Your kitchen is one of the most important areas of your home to consider for promoting optimal health for you and your family. The kitchen is the center of nourishment in your home – if the energy in this area is not positive, your entire house will make you feel drained. This can lead to poor health for the occupants of your home.

Your kitchen can affect the health and energy of your houseguests, as well. After all, it is often the gathering place when you hold family get togethers and parties with friends.

First, make sure that your kitchen is kept clean and free of clutter. Taking just a few minutes each day to tidy up your kitchen will go a long way toward promoting positive energy. Make sure that appliances and countertops are kept clean at all times, and that spices, utensils, and other commonly used items are kept organized and put away.

Ideally, you should be able to see the entrance to the kitchen when you are standing at your stove cooking. In Feng Shui the stove is considered to be very important. It represents the preparation of food and therefore nourishment, health and well-being of the family. It also represents wealth and abundance. If you find yourself with your back to the entrance when you are standing at your stove, you can place a mirror at the back of the stove so that when you look into it you can see the door behind you. A microwave above the stove (although not technically good from a Feng Shui perspective) can actually help in this case if you can look in the glass door of the microwave and see the entrance to the kitchen behind you.

When it comes to your health, there are some locations which are not considered good for a kitchen:

1. In the center of the house – think of your house as being like your second body, it is part of you. The center of your house represents the center of your body and because the kitchen is associated with the element of fire it symbolizes fire passing through the center of your body – energetically affecting all the organs that you have there (heart, stomach, intestines, etc.) Having a strong element of fire in this area can be too much.
Remedy: hang a round, multi-faceted crystal ball from the ceiling in the middle of the kitchen. Bring in the element of water to help to balance some of the fire (this can be done with a water feature, a picture that has water in it, the color black or a mirror).

2. Kitchen sharing a wall with a bathroom – the functions of these two rooms are totally different. The kitchen is associated with nourishment, preparation of food, the bathroom is associated with cleansing and elimination. There is also a lot of draining energy in the bathroom which can negatively impact the energy of the kitchen.
Remedy: keep the bathroom door closed and the toilet lid down. Hang a mirror on the outside of the bathroom door and also on each side of the shared wall. Hang a round, multi-faceted crystal ball in the bathroom.

Finally, if possible, avoid having ceiling beams in your kitchen. Ceiling beams create a heavy, oppressive energy that can counteract the positive energy you have worked to create. If you do have ceiling beams in your kitchen, paint them the same color as your ceiling, or cover them with a light colored cloth if you are not able to paint them.

Author's Bio: 

Linda Binns shows you how to be more successful in all areas of your life by working with your environment. Get FREE Feng Shui Success Secrets. These powerful and practical secrets can help you transform your life. Go to now.

Linda Binns is author of Feng Shui for Your Relationships: Changing Your Environment to Create Better Relationships. She has been a Feng Shui Practitioner, Author, Speaker and teacher for over 10 years. She has appeared internationally on television and radio and in local publications. Linda is also the founder of The Feng Shui Success Institute – which teaches in-depth Feng Shui training and practitioner certification.