Joy, Health, & Wealth Chinese New Year Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend!

Joy, Health, & Wealth Chinese New Year Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend!

Happy Chinese New Year! Xin nian kuai le! I wish you much prosperity and wealth! Gong xi fa cai!

Every year I make energetic aromatherapy blends during the new year, to celebrate the new year and to bring joy, prosperity, and good health.

I am sharing one of the blends I made this year!

Joy, Health, & Wealth Chinese New Year Diffuser Blend


2 drops Blood orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil
1 drop Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium) essential oil
1 drop Pink grapefruit (Citrus × paradisi) essential oil


Add the essential oils to a diffuser. Diffuse it for 15-20 minutes, one to a few times a day.

Joy, health, and wealth Chinese New Year blend recipe
Happy Chinese New Year! Gong xi fa cai!


During Chinese New Year, we eat and gift a lot of oranges (this includes oranges, mandarins, clementines, tangerines, and more). Oranges represent good fortune, luck, and prosperity. During this time of year, many supermarkets sell clementines, mandarins, or tangerines with the leaves still attached to them (the citrus leaf essential oils are called ‘petitgrain’). Pomelos, which are closely related to grapefruit, are also thought to bring prosperity. I have found that the energetics of the citrus essential oils are similar to the fruit and leaves, so I use a lot of citrus in my Chinese New Year aromatherapy blends!

We can all use a little more joy, happiness, health, luck, and prosperity in our lives! While you are inhaling its aroma, you can meditate or visualize what you wish to manifest. But if you don’t want to use this blend for its energetic purposes, then you can still enjoy its aroma, or use it for its other aromatherapy properties and uses!

A few of the other aromatherapy properties and uses: blood orange, petitgrain, and pink grapefruit essential oils are all emotionally uplifting. Pink grapefruit essential oil is on the energizing side, so it is used in a lot of focus blends. All three essential oils are great in reducing stress and anxiety.

Drops are not the most accurate measurements, but since this is a diffuser blend and the recipe is only for a single day’s use, it is okay to use drops. But if you really like this blend, and you want to make a larger amount (a master blend), then use ml or grams.

Aromatherapy Safety:

Like sweet orange essential oil, blood orange essential oil is not phototoxic1(it is the same species as sweet orange, just a different variety). Pink grapefruit essential oil is mildly phototoxic2, but since it is being used in a diffuser blend, and it is being used in a very low amount, phototoxicity is not that much of a concern. Although expressed bitter orange peel essential oil is phototoxic, bitter orange petitgrain (leaf) essential oil is not phototoxic2.

These three essential oils are safe to diffuse around most young children and most pregnant and breastfeeding women3. Avoid using essential oils in the first trimester unless it is necessary and appropriate to use in your specific situation. Though these three essential oils are generally considered safe in pregnancy (when used safely and appropriately), there are many other essential oils that are contraindicated in pregnancy. It is best to consult with a qualified professional aromatherapist to see what is safe to use for your situation.

Generally, it is not suggested to use essential oils on or around a newborn or very young baby. For older babies and toddlers, I do not suggest using essential oils unless it is absolutely needed for a specific issue. In addition, there are many essential oils that shouldn’t be used around or on very young kids.


If you do not have blood orange essential oil, you can use sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), mandarin (Citrus reticulata), or tangerine (Citrus reticulata) essential oils.

I haven’t seen an authentic pomelo (Citrus maxima) essential oil in the retail commercial market, so I used pink grapefruit essential oil in my blend. White grapefruit essential oil is a good substitution for pink grapefruit essential oil. Or you can use a different citrus peel essential oil.

In this blend I used the most commonly available petitgrain essential oil, which is from the bitter orange tree. But there are other petitgrain essential oils which are distilled from different citrus trees (like clementine, mandarin, etc), so you can use any petitgrain essential oil you like.

If you don’t have a diffuser, you can simply add the essential oils to aroma spheres (clay diffuser pieces), a cotton ball, or a wash cloth. It will passively diffuse it into the air. Place out of reach of young children and pets.

Many blessings to you during the New Year!


1Tisserand, R. (2014). Essential Oils in Skin Care 2 Day Live course. Hosted by Back Porch Soap Co. New York City.
2Tisserand, R. & Rodney, Y. (2014). Essential Oil Safety A Guide for Health Care Professionals, 2nd edition. Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.

3Tisserand, R. (2018). Essential Oil Safety Masterclass: Topical dilutions for specific oils and age ranges. Tisserand Institute.

Want to learn more about aromatherapy?

If you would like to make other New Year’s blends, you might enjoy my ‘Good Fortune New Year’s Aromatherapy Blend’ and also my ‘Happiness & Prosperity Chinese New Year Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend‘.

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