14 Things Feng Shui Experts Place in Their Homes for Good Health
Boost your health and happiness by maximizing the positive energy in your home. Not sure if these tactics will work? They certainly can't hurt!
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Staying healthy is at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days. Sure, you know that handwashing, disinfecting, and social distancing will help you achieve that goal. But have you been paying enough attention to your emotional health? Stress can harm your mental well-being and potentially weaken your immune system. While that stress probably won’t subside completely as the pandemic continues to rage on, there is something simple you can do that might take the edge off: maximizing the good energy in your home. According to the ancient Chinese philosophy of feng shui, every object, space, and living thing has life energy called chi. The better the quality of chi you can get flowing, the healthier and more vibrant it is, which can have a positive effect on your emotional health—and, in turn, your physical health.
Placing multisensory items in the areas of your home where you spend the most time can harmonize the healthy energies of mind, body, and spirit. No need to worry about super specific positioning for some of these; there are benefits to simply having them around. On the flip side, feng shui experts want you to throw out these 14 things right now.
Thriving green plants are the one thing that’s an absolute must in any space, according to feng shui expert Maureen Calamia, author of Creating Luminous Spaces. “Plants are a way of staying connected to nature while spending time indoors,” she says, adding that they also remind you of nature’s rejuvenating powers. Plus, they offer myriad health benefits by lowering carbon dioxide levels indoors and even potentially reducing the concentration of certain pollutants. Looking to bring a few new plants into your home? Calamia suggests “mimicking nature” by choosing plants with leaves in varying shapes, sizes, and colors. She particularly likes spider plants, ZZ plants, and palms, which are among the houseplants that are the easiest to grow. Remember: Only flourishing plants provide good feng shui, not withered or brown ones.
Flowers provide a positive multisensory experience: They look pretty and smell great, and both of those things can make us happy. Although you might think of the orchid when you think about feng shui, Calamia has another suggestion: the peony. “Peonies are beautiful and have a wonderful scent,” she says. To get the biggest boost, Calamia recommends placing vases of fresh, cut flowers in the rooms where you spend the most time. Don’t miss these 8 tricks to make your flowers last longer.
The right light can have a huge effect on your mood and overall well-being. Calamia suggests getting a Himalayan salt lamp, which she uses in her own home. As the low heat of the lamp’s bulb warms the salt, the lamp releases negative ions into the air. These negative ions clean the air, promote healing, and emit positive feng shui energy in your home. Overall, make sure you have great lighting where you work or spend most of your time. But, Calamia cautions, the one room to avoid bright, energizing light is in the bedroom, as this space is meant for rest.
Art with a mountain motif
Calamia likes the idea of hanging artwork that features a mountain because mountains are an earth element that represents health. This symbol of strength and vitality is best placed in the center of your home, which is the heart of your health and harmony sector. You can hang the art in the physical center, like a staircase that runs up the middle of your home, or a more figurative center, which would be the place everyone congregates, like the family room. When selecting the image, Calamia says to choose one with the energy you want to replicate—for example, a calm picture, featuring gentle slopes, instead of one with jarring, jagged peaks. These are the 9 most photographed mountains in the United States.
Herbs quite literally represent the spice of life, and tending to a small, indoor herb garden can bring health and vitality to your kitchen and food preparation, says Calamia. She says that nourishing your body with healthy nutrients provides “great energy” and emphasizes the point that feng shui is multidimensional. The aromatic, herbaceous smells alone can be beneficial—think calming lavender or uplifting rosemary. Got a brown thumb? You’re in luck. Herbs are some of the easiest things to grow at home.
Who doesn’t love rainbows? Calamia recommends hanging a clear, multifaceted feng shui crystal in the window with the most sunlight. At certain times of the day, when the sunlight hits it right, vibrant colors will dance across every surface in the room. These beautiful colors raise the vibrations in your home, as well as inspire a sense of awe and youthful vitality—all of which are associated with health and longevity.
Calamia says there is a great benefit to using all five senses in feng shui, so don’t forget about sound when you’re optimizing your home’s energy. Research has shown that the sounds of nature—like a breeze moving through the trees or water trickling down a stream—actually help us relax. Try hanging wind chimes to capture the energy of a breeze and represent it in sound. Although metal wind chimes are lovely, bamboo or wood chimes may be more soothing, says Calamia, because of their lower tones.
Being joyful, lighthearted, and happy all contribute to your well-being. That’s why Calamia recommends placing a laughing Buddha near your front door. The statue welcomes you home with a smile, lifting your energy instantly. Feeling upbeat goes a long way to maintaining good health.
“Clutter is probably the biggest offender [to] health,” notes Calamia. Excess stuff causes a great imbalance, and it contributes to stagnant energy, which makes us feel drained. It can even have a negative impact on our immune systems by making us feel overwhelmed. Plus, paper clutter can collect dust and mold, making the air we breathe unhealthy, and junk on the floor is a tripping hazard. Is that enough to convince you to get rid of your clutter? Be ruthless and toss what you don’t need; then use smart storage solutions to organize the rest. One great idea: a storage ottoman, which keeps items accessible but out of sight. Besides physical clutter, a cluttered mind can be harmful, as well. Here are 10 ways to declutter your mind this year.
The current home-decor trends of light gray, beige, and stark white may be fit for a magazine, but Calamia says they’re missing one key component to great feng shui: vibrant color. So, how can you fix this without redoing your entire space? Painting one wall is one option. Or, for a less permanent solution, bring in color through accent pieces, like colorful throw pillows. Calamia, who is currently featuring the calming and soothing tones of blue in her home, advises “choosing a color you are drawn to.” Consider yellow for happiness or green for health and vitality.
Calamia calls mirrors symbolic windows, and she places them in rooms where there isn’t a lot of natural light. If your room is on the darker side, without a lot of windows or organic light, then adding a mirror will brighten up your space. Brighter spaces are uplifting and make us feel better. Since a mirror will amplify what it reflects, Calamia cautions to check the positioning before you hang it to “ensure it isn’t reflecting the trash can or a pile of clutter.” While you’re at it, get rid of these 9 unlucky things you should never keep in your home.
Quality sleep is an important part of staying healthy. But restorative slumber can be negatively impacted by electromagnetic fields (EMFs), and in fact, concerns persist about possible connections between EMF and adverse health effects. As the number of devices we use regularly continues to grow, it’s not uncommon to be surrounded by large amounts of EMFs—emanating from your television, cell phone, alarm clock, tablet, laptop, and WiFi. Create a healthier sleeping spot by placing a piece or two of black tourmaline next to your bed. “Black tourmaline is thought to mitigate the effects of EMFs,” Calamia says.
Does spending more time at home have you missing loved ones? If so, Calamia suggests boosting your spirit with a vignette of photos. Select pictures depicting good times and treasured family and friends to help maintain that healthy emotional connection, no matter what’s going on in the world. Calamia suggests placing the photos anywhere except the bedroom. Why? The bedroom is a personal space where you should be able to disconnect, and photos can be intrusive and distracting. Speaking of your boudoir, check out these 10 ways to make your bed 10 times cozier.
The soothing sound of water is calming, and that feeling of calm can help to reduce stress. In feng shui, explains Calamia, water—especially flowing water—represents refreshment and vitality, and it attracts chi. Keeping this life force flowing, like in a tabletop fountain, is a great way to enhance the health in your home. Next, learn the science-backed secrets to a stress-free home.