UM School of Pharmacy partners with dōTERRA for essential oil research – The Oxford Eagle

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah and OXFORD, Miss. – Health and wellness company dōTERRA and the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research, based within UM’s School of Pharmacy, have agreed to a five-year research partnership that will focus on establishing of quality standards for the essential oil industry.

As part of this partnership, NCNPR will study the chemometrics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and metabolomics of essential oils. Company and university officials anticipate that the research will lead to multiple published, peer-reviewed studies that will serve the essential oils and wider scientific communities.

“Natural products have inconsistent potency due to the normal variations that exist in nature, but this does not allow our industry to deliver pure, consistent and potent products to market,” said Dr. Russell Osguthorpe, Chief Medical Officer. by doTERRA. . “We need to deepen our scientific knowledge of essential oils so that we can validate their impact on health and well-being.

“Over the past four years, the relationship between NCNPR and dōTERRA has grown stronger through our mutual commitment to ensuring the safety, efficacy, and quality of natural products. Together, we can help create higher standards that will allow the world to see the true benefits of dōTERRA essential oils.

The work aligns with the Natural Products Center’s mission to research, develop and commercialize potentially useful natural products, said Ikhlas Khan, director of NCNPR.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with dōTERRA on this important research,” Khan said. “The growth of essential oils and recent research results justify the need for higher standards in the industry, so we appreciate dōTERRA’s willingness to invest in the validation process, putting quality and safety first. .”

The NCNPR is an internationally renowned research center and has been named the Federal Drug Administration’s Center of Excellence for its research into botanical dietary supplements and the training of FDA manufacturing inspectors since 2008.

Earlier this year, NCNPR scientists published a dōTERRA-supported study, “A Novel Approach for Authentication and Quality Assessment of Lavender Essential Oil,” in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis. The study presents new standards and methods to assess the quality of lavender essential oil and detect 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 mislabeled, contained fillers and additives, and/or contained compounds of synthetic origin.

“The NCNPR team of biochemists, chemists, pharmacists and other scientists are skilled and equipped to develop the scientific framework that will define what a quality essential oil looks like,” Osguthorpe said. “They’ve done this before with our lavender, so there really isn’t a better, more reliable place in the world to conduct this type of research.”

The partnership will benefit the university’s entire research enterprise, said Donna Strum, UM’s dean of pharmacy and executive director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“It’s critical that we have valuable industry partners like dōTERRA to help drive innovation and advance scientific discovery,” Strum said. “Along with leading NCNPR experts and resources, collaborating with dōTERRA will further our shared mission to prioritize the safety and efficacy of natural products.”

Click here to review the full study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis.

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