Herbs for Prosperity and Luck in the New Year Feng Shui isn’t complete without taking the time to think a bit more about plants. The items in a home all contain energetic components and using herbs for good luck is a great practice. Good luck plants not only to give your home a greater level of feng shui, but it offers a large list of other potential benefits.
Benefits of Plants in the Home
Having plants in your home can improve air quality, lower stress, quicken recovery from illness, and reduce mental fatigue. This is something we should all consider as we emerge from the holiday season. It is commonplace in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic herbal traditions use the energetic components of herbs to help formulate herbal remedies for each individual client. For example, licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is more of a cooling, moistening herb, and this would potentially be useful for a person who is over-stressed with a dry cough.
Additionally, this energetic herbal technique can be applied to working with plants in your home. Using herbs for good luck and prosperity can be a powerful addition to managing your home’s energy.
Here are a few good luck plants you may choose to use in your space
Herbs for Luck:
- Rosemary: (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Lavender: (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis)
- Basil: (Ocimum basilicum)
Herbs for Prosperity
- Thyme: (Thymus vulgaris)
Herbs for Prosperity and Luck
- Oregano: (Origanum vulgare)
- Spearmint: (Mentha spicata)
- Patchouli: (Pogostemon cablin)
Use any of these herbs in multiple ways from plucking a fresh sprig to sniff throughout the day, adding to cooking and baking recipes, or adding them to a fresh cup of tea. Blend essential oils together to add a few of these herbs together, and then placed on an oil diffuser to create a lucky, prosperous atmosphere. Bundling dried herbs together in your space can also be another way to welcome the new year.
Lohr, V.I. 2010. “WHAT ARE the BENEFITS of PLANTS INDOORS and WHY DO WE RESPOND POSITIVELY to THEM?” Acta Horticulturae 2 (881): 675–82. https://doi.org/10.17660/actahortic.2010.881.111. Tilgner, Sharol. 2020. Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth. 3rd ed., Wise Acres Publishing.
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Food for Thought. . . “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
Berry-Fennel-Ginger Herbal Tea
Infused with dark berries, this herbal tea provides an abundance of antioxidants. A spicy hint of ginger, along with tummy-taming fennel, supports digestion. It’s also quite pretty in a clear glass tea mug.
- 1 oz dried blueberries
- 1 oz dried bilberries
- 1 oz dried elderberry
- 1 oz dried blackberries
- 1 oz fennel seed
- 1 tbsp dried ginger root
- Optional sweeteners: raw honey, stevia leaf
* Dried berries can be purchased from Nuts.com
Mix all ingredients together. To prepare a cup of tea, use 1 Tbsp of mix to 10 oz boiling water. Cover and let steep 10 min. Strain, add optional sweetener and drink. Enjoy warm or as an iced beverage.
Store remaining mix up to six months in a dry, airtight container.