Without health, it is difficult to appreciate the fullness of other areas of your life. The good news is that we are powerful enough to influence energy in order to improve both our physical and mental health.
Let’s deal with two rooms that can affect your health the most—the kitchen and the bedroom.
The placement of the kitchen is important in feng shui, but can be remedied with some simple cures. Ideally, your kitchen should be located in the back half of the home.
If your front door leads straight into your kitchen (a likely setup for apartment dwellers) you may be suffering from digestive problems, unexplained weight gain and eating disorders, such as binge eating. It’s easy to have food on the brain and hard to stay away from it when the first thing you see upon entering your home is the fridge.
Feng Shui Solution:
- To help diffuse the intensity and to pull the energy away from the kitchen, hang a large mirror in the back of the house, directly in line with the stove.
- Hang a wind chime or a faceted crystal ball prism over the stove, directly above the cook.
A kitchen located in the center of the home too intensely affects our chi. The kitchen contains an abundant amount of energy; there is a constant flow, as family members move in and out of the kitchen throughout the day. This intensity is stimulated further by the energy radiating from the stove and electrical appliances.
The center of the home is connected to the heart and stomach, and such over-stimulating energy can adversely affect the digestive system and heart health, as well as contribute to emotional instability and moodiness. Symptoms such as high blood pressure, heartburn and constipation may develop.
Feng Shui Solution:
- To neutralize the energy of a central kitchen decorate with earth tones, which have a calming and grounding effect. Yellow is preferable, as the color aids digestion. A pair of yellow curtains or a wash of yellow on the walls will do the trick. Add a yellow potted vase or some yellow daisies for a simple and cheap cure that can have a dramatic effect on your health.
- Using earth elements to help balance your health is also a worthwhile technique. Add stone and ceramic accessories to your kitchen, such as a ceramic cookie jar or a wall clock made of stone.
Having tackled the kitchen—the area of the home most influential to overall health—let’s move to the master bedroom, where your body goes to rest, recuperate and rejuvenate.
Bedroom Panaceas for Overall Health
- If you want to enhance your health, decorate with the color green, which fosters health, vitality, longevity, growth and rebirth.
- If you suffer from mental and emotional imbalances, try decorating with blue, which promotes relaxation, calmness and inner peace.
- Keep the air clean with an air purifier such as a Himalayan Salt Lamp. Open the windows on occasion to generate chi and help air circulate.
- Remove all electronics.
- If you must have your home office in your bedroom, separate it from your sleeping space with a folding screen. You can also separate your bed from your desk by hanging curtains from the ceiling.
- If you insist on having a TV in the bedroom, then keep it in an armoire or cabinet when you are not using it. The other option is to cover the TV with a decorative cloth when it is not on.
Feng Shui Tips for Restful Sleep
Optimal health begins with sound sleep. Here are some suggestions to ensure a good night’s rest:
- Place dried lavender and chamomile herbs in a bowl next to your bed. Or diffuse essential oils in an aromatherapy diffuser. These herbs have been used throughout the ages as natural sleep aids.
- Add more plants to your bedroom to increase oxygen and help you relax.
- Remove papers, bills and calendars (or keep them hidden behind a decorative screen in your bedroom’s designated office space) so that your day-to-day affairs don’t follow you into the bed and into your dreams.
- Keep the night in with heavy drapery that shuts out the light.
- Decorate with restful images to encourage sound sleep, such as scenes of nature and quiet interiors.
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Note: None of the feng shui cures in this blog post are intended to replace medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe or treat any disease, condition, illness or injury. If you have, or suspect you have, a health ailment, it is imperative that you consult a licensed physician.