Vastu Shastra’ translating from Sanskrit to – the science of architecture, originated in India. This study includes various Hindu as well as Buddhist beliefs which are considered to complement and add astrological values to the study of design and architecture. This form of knowledge brings out the best functions and relations for the organization of space and layout within a building, land or other architectural constructions. The word ‘Vastu’ in Sanskrit means a house or dwelling with a plot of land.
This knowledge, in the modern-day guides and provides information to architectures about the correct layout, foundation, and right advice related to directions and facing for construction of buildings for a happy and healthy living. It takes into consideration – all the five elements of nature, and provides a proper balance among them to facilitate the growth and abundance of good energy.
Role of plants in Vastu Shastra:
As intimidating as it sounds, ‘plants’ also have a major part to play in the bringing and elevating of happiness, wealth, positive energy and good vibes. There are numerous mentions of a variety of plants that contribute to the Vastu of a house.
Here is a list of 10 such plants (in no particular order) which bring wealth and optimism as approved and incentivized by Vastu.
The Tulsi plant is a holy symbol in Hinduism. Basil is said to be the ‘Queen of herbs’. It is considered auspicious and is also worshipped.
Vastu states that the ideal direction and way to place a Tulsi plant is to locate the plant in a North or North-east direction. This plant can also be placed in the center of the plot. It is said to avoid placing the plant in a Southwards direction as it can have a negative effect.
Keeping a Tulsi plant at home is considered very sacred and it is a symbol of Positive energy. It also prevents negative vibes at home.
The advised direction – North-east, is said to be the direction of Kuber – the God of wealth, thus keeping Tulsi would also, bring wealth and good fortune.
This plant nourishes physical and mental health and also brings prosperity. Tulsi has also been used in Ayurveda from time immemorial. It has interminable healing properties, few of which include:
– Chewing Tulsi leaves cure coughs, sore throat, flu, headaches and even fever.
– The essential oils from Tulsi help in cleansing the skin. It has a wide range of function in the world of skincare.
– Extracts from the plant also boost the healing of wounds.
– It boosts immunity in the body when consumed on a regular basis. Thus, there is a range of products like tablets, teas and juices enriched with the goodness of Tulsi.
– It also reduces cholesterol levels on the body contributing to better heart health.
– Basil leaves are also used as flavoring herbs in cooking because they add taste and nutritional value to food.
Other Significance: In Hindu culture, this plant is considered to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi who showers wealth in a household. It is said that when a person is cremated with twigs of Tulsi, he/she is fortuned to be liberated. Offerings of the Tulsi leaves are made to God Vishnu during worships.
No wonder this plant is an absolute recommendation from Vastu as it holds not only spiritual significance when it comes to reviving mental and physical conditions, wealth and positivity, but also great medicinal values.
Lemon trees are another species appreciated by the Vastu Shastra. It is remarked to bring wellness in health. Lemon trees, when grown at home bring positive energy and create an optimistic mood indoors. It also symbolizes cleanliness, purity and healing.
The bright yellow color of the lemon is supposed to brighten up the surrounding and bring warmth.
It is also believed that lemon trees cure any flaws in the existing Vastu of the house.
According to the studies, these trees must be planted in the West or South direction of the garden for its proper radiation of goodness.
Spiritually the lemon tree also has in it, the ability to purify things and the power of healing. It thus assists in improving fortune.
The fruit of the plant has various uses and benefits known to all. It truly is a fascinating plant with the goodness of Vastu qualities to make it even better.
3. PLUM BLOSSOM
Plum blossoms are big trees with beautiful flowers with a pink hue. These trees are believed to be a good luck charm, and that is why these have often been mentioned in the Vastu.
They are best placed in the North-east side if the household to facilitate its symbolical energy into the household.
These plants are said to bring peace and wealth in the family. They also have in them the ability to promote positivity and happiness in our lives. Planting Plum blossoms is an indication of bringing harmony and wealth.
Plum blossoms have great historical tales attached to them too. These plants have different Chinese as well as Japanese symbolism. These plants appear even during the cold snowy season and are thus related to strength and endurance.
4. LUCKY BAMBOO
Bamboo has been regarded as a lucky plant in many parts of Asia. It is seen as an emblem of good fortune.
In China the lucky bamboo is called – Fu Gwey Zhu, where Fu stands for luck, Gwey represents power and honor, and Zhu translates to Bamboo.
The lucky bamboo is not only considered to bring good luck by Vastu, but also in Feng Shui. This plant is an easy and manageable household plant and is said to attract good luck and also wealth.
The East corner of the house is regarded as the best place to keep a potted lucky bamboo plant for radiation of luck and money.
Bamboo is said to establish a balance among the 5 Feng Shui elements – Fire, Water, Wood, Earth and Metal. This plant is advised to be kept in a transparent container so that its roots can be seen. It is even better if all the five elements of the Feng Shui can be inculcated in the potted lucky bamboo. This can be done by placing little pebbles signifying Earth, putting in some coins to combine Metal. Watering the plant takes place for the third element. The stem symbolizes Wood. These Small bamboo plants are usually sold with a red ribbon tied to the stem, the red color simply is an indication of the fifth element – Fire.
These plants are commonly given as lucky charms. They make a meaningful gift as they represent a wish for good fortune filled life, prosperity and wealth. Next time when you are in a dilemma about selecting a gift, this lucky bamboo could be your resort.
This plant is also considered to bring fertility in the family.
This plant is a tiny one and thus can fit anywhere and enhance the beauty by its lush green hue. With many of its good qualities, it is an ideal Vastu plant.
The small bushy and green plants with fragrant white little flowers are ones recognized by Vastu to be one of the ominous plants as well. These flowering plants can be placed both inside the house or even outside. If placing outdoors, it is advised to place them in the East, North or North-east direction. Whereas, if planning to be placed indoors, must be placed somewhere South-facing.
This sweet fragrant plant has scientific reliance upon providing several benefits. It is said to be helpful in the reduction of anxiety. Also corrects and maintains sleeping patterns in man.
According to studies in the Vastu, Jasmines bring harmony in romantic relationships and promote love. The plant is said to give out positive energy soothing the nerves.
Vastu also suggests that these plants be placed near the window for better effects. This also helps in room décor along with attracting good vibes and a good night’s sleep.
In Vastu Shastra as well as in Feng Shui, the peony flowering plant is considered powerful and is supposed to bring love, youth and good relations in the family.
It is referred to as the ‘queen of flowers’ in Vastu. The beautiful colored flowers are a sign of happiness and prosperity as well.
Planting the Peony in a South-west direction brings positivity as well. This plant is also a symbol of feminism and true love and is believed to have a positive effect in resolving broken relationships.
The beautiful pink and white variant flowers are also a perfect gift to your girlfriend, as this flower is said to have a good effect on women especially, and it is also a symbol of love and harmony.
7. MONEY PLANT
Money plants are one among the very popular plants which are said to bring good omens to the household, and it is even considered so by Vastu Shastra as well as Feng Shui.
Vastu experts suggest that Money plants must be kept indoors in a South-west direction. This direction in Vastu is connected with Ganesha – the God of wealth and well-being. Keeping a Money plant at home is supposed to bring wealth, health and development in the house. This climber blesses the household with goodness and prosperity.
The plant also is a major element when it comes to home décor. It is one of the most beautiful plants that can be kept indoors. They may either be potted in the soil or even put into jars with water. It is a plant which is easy to maintain as well.
It is better to avoid keeping the plant in the East-west direction as that may invite troubles and cause problems in family relationships.
To invite wealth into the family, it is advised that the Money plant be kept in at the North entrance of the house, as this way it creates better career opportunities and betters sources of income. Heart-shaped leaves in the plant are recommended as they symbolize prosperity and wealth.
It is important to take good care of the Money plant at all times. Greener and fresher the plant, the better it works to improve finances.
8. JADE PLANT
Jade plant is among the few plants that have a lot in just a handful. The small succulent is easy to care and its petite structure makes it very feasible to keep anywhere in the house. It can also be potted and kept at your work desk.
Placing the Jade plant in the work area brings business and opportunities for success. This plant is said to enhance finances and makes its way into Vastu and Feng Shui.
When placed in East locations the plant attracts harmony, health and success in the family. For wealth, the plant must be kept in South-east direction. It is better to avoid keeping this in bedrooms or bathrooms.
This low maintenance succulent is good for ones without a green thumb, as they are hardly any effort, but instead if that brings good wealth and harmony in the house.
9. RUBBER PLANT
This vastu plants with small round leaves is considered to represent money and thus bring wealth and prosperity. It also purifies the air and is hence recommended to keep indoors. Rubber plants must never be kept outdoors as it invites misfortune.
According to Vastu, it is best when kept in the living room in a South-east direction. The Rubber plant must not be kept in the bathroom or the bedroom.
As stated in the Vastu, it brings financial growth and wealth. It also can absorb toxins from the air and thus cleanses the air in the house. It also signifies abundant happiness and is mentioned as an auspicious plant in Feng Shui.
The Lotus is another sacred symbol in Hinduism, and also makes it into Vastu Shastra. Above its various other qualities, the Lotus is best known for its purity.
It brings morality and strength when placed at the entrance of the house. It can be equally beneficial if kept inside as well.
Lotus is associated with Goddess Lakshmi, and thus showers the house with enlightenment and wealth. Lotus is also connected to Buddhism, it is said to be the seat of Buddha. This beautiful flower rises from the mud without any stains and, therefore, it signifies ultimate purity and perfection.
The plant holds within itself various medicinal properties as well. It conveys a dense sense of meaning and brings good fortune and wealth to the family.
All of these plants are great for gardening and planting indoors for decoration purposes. They also add to the good luck, wealth and success, and make thoughtful gifts too. The plants when if taken care of with their Vastu guidance can be beneficial to create a positive environment.