Happiness & Prosperity Chinese New Year Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend

Happiness & Prosperity Chinese New Year Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend

Xin nian kuai le! Happy Chinese New Year!

This aromatherapy blend smells amazing! It is a wonderful way to help celebrate the Lunar New Year and to bring good fortune to you and your loved ones.

Gong xi fa cai! I wish you much happiness, joy, prosperity, good fortune, and health!

Happiness & Prosperity Chinese New Year Blend


2 drops Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) essential oil

2 drops Kumquat (Citrus japonica aka Fortunella japonica) essential oil

1 drop Ginger (Zingiber officinale) CO2 select extract


Fill your diffuser with water (if your diffuser uses water). Add the essential oils and CO2 extract. Run your diffuser for 15-20 minutes, up to a few times a day. 

Some diffusers may require less drops. In that case, make up the blend in a small glass vial and then use only 1 to 3 drops of the blend in your diffuser.

Happiness & Prosperity Chinese New Year Recipe
Happy Chinese New Year!

Why Did I Choose These Aromatics?

During Chinese New Year, we eat and give all types of oranges as gifts. This may include sweet oranges (Citrus sinensis), mandarins, clementines (Citrus x clementina), and tangerines (Citrus reticulata). Around Chinese New Year, you might see mandarins, clementines, or tangerines offered with the leaves still attached to the fruits in your local supermarkets. Sometimes mini orange or kumquat trees are given as gifts. Oranges, mandarins, clementines, tangerines, and kumquats represent good fortune, prosperity, good luck, wealth, and health.

Essential oils were not traditionally used in Chinese culture. But I have found that mandarin and kumquat essential oils seem to have the same energetics as their fruits, so I have included them in this blend. I recommend using mandarin and kumquat essential oils to help draw good fortune to you.  

Citrus essential oils represent sunniness and happiness in aromatherapy. Both mandarin and kumquat essential oils are uplifting. Mandarin essential oil is on the sedative side, but this blend can be diffused day or night.

Ginger is an herb that is used a lot in Chinese cuisine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The CO2 extract is energetically and physically warming; it is stimulating. Ginger CO2 extract is available as a CO2 select extract and a CO2 total extract. I used the CO2 select extract in my blend. The ginger CO2 extracts are even hotter than the essential oil, since the CO2 extracts contain gingerols and shogaols, which are warming/hot chemical constituents. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, acupuncturist, and aromatherapy pioneer Peter Holmes recommends ginger essential oil for self-confidence, courage, and motivation1. Like the essential oil, I have found that ginger CO2 extract can be used to help stimulate the mind, courage, and will power.

Ginger root (the herb) and ginger essential oil are used in western rituals for love, success, and wealth. I have used the CO2 extract for similar uses.

Aromatherapy Safety:

Mandarin and kumquat essential oils are generally safe for most young kids, and most pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Ginger CO2 extract is a very warming and hot aromatic. If used inappropriately, it can irritate and burn the skin when used topically (even when diluted, if it is not diluted enough). If you diffuse too much, it can be a bit irritating too. However, this blend only contains a small amount of ginger CO2 select extract (which tends to be less hot than ginger CO2 total extract), and if diffused safely (small amounts for short time frames, and occasional usage) then diffusing this blend shouldn’t be an issue for most older kids, and most pregnant and breastfeeding women. Avoid using essential oils and other aromatics in the first trimester unless it is necessary and appropriate to use for your specific situation.

In general, it is not recommended to diffuse or apply essential oils to a newborn or very young baby. For older babies and toddlers, I do not recommend diffusing essential oils and other aromatics unless it is absolutely needed (for a specific issue. In addition, there are many aromatics that shouldn’t be used around or on someone that young). Diffuse this blend when baby is not in the room, or enjoy the blend in a personal inhaler.

If you are sensitive to or allergic to any of the ingredients, do not use them.

Research all essential oils and CO2 extracts well before use, to make sure they are safe to use for your specific situation. For example, many essential oils and CO2 extracts may be safe for most people, but they might not be the best choice for you.

Aromatic Substitutions:

If you don’t have mandarin or kumquat essential oils, you can use sweet orange or tangerine essential oils. You may also use the petitgrain (leaf) essential oils from bitter orange or mandarin.

If you don’t have ginger CO2 select extract, you can use ginger CO2 total extract, or ginger essential oil. If using ginger essential oil, I suggest getting one that is distilled from the fresh roots. Since ginger essential oil distilled from the dried roots has a more pungent aroma that a lot of people may not like.


1Holmes, Peter. (2016) Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics. Volume 1: Principles and Profiles: Ginger. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Philadelphia, PA. p. 203.

Interested In Learning More Aromatherapy?

If you enjoyed this article, you may enjoy my ‘Good Fortune New Year’s Aromatherapy Blend’.  

For more information on blending with kumquat essential oil, check out my ‘Blending With Butterfly Lily Co-Extraction And Other Rare Aromatics’ article.

If you are confused on how many essential oils you can use at a time, be sure to read my “Aromatherapy And Formulation Tip: How Many Essential Oils & Other Aromatics Can You Use In A Blend?” article.

If you have questions about my Happiness & Prosperity Chinese New Year Diffuser Blend, please ask them in the comments below! If you have any questions about aromatherapy, herbalism, formulation, and perfumery, I would be happy to answer them in Herbs, Essential Oils, Perfumes & Formulation by Plant Alkemie facebook group or on Plant Alkemie Institute of Holistic Botanical Studies Facebook business page.

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