Fast Feng Shui : African Violets In The Bedroom


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Plants are not often recommended in traditional feng shui for the bedroom. There are a lot of differing opinions about his.  One easy explanation is that there is dirt and too much active “growth” involved in potted plants, and that’s not a good way to sleep. Personally, I see a time and place for everything, including bedroom houseplants. I am obviously not too into traditional feng shui, so this one little plant tip I will pass along in my own way.

African violets are “feng shui friendly” to most practitioners despite the general “ban” on houseplants in your bedroom.  They are beautiful, colorful, pretty easy to grow and have rounded, non-aggressive leaves.  They are thought to absorb EMF pollution in a room (EMF’s are electromagnetic rays of pollution that may screw with your mood as well as your immune and nervous systems) and this makes it a worthwhile addition to a space where you are forced to sleep in the same room as a computer or TV or other electronics.

The many traditional meanings behind African violets: they enhance marriage energy, they attract wealth and they can improve your professional reputation.  That’s the tradition.  I struggle to professionally recommend them for these reasons because, well, its a bit broad and general, albeit cool, but the color and intrinsic awesomeness of the plant makes me apt to say that if you love them, you will find lots of excellence in keeping them at home or in your office.

In my view, this flowering plant is beautiful, exotic…and if it brings you money, love & acclaim, all the better!  xoxo Dana

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maryam March 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Couldnt that be said then about any plant with beautiful flowers and pretty leaves, like the geranium??? I personally feel that having plants in the bedroom is a good thing, especially if your bedroom is near a bathroom

danaclaudat March 2, 2013 at 4:31 am

As long as they are healthy and thriving, and not gigantic, i don’t see why not!

Rachel July 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Houseplants in the bedroom is one of the rules that I think needs tossed out. I think that keeping a plant or two in my room, especially ones that are NASA-approved for fighting pollution, is essential. I want the air I breathe when I sleep to be as fresh and clean as possible, and plants are the best way to achieve that indoors. I think as long as they’re properly tended to, it’s good Feng Shui.

Keri May 20, 2016 at 10:27 am

What are your thoughts on the aloe plant? I have one in each bathroom but would you say they are too pointy? I thought they were supposed to be healing and a nice way to add some earth to the bathroom…

danaclaudat May 20, 2016 at 4:23 pm

as long as they aren’t onstructing things with their giant leaves should be fine i like them a lot!

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