Plants have an amazing ability to help humans prosper in more ways than one. Eating a diet rich in plants can help us not only live longer, but also live healthier and happier lives. For most of us, that information isn’t anything new; we know eating fresh, whole foods gives us more energy and a better chance of steering clear of the medical system.
However, how many of you have ever thought about the other ways plants can help humans prosper? Plants have the ability to help humans prosper spiritually, mentally and physically. Plus, they go with any decor, can be easily obtained and displayed, and can be used to create new plants, too. Do you have any plants in your home that you enjoy keeping on hand? Tell us in the comments below!
Here are some great plants to get you started if you don’t have any or would like to add some new ones:
Now this is a plant with some history! Lucky bamboo has been used for over 5,000 years in traditional feng shui practices. It is said to “bring a very peaceful and wise energy into your home;” it also “teaches the ultimate wisdom: how to be flexible and hollow (open) on the inside, so that the spirit can freely flow and heal your being.” For all of those reasons and more, lucky bamboo is extremely popular in Western culture now, too. Offices and homes alike are adorned with the plant said to bring us health, love, and of course, luck. Aside from the promise of prosperity, this plant offers a vibrant green accent to any space.
Bamboo is known for attracting joy and wealth. It offers protection and luck, can break hexes and grants wishes! Bamboo is said to help increase mental flexibility, aid in spiritual growth, help people to develop artistic talents, and encourages good health. If you’re depressed, bamboo is a great plant to have in your home, as it can help you to feel less stuck.
Lucky Bamboo, like all bamboo and the money tree, is extremely robust. It hardly requires any care at all. Some low-light and purified or distilled water is all it needs to thrive. Plus, it can grow up to one inch per month in the right conditions.
The Peace Lily
This deep green plant with gorgeous bright white blooms helps humans prosper by significantly improving their indoor air quality, helping to prevent asthma, headaches, chronic illness, cancers and more. The Peace Lily does all that simply by being there in your home. It can detox your air of the following toxins: formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. It cleanses the air of cigarette smoke, paint and furniture fumes and more.
These plants are also super easy to care for. They like shaded or even dark environments best, making them great for basement suites, small offices and even corner closets.
Roses are said to have the highest vibration of all living things. Not too shabby, huh? They attract love, healing and luck, offer protection and healing, and help with divination of all kinds.
Full-size roses are a little ridiculous to grow inside, but miniature roses are quite hardy and just as beautiful (if not moreso!). It can be tricky to find a miniature rose plant, but I found some on Amazon (and they’re gorgeous!). You can have them inside for a while, but eventually they will need to go outside for more sun.
The color of your rose has a meaning, too. White: Purifying and healing, positive energy. White with red details: Devotion and passion. Peach: Peace, spirituality and friendship. Pink: Romantic love, sweetness, fun and play. Fuchsia: A lust for life, radical self love, deep love and acceptance of your physical body. Lavender: Spirituality. Red: Passionate, deep, true love.
This plant is often used in fertility, happiness and love spells and can be placed in the bedroom to encourage passion and fertility. Cyclamen is sacred to Hecate and is associated with the element of water and planet Mars. This is an ideal plant for spells that are designed to increase joy, happiness and affection in relationships. It is a suitable house plant for placing in the bedroom to increase libido and fertility as well as keep away nightmares.
They do best in bright, indirect light during the winter. During the summer when your plant is dormant, place it out of bright light. Cyclamens are truly moderate houseplants, and do not like heat, yet are not frost hardy. Keep them out of drafts and away from furnace outlets or heating ducts where they will get hot, dry air. Cyclamen usually go dormant for the summer, so do not be alarmed when by April their leaves will begin to fade to yellow and die.
Ginger is a flowering knobby plant that aids with digestion. When consuming ginger, Arthur says we use “the root or underground stem, also called a rhizome. You can consume ginger in many different forms, including fresh, powdered, or as an oil or juice.”
Enter your health food store or juice bar and you’ll see ginger root pop up on the menu more than a few times. One reason is that, “ginger helps with digestion and reduces nausea (especially morning sickness),” says Arthur.
Balick’s tip: to help symptoms of nausea—from seasickness or from eating food that does not agree with you—make a tea from ginger roots. Another benefit is ginger’s ability to fight a cold. “Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties known as gingerols and shaogals,” explains Arthur. “These help relieve a sore throat quickly and kill rhinoviruses, which is the cause of the common cold. Bottom line—adding ginger to your diet is a great way to stay healthy.”
SPIDER PLANT, SNAKE PLANT, FIDDLE LEAF FIG, PONYTAIL PALM AND BOSTON FERN
Looking to build an indoor plant sanctuary rather than an outdoor garden? Say hello to your air-purifying house plant starter kit with spider plant, snake plant, fiddle leaf fig, and ponytail palm.
“Consider house plants as a means of “growing fresh air [in your home] says Arthur.” These easy-to-grow houseplants will also boost workplace performance. “Environmental psychologists point out that plants on your desk and in your office will present an improved emotional state, reduced negative mood, reduced distraction and increased creativity,” she says.
The expert especially loves the benefits of the Boston Fern for those living in urban environments, “This great green house plant is versatile in any city home,” she says. “It’s known for bringing balance to your homes moisture level. Perfect if you have dry skin.”
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