It is an established feng shui procedure not to have plants and cut flowers in the bedroom. There is an opinion within the feng shui community that plants are satisfactory in the bedroom. I do not know the reasons for this justification.
I will put forward 2 reasons why plants are not recommended.
- Plants are living and they are considered yang. When you are sleeping, you want peace and quiet to have a restful sleep. This is yin state.
I know that you want a yin/yang balance. The Feng Shui Master of old have said that the plants are too yang to create a good yin/yang harmony.
2. Plants during the day, go through the process of photosynthesis. This converts atmospheric carbon dioxide to oxygen. There is also another function of respiration (living) where the oxygen is used and carbon dioxide is produced. There is so much more oxygen produced compared with the carbon dioxide.
However, at night, photosynthesis does not take place. The plant carries on living and produces carbon dioxide as a process of living (respiration). Therefore, at night, the plants produce carbon dioxide.
It is usually the case in temperate countries, the bedroom windows are closed in winter. This is to keep out the cold. On a bedroom, there is the human sleeping and the plants doing respiration and both are producing carbon dioxide. The room is sealed and will be an increasing build-up of carbon dioxide. Over a period of time, there can be a considerable increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in a bedroom with closed doors and windows.
We know that you can die in a room completely filled with carbon dioxide. It is death by asphyxiation – death because of the lack of oxygen. It is unlikely that the carbon dioxide will reach such concentration by this means but a person can be impaired with the lack of oxygen as a result of having too much carbon dioxide in the room.
When you are asleep, you are unaware of what is happening around you. Why take this unnecessary risk.
Like many things in feng shui, there are the usual exception. Flowers in vases can be used for a particular feng shui purpose. I will come to this in a later blog post.
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