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12 Different Types of Plants for Meditation Rooms

An indoor yoga studio is decorated with small plants.

Plants in your home help clean the air and affect your mood. Often the plants we keep have sentimental value or particular qualities. For example, by adding plants to the space, you meditate.

Many plants have healing qualities. Some people attribute spirituality to the plants used for medicine, meditation, and a healthy lifestyle. For example, plants not only circulate the air in your home, but they also absorb noise.

The overall benefits of plants in your meditation space can help you find your center as you push the world’s worries from your body, mind, and spirit. You can easily do this in a quiet space of your creation with suitable plants.

1. Aloe Vera

An Aloe vera plant.

The succulent aloe Vera is a subtropical plant that likes a dry, hot climate. They are easy to care for and forgive those who find growing plants difficult. The health benefits of aloe are well documented, and they are easy to identify and have bright green spear-shaped leaves edged with short, stiff thorns.

For most applications, it is a jelly-like pulp used as medicine. However, aloe vera plants in the home offer a different health benefit. When placed in your meditation space, aloe Vera will cleanse your room and ward off any negative energy, which offers protection.

2. Holy Basil (tulsi)

Holy basil flower with blurred leaves.

This is not the same basil that is grown for pesto. Holy basil is a different plant and provides a sense of ease and balances the energy in your body. Other herbs offer the benefit of their presence in your mediation place.

They provide natural aromatherapy benefits as well because herbs have lovely aromas. Learning to sit patiently in the presence of Holy Basil is believed to enhance your well-being and a more profound sense of presence.

3. Crassula Ovata – Jade plant

Young house plant crassula ovata in a white pot.

Also known as the jade plant, Crassula Ovata is a small succulent with a shrubby shape that is unusual and equally attractive. Unlike plants and flowers with an aroma, the jade plant will improve the air quality, increase the humidity of your room, and, best of all, it is a good luck symbol. However, the luck it provides is not one of financial luck but a plant that brings the chance of good health.

In many cultures, it is used as a curative for many ailments. Jade plants are easy to maintain, like aloe, and need water occasionally and sunshine. Jade plants of all kinds are said to bring good luck.

Whether that is true or not, it is a fact that they will improve the indoor quality of your air. Fortunately, jade plants also raise the humidity and absorb CO2. Jade plants have small pear-shaped leaves that are dark green and shiny.

They are easy to care for, requiring little water and moderate sunshine to thrive.

4. Gotu Kola

Asiatic pennywort gotu kola.

Known as the ‘divine plant,’ it is used in Indian and Chinese cultures. Gotu Kola provides well-being, peace of mind, and abundant health. Gotu Kola has a long history and is used topically, internally, and during meditation to improve one’s health.

The plant has round scallop-edged leaves that sit atop their stems that offer an interesting visual point. They also clean your air, are lovely, and are easy to care for, making it all the better as a meditative aid. The Gotu Kola is a great plant to add to your meditation space, alone or displayed with other plants.

5. Lavender

Lavender flower field.

These lovely, fragrant plants are delicate, with small white blooms. Therefore, they are not as easy to grow as many plants on this list. However, if you have the patience to care for a lavender plant, the rewards are worth every minute.

Lavender can lift your mood, lower your blood pressure, and calm your nerves. The fragrance alone is intoxicating. The scent and oils of lavender cleanse the mind and body and open your spirit to the peace you crave.

Whether you grow a lavender plant to meditate on or use a diffuser to fill the air with the aroma of lavender essential oil, the scent of this plant is healing.

6. Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo in round crystal bowl.

As a symbol of health, vitality, strength, and flexibility, bamboo shows us how to adapt and bend in the wind of our daily trials. Bamboo personifies how we need to find balance within our lives, no matter our circumstances. With balance comes inner peace, which in turn improves our overall health.

Bamboo is easy to grow and does not require soil. You can put bamboo into tall glass vases. The fact that you can see the roots offers an attractive visual display.

Bamboo, like the jade plant, is thought to bring luck. But, of course, having one or the other or both plants can’t hurt, and they will help keep the air of your home purified, which is an added benefit.

7. Mint

Picked mint in the garden.

As an aromatic, mint helps open the sinuses, is delicious in a glass of tea, and is a fresh plant helpful aid during meditation. It is also used internally and helps aid digestion. There are many varieties of mint, and most of the culinary herbs we use are in the mint family.

Used in your meditation room, a mint plant will aid its scent in your session. In addition, it will help alleviate fatigue, anxiousness, irritation, and stress. To enhance the effect of your mint plant on your meditation sessions, use a little mint essential oil in a diffuser.

Then, you can enjoy the full impact of sitting in a great cloud of its aroma as you let the day melt away.

8. Nettles

Close-up of fresh stinging nettle.

The nettle is an odd plant. It is covered in tough bristles, but you can remove its spines and live on it in a pinch due to its nutritional value. When meditating, our goal is to bring balance, and poise, and develop techniques that will help you reach balance in your body, emotions, and spirit.

The nettle plant is visually attractive. Even though it is covered in tiny stingers, its benefits during meditation and living a healthy life are well documented.

9. Rosemary

Dried rosemary with fresh rosemary twigs.

One of the aromatic plants in the basil family is rosemary,  a perennial. They have long slim branches that are covered with short spine-like leaves. It is a unique plant that looks more like a fern than basil.

Coined as the universal symbol of remembrance, rosemary has also been a symbol of love. It is often seen in bouquets at weddings. Rosemary has very strong antibacterial qualities.

It has been used medicinally for over 5000 years and is added to perfume and soap. It can also be burned as a smudge for purification and remove any negative energy from your home. A rosemary plant in your meditation space will add beauty and scent to your sessions.

In addition, live rosemary plants can be joined by other herbs in your meditation space to give you the full effect of all of the benefits. It will take time for you to learn what you like and what works for you. However, be patient with yourself, and progress will come.

10. Sansevieria – Snake Plant

Sansevieria or snake plant in pot.

The snake plant is visually attractive and offers you a visual cue during meditation. However, it also has the beneficial quality of removing toxins from the air, including the toxins that come from furniture materials. They can be from a few inches to over two feet in height.

Nicknamed ‘mother-in-law tongue,’ they are an excellent addition to your meditative space. The snake plant does not offer an aroma like other plants on this list. Still, it will add ambiance and a backdrop of other beneficial plants.

11. Sedum Burrito

Sedum in a fall garden.

Another succulent Sedum Burrito is a compact plant with leaves that look much like a jade plant yet are not as shiny. This trailing plant will work well in a hanging wall planter. The name alone is enough to bring a smile.

However, this lovely plant will work well in a low-light room. Some people like to meditate in the sun, while others want to be in a quiet space. If your choice of a place of meditation is a low-light room, this jade plant will add an elegant quality to the room and makes an area with less sun.

12. Swiss cheese plant

Portrait of Monstera adansonni or swiss cheese plant.

The symbolism of the Swiss cheese plant represents the act of respect for our elders and long life. It is a plant with aerial roots, like an orchid, and if they are not taken care of, they will get ratty-looking. They are visually appealing, although they have no fragrance.

However, they have a deep past that goes back to ancient China. The Swiss cheese plant is attractive and unusual. However, it takes more care than other plants on this list.

Nevertheless, suppose you have the skill and patience to care for this plant. In that case, it will make a suitable addition to the plants in your meditation room.

Choose your space, and then your plants.

Hopefully, you have a space to turn into a meditation room in your home. If you do, you need to make it as comfortable as possible. Ideally, it should be a space for plants.

As well as room for others if you have friends who wish to join you. You need not add plants all at one time. Instead, find plants that appeal to you and add them one at a time, considering the effect on your space with each addition.

Plants for your meditation room

Having plants in your meditation space gives you focal points, cleans the air, and adds fragrances that enhance your experience. Choosing plants that appeal to you will aid you in your search for nirvana.