is a lucky tree. The tree is considered sacred and is said to be the favourite of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and Lord Vishnu. This can be planted in the North East or East, but at a little distance from the house. Amla which is rich in Vitamin C is known for its various health benefits.
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.
- Champa, mogra and parijat should not be planted in the south-west, north-west or east directions.
- According to Vastu, trees in the garden should be planted in even numbers.
- 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.