TOP LUCKY PLANTS FOR HOME AND OFFICES
LETS HAVE A LOOK TO LUCKY PLANTS
From the beginning of civilized societies plants have a huge significance, not only they produce oxygen, remove harmful substances from the air, more interestingly some plants are known to be luck boosters, in Scriptures, Vaastu and Feng Sui, keeping them indoors or outdoors helps to bring happiness and prosperity in life. These wonderful plants add to the beauty of interiors and landscapes around offices or homes.
Ancient civilizations were able to understand the ecologic balance better, they were good executors, in context to ancient Indian traditions plants and tree were deeply integrated with the religion as its proclaimed “By planting any kind of trees, useful for fruits and flowers, a person gets a reward of thousand cows adorned with jewels, while cutting a green tree was an unforgiving offense.” Worshiping and donating cows are very significant rituals, donating a cow has to be done at least once in a life time. These rituals are still in practice, specifically in country side families.
If we refer some of Islam litt., its encouraged to plant trees and warned about cutting them down for instance – ‘Whoever plants a tree and patiently maintains it and tends to it until its fruition, every single fruit consumed from that tree is regarded by Allah as charity,’ (Kanz al-Ummal, no. 9081) and ‘Do not cut down fruit trees for Allah will pour down punishment on you.’ al-Kafi, v.5, p.264, n.9. Apart from plenty of trees, at least nineteen medicinal plants have been identified in the Holy Quran including Camphor, Date palm, Fig, Ginger, Grape, Garlic, Lentil, Olive, Onion, Pomegranate, Summer squash, Sweet basil, Athel tamarisk, Tooth-Brush Tree, Arak, Mustard, Acacia, Cucumber, leek, and Cedrus and encouraged to grow and protect these.
Holy Bible says “God made the trees with seed-bearing fruit. He gave us the possibility to increase their number by planting the seeds. We needed to learn to do this to continue receiving their benefits.” (Genesis 1:29-30), there are a number of trees and herbs mentioned in the Bible as precious gift of god to grow and spread like, plam trees, juniper, cypress, acacia, spirale, lavender, rosemery, garlic, dill, almond, aloe etc.
Feng Shui emphasizes on plating the plants which are useful for the environment, Feng Shui makes it clear “Any plant believed to purify the air is an excellent choice to be kept near or in the houses, choose flowering plants with round or smooth-edged leaves or canopy and leaves that are clustered, higher number of leaves is more better. Dont plant spiky or thorny plants near the houses as thorny plants break the positive flow of wealth and success. Arrange the plants in pairs to keep the balance of yin and yang. Along with having plants its equally important to take the responsibility of their care, keep them healthy and clean so that those can invite positive flow of chi.”
Lets have a look at the plants which are considered luck bringer in Feng Shui first:
Crassula Ovata (Money Plant)
Native to South Africa, Crassula is the most popular Feng Shui plant. Its scientific name is Crassula ovata in the family Crassulaceae. It is most favorite Feng Shui plant known to attract money and good luck as it grows, plant is described to harmonize human existence with the surrounding environment, it produces positive energy with its well-rooted and vibrant new growth. As per Feng Shui plants with round or smooth-edged leaves or canopy and leaves that are clustered with higher number of leaves are considered the best.
Pachira Aquatica (Money Tree)
Native to Central and South America, Pachira is one of the popular Feng Shui plants. Its scientific name is Pachira Aquatica in the family Malvaceae. It is popular Feng Shui luck bringer plant which attracts money, there is a famous tale of a poor farmer from Taiwan who prayed for money and found this plant on his way to home, he took it as an omen and made money by selling plants grown from its seeds, soon after he became very rich.
Dracaena Braunii (Lucky Bamboo)
Native to Asia, Lucky Bamboo is categorized under the plants family Ruscaceae with scientific name Dracaena Sanderiana (Dracaena Braunii). It has been a symbol of good fortune in the Asian culture from more than 5000 years. In Chinese, the Lucky Bamboo is known as Fu Gwey Zhu which has three symbols signifying Fu -Luck and Fortune, Gwey -Power and Honor, Zhu -Bamboo. Lucky Bamboo is believed to bring harmony among the five Feng Shui elements water, fire, earth, wood and metal for a more positive life experience.
Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
Native to tropical Americas, Peace Lily is categorized under the plants family Araceae with scientific name Spathiphyllum, in Feng Shui it is considered as a fortune plant. Spathiphyllum is the super plant in terms of purifying the air, NASA Clean Air Study found that spathiphyllum cleans all types of environmental contaminants including benzene and formaldehyde. It lives best in shade and needs little bright light to thrive, and is watered approximately once a week.
Epipremnum Aureum (Golden Pathos)
Native to French Polynesia, golden pathos are categorized under the plants family Araceae with scientific name Epipremnum Aureum, it is commonly known as Money Plant and very popularly grown plant in India. It has several local names like golden pathos, ivy arum, taro vine, Solomon Island ivy and devil’s vine. The plant has shiny heart-shaped leaves in the different shades of green and has several beliefs associated with the plant, it is believed that the plant brings luck, happiness and prosperity. As per Feng Shui, it is considered to bring wealth.
Sansevieria (Snake Plant)
Native to Africa, snake plant is categorized under the plants family Asparagacea with scientific name Sansevieria, it is very popular houseplant. It has several local names such as snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, viper’s bowstring hemp etc. As per Feng Shui, it is considered to bring good luck. It was part of NASA Clean Air Study and found effective in improving indoor air quality by removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi)
Native to Asia, Tulsi is categorized under the plants family Lamiaceae with scientific name Ocimum sanctum, is the one of the most revered plants which is native to Indian Subcontinent. It is known as Holy Basil in English and Tulasi in Sanskrit, some other names used for the Tulsi are Manjari, Lakshmi Tulsi, Krishna Tulsi, Ram Tulsi, Kapoor Tulsi, Trittavu, Tulshi and Thulsi etc. Apart from tremendous mythological and religious significance it purifies, kills bacteria’s, negates negative energies, creates positivity and helps awaken passion in anyone who eats it.
Aloe Barbadensis Mill (Aloe)
Native to Peninsula, aloe is categorized under the plants family Asphodelaceae with scientific name Aloe barbadensis mill, it is luck bringer, ornamental and medicinal plant known by several common names including Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, True Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Burn Aloe, First Aid Plant etc. Aloe is associated to Ayurveda and Indian culture from pre historic period, it has several regional names like Ghritkumari in Hindi, Kalabanda in Telugu, Katralai in Tamil, Kumari in Malayalam, Lolisara in Kannada and Koraphada in Marathi etc.
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Herb)
Native to Mediterranean region, rosemary is categorized under the plants family Lamiaceae with scientific Rosmarinus officinalis, it is very popular herb plant. According to myth the Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting, and the its flowers turned blue. The shrub then became known as the Rose of Mary. Rosemary is considered lucky and sacred to ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks.
Trifolium Repens (Four Leaf Clover)
Four-leaf clover is a rare variation of the common three-leaf clover. According to tradition, such clovers bring good luck and four leaves of clover represent hope, faith, love and luck. It is one of the most auspicious good luck symbols all over the world. In Irish tradition three leaf clover represents the holy trinity – one leaf for the father, one for the son and one for the holy spirit, when it is found with the fourth leaf, represents God’s grace.
Native to Asia, Jasmine is categorized under the plants family Oleaceae with scientific name Jasminum, its name comes from the Persian word ‘yasmin’ meaning gift from God. Jasmine is one of the the most popular flowers in India where it is commonly used for worship Lord Shiva and other deities. Jasmine flowers are symbolic, they symbolize different emotions of life in different cultures, some of these include love, romance, modesty, sensuality, amiability. In Hindu weddings, Jasmine flowers are often used as the bridal flower to symbolize a promise as a deep and everlasting love between the married couple.
Dianthus Caryophyllus (Carnation)
Native to Mediteranian, Jasmine is categorized under the plants family Caryophyllaceae with scientific name Dianthus Caryophyllus, it translates to “flower of love”. Carnation flowers are found in a wide range of colors, in general they express love, fascination and distinction, while every color carries a unique and rich association with strong human feelings. White carnations expresses pure love and good luck, red symbolizes admiration, dark red represents deep love and affection while purple imply capriciousness, and pink caries the greatest significance.
Native to Asia, rose is categorized under the plants family Rosaceae with scientific name Rosa, it is common and popular flowering plant in India. Rose is believed to attract love, healing and luck, these have several symbolic importance associated with different color flowers. Rose flowers are extremely fragrant by own unless that the species developed for large and multi shade blooms for commercial cultivation.
Aamla, Dhatri or Indian Gooseberry (Phyllanthus Emblica)
Pipal, Asvattha or Sacred Fig (Ficus Religiosa)
Pakad (Ficus Virens)
Bargad or Banyan (Ficus Benghalensis)
Bel or Bilva (Aegle Marmelos)
Chandan or Sandalwood (Santalum Album)
Kadam or Kadamba (Neolamarckia Cadamba)
Mango Tree (Magnifera Indica)
Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
Madhuka or Mahua (Madhuca Longifolia)
Ashok or Ashoka Tree (Saraca Asoca)
Arjun Tree (Terminalia Arjuna)
Bakul or Mulsari (Mimusops Elengi)
Nariyal or Coconut (Cocos Nucifera)
Gulmohar Tree (Delonix Regia)
Palash (Butea Monosperma)
Prijatak or Harsingar (Nyctanthes Arbor-Tristis)