PLEASANT GROVE, Utah and OXFORD, Ms., March 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — dōTERRA and the University of Mississippi National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR), located within the UM School of Pharmacy, has agreed on a five-year research partnership that will focus on setting quality standards for the essential oil industry.
As part of the collaboration, NCNPR will study the chemometrics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and metabolomics of essential oils. dōTERRA and NCNPR expect the research to result in multiple peer-reviewed, published studies that will serve the wider essential oils and scientific communities.
“Natural products have inconsistent potency due to the normal variation that exists in nature, but that doesn’t give our industry the power to bring pure, consistent, and potent products to market,” said Dr. Russell Osguthorpea, medical director of dōTERRA. “We must pursue scientific understanding of essential oils so that we can validate their impact on health and wellness. Over the past four years, the relationship between NCNPR and dōTERRA has been strengthened because of our mutual commitment to the safety, efficacy and quality of natural ingredients. help set higher standards for the world to see the true benefits of dōTERRA essential oils.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with dōTERRA on this important research,” said Dr. Ikhlas Khan, NCNPR director. “The growth in essential oils and the results of recent research support the need for higher standards in the industry, so we appreciate dōTERRA’s willingness to invest in the validation process, where quality and safety are paramount.”
NCNPR is an internationally renowned research center and has been named a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Center of Excellence since 2008 for its research on botanical nutritional supplements and training of FDA inspectors in the field.
Earlier this year, scientists at NCNPR published a dōTERRA-supported study, “A New Approach to Lavender Oil Authentication and Quality Assessment,” in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis. The study presents new standards and methods for assessing the quality of lavender essential oil and detecting adulteration.
Of the dozens of lavender samples analyzed in the study, two-thirds were found to be highly adulterated and of poor quality, meaning they were mislabelled, contained fillers and additives, and/or contained compounds of synthetic origin.
dr. Osguthorpe added: “NCNPR’s team of biochemists, chemists, pharmacists and other scientists is expertly qualified and equipped to develop the scientific framework that will define what a high-quality essential oil looks like. They’ve already done it with our lavender, so there really isn’t a better, more trusted place in the world to conduct this kind of research.”
“It is vital that we have valuable industry partners like dōTERRA to drive innovation and advance scientific discovery,” said Dr. Donna StrumUM pharmacy dean and director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. “With NCNPR’s leading experts and resources, the partnership with dōTERRA will strengthen our shared mission to prioritize the safety and efficacy of natural products.”
The University strives to be a resource and partner to the industry through mutually beneficial relationships. For more information about the university’s industry engagement initiative, contact Hughes Miller at: [email protected] and 662-915-2885 or visit https://industry.olemiss.edu.
Click here to view the full study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
dōTERRA® International is an integrated health and wellness company and the global leader in the global aromatherapy and essential oil market. dōTERRA collects, tests, manufactures, and distributes CPTG Certified Pure Tested Grade® essential oils and essential oil products to more than nine million dōTERRA Wellness Advocates and customers. Through leading responsible sourcing practices, dōTERRA maintains the highest levels of quality, purity and sustainability in partnership with local growers around the world through Cō-Impact Sourcing®. The dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation®, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides resources and resources to global purchasing communities and charitable organizations for self-reliance, healthcare, education, sanitation, and the fight against human trafficking. Through the life-enhancing benefits of essential oils, dōTERRA is changing the world one drop, one person, one community at a time. For more information, visit www.doTERRA.com.
about the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
Founded in 1908, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is counted among the best pharmacy schools in the country. Through its teaching, research and service missions, this school aims to improve the health of its citizens, the nation and the world. The school’s research institute of pharmaceutical sciences is home to five research centers, including the internationally recognized National Center for Natural Products Research. RIPS was founded to discover and disseminate knowledge about natural medicines, develop and market new products, improve public health and stimulate the economy.